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by | Jan 12, 2019

Earphones have been one of the must-have accessories for your smartphones and laptops which helps you listen to the audio from these gadgets in complete solace.

There are many established brands in the market manufacturing expensive earphones with nerdy technical specifications, about which most of us are ignorant.

We know that you would love to have an excellent sound output from the earphone and nothing less. That’s why we have taken the pain to chew these tech specs and spit out the essentials for you to understand the scene in simple words.

Here are the best six earphones available in the Indian market priced under Rs.3,000 that offers an exciting combination of affordability and superior performance. Enough with the intro, let’s go!

Best Earphone Under Rs.3,000

1. RHA S500 Universal Overall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser CX 300-IIRunner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDR-XB510Best Earphone for Bass Heads
4. boAt Nirvanaa TresTriple Driver Earphone
5. JBL Reflect miniBest Sports Earphone
6. BlitzWolf BW-ES2Honorable Mention

1. RHA S500 Universal

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent build quality
  • Superior audio clarity
  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty

RHA is a UK based professional audio equipment manufacturer who is widely acclaimed for its audiophile-quality earphones and headphones within an affordable budget.

The RHA S500 Universal is one such entry-level RHA product that can be used with both iOS and Android devices as well as any device with a compatible 3.5mm jack.

Design and Build Quality

When it comes to building quality and craftsmanship, the RHA products are on par with most of their competitors in the same price category.

The RHA S500 Universal has a minimalistic design accentuated by the aluminium driver housing with a tapered edge that screams premium quality at first sight itself.

The rounded dual material cable is 1.35m long, making it easy to carry it in your pocket without any stress to the joints.

There is additional structural support at the joints, making this earphone capable of withstanding mild abuses.

The high quality 3.5mm jack is surrounded by metallic inserts with a textured pattern for easy grip.

This gold plated jack also helps in the signal to flow uninterrupted across to your smartphone.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The RHA S500 features a custom made 14mm dynamic drivers that deliver excellent audio that will satiate a true audiophile’s quest for studio-quality sound output at such an affordable price tag.

The aluminium casing in which the driver has placed acts as an acoustic chamber and enhances the low notes and lets out a pleasant bass which gracefully assists the clean vocals and high pitched music notes.

Having a sensitivity of 100dB equates to the perfect combination of loudness and distortion-free sound, making this earphone meet the best of both worlds.

In-line Remote and Voice Quality

The inline remote on this wired earphone is placed strategically near the earpiece so that it’s close to your mouth rather than dangling down at your hip level.

This enhances the voice pickup abilities and perfectly catches your sound, no matter where you are standing.

The remote has a single button that can either accept/reject calls or play/pause the current track.

Verdict

The RHA S500 is the perfect headphone that you can currently purchase for under Rs.3,000.

The perfect combination of bass and treble makes for a delightful music listening experience with this earphone.

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Universal compatibility
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Metallic driver casing
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Dual-layered strong cable
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Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range16Hz – 22000Hz
Tangle FreeNo
Warranty3 Years
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter14 mm

2. Sennheiser CX 300-II

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Runner Up Pick
  • Best suited for hip-hop music
  • 2-year brand warranty
  • Excellent noise cancellation

The Sennheiser CX 300-II is the improved version of the original Sennheiser CX 300 with a more natural sounding bass while the aesthetics remain almost unchanged.

This in-ear earphone provides an overall smoother sound output with perfect tonal balance, making it one of the best sounding earphones in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser CX 300-II has a traditional earphone design with a rounded driver casing and a metal clad insert over the same for aesthetic purposes.

The rounded wires of the earphone are of decent thickness and sufficient length but weirdly has different lengths for each ear. The company advises to wear the longer ear cable around the neck for a proper fit.

The ear tips that come with this earphone are comfortable to wear and is sweat and moisture resistant. It won’t slide away loosely once it becomes wet.

There is no inline remote nor a microphone for voice calls and media controls. This earphone is solely designed for listening to music and nothing else.

The L shaped headphone jack is gold plated to ensure a minimal signal loss for better music output.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser CX 300-II features a dynamic 10mm neodymium driver inside to deliver a bass-driven, stereo sound experience.

This speaker driver has a minimum impedance of 16 ohms and a high sensitivity of about 13 dB/mW, making it possible to deliver high-quality sound output even on low-end budget smartphones.

This driver covers a frequency response range of 19Hz – 21,000Hz, capable of reproducing even the slightest sound from an instrument used in the music composition.

Since this is an in-ear style earphone, the speakers rest inside the ear canal. The rounded design of the driver casing provides a passive noise cancellation effect, attenuating most of the background noises from getting inside the ears.

This excellent noise cancellation effect enhances the immersive music listening experience, no matter where you are.

Miscellaneous

This earphone comes with three sets of eartips of different sizes for the best fit in our ears.

There is also a carrying pouch that comes with the box, which you can use to keep the earphones safely during trips in your bags or pockets.

Sennheiser provides a 2-year warranty for this earphone applicable anywhere in India.

Verdict

If you want a no-frills earphone with the sole aim of listening to music, the Sennheiser CX 300-II is a good choice.

Excellent noise cancellation and the high-quality dynamic driver delivers excellent quality sound output, making this earphone a wise choice for a budget under Rs.3,000.

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range19Hz-21000Hz
Tangle FreeNo
Warranty2 Years
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

3. Sony MDR-XB510

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Best Earphone for Bass Heads
  • Metal driver casing provides better bass
  • Best suited for EDMs and trance music
  • IPX7 water and sweat resistance

Sony MDR-XB lineup has been one of the fan favourites among audiophiles who are in search of affordable, high-quality headphones for listening to EDM and trance music.

The Sony MDR-XB510 comes with an inline remote and microphone, making it a complete package worth investing your hard-earned money into.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-XB510 is designed to perfection using high-quality materials for its construction.

The angled in-ear tube and the metallic driver casing makes this earphone stand out from the rest in terms of aesthetics.

Additionally, there are earclips to keep the earpieces intact even while engaging in active sports and workout sessions.

This earphone also comes with the IPX7 water resistance certification for outdoor use without any damage.

The 1.2m cable is sufficiently long enough to reach your pant pockets with enough slack so that you don’t have to fear about the cable being stressed under pressure.

The flat style cable is tangle-resistant and can withstand minor abuses without damage.

This budget earphone comes with three pairs of eartips that you can replace according to the size of your ear for a tight and comfortable fit.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Sony MDR-XB 510 features a 12mm neodymium magnet driver to deliver excellent quality sound output across the spectrum.

This driver has a sensitivity of 111dB/mW, which is quite high for a budget earphone.

Sensitivity measures how efficient the electrical signals are converted into sound signals by the drivers. More the sensitivity, the better the sound output at minimal power consumption.

However, higher sensitivity might induce occasional sound distortions at very high volume levels.

The driver inside this earphone covers an impressive frequency response range of 4Hz – 24,000 Hz, providing an immersive music listening experience.

The clever design of the driver casing includes a bass duct that improves the quality of the low pitch sound, making it a bass lovers dream companion.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The inline remote on this earphone features a single button to accept/reject incoming calls and to play/pause the music track.

The microphone underneath the remote delivers excellent voice call quality. The mic doesn’t pick up any unwanted noise in the background while you’re calling, making voice calls, a much better experience.

Verdict

If your music listening routine consists mostly of EDMs and other bass-rich tones, purchasing this earphone won’t disappoint you at all.

The immersive bass reproduction along with clean mids and clear highs makes it the best all-around performing earphone in the sub Rs.3,000 price segment.

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Aesthetically pleasing design
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Good quality microphone
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Flat tangle free cable
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Slight sound distortion at maximum volume

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range4Hz-24000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter12 mm

4. boAt Nirvanaa Tres

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Triple Driver Earphones
  • Excellent sound stage separation
  • Unique dual tone colour scheme
  • Easy to use inline remote

Triple driver earphones serve a niche category of audiophiles who are adamant about getting the studio-quality music experience, no matter how expensive the device is.

Well, not anymore. The boAt Nirvanaa Tres is a triple driver earphone that delivers all the goodies of a premium earphone within an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres might be the most unorthodox looking earphones you might ever come across in life.

Due to the fact that this is a triple driver earphone, the design needed to accommodate three drivers at once and this has gifted this earphone with a wierd form factor.

However, the dual tone colour scheme that flaunts red and black makes this earphone look at lot better in person than in pictures online. The silver accented rings around the driver housing compliments the curves and accent lines on the plastic casing.

The 120cm red coloured cable is not braided nor flat type, so expect tangling when left carelessly inside your bag or wallet.

The angled earpiece with silicone ear tips fit snug inside the ear canal and won’t slide loose even while jogging or walking fast.

The angled and gold-plated connector is thoughtfully designed to not obstruct anything inside your pocket that might pull the plug out of the jack accidentally.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Usually, earphones come with a single driver that manages the entire sound stage on its own.

Having multiple drivers helps this earphone to deliver mids, highs and lows separately through each driver, thereby improving the details and enhancing the sound stage separation for stunning quality audio reproduction.

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres comes with two 6mm sound drivers and a balanced armature inside.

The main dual driver setup specifically targets the bass and treble and the balanced armature helps in adding richness to the music by enhancing details in the vocals.

These three drivers cover a wide frequency response range of 20Hz – 40,000Hz, resulting in crisp and clear sound output that will satisfy the audiophile in you.

The adaptable ear mould is designed to have passive noise cancellation feature. This further increases the quality of the sound coming out of these drivers.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres features a plastic inline remote with three buttons. These buttons are coloured red, matching the ambience of the dual tone colour scheme of the earphone.

The buttons are tactile and easy to press. You can control media playback on your smartphone or accept/reject voice calls at the click of a button.

The microphone on this earphone is of decent quality and performs well in both indoors as well as outdoors.

Verdict

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres is a great choice for those who are looking for a budget earphone with excellent audio quality. This triple driver earphone is very well worth every penny you spend on it.

The plastic build is the only downside of this device and if it doesn’t bother you, this is one one of the best you can purchase under Rs.3,000.

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Decent noise isolation

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Comfortable to wear the earpiece

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Clean voice call quality

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Plastic build

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 40000Hz
Tangle FreeNo
Warranty1 Year
Impedance32 Ohm
Driver Diameter3 x 6mm

5. JBL Reflect Mini

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Best Sports Earphones
  • Lightweight design
  • Soothing bass
  • Light reflective cable

JBL Reflect Mini is advertised as the lightest in-ear style wired sports earphones by the company.

The Reflect Mini is, in fact, lightweight and in our tests proved to be a trusty companion in our active lifestyle exercise schedules without compromising either on build quality or audio performance.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Reflect mini has a smaller size footprint when compared to other in-ear sports earphone available in the market.

Made of high-quality plastic and polycarbonate material, the small-sized earpiece feels solid and durable in hand, ughh! I mean, in-ear.

The cable used with this earphone is long and have decent thickness. This cable can handle minor abuses without denting the functionality of the earphones.

The wires are coated with a light-reflecting paint so that even if you are on the road or mountain trails jogging or cycling, others can spot you easily with the light reflecting off from these.

The slightly angled gold-plated headphone jack makes it easily pocketable. The jack sits in position without loosening over movements and doesn’t hinder your music listening lessons, no matter where you are.

The over the ear clips hold the earpiece in place and provides additional support for the earpiece to stay in place while indulging in adventure activities or doing exercises at the gym.

Speaker and Sound Quality

To preserve the lightweight form factor, JBL compromised on including a smaller driver of 5.8mm inside the earpiece.

However, even with these smaller driver speakers, the quality of sound output is not compromised.

This in-ear style sports earphone offers an excellent bass and clean vocals. The level of treble coming out of this device is perfectly in tune with the mids and lows, resulting in a tonally rich music listening experience.

The earphones are sufficiently loud at 80% volume even when used with budget smartphones and while increasing the volume further, we didn’t notice any distortions in the audio quality.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The Reflect mini has a cute rectangular shaped inline remote with curved edges, matching the accent colour on the earpiece. This inline remote has a single button that can be used for playing/pausing the media playback or accepting or rejecting the voice calls.

The built-in microphone works well to pick up the voice clearly and the audio is decent on the receivers end as well.

Verdict

The JBL Reflect Mini is the best in-ear style sports earphones priced under Rs.3,000 available in the Indian market at present.

The lightweight design with tight fit ear clips and excellent sound quality makes this earphone a perfect companion in your workout sessions.

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Decent quality microphone
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Ear clips offer a secure fit
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Elegant and stylish design
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No tangle resistant cable

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 22000Hz
Tangle FreeNo
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter5.8 mm

6. BlitzWolf BW-ES2

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Honorable Mention
  • Dual driver earphone
  • Easy to use inline remote
  • The good voice call quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a budget dual-driver earphones that gives great sound clarity considering the price at which it sells in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with a plastic earpiece casing that we think is aggressively shaped – resembling something of a character from the mythology at the first glance.

This design choice is maybe because the company had to accommodate two drivers inside and still wanted to provide a compact form factor.

The red and black accents used for this earphone is very much attractive. Even the left and right earmarking have the red colour which is easily visible to differentiate with.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with two 6mm dual dynamic drivers inside each of the earpieces.

This ensures that the bass and treble, both have a large frequency range where the drivers independently can work in sync to reproduce them in your ears.

The extreme lows, as well as the highs, are audible even at maximum volume levels with this wired earphones.

For the price of just about Rs.2,500, this budget wired earphone offers sound output with more clarity and details than its competitors.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The inline remote is designed in conjunction with the rest of the earphone body. The control buttons are separately placed so that there won’t be any confusion when using at night or low light conditions.

The buttons feel clicky and response to the clicks are near-instantaneous.

The microphone on this inline remote works decent to capture the voice during voice calls. There’s no hissing or unwanted wind noise while attending calls.

Verdict

If your budget is less than Rs.3,000 and you want a dual-driver wired earphone that sounds nice, the BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a capable performer that can sound well to all types of music with rich bass and balanced treble levels.

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Affordable
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Unique design
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Clean and detailed sound

Q

Flimsy cable feels weak

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter9 mm

Here we conclude this curated post detailing the best six wired In-Ear Earphones available in the market priced under Rs.3,000.

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