Best Wireless Earphones Under Rs.5,000 (Neckbands) (December 2020)
Long tangled wires are a story of the past as more and more smartphone manufacturers are favouring the slim body profile to the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Choosing an earphone which suits you the most is a herculean task given the number of models up for grabs. But don’t fret.
In this article, we bring you the eight best Bluetooth earphones priced under Rs.5000, available in the Indian market.
If you are looking for Truly Wireless Earbuds, we have a seperate section for that. If you want to read reviews on some other price ranges on neckband earphones, please check out our articles on Best Wireless Earphones under different budgets here.
Best Wireless Earphones Under 5,000 (In-Ear)
|1. OnePlus Bullets 2||Overall Best Pick|
|2. Philips TAPN402BK||Runner-Up Pick|
|3. Otium Audio||Best Workout Earphones|
|4. MPOW Jaws||Feature Rich Wireless Earphone|
|5. Sony WI-SP150||Bass Heavy Wireless Earphone|
|6. MPOW Flame||Best Budget Bluetooth Earphone|
|7. Boltune BT BH001||Value for Money Wireless Earphone|
|8. Skullcandy Method Active||Honourable Mention|
Note: The price shown are the once when we reviewed the products. However, as the promotional offers changes on the given E-commerce sites, the price may vary. Bettershark is supported by it's readers and when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
1. OnePlus Bullets 2
Overall Best Pick
- Qualcomm aptX codec support
- Up to 14 hours of battery life
- Supports fast charging
Robust build quality
Responsive inline remote
No water resistance
OnePlus is viewed as a flagship killer brand popular for its high end specced smartphones at half the price of other flagship smartphones from established brands such as Samsung and LG.
The OnePlus Bullets 2 is a wireless in-ear style Bluetooth earphone designed in tune with the more for less ideology of the company.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones are designed to make the customers feel premium while using the same, similar to their smartphones.
The round design neckband is one of the lightest and comfortable in the segment. You won’t even probably notice the neckband while busy listening to the music.
The earpieces can be magnetically attached when not in use.
Not only does it stay in place, but also pauses the music or rejects the calls when attached while playing music or in between the calls.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphone is an aptX certified device.
Having AptX support means it can take advantage of the higher bit rate aptX codec by Qualcomm to deliver more natural sound signature via Bluetooth.
If you have a phone with proper hardware for aptX support, you will be able to enjoy the music in high quality.
Adequate bass and complimenting higher end notes make music listening to a pleasant experience with this Bluetooth earphone.
The inline remote of the One Plus bullets wireless 2 is one of the best in the business. The control buttons with a red accent not only look premium but also function very well.
This wireless earphone comes with included ear hooks to keep the earpiece safe and secure in the ear, even while moving around.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones last for 12-14 hours of music playback on a single charge.
This earphone supports fast charge for quick juicing up. The company claims that with just ten minutes of fast charge, you can use the earphone to listen for about 3 hours.
Instead of the old micro USB charging port, One Plus has given the new USB type C port on this device.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 is a value for money aptX supported Bluetooth earphone which delivers crystal clear sound output – be it music playback or hands-free calls.
|Battery||Up to 14 Hours|
2. Philips TAPN402BK
- Hi-res audio certified earphone
- Long-lasting battery life
- Robust build quality
Inline remote with mic
One year manufacturer’s warranty
Passive noise cancellation
No tangle free cable
Philips is a brand that Indians are familiar with since time immemorial. Popular for its kitchen appliances and other consumer electronics product lineup, the company is now offering feature-rich audio accessories in the Indian market.
The Philips TAPN402K is a wireless earphone priced under Rs.5000, delivering an interesting blend of robust build quality and immersive audio listening experience.
The Philips TAPN402K wireless earphone features a very minimal industrial design which looks clean and aesthetically pleasing.
The construction is from high-quality plastic components which looks and feels extremely durable.
The rounded cable is not braided but has enough thickness ensuring strength and to withstand abuses without breaking down.
The clever design of the earpieces ensure a comfortable snug fit in your ears and doubles up as a way to attain passive noise cancellation.
These budget wireless earphones have relatively big 12.2mm driver speakers which deliver bass-heavy sound output.
The vocals and high notes in the music are clear and crisp and the bass doesn’t feel artificial or tends to overpower the treble.
This in-ear styled wireless earphone under Rs.5,000 is hi-res audio certified for studio-quality sound reproduction.
Overall, the Philips TAPN402K offers excellent tonally balanced sound output that will suit bassheads as well as regular listeners with ease.
The Philips TAPN402K wireless earphones offer one of the best stable wireless connections in its price segment.
The Bluetooth signal reception anywhere within 10m is rock steady and doesn’t stutter even once.
The inline remote is easy to operate with clicky and responsive buttons. The microphone picks up the voice very well even when you are in a noisy environment.
This wireless earphone has haptic feedback to let you know about the incoming voice calls.
The Philips TAPN402K wireless earphone is rated to last up to 14 hours of music listening on a single charge.
It takes about 2 hours to charge the battery from zero to one hundred per cent.
This earphone supports fast charge as well. With just 5 minutes of charge, you can listen up to two hours.
The Philips TAPN402K is a premium wireless earphones with solid build quality and excellent sound output suited for all genres of music.
|Battery||Up to 14 Hours|
3. Otium Audio
Best Workout Earphones
- Neutral sound signature
- Up to nine hours of battery life
- The decent indoor call quality
Bundled carry case
Supporting ear hooks
Rubbery texture for good grip
Buttons are a bit stiff at first
Otium is a premium Chinese earphone manufacturer serving markets all over the world.
The Otium Audio is a Bluetooth earphone priced well under Rs.5,000 designed specifically to meet the demands of customers leading an active lifestyle.
The Otium audio wireless earphone reminds us of budget Crossbeats products in terms of design.
The predominantly black coloured earphone with red accents makes this Bluetooth earphone look stylish and premium.
The rubber texture on top of the earpiece casing provides a good grip, even with sweaty or wet hands.
The flat cable is relatively thin but durable for everyday use and doesn’t get tangled up that much.
The control buttons and the micro USB charging port is present on the right earbud, leaving the neckband as thin as it can get which adds to the wearing comfort.
The Otium audio wireless earphone has an in-ear earpiece design that sits flush inside the ear canal.
This Bluetooth earphone has an almost neutral sound profile with decent bass, crisp vocals and clean treble notes to top it all.
If you’re an ardent basshead, this sound signature might not satisfy you, but for basic music listening and gym workout sessions, the sound output is satisfactory.
The microphone quality is decent with good indoor voice call quality. Voice suppression seems a bit too aggressive outdoors when there is a lot of background noise around.
The Otium audio Bluetooth earphone comes with a carrying case in the box. This is very helpful to keep the earphones safe during transit.
Thanks to the IPX7 certification, you can use this premium wireless earphone outside in drizzles without any problem.
To keep the earpieces in place even during intense head movements, the provided ear hooks play a major role.
The Otium wireless earphone is rated to last up to 9 hours of music playback on a single full charge.
As we have mentioned earlier, this earphone is charged via the micro USB port and completes one full charge within 1.30 hours.
If you are looking to purchase a premium wireless earphone for use in the gym or outdoor activities, the Otium audio is one of the best choices in the sub. Rs.5,000 price range.
|Battery||Up to 9 Hours|
4. MPOW Jaws
Feature Rich Wireless Earphone
- Controlled bass sound output
- Up to 18 hours of battery life
- Secure in-ear fit
Magnetic earpiece attachment
Comfortable in-ear design
Not water resistant
MPOW is a renowned headphone/earphone company with limited presence in the Indian subcontinent.
The MPOW Jaws Gen5 is a premium neckband style wireless earphone priced under Rs.5,000 in the Indian market.
The MPOW Jaws has a plasticky construction similar to that of most other Bluetooth earphones in the budget price segment.
The uniquely designed neckband with a battery pack and the inline remote at the ends provides decent wearing comfort to the users.
The ends of the neckband have a magnetic indentation that will keep the earpieces attached to it when not in use.
The media control buttons are located on the right side of the neckband and it feels quite easy to use them.
The cable length can be adjusted depending on your preference, which is a great way to keep them from tangling around unnecessarily.
Speaking of the sound output from the MPOW Jaws Gen5 wireless earphone, the bass is neat and well-controlled.
It doesn’t in any way overpower the vocals nor the treble notes as such.
The vocals are clean and crisp without any noticeable distortions even at high volume levels.
The bass and treble notes blend well to deliver a more pleasing sound output.
As the company hasn’t officially stated an IP rating for dust or water resistance, we advise you to take utmost care in taking this device outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
It can withstand natural body sweat of course, but we won’t recommend using this Bluetooth earphone out in the rain.
The MPOW Jaws Gen5 packs in a relatively large battery inside which is rated to last up to 18 hours on a single full charge.
Depending on the volume level you’re listening to, this might increase or decrease.
It takes around three hours to completely charge the battery from zero to a hundred per cent.
The MPOW Jaws Gen5 is one of the best wireless Bluetooth earphones for indoor listening in the sub. Rs.5,000 price bracket.
This wireless earphone delivers an impressive battery life along with pleasant audio output quality that will satisfy most audiophiles out there.
|Battery||Up to 18 Hours|
5. Sony WI-SP150
Best Wireless Earphone for Bassheads
- Natural bass-rich sound output
- Up to 15 hours of battery life
- IPX5 water and sweat resistant
Dangle free flat cables
Voice assistant integration
Finicky multi-device connection
Sony is a brand which needs no introduction. The company has been so proactive in the consumer electronics industry with its high-quality products with cutting edge technologies for years.
The WI lineup of Sony wireless earphones and headphones is a very popular and well-received product series offering high fidelity audio devices to the masses.
The WI-SP150 from Sony is a premium in-ear style wireless earphone designed to cater especially the bass heads.
The Sony WI-SP150 looks very minimal yet elegant. The build quality as expected from Sony is top-notch.
There are no weak points anywhere to be noticed. The earbuds have additional ear hook support to keep the earpiece from falling out of the ear canal.
These earbuds are magnetic and can be attached after use, preventing them from dangling across.
The angled earpiece sits flush inside the auditory canal and offers immersive music listening experience.
The flat cable is tangle-free and relatively thick to withstand minor rough usage as well.
The Sony WI SP150 comes with 12mm neodymium speaker drivers which are tuned to ensure the lower end bass notes are emphasized.
The bass output from these speakers is one of the best in class.
It’s clean, deep and doesn’t feel artificial. The vocals and treble notes come out equally clear, delivering a bass-heavy pleasant sound output.
There is no sound distortion whatsoever with this earphone, even at maximum loudness levels.
We can guarantee that all kinds of listeners – bassheads, vocal lovers and those who prefer tonally balanced sound output, will come to like the sound signature from this Bluetooth earphone.
The Sony WI-SP150 features the Bluetooth v5.0 for stable and energy-efficient wireless connectivity.
The Sony WI-SP150 is IPX5 water resistance certified. This means you can take this earphone outside even under drizzles without the fear of getting damaged.
The built-in microphone works well for voice calls both indoors and outdoors.
The Sony WI-SP150 delivers up to 15 hours of music playback on a single charge.
This earphone does have fast charging support. You can charge this Bluetooth earphone for ten minutes and continue listening to music for up to one hour.
The Sony WI-SP150 wireless Bluetooth earphone offers a versatile listening experience under the budget of Rs.5000.
The long-lasting battery life and robust build quality ensure you value for money proposition.
|Battery||Up to 15 Hours|
6. MPOW Flame
Best Budget Bluetooth Earphone
- Well balanced sound output
- Up to nine hours of battery life
- IPX7 water resistance
Supporting ear hooks
Hard carry case
Intuitive media controls
Average outdoor microphone performance
MPOW Flame is yet another in-ear wireless earphone from the company priced under Rs.5,000 available for purchase in India.
The Flame Bluetooth earphone comes powered by the latest Bluetooth v5.0 technology for power-efficient and stable wireless audio streaming.
The MPOW Flame keeps the signature black and red colour scheme with this wireless earphone.
The in-ear design with ear hooks and the earpiece piece case with control buttons and the battery stays the same, as we have seen with the MPOW Jaws Gen5 earphone.
The build quality is decent and the fit and finish of the construction justify the asking price as well.
The MPOW Flame has a flat wire neckband which too has a red and black dual colour scheme that matches with the rest of the aesthetics.
This is an IPX7 certified wireless earphone which can be taken outside during drizzles without any problem.
Similar to most other MPOW products out there, the MPOW Flame too has a neutral sound signature with equal importance given to bass, treble and vocals.
The bass notes are rich and deep but don’t sound artificial at all. The vocals and the treble notes blend well to deliver a soothing listening experience, no matter the genre of music you are listening to.
Speaking of the microphone quality, it is quite good when used indoors but the call quality suffers outside with all the ambient noise around.
The MPOW Flame comes with a hard carry case in the package which will let you keep it safe and secure inside the bag or backpack, even inside the pocket.
The ear hooks provide extra support to keep the earpiece inside, even with violent head movements.
The volume control buttons when long pressed will let you skip tracks backwards and forward, which is a neat feature.
The MPOW Flame is rated to last up to 9 hours of music playback with a single full charge.
This in-ear wireless earphone features a micro USB port for charging and the company warns the users not to use fast chargers greater than 5V to charge as it might damage the earphone.
The MPOW Flame is a lightweight wireless earphone with a neutral sound profile, ideal for all listeners except bassheads.
|Battery||Up to 9 Hours|
7. Boltune BT BH001
Value for Money Wireless Earphone
- SBC and AAC codec support
- Bass-heavy sound signature
- Fast charging support
Lightweight and comfortable
Decent quality inline remote
Boltune BT BH001 is an in-ear styled neckband wireless earphone available for purchase in India for just Rs.4,999.
Even though a relatively unknown brand in the market, the Boltune BT BH001 manages to surprise everyone with its build as well as audio quality.
The Boltune BT BH001 has a minimal design similar to the generic budget wireless earphones in the market.
The wired neckband design with the fused battery pack and inline remote makes the earpiece themselves lightweight and compact.
The in-ear design of the earpiece along with the fin-shaped ear hooks provides extra support and prevents the earpiece from falling.
The earpiece tips are magnetic and can be latched together when not in use, to avoid the wires from getting tangled.
This budget wireless earphone from Boltune has a surprisingly rich bass-heavy sound output unlike some other naturally sounding earphones in this list.
The bass remains thumping and clean even when the music is played at high volume levels.
The vocals and trebles are audible and offer decent stage separation as well.
In terms of voice call quality, the inline microphone does a decent job in delivering distortion-free call quality for the most part.
The Boltune BT BH001 supports both SBC and AAC audio codec playback. For those who don’t know AAC is much more superior to SBC in terms of wireless audio streaming.
The Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity is power efficient and remains stable anywhere within 10m from the host device.
The Boltune BT BH001 wireless earphone has an impressive battery life and is rated to last for up to 16 hours on a single charge.
This Bluetooth earphone also supports fast charging with which just five minutes of charging will let you listen to music for up to 2 hours.
The Boltune BT BH001 is a bass-heavy wireless earphone with impressive 16-hour battery life and decent build quality.
|Battery||Up to 16 Hours|
8. Skullcandy Method Active
- IPX7 water and sweat resistance
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Good sound quality
Bundled carrying pouch
Earpiece design looks bulky
Skullcandy is an American company which is specialized in marketing earphones, headphones and other audio products across the globe.
The Method active from Skullcandy is a wireless Bluetooth earphone custom-tailored for workout enthusiasts and those who follow an active lifestyle.
Design and Build Quality
The Skullcandy Method Active uses high-quality hard plastic material for the construction of the earpiece and the inline remote.
There is no neckband as the connecting wire doubles up as the support system.
There is also a wire adjuster on the connecting cable which will help you keep the fit tighter or loose according to your personal preference.
The earpieces themselves look and feel bulky but are lightweight and comfortable. The ear hook along with the angled earpiece fits inside the ear canal very snugly.
These earpieces have magnetic end caps which lets you lock them together when not in use.
Since this is an IPX7 rated wireless Bluetooth earphone, you can take it outside in rains without any hesitation.
Speakers and Sound Quality
The Skullcandy Method Active features a 10mm speaker driver with good bass profile and equally pleasing vocals and treble notes.
The bass doesn’t feel too overpowering but keeps a punchy tone with excellent stage separation.
This earphone works well with almost all genres of music – be it EDMs or vocal-heavy songs.
The tighter in-ear fit aids in better passive noise isolation which further enhances the listening experience.
The Skullcandy Method Active comes with the latest Bluetooth v5.0.
This improves the stable connectivity between earphones and the host device. Additionally, this will also help in improved audio quality and power efficiency.
The Skullcandy Method Active will last around 10 hours on a single charge with moderate volume levels.
This earphone supports fast charging with which you can get up to 2 hours of music playback on a quick ten minutes charge.
If you’re a workout junkie and needs a premium in-ear wireless earphone with good sound quality and excellent outdoor usage capability with a certified IP rating, the Method Active is a wise choice.
|Battery||Up to 10 Hours|
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