As TWS products have become the norm, the affordable headphone segment has grown by leaps and bounds. However, those drawn towards expansive soundstages may feel underwhelmed while using entry-level headphones. If your ears yearn for a high-end music listening experience, you may have to splurge a fair amount of money for the flagship products. In this article, we bring you our picks for the top headphones over Rs 25,000 for audiophiles.
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Price: Rs 29,987 on Amazon
Considered to be one of the best headphones on the market, Sony WH-1000XM5 delivers a thumping audio output with its 30mm driver unit in each earcup. We reviewed this pair of headphones earlier this year and really liked the audio tuning and mix of frequencies it had to offer. While certainly not a pair of neutral headphones, the WH-1000XM5 brings its own flair to the soundstage, accentuating the listening experience. Apart from a brilliant sound profile, the WH-1000XM5 also has some serious noise cancellation chops. It can provide 30 hours of continuous playback on a full battery, with 3 hours of playback readily available upon 3 minutes of charge.
Apple AirPods Max
Price: Rs 59,900 on Apple.com
Apple AirPods Max may be one of the pricier options out there, but if you don’t want to compromise on the audio performance, you should be all over this pair of headphones. With Apple’s H1 chip in each earcup, the AirPods Max is able to generate a supreme listening experience using computational audio. You also get to play with features like Spatial Audio, Always-on Siri, Announce Notifications, and On-Head Detection. The 20-hour battery life offered by the AirPods Max feels incredible when you experience the level of ANC these headphones are able to pull off.
Jabra Elite 85h
Price: Rs 89,680 on Amazon
While talking about ultra-premium headphones, Jabra Elite 85h is one of the few names that spring to mind. These wireless pair of headphones offer a high-end sound profile that has been carefully designed for the comfort of the user. The highs, mids, and lows are all very well represented on the soundstage. The SmartSound Audio technology analyses your sound environment and creates personalised audio just for you. On a single charge, the Jabra Elite 85h can last up to 36 hours.
Price: Rs 34,990 on Sennheiser-hearing.com
For those looking for a pair of neutral-sounding headphones, the Sennheiser HD660S2 would be a solid buy. Following the design language of its predecessor, HD660S, the HD660S2 flaunt an open back panel with a plastic mesh giving a peek inside the earcups. This design helps create a more open soundstage and maintains steady airflow. Audiophiles will enjoy the close-to-neutral soundstage that’s on offer here. While reviewing the HD660S2, we also enjoyed the slight Sennheiser signature added to the audio output. Initially launched at Rs 54,990, the HD660S2 are a steal at their current price of Rs 34,990.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Price: Rs 29,362 on Flipkart
Bose QuietComfort 35 II may just be the most well-rounded pair of headphones in its price segment. The dedicated control and buttons on the side of earcups are a great addition for those that do not like the pesky accidental touches on touch-sensitive outer panels. The dynamic driver is optimised to deliver a distortion-free sound at every volume level, no matter how high you go. The QuietComfort 35 II also has support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It offers up to 20 hours of battery life along with wired playback. A no-brainer pick for the top headphones over Rs 25,000 for audiophiles.
JBL Tour One
Price: Rs 25,000 on JBL.in
Closing this list is one of the more premium products from the household brand, JBL. The Tour One headphones feature 40mm dynamic drivers and are hi-res certified, with up to 40KHz frequency support. They also feature ‘Adaptive’ Noise Cancellation, which allows you to have a conversation with people around you without switching off the ANC. JBL Tour One offers a battery life of 25 hours with ANC turned on. It can be extended to 50 hours when the headphones are used in Bluetooth mode only.
These are our picks for the best headphones over Rs 25,000 for audiophiles. If you’re not interested in Active Noise Cancellation, there are a plethora of wired headphones you can go for that do not cost an obnoxious amount of money. However, if you’re looking for a truly neutral soundstage, you will have to shell out some extra money.
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