Best Wireless Headphones Under Rs.10,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 8, 2019

Wireless headphones have evolved a lot from the past in terms of sound output as well as build quality.

Most of the premium budget headphones now come with comparable performance or is on par with their wired counterparts.

In this article, we’re discussing the best wireless Bluetooth headphones priced under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market.

Being a sweet spot that matches the two building blocks of an excellent headphone – build and sound quality, we have made extra care to select the ones that we think are the absolute best among the rest.

Without any further ado, let’s start with the article.

Best Wireless Headphones Under Rs.10,000

1. Marshall Major IIOverall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser HD 4.40 Runner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDRXB650Best Headphones for Bass Heads
4. Skullcandy Hesh 3Best Battery Life
5. JBL E55BTBest Budget Headphones
6. Motorola Pulse EscapeHonorable Mention

1. Marshall Major II

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Overall Best Pick
  • Premium luxury headphone
  • Excellent balanced sound output
  • Suited for hardcore audiophiles

Marshall is a UK based audio equipment manufacturer well known for its amplifiers, Bluetooth speakers and studio-grade headphones.

The Major II from Marshal is an upgrade over the original Marshall Major headphones that was widely popular.

Design and Build Quality

The Marshall Major II follows the classic Marshall design cues including the rounded ear cup design and the vinyl finish.

The textured leather construction imparts a classy and luxury feel to this wireless over the ear headphone.

The collapsible design makes it easier for the storage of this headphone in the bags and suitcases.

The adjustable headband clips are made of metal and have a superior build quality that feels durable.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Marshall Major II boasts of a 40mm driver unit that is factory tuned to ensure you the best possible sound clarity.

The deeper bass and the detailed highs make the music that’s coming out of the speaker very much enjoyable, even for the hardcore audiophiles.

These headphones are the kind of product where a bass head and a purist music lover will agree on with. The vocals are clear and clean without any sort of distortions.

The noise isolation feature works well as advertised. It successfully blocks out the background noises for a quieter and rich music listening experience.

Miscellaneous

One peculiar fact about these headphones is that both the left and right earpieces come with a 3.5mm jack.

You might ask, 3.5mm jack on a wireless Bluetooth headphone?

Yes. Not one but two.

This is for scenarios where two members can simultaneously listen to the same music with ease.

The cables in itself are gold plated and with textured connectors. Everything about this headphone feels luxurious so does the sound output as well.

The inline remote works impressively well which we didn’t expect from an audiophile grade headphone. The calls where surprisingly crisp and clear and the mic worked just fine as well.

Battery Life

With all the features on board and with active noise cancellation running in the background, the Marshall Major II still delivers a stellar battery life of about 30 hours.

This feature makes it one of the best companions during a long trip where access to the power grid is minimal.

Verdict

The Marshall Major II is a lifetime worth of investment if you’re into some serious hardcore music listening.

The quality of music that is delivered on to your ears from the luxury headphone is on a whole new level. If you have the money in your hand, don’t look further.

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Build quality

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Noise cancellation

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Excellent sound quality

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A little tight on ears

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Features30 Hours Battery Life

2. Sennheiser HD 4.40BT

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Suited for all genres of music
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Instant pairing via NFC

When it comes to the audio quality of their products, Sennheiser seldom makes mistakes.

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 is an over the ear wireless Bluetooth headphones that come with Active noise cancellation.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Sennheiser HD 4.40 is centred around minimalism. There’s no sign of aggressive design aspects anywhere to be seen on this device.

The entire construction of this headphone is of plastic. There’s not even a metal insert in between. However, it has to be noted that the plastics used is of very high quality.

The silver-coloured plastic inserts add a premium look to the headphone which blends in well with the minimalistic design.

This wireless Bluetooth headphone comes with a 2.5mm jack to listen over the wire when the battery is finished.

The headband is thin with not much cushioning around. The earcups are comfy with smooth and soft paddings which feels very much soft and fitting over the ears.

The foldable earcups make these wireless headphones easy to be carried around.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT uses proprietary 40mm drivers that are tuned by the company to meet the requirements of this particular model.

The Sennheiser signature profile renders a very well balanced bass-rich sound output from these speakers.

Accurate and clean audio is what we can describe the audio output from these headphones in general. The rich bass never overpowers the mids and highs which makes the vocals crisp and clear.

Additionally, Active noise cancellation features to enhance the immersive listening experience of this headphone.

It blocks/filters the background noises to provide you with a calm and quiet ambience to enjoy your music better and clearer.

Connectivity and Battery Life

This wireless Bluetooth headphone from Sennheiser comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. This makes the pairing process simple and easy.

Powered by the Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the signal quality and reception is excellent. The Bluetooth radio inside provides a reception radius of well over 30 feet.

Even with obstructions like walls and ceiling in between, the connection never dropped and the sound quality remained intact.

Battery life from a wireless headphone is one of the most important factors in its usability. The Sennheiser HD 4.40 delivers a stellar 20 hours of battery life on a single charge.

If the active noise cancellation is turned on, this drops to 18 hours which is still a respectable number.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is a very capable performer for those people who require a balanced sound profile than an overpowering bass.

This product delivers clean audio output without any compromise of notes, be it the lows, highs or the mids.

With the active noise cancellation feature and very respectable battery life, the Sennheiser HD 4.40 is a compelling choice under Rs.10,000.

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Portability

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Active noise cancellation

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Balanced sound profile

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Proprietary 2.5mm jack

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating18 Ohm
Additional FeaturesActive noise cancellation

3. Sony MDR XB650

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 Best Headphones for Bass Heads
  • Beat response control technology
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • Clean mids and highs

The XB tag on the product label itself defines the headphone we’re about to discuss in detail.

The Sony MDR-XB650 is an on-ear wireless headphone that is a premium budget offering from the company’s ‘Extra Bass’ product lineup.

Design and Build Quality

Sony has always given preference to the functions over the design aesthetics. However, it doesn’t mean that the products are ugly.

The MDR-XB650 has a minimal design but we felt this form factor to be more attractive than the others on this list.

The pressure relieving ear pads is one of the unique aspects of this wireless earphone. The soft texture that fits snug on the earlobes offers utmost comfort and minimal sound leakage to the exteriors.

The swivelling and foldable earcups make this headphone easy to carry around in tight bags with minimal space real estate.

Speakers and Sound Quality

To understand the capability of this headphone, we have to discuss something at first – the frequency response spectrum.

The frequency response spectrum defines the range between which the headphone speakers can output the sound. The lesser it is, more will be the bass and the higher it is, the more will be the treble.

Covering a broad frequency response spectrum along with the neodymium speakers makes this one of the best bass intense wireless headphones in the market.

The neodymium magnet speakers output cleaner and rich bass that makes you groove to the beats.

If you’re a bass head, you’ll definitely love to pick this up wherever you’d go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphone best suited for listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The treble and vocals are gracefully retained and don’t get overpowered by the thundering bass it delivers.

Beat Response Control

Sony’s Beat Response Control delivers that extra oomph with the low pitched notes making it a bass fanatic’s favourite.

The 30mm neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-XB650 possible.

The air vent design on the back of the earpiece ensures that the airflow is not hindered while the bass is being delivered to the ears.

This reduces the reverberation effect and maximises the diaphragm efficiency.

Connectivity and Battery Life

Powered by the Bluetooth v4.1, this wireless headphone really shines with low energy consumption compared to its power-hungry predecessors.

NFC is one of the technologies Sony products tend to feature the most, be it smartphones or Bluetooth speakers. NFC enables quick pairing with compatible devices.

The battery life doesn’t suffer much even with the abundance of connectivity options. This wireless headphone features an 18-hour battery life at moderate volume levels.

Verdict

If you are a die-hard bass fanatic who would love to have deep bass with no distortions in whatever genre of music you intend to listen, this wireless headphone is made for you.

The solid build quality and the reliability of the brand such as Sony makes this purchase well worth your hard earned money.

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Minimal yet eye-pleasing design

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Rich, undistorted bass

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Pressure relieving earpads

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Looks and feels bulky

Specifications

Driver Size30 mm
Frequency Range24Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating24 ohm
Additional Features30 Hours Battery Life

4. Skullcandy Hesh 3

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Best Battery Life
  • Stereo Haptic bass technology
  • 22+ hours battery life
  • 2-year warranty

Skullcandy Hesh 3 is one of the surprise entries to the sub. Rs.10,000 premium budget headphone category owing to its allround performance.

This wireless Bluetooth headphone packs in great build quality along with exceptional battery life and soothing audio output quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 is made of high-quality ABS plastic and polycarbonate mixture that renders excellent structural rigidity to the chassis.

The plane minimal design with a single colour scheme looks rather attractive to the eyes more than what you might think.

The fully foldable earpiece makes this headphone easy to carry in tight spaces in your backpack.

The folding mechanism is robust and won’t fail unless you exert enormous pressure on it.

The control buttons on this Bluetooth headphone are big and raised. The plus and minus shaped volume control buttons are easier to access even in the dark without looking at them.

The centre power button, when pressed twice, activates the corresponding voice assistant on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

The cushioned headband feels comfortable for the most part, but those who are having a large head, the tight fit might be a nuisance during prolonged usage.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 is equipped with a 40mm speaker driver which comes with stereo haptic bass technology.

This feature makes the bass output to be diverted independently through the left and right channels, delivering an immersive acoustic experience.

These custom-tuned speakers along with the noise isolating memory foam pads provide a refined music listening experience.

There a bass adjusting slider on this headphone with which you can control the level of low pitch notes on your favourite tracks.

This will let you enjoy genres like EDMs and hip-hop to the fullest and also light music tracks with emphasize on vocals.

Miscellaneous

This premium budget wireless Bluetooth headphone comes with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable that will let you plug this device to the smartphone or TV.

Powered by Bluetooth v4.1, this device has an impressive signal range of up to 40m, which is almost 10m more than most other headphones.

Battery Life

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 has one of the best battery life in any wireless headphone we’ve seen to date.

On a single charge, this wireless headphone lasts for a whopping 22+ hours playback time at 60% volume level.

Verdict

If you’re in search of value for money wireless headphone that gives a balanced sound output suitable for listening to all genres of music, the Skullcandy Hesh 3 is a great choice.

The 22+ hour battery life makes it an excellent companion in your off the grid adventure trips.

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Solid build quality

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Completely foldable earcups

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Excellent bass

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Headband might be too tight for some

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesHaptic Bass Response

5. JBL E55BT

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Best Budget Headphone
  • Excellent tonal balance
  • Good build quality
  • JBL signature sound profile

JBL is synonymous with excellent sound output. Being a world-class leader in portable Bluetooth speakers, the company also has its fair share of best in class business headphone offerings.

The JBL E55BT is a simple and elegant premium budget over the ear headphone that comes with two attractive colour options – the blue and the black.

Design and Build Quality

The stylish fabric used in this over the ear headphone compliments the sleek design very well. The fit and finish of the JBL E55BT exudes confidence and feels very durable in hand.

The headband adjustment controls are very easy and feature multiple steps.

You can precisely adjust the length according to your head and maintain a tight-fitting yet comfortable posture.

The ear cups have soft leather paddings which feel very comfortable even while listening to music for hours with this headphone.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL E55BT offers one of the best sounding speaker drivers in this sub Rs.10,000 price range. The bass levels on this headphone will satisfy the basshead in you comfortably.

The 50mm driver speakers output deep bass and tangling highs with crisp and clean vocals.

JBL signature sound certification needs no serious introduction to a hardcore audiophile.

The audio output from the speakers is detailed with sound from each instrument feeling distinct and audible. The vocals too sound crip and neither the bass nor the treble overshadows it in any way.

Miscellaneous

The JBL E55BT comes with a detachable cable in the box. This 3.5mm cable can be made use of when the battery is depleted and you still want to continue listening to your favourite music.

This braided wire is of very high quality and feels rock solid. It can even withstand abuses and function properly afterwards.

The controls are located on the right earcup of these headphones and are very much comfortable to operate with. The buttons are tactile and responsive.

Battery Life

Yes, the JBL E55BT feels small and compact when compared with other competitors on this list. But the battery life isn’t bad either.

The Li-ion cell inside the device lasts for about 16 hours on a single charge. With less than two hours to fully charge from 0 to 100%, we felt that this number is quite reasonable.

Verdict

The JBL E55BT is a strong performer with a large sound stage and incredible quality audio output.

If you’re looking for a lightweight and compact alternative to the pricey premium headphones, this one might be the best bet for you.

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Attractive colour option

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Portable and lightweight

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Wider sound stage

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Ear cups could have been a bit larger

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesComfortable fit

6. Motorola Pulse Escape

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent sound output quality
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • 1-year warranty

Motorola has Pulse series wired headphones were one of our favourites in the budget headphones available in the country.

The Pulse Escape wireless headphone carries on the same legacy of its wired predecessor and even improves upon it.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola Pulse Escape has the simplest of the wireless Bluetooth headphone we have seen in a while.

The polycarbonate skeletal structure feels solid and can be twisted or bent without the fear of breaking down.

The faux leather ear padding is comfortable around the ears and offers excellent passive noise cancellation properties.

This Bluetooth headphone can be easily folded and kept inside the backpack, consuming very little real estate.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Motorola Pulse Escape features a 40mm speaker driver which beautifully renders the music notes without any distortions even at higher volume levels.

The sound output is soothing and will satisfy all type of listeners – be it bass heads or vocal lovers alike.

The noise isolation done by the large earcups helps to keep unwanted background noises at bay, offering you a serene and calm music listening experience.

Miscellaneous Features

The Motorola Pulse Escape has soft touch buttons on the earpiece casing which are easy to operate.

The integrated microphone is very sensitive and picks up the voice to deliver a smooth hands-free calling experience.

Battery Life

The rechargeable battery inside the Motorola Pulse Escape will last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Charging the battery is a pretty straightforward affair by plugging into headphone with a micro USB cable to a DC input or even to a portable power bank.

Verdict

The Motorola Pulse Escape is a lightweight and capable wireless Bluetooth headphone which delivers excellent quality sound output for its price tag.

Decent battery life and the touch assisted controls add to the usability of this device further.

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Minimalistic design

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Lightweight

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Foldable

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Stiff headband cushion

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesTouch controls

 

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