Best Wireless Earphones in India (February 2019)
After completing our previous posts on wireless earphones under various budget categories, we thought why don’t we step up the game a bit further and do an article on the best wireless earbuds in India irrespective of any budget. That is how this post was born.
Even though we said no budget, we had to keep a lid to the things as we know that Indians won’t be happy without a number.
This post has five best wireless earbuds in the market priced under Rs.15,000 which in itself is a premium segment where you can get some best in class wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
Without wasting any more words and time, let’s dive deep into the article.
1. Jabra Elite Active
Overall Best Pick
- Built-in step counter
- Best for an active lifestyle
- Adjustable music equalizer
Jabra is a Denmark based wired as well as wireless headset and earphone manufacturer that has recently released some of its top of the line products in the Indian market.
The Jabra Elite Active is a wireless Bluetooth earphone that is truly wireless and targeted at users following an active lifestyle.
Design – functionality over aesthetics
The Jabra Elite Active is a kind of wireless earphone that is more of a substance over style. The earpieces are sufficiently bulky but not so much so that it’s a dealbreaker.
The earbuds secure comfortably inside the ear canals without any problem. You can confidently wear these earphones while performing exercises or while working out at the gym.
The in-ear stability that these earphones provide is undoubtedly one of the best in class.
The Jabra Elite active delivers on the sound quality with a positive note. The final output is loud and distortion free even at maximum volume levels.
The bass is without any artificiality and blends well with the treble while playing songs that are rich in instrumental music.
We felt that the only gripe with this product is the sound quality from the voice calls. It felt a bit distorted but apart from that, the listening experience is definitely pleasing.
Wake up the voice assistant
Jabra Elite Active comes with one-touch access to voice assistants like Google assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa.
You can make searches and ask them questions or even let them play your favourite tracks without even touching anything.
With more and more functionalities being added to these AI assistants, the Jabra Elite Active will be able to do much more in the future for sure.
Fitness monitor in disguise
These truly wireless earphones come loaded with a peculiar feature that can’t be seen on any other earphones – a step counter.
Yes, this device can track your steps and inform you about the distance you’ve covered via the app.
It’s really of great use to people who do jogging and doesn’t own a fitness band.
Feature rich app for help
To control these wireless earbuds, Jabra has an excellent app called Jabra Sound Plus on both the Play store and the iOS store.
You can tweak the settings of this earphone according to your preference effortlessly by navigating through the intuitive UI.
There’s even an equalizer option where you can fine-tune the treble and bass levels according to your taste.
Good battery life
The Jabra Elite Active wireless earphone lasted for about 5 hours during our testing of this product.
With the supplied charging case, you can charge the earpods up to two times which makes the overall battery life hovering around an impressive 15 hours.
Yay or Nay??
If you’re a fitness enthusiast and want a truly wireless earphone that can be used outside, the Jabra Elite Active checks the right boxes.
Being IPX5 certified, you won’t have any trouble using this device on light rains and amidst water splashes.
|Battery||Up to 5 Hours|
2. Bose SoundSport
- Natural bass with clean vocals
- Dual array mic for voice calls
Bose audio products are revered for the exceptional sound quality among audiophiles around the globe.
The Bose Soundsport is an in-the-ear style wireless earpod that rivals the likes of Apple earpods.
Design and build quality
The Bose Soundsport is designed to be an active lifestyle earphone that will endure all the rough usage with ease.
The Soundsport earbuds are made of high-quality plastic and silicone eartips.
There is winged support for keeping this earbud in place while performing physically intensive manoeuvres.
The buttons for the volume/playback controls and the attend/pause buttons are conveniently located on each earpods with excellent tactile feedback.
These buttons are slightly raised from the body and can be located quite easily without much work.
The carrying case itself acts as a charging station and can be juiced up in advance before going out on a trip or so.
Speakers and sound quality
Bose Soundsport has a 10mm driver speaker that delivers natural bass compensated by clear mids and clean highs.
The perfect tonal balance between the notes provides a very pleasant music listening experience.
The famed Bose clean sound promise is very well maintained with this product as well.
Since the earbuds fit snug inside the ear canal, the listening experience becomes more immersive.
This wireless Bluetooth earphone features Bluetooth v4.1 with support for low energy mode.
This will save a lot of battery while being connected with the smartphone continuously.
This wireless earphone also features NFC for one-tap pairing with your NFC powered devices.
The Dual array mics in this earphone will enable you to make crystal clear phone calls even when surrounded by noise from the outdoors.
The Bose Soundsport delivers a decent 6-hours charge with these earbuds when used continuously at moderate volume levels.
With the case being a charging station, you can charge the case while going out on a trip and get an effective 12 hours playback time.
The Bose Soundsport is an excellent wireless earphone for audiophiles who want to listen to the music, the way its creators meant to be.
Despite being expensive, owning a Bose product is not just a purchase but an experience as a whole.
|Battery||Up to 6 Hours|
3. Sony WF-SP700N
- Best for outdoor use
- Suited for bass fanatics
- Unique design
Sony and audio technology are like a match made in heaven – many would say.
The WF-SP700N is a truly wireless Bluetooth earphone from Sony that aims to cement this fact further.
Cute little seed
The design of the WF-SP700N reminded us of a seedling – Yes the one with sprouting. The difference here is that the sprouting is of the ear support and has no leaves.
Jokes aside, we really liked the aesthetics of this product. It’s well-built and feels outright premium when held in hand.
With IPX4 certification. You can take these cute wireless earphones outside in light rains and continue enjoying the music you like.
Extra Bass? Present Sir
Sony and Bass are almost synonymous now. With this WF-S700N, the sound output does have that punchy bass you’re familiar in Sony’s audio related equipments.
The loudness levels are on par with the competitors. Having an adequately powered dome type speaker drivers helps these earphones to cover a wider spectrum of the frequency range.
What this means for you is that you’ll be able to listen to instruments that didn’t sound pronounced while listening on normal earphones.
Noise cancellation at its best…
The Noise cancellation on this earphone is the absolute best we’ve tested till now.
With the Active noise cancellation feature inside, this earphone cancels out the background noise and lets you listen to the music without any distractions.
This won’t be much important to those who use this product inside their house or office building. But for those who love to listen to music while travelling outside, you’re sure to notice the day and night difference in the immersiveness.
Noise cancellation works well but remembers that when you have that feature enabled, you won’t be able to listen to the background sound.
If you’re a rider and if you aren’t aware of the surroundings, the results could be fatal.
However, there’s an option to let ambients sounds to be filtered and let inside your ear. This is very much helpful in such situations.
Battery life – Average or not?
Unlike passive noise cancellation, Active noise cancellation does draw some power. Maybe because of this, we got this wireless Bluetooth earphone to last up to 3 hours on a single charge.
With the supplied charging case, the battery life was satisfactory at about 9 hours.
Should you buy it??
Yes – If you are a bass fanatic and would love to listen to the music in its full glory even when you’re in the middle of a chaotic environment.
With the brand reliability and the audio quality it delivers, we think the Sony WF-S700N is a product worth checking out.
|Battery||Up to 3 Hours|
4. Noise Shots
Best Budget Earbuds
Bass-rich sound output
IPX4 sweat and water resistance
1-year domestic warranty
Go Noise is an India based marketing company focussed on marketing audio equipment and gadgets such as action cameras and smartwatches.
The Noise Shots is a truly wireless budget earbud available for just under Rs.3,000, offering excellent value for money proposition.
Design and Build Quality
The Go Noise earbuds are designed with exemplary simplicity and minimalism. The fit and finish of this entry-level budget earbud feel very premium and elegant.
The metallic earbud casing and the charging case is really small and lightweight, aiding excellent portability.
The angled earpiece fits very well inside the ear canal and offers passive noise cancellation effect while doing so.
This gadget comes certified with an IPX4 rating, which makes it sweat and splash resistance.
Speakers and Sound Quality
The 10mm speaker driver inside the Noise shots earbud delivers bass-rich sound output with complementing mids and highs.
There is no sound distortion to be felt even at maximum volume levels.
Not only does this budget earbud shine with EDMs and hip hop music, but it also performs well for its price with vocals and light music as well.
The Noise shots earbud comes integrated with an inbuilt mic for voice calling.
The quality of the microphone is decent and picks up the voice clearly even with mild ambient background noises.
The Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity works pretty well to offer a consistent wireless connection anywhere within the 10m range of your smartphone.
The Noise shots earbuds come with a 60mAh Li-ion battery. This battery is rated to last for about three hours of music playback on a single charge.
The charging case too has a battery built in to charge the earbuds almost twice to its fullest capacity.
If you’re in search of an entry level earbud with decent sound quality, the Noise shots is a good choice, to begin with.
Being an Indian company, the service is expected to be better, unlike other cheap Chinese brands which are an added advantage.
The rugged metallic charging case
Built-in microphone for voice calls
Average earbud quality
5. Chevron Wireless
- Apple Airpod style product
- Decent audio quality
- Universally compatible
If you’re in love with the Apple Airpods but doesn’t have that sort of money in the wallet, we’d suggest the Chevron Wireless earphones that are priced under Rs.3000.
This truly wireless budget Bluetooth earphones deliver the Airpod experience at a fraction of its price.
Design and build quality – thumbs up!
Even though it’s priced way too lower than all the competitors here on this list, Chevron hasn’t done any compromises on the build quality of this Bluetooth earphone.
The plastic used for the construction doesn’t feel too cheap and the design resembles a luxury product.
The stable, ergonomic design ensures that these wireless earbuds stay in place even while you’re engaged in strenuous activities.
Does the price sound right??
Powered by the Bluetooth v4.2 CSR chip inside, the sound output coming out of the speakers is on par with other models priced similarly.
With the support for aptX technology, this earphone delivers rich bass and crystal clear mids and highs that makes your music listening to an enjoyable experience.
The voice call clarity is another important aspect to talk about this earphone. The call quality was decent and the mic seemed to be sufficiently sensitive enough to pick the voice.
Features galore on a budget
With the Chevron wireless earpods, you’re going to get almost all the features of a premium priced Apple Airpod.
The magnetic charging case and the noise cancellation technology are present with this product as well.
This Bluetooth earphone is compatible with almost all Bluetooth enabled devices including Apple, Android and Windows products.
Fast charging feature that’s present with this wireless earphone lets you have a quick 15 minutes juice up of the battery and use it for an hour and a half continuously.
Less price, less battery life?
The Chevron wireless Bluetooth earbuds lasted for a respectable 4 hours before its battery got completely drained out.
However, with the carrying case featuring a 1500 mAh battery, you can use this product for about 20 hours at a stretch.
If you’re in dire need of a truly wireless Apple airpod style Bluetooth earphone, this one might be the right pick for you. Its battery life is also quite impressive.
But if you’re inclined more towards the quality of sound than the price of earphones, then you may have to look elsewhere.
|Battery||Up to 4 Hours|
The article listing the best wireless earbuds comes to a conclusion here. If you’re not aware, we have also posted buying lists and suggestions for earphones under various budgets on our website that you can make use of.
We really hope this article has served its purpose.
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