Best Earphones Under Rs.1000

If you love listening to a lot of music, a good pair of earphones is a must in your gadget kitty.

Choosing the best earphones is a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose in the market.

There are very few credible reviews out there on the Internet that can ease your buying decision.

That’s why we have compiled a list of the best earphones under Rs.1000.

Which one should you choose?

We will figure it out very soon!

Here are the best earphones under Rs.1,000 that are worth buying and offer the best value for money.

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP Overall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK Best Sound Clarity
3. Sennheiser CX 180 Best Branded Earphone
4. boAt Nirvana Uno Best Value for Money
5. Sound Magic ES18S Best Budget Pick
6. Mi Earphones Best Build Quality
7. Philips SHQ1200 Action Fit Best for Fitness Enthusiasts
8. Philips SHE 3200 Best Conventional Earbud
9. JBL C100SI Honorable Mention

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Natural bass with clean vocals
  • Inline mic with noise cancellation
  • 1-year warranty

Sony is a class apart when you consider any of the products that the company has laid its footprints on.

The same is the case with earphones too.

Sony has been really popular among the audiophiles for its great quality headphones and earphones albeit being a tad bit pricier than its competitors.

The Sony MDR-EX150AP is an in-ear earphone that comes with an inline microphone to attend the calls on the go.

Considering the price of just Rs.999, we can safely say that this is one of the best earphones under Rs.1000 available in the market at present.

This in-ear earphone from Sony is equipped with a 9mm neodymium driver that offers powerful yet balanced sound output.

With an impedance rating of 16 ohms, the drivers are able to pump music so crisp and clear on any device that you might use it with.

With a frequency response covering over a range from 5Hz to a maximum of 24000Hz, this earphone does not misses out even the minute notes.

The bass quality is balanced and doesn’t feel artificial.

The highs tend to peak during the listening, but with the vocals being so crisp and clear, it’s almost indistinguishable for our ears.

The speaker unit weighs just 30g. You won’t even notice the earphone if not the wires were dangling around.

Speaking of wires, they’re vertically textured and feels durable & strong.

The ear tips supplied with this earphones are soft and comfortable to wear.

Additional pairs of ear-tips are provided which is always a welcome move, as everyone’s ears may not be of the same size.

This in-ear earphone from Sony priced under Rs.1000 comes with a 1 year offline as well as online warranty.

So no matter where you purchase, the product is covered under warranty.

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Crisp and clean sound output

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Excellent build quality

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Balanced bass

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Passive noise cancellation

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Highs tend to peak at times

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No flat cable/tangle-prone

Specifications

Model Sony MDR-EX150AP
Microphone Availability Yes
Frequency Range 5 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size 9 mm
Impedance rating 16 ohms

2. Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK

best Sound Clarity
Best Sound Clarity
  • Best for long  listening sessions
  • Soft and tight fit ear-tips
  • Cord wrap included

Audio-Technica is a Japanese company who is one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to audio equipment such as professional headphones and earphones.

The Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK, their offering under Rs.1000 is one of the top earphones at this price thanks to the detailed sound clarity it offers.

The ear pods on this earphone are designed to stand out from the rest of the competitors in the market.

It is very sleek and stylish, providing a premium feel even though with an all plastic build.

The quality of wires though is mediocre and feels very flimsy.

High Acoustic Resolution technology ensures the sound output from this neat little piece of hardware is refined and up to the mark.

These in-ear earphones come with an 8.5mm driver that delivers great clarity audio with a well-balanced punch.

The mids and highs are distinct thanks to the frequency response that ranges between 20Hz – 20,000Hz.

Weighing only about 34g, this earphone is very lightweight and comfortable to wear.

The silicon ear-tips are very soft and fit snug inside the ear canals preventing any possible sound leak to the outside.

The company has included a cord-wrap in the box so that after listening to the music, the wires can be kept securely without getting tangled.

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Great clarity sound

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Well balanced punch

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Sleek and stylish design

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No inline-microphone to attend calls

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Wire quality is mediocre

Specifications

Model Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK
Microphone Availability No
Frequency Range 20 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size 8.5 mm
Impedance rating 16 ohms

3. Sennheiser CX 180

Best Branded Earphone Pick
Best Branded Earphone
  • Best for listening to bass heavy tracks
  • Gold plated connector
  • 2 years warranty

Sennheiser CX 180 is an earphone that has garnered a huge market in India thanks to the brand name and sound quality of Sennheiser.

The design of the earphones gives a subtle and royal look.

The only flaw in the build of these earphones is its cable, which is thin, tangle-prone, and extremely susceptible to cable noise.

When it comes to the sound quality of these budget earphones, the Sennheiser CX 180 performs really well for the price.

It is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDM tracks and bass heavy songs.

It produces good highs and lows, the bass is really great and the vocals are clear and crispy.

Sennheiser also gives a 2-year manufacturer warranty for these earphones.

Noise cancellation and microphone are the features that are absent from these pair of earphones.

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2-year warranty

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Good bass, highs, and lows

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Best for EDM lovers

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Doesn’t have noise cancellation

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Cables can get easily tangled

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No color options

Specifications

Model Sennheiser CX 180
Microphone Availability No
Frequency Range 20 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size
Impedance rating 16 ohms

4. boAt Nirvana Uno

Best Value For Money
Best Value for Money
  • Best for listening to melodies
  • Refreshing aesthetics
  • Tightly fits inside the ear

boAt, as you might have already known, is a serious contender in the Indian consumer audio electronics industry.

The Nirvana Uno from boAt is a budget wired earphone offering from the company priced around Rs.800 mark.

Starting with the aesthetics, the design of this earphone’s speaker units is in line with the other products from the Nirvana lineup that features a distinct earpiece design which makes these products stand out from the rest.

Inside the speaker unit is a comparatively small 7mm driver that delivers decent bass.

If you are looking for an earphone with an upper hand in bass, you might want to check out the bassheads lineup of earphones priced under Rs.500 from boAt.

This product gives you a more balanced and soothing sound output which is perfect for listening to classical and melodious songs.

The company has made some improvements in the overall hardware this time around. The “memory wire” used in this headset reduces the risk of damage due to dangling. This wire is also coated with an additional tough layer coating.

The gold plated connector of this earphone is resistant to corrosion and passes the signal much more efficiently without any significant signal loss.

Since the design of the driver case units are in tune with the grooves of the human ear, it fits snug inside the ear canal offering a natural noise cancellation effect.

The boAt Nirvana Uno comes in a hard protective case that you can use to keep the earphone safe while in transit.

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Unique design

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Protective case

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Superior tough cable

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Smaller sound driver

Specifications

Model boAt Nirvana Uno
Microphone Availability Yes
Frequency Range 20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size 7mm
Impedance rating 16 ohms

5. Sound Magic ES18S

Best Budget Pick
Best Budget Pick
  • Best sounding earphones in a budget
  • Inline mic for voice calls
  • Good build quality

SoundMagic is a Chinese electronics manufacturer who specializes in high-quality audio products.

SoundMagic ES18S offers excellent performance compared to its competitors and you will not get such great clarity in sound even from the ones which cost twice its price.

The sound-stage is definitely better than many other expensive earphones out there.

Though it doesn’t have the thumping bass you get on some top picks, when it comes to the clarity of sound the ES18S are miles ahead.

The silicon ear tips provide very good comfort and help to seal the ears from outside noise very well.

It has an L-shaped 3.5 mm jack which is gold plated.

The cable is 1.25m, the rubber padding at each end adds up to the build quality.

The overall build quality is really good as well, it can easily survive some accidental drops and improper handling.

Definitely, these headphones from SoundMagic are the best sounding budget earphones you can buy under Rs. 2000.

If you are looking for a good pair of earphones on a tight budget, the SoundMagic ES18 is the perfect choice for you.

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Great sound quality

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Value for money

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Carry pouch included

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Left/Right markings on earbuds are difficult to read

Specifications

Model Soundmagic ES18S
Microphone Availability Yes
Frequency Range 15 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size 10 mm
Impedance rating 16 ohms

6. Mi Earphones

Best Build-Quality
Best Build Quality
  • Excellent inline remote
  • Best for long duration listening
  • Lightweight and compact

Xiaomi is one of the prominent smartphone manufacturers in India with a majority share in their pocket. Xiaomi has showed their prowess in smartphone accessories like power banks as well. Their budget earphones are also popular among the masses.

The Mi earphones are exceptionally well built. The machine cut precision is evident from the first look itself.

The design language is very much minimal at the same time appealing to the eyes. The specialized driver case design has a metallic chamber inside inside which the speaker driver is placed.

This makes the sound to reverberate inside and create an amplified effect on its own.

The sound quality is very much pleasant to the ears. The bass is pronounced and the treble matches with the rest of the audio spectrum quite beautifully.

The only downside we could find with this earphone is that there is no ear markings anywhere to be seen.

The 90-degree L shaped connector is gold plated and offers least resistance to the signals.

The inline mic and remote is one of the most comprehensive we have seen in this category.

There is an answer/end call and two seperate volume rockers which is very much desirable for any earphone out there.

The kevlar coated and braided cable feels strong, sturdy and induces an indestructible feel. Do note that if you abuse the wire so hard, it will eventually break.

If you want a well built earphone with great sound quality the Mi earphones are one of the best in the business.

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Exceptional build quality

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Good sound output

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Elegant design

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No L/R ear markings

Specifications

Model Mi Earphones YDJS01JY
Microphone Availability Yes
Frequency Range 20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size 10 mm
Impedance rating 32 ohms

7. Philips SHQ1200 Action Fit

Best for Fitness Enthusiasts
Best for Fitness Enthusiasts
  • Best pick for outdoor use
  • All weather usage
  • Decent sound output

Philips, the brand was once very popular in India and suddenly with the influx of other Chinese manufacturers lost the sheen.

The SHQ1200 Action fit is an in-ear earphone from Philips priced under Rs.1000.

These earphones have a very niche target, aiming at the people who do workouts and loves to stay outdoors.

The build quality of Philips SHQ1200 is on par with the other similarly priced models in the market.

The ear pods on this product are made of high-grade anti-slip rubber which fits tight inside your ear canal, offering a stress-free workout session or outdoor jogging.

The cable on this in-ear earphone is coated with Kevlar which provides it with enhanced durability and strength.

Even when subjected to rigorous bending or stretching, which is normal during workouts, the cables stay intact.

This earphone is designed for an active lifestyle.

It is sweat as well as rainproof.

This enables these earphones to be used outdoors even under direct rain with no fear of getting damaged.

The large 13.5 mm drivers provide a detailed and crisp acoustic sound quality over a frequency response range between 30 Hz to 20,000Hz.

The bass though is not as distinct as we would like to have.

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Sweat and rain proof

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Kevlar coated durable cable

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Large 13.5mm drivers

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Bass is low

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No inline microphone

Specifications

Model Philips SHQ1200 Action fit
Microphone Availability No
Frequency Range 30 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size 13.5 mm
Impedance rating 32 ohms

8. Philips SHE 3200

Conventional Earbud Pick
Best Conventional Earbud
  • Best pick for elders
  • Decent sound output
  • Tangle free cable

Philips SHE 3200 is the only earphones in this list which is not an ‘in-ear monitor’.

The design closely resembles with Apple’s Ear Pods, and it really helps to perfectly fit inside the ear very well.

For a price as low as Rs.600, it has good build quality, anti-tangle cables, and noise cancellation feature.

The sound quality of SHE 3200 is really good for the price, but don’t expect too much from these budget earphones.

Compared to Mi Basic which comes in the same price range, the bass is not that much great, but the overall sound quality is good for the price.

The standout feature of this earphone is its conventional earbud design.

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Superb build quality

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Has noise cancellation

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Good overall sound quality

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Bass is little bit over powered

Specifications

Model Philips SHE 3200
Microphone Availability No
Frequency Range 8 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size 14.2 mm
Impedance rating 32 ohms

9. JBL C100SI

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Suited for those who like bass
  • In line mic for voice calls
  • 1-year warranty

To our list, as the next budget earphones for Rs.1000, we have JBL C100SI which is another quality earphones from the well-known audio brand JBL.

The JBL C100SI has ear tips which are really soft that are great for extended usage and longtime music listening experience without hurting the ears.

It comes with a 1.2 m long cable which features an in-line microphone and remote control for music playbacks.

The sound quality of this pair of earphones are really good but it can’t match the quality of our best pick or runner-up pick.

Microphone quality is really good for the price as well and the single button on the inline remote is multi-functional.

The frequency response of the JBL C100SI is wider and the bass on these earphones are well pronounced.

JBL drivers inside this earphone deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience.

When we talk about the build quality, the JBL CS100SI gives an above average build quality for the price but, the cables are not that great.

They can get tangled in your pockets very easily.

The gold-plated earphone jack is well made and gives a better sound reproduction from the playback devices.

JBL also provides a 1-year warranty on these earphones as well.

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Good bass

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Good microphone quality

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Superb sound quality

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Cables are not anti tangle

Specifications

Model JBL C100SI
Microphone Availability Yes
Frequency Range
Driver unit Size 9 mm
Impedance rating 20 ohms

That completes our list of the best earphones under Rs.1000. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product without much hassle.

Don’t hesitate to check out our article on Best earphones under Rs.500 for more budget choices.

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