Even though truly wireless headsets are on the rise and are becoming more affordable by the day, they still haven’t proven to be worthy competition to wired earphones in the budget segments. Entry-level TWS have some gaping flaws in their audio output, which generally is not the case with wired earphones. On top of that, wired earphones offer virtually no latency while gaming or playing videos. The budget earphones segment in India is hotly contested with brands like JBL, Sony, and Skullcandy putting out multiple products in the under-1000 price category. In this article, we bring you the best entry-level wired earphones under Rs 1,000 that you can buy right now.
Price: Rs 761
Sony’s entry-level earphones could very well be the best of the lot in functionality as well as audio output. The Sony MDR-EX15AP are equipped with neodymium drivers to deliver the perfect mix of frequencies. The in-ear design provides a snug fit, and there are additional silicone hybrid ear tips within the packaging for all ear sizes. The earphones are also shipped with a cord adjuster that keeps them from tangling in your pocket. But the part where the MDR-EX15AP truly outshine their competition is Smart Key app connectivity. Using this app, you can customise the mic button to either control the track or the volume. There are also four colours on offer, with the violet one priced slightly higher at Rs 880.
Price: Rs 599
JBL C100SI has all the makings of a perfect entry-level wired headset. These earphones produce a well-mixed bass-driven audio output that every JBL loyalist will be familiar with. They are also equipped with a one-button universal remote that can be used to pick up calls, play/pause audio, forward/rewind the song, and trigger the voice assistant. The lightweight in-ear design provides a perfect fit, and the earphones come with three ear tips catering to all sizes. At Rs 599, the JBL C100SI are an absolute bargain.
Price: Rs 829
Like JBL, Skullcandy has loyalists that are drawn to the brand’s signature sound. The Skullcandy Jib offer that unique sound profile at an affordable price of just Rs 829. The earphones are also equipped with an in-line microphone along with dedicated volume controls. The 1.2m cable is claimed to be tangle free, so you can keep it in your pockets without having to worry about untangling it.
MI Dual Driver
Price: Rs 599
As the name suggests, these earphones from MI come with two 10mm and 8mm dynamic drivers to deliver a rich, thumping sound. The MI Dual Driver offers a frequency response range of 20-40,000Hz. In terms of design and functionality, the MI Dual Driver pulls ahead of its competition. Firstly, these earphones have a metal build and magnetic earbuds, which is unheard of in this category. The braided cable design is ideal to avoid being tangled. The earphones also offer dedicated keys for volume control and an additional key to pick up calls, skip track, or trigger the voice assistant. Priced at Rs 599, the MI Dual Driver earphones could very well be the most value-for-money purchase out there.
Audio Technica Sonic Sport
Price: Rs 999
Mostly known for making high-end audio products, Audio Technica also has something to offer in the entry-level wired earphones category. The Audio Technica Sonic Sport are an ideal pair of earphones for those that love to work out. The ear hooks on these earphones comfortably wrap around your ear and provide a strong fit that won’t easily come off while you’re running or working out. The ear hooks can be snapped on and off whenever required. The 8.5mm audio driver delivers a bass-rich audio output that is true to Audio Technica’s reputation.
boAt Bassheads 152
Price: Rs 449
Closing out this list is the boAt Bassheads 152 which features 10mm audio drivers that deliver a dynamic bass-rich sound. If you’re on a shoestring budget and are looking for a good pair of earphones under Rs 500, the Bassheads 152 should be your first choice. Weighing just 13g, these earphones are also the lightest on this list. Apart from a well-balanced sound, the boAt Bassheads 152 also comes with an in-line mic and a button to pick up calls and control music playback.
These are our picks for the best entry-level wired earphones under Rs 1,000 that you can buy right now. These picks cover a diverse range of sound profiles from bass-driven to thumping audio output. Think there’s a headset we missed out on? Let us know in the comments!
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