With the festival of lights, Diwali just around the corner, a lot of us are looking to cross off items on our checklists. Over the last few weeks, we have covered a range of gadgets you can buy at great prices – from smartphones to laptops, cameras, Bluetooth speakers and more. In this post today, we take a look at some of the best earphones under Rs. 1000 that you can buy in this festive season.
With companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus and others not bundling a pair of earphones with their smartphones, there are a lot of us looking for a pair of good earphones to enjoy music on the go. While these companies themselves offer earphones separately at decent prices, there are some good alternatives from companies like Sennheiser, Sony etc.
Keeping in mind the basic requirements from a pair of affordable earphones, we have compiled a list of the best earphones you can buy under Rs. 1000. Some of these earphones are available at attractive discounts during the ongoing festive season sales, so you may want to take a look at them.
The Sennheiser CX180 is one of the bestselling pair of earphones in the Indian market. These in-ear earphones have been so successful that Sennheiser had to manage its supplies on a per-dealer basis. But what makes the CX180 so popular?
Featuring a simple and intuitive design, the Sennheiser CX180 support a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz, with a sensitivity of 110dB. Focusing on serving the entry level earphone buyers, the CX180 feature a decent amount of bass – striking a good balance between aggressiveness and quality.
Sennheiser has struck almost all the right chords with the CX180. With an entry level price and the right kind of sound, the CX180 has proven to be a great success for the company. However, there’s one thing though – the CX180 doesn’t come with an in-built mic, so you may not be able to switch tracks or attend calls. However, at a price of Rs. 699, the Sennheiser CX180 is a very good option to consider.
Sony is another well-known name when it comes to audio devices, so it’s no wonder that the Sony MDR-EX150 made it to our list of best earphones under Rs. 1000. Featuring a simple and elegant design, the MDR-EX150 offer slightly more than the Sennheiser CX180.
Like the CX180, the Sony MDR-EX150 also stay focused on delivering a decent bass experience. An entry level pair of earphones from Sony, the MDR-EX150 come with a canalphone design and offer noise cancellation for an enhanced audio experience.
The MDR-EX150 support a frequency range of 5-24,000Hz, with a sensitivity of 103dB and impedance of 16 Ohm. They are quite lightweight – standing at just 3 grams without the wire. These earphones come with a 9mm dynamic driver and hybrid silicone earbuds, combining to give you a good overall experience. The one drawback of the MDR-EX150 is that they do not come with an in-built mic, so if you need one, you’re better off looking at other options.
boAt BassHeads 220
A new entrant and an Indian company, boAt has been offering some really good earphones for a while now at very attractive prices. The boAt BassHeads 220 is the first entry from boAt in our list of best earphones, giving you a very good bang for your buck.
Unlike other options in this list, the boAt BassHeads 220 features some metal in its design, giving it a slightly more premium look and feel. They also feature a flatwire design, offering users a tangle-free experience – that alone makes a good case for the BassHeads 220.
Coming to the core specifications, the boAt BassHeads 220 support a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz and a sensitivity of 98dB. It comes with 10mm drivers and supports passive noise isolation to improve your audio experience. Additionally, it also comes with an in-built mic and music shortcuts, allowing you to receive/hang up calls, change tracks, play/pause and more.
JBL is a very well-known name when it comes to audio devices, and sure enough, it finds a mention in our list. The JBL C100SI are a very decent pair of earphones in the entry level segment, offering a good balance between design and ease of use while retaining the sound quality.
Like most other earphones in this price range, the JBL C100SI feature support for a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz and a 9mm driver for an enhanced audio experience. Given the features offering by competing earphones, the JBL C100SI also focus on delivering a very good bass experience. JBL also touts its well-known sound quality, and after having tested it for a few months now, the claims are fairly true.
Another area where the JBL C100SI one-up some other options is the mic – the C100SI comes with an in-built mic allowing you to manage calls and change tracks easily.
Skullcandy is a well-known brand with the young crowd, offering a good balance between quality and price. It also offers a range of colours which may interest a lot of people. While the glossy design and the Skullcandy branding everywhere may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s made out of good quality material.
The Skullcandy S2DUL-J846 offers support for a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz and come with a 10mm driver for an enhanced audio experience. Skullcandy reiterates that it is an amalgamation of style with performance – in this price range, the hardware on offer is very similar to what other competitors are selling.
These Skullcandy S2DUL-J846 earphones come with an in-built mic, but unfortunately there’s no control button so you will still have to use your phone to manage calls or change tracks. All in all, these Skullcandy earphones seem to come with a fair bit of cons when compared to other earphones in this price range. However, if you’re looking for a colourful, trendy option, these earphones can be an option.