Choosing the right earphones can be nothing short of a chore. With the huge range of earphones available, the average consumer can get easily confused. The fact that well known companies don’t make the best headphones or earphones doesn’t help either. It’s natural to trust these brands when going to purchase a product, but unfortunately they’re not always the best choice. At the budget range, it gets even worse because there’s multiple offerings from the same brand which aren’t very different from each other at all. So we’re here to help! At the Rs. 1500 or so price point, you can still get some pretty killer earphones that are definitely better than what you get bundled with your smartphone. Here’s our picks for the 5 best earphones under Rs. 1500!
The 5 Best Earphones Under Rs. 1500
You just can’t have a list of best earphones or headphones without products from the German stalwart. Coming in at the most affordable on the list, the Sennheiser CX-380 is definitely for active users. Featuring an extra long cord, sweat proof design, lightweight build and very comfortable earbuds, this is a perfect fit if you want to play sports while listening to music. Sound quality is pretty great, with decent highs and middles and good bass as well. For best quality, you’ll need to break it in for 48 hours though, so don’t judge it by the first listen. The only con we see is the bright orange design, which may not appeal to everyone. Otherwise, it’s a great buy!
Price: Rs. 1250
Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds S2SBFY
Another popular offering from the American manufacturer, the Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds S2SBFY hits the sweet spot in terms of price and performance. It comes in a bunch of funky designs and has decent sound quality, although it’s more geared towards hip-hop and dance music aficionados. Bass levels are slightly higher than the competition, while mids are decent. It doesn’t have the best clarity for instrument based music, but if that’s not your thing anyway, you can’t go wrong with this pair.
Price: Rs. 1350
JVC HA-FX101-A Xtreme Xplosives Series
For a pair of earphones with such an in your face name, the JVC HA-FX101 actually does pretty well. It’s again geared towards the EDM and hip-hop listening crowd, with good bass and decent treble. Note that for optimum sound quality you’ll need to burn in these earphones for around 48 hours, playing music above normal listening level. With a proper equalizer, you can get a lot out of these earphones, and they look pretty cool too!
Price: Rs. 1375
The Japanese aural experts recently launched a whole range of new headphones and earphones in India that fit almost every budget. While their lower range isn’t anything to write home about, the ATH-CK323M makes a pretty good case for itself at this budget. According to us, it’s one of the best looking on the list, and does well for rock music listeners. The bass is a little muddy, but the treble levels are quite good. It will sound better after burn in, and you’ll notice better mids and lows.
Price: Rs. 1450
SoundMAGIC has made a name for itself recently for creating great quality earphones at really affordable prices. In fact, the more expensive SoundMAGIC E10 has been making waves for offering sound quality equivalent to earphones almost double its price! This pair, on the other hand, has been around for a while, but is still one of the best. It’s not flashy looking or anything, but offers some pretty cool features. You can convert the pair into sports earphones with the provided clips, and it also has a little dial behind each earpiece that lets you adjust bass. Clarity is great and so are the mids and trebles, but it isn’t the bassiest of the bunch. Nevertheless, a very good buy!
Price: Rs. 1499
So those were our picks for the best 5 in ear headphones under Rs. 1500. Got any suggestions or queries? Let us know via the comments below!