Wired headphones are far from Dead! Despite the rise of the truly wireless earbuds that everyone and their Grandma want to buy.
Buying the best headphone is an arduous task amid the availability of a vast number of options.
You need to do thorough research and consider factors such as comfort, ergonomics, sound quality, build quality, audio experience, and reliability.
I have lost hair in doing research and testing some of the best headphones over the years. Not to mention, I love reviewing audio gear and share my two cents.
I don’t know what your poison is. Maybe the cheerful Maroon 5 or drowning in the deep voice of Adele or listening to Guru Randhawa. Or maybe you are just a PUBG addict on the verge of becoming a pro. Some of these headphones will appeal to you and pick the one based on the pros and cons that I have listed.
Everyone loves great music and good headphones can improve the experience for long listening hours without causing any discomfort to ears.
Let’s check out the best affordable wired headphones that you can buy currently.
Sony MDR-XB550AP Wired Extra Bass On-Ear Headphones
Price Rs. 3290
Sony has been making audio gear for many years and can deliver top tier portable headphones that rarely leaves the customers disappointed.
The Sony MDR-XB550AP is quite light in weight (190 grams) and compact in size. Sony preferred sharp colors to provide these headphones with an edgy appearance. As for wired headphones, you will not come across any concerns regarding audio compression or battery life.
The headphones can be bought in three colors – Red, Black, and Blue.
The finer details of the headphones will leave you stunned. You will notice the earcups to be little marbled along with a textured finish.
The cable used on these headphones is quite long-lasting. It can effectively hold its shape and will not get tangled up when you keep it in your bag.
- In-line mic for hands-free calling
- Tangle-free flat serration cord
- Portable and revolving folding design
- Matte finish
- Cord-length – 1.2 meter.
- Sensitivity – 102dB, Frequency Response – 5Hz-22,000Hz, Impedence – 24 ohm.
- Cushioned ear pads
- 30mm dynamic driver unit
- 1-year warranty.
- The earcups are quite soft and plush and allow you to wear for long duration sans any discomfort
- The headphones work in conjunction with all other sounds.
- Good Bass if you’re looking for extra bass.
- The headphones sound quite precise, controlled, and tight thus leaving you engaged and impressed
- You can also attend a call without any hassle
- Offers you an incredibly great value
- The headphones offer great durability
- Not extremely loud.
- Headphone foams can get soiled after a year or two (replaceable).
- Active noise cancellation is missing
Sennheiser HD 205 II Closed Back Around Over-Ear Stereo Headphone
Price – Rs 2499
Sennheiser is my goto brand when it comes to buying headphones. They offer amazing sound and very reliable build that can last for many years.
The HD 205 II are quite comfortable and you can rely on them for long-term use. The bass is outstanding in the category of budget smartphones.
You will witness negligible noise leakage. The headphones can protect from ambiance noise effectively due to large ear cups. They are cost-effective and comes with a protective pouch for convenient storage and transportation.
They are ideal for mobile and compact systems.
- Excellent stereo sound
- Single-sided cable
- Comfortable head and ear pads
- 2-year warranty period
- Revolving ear cup for single-ear listening
- Maximum wearing comfort for an extended duration
- 3.5 mm jack plug along with a ¼ screw-on jack adaptor
- No microphone
- They offer wide sound stage.
- The headphones are not very heavy (206 grams).
- They offer you great value for your money and durability
- You will get excellent passive attenuation to reduce ambient noise
- Headband Padding makes them very comfortable.
- One-sided cable makes these easy to wear.
- You may find the cord to be a little too thin.
- Bit higher compression force on-ear when they are new.
- Average Bass, ergonomics.
JBL Tune 500 Powerful Bass On-Ear Headphones
Price Rs. 1775
If you are scouting for budget-friendly headphones under Rs. 2000, you can definitely consider JBL Tune 500. Also, if you are fond of listening to modern styles of music, these will leave you thoroughly satisfied.
The JBL Tune 500 offers a lightweight and foldable design. You will get the option to buy the headphones in four stunning colors. The powerful and flat cable can effectively keep the cable tangle-free while you are traveling.
Idea for listening to music, travel and playing games on the go.
- Quick launch access to Google Assistant and Siri
- 12 months manufacturing warranty
- Compatible with Android and IOS mobile, tablet, laptop, and audio player
- It weighs 150g
- One button remote/mic
- Tangle-free flat cable
- Requires a Li-ion battery
- You will get good cushioning on the headband and it sits quite firm against ears.
- The button lets you play/pause, skip tracks, and answer the phone calls
- The terminations of the headphones appear to be well-insulated
- The small yet foldable design of the on-ear cans make them quite portable
- The frequency range of the headphones is 20-20,000 Hz
- May not excite bass heads and audiophiles looking for studio-grade audio.
- Overall a good mix of sound and ergonomics – not excel in any field.
The headphones allow you to enjoy clear audio for music, calls, and games. When you buy the headphones, you are assured of a trustworthy headset for daily chores that may include video calls with family members and friends.
Also, I recently wrote an in-depth article with Pros and Cons about – Top 8 Wireless Headphones in the Sub 2K Price range that You may like to read.
Logitech H110 Stereo Headset, Black & Grey
Price Rs. 699
These look like typical office-goer headphones. The headphones are equipped with a flexible mic that can be positioned for greater voice capture. It can revolve 180 degrees and can be worn on the left or right side.
The highly soft foam ear cushions give maximum comfort to users and are ideal if you work in a hot environment. It has emerged as a one-stop solution for all your audio requirements.
Ideal Use Zoom calls, office virtual meeting, casual gaming and music.
- Wired headphone
- Microphone included
- Frequency response 20Hz-20 kHz
- Weighs 74 g
- Corded 3.5mm plugs for convenient PC connection
- Analog connection with 3.5mm audio in and audio out jacks
- It has a decent mic and ideal for flawless internet calls
- Good for casual music, games, and movies
- The presence of flexible headband provide you a customized fit
- Compact and lightweight
- It offers you a dual plug connection.
- Average comfort and sound quality
Boat BassHeads 900 Wired Headphone with Mic
Price Rs. 749
The super extra bass of the headphones allows you to enjoy a stunningly powerful and dynamic bass at an affordable price.
You will get more base in the sound stage and the frequency response on these is from 20 to 20,000 Hz. The sleek and compact design of the headphones makes it highly portable.
Additionally, the on-ear headphones with rotatable ear cups provide flexible wearing and comfortable fit for everyone.
- Designed for all 3.5mm supported device
- On the ear
- 12 months warranty
- In-line microphone
- Tangled-resistant cable
- 40mm Neodymium drivers
- Weighs 150 g
- Offers flexible wearing and comfortable fit for all users
- The headphones are available in sleek, compact, and lightweight design.
- The travel-friendly headphones are easy to store.
- The price is quite affordable.
- The padding in the device helps in blocking external noise.
Average comfort and they don’t sound very natural and miss on lows and highs.
Sennheiser HD 206 (507364) Headphones (Black)
Price Rs. 1399
The headphones are quite affordable and can be used for listening to music to gaming on a laptop or even with your mobile.
As the market is inundated with various headphones, you will find that this device has been specifically designed to suit all your needs. It offers top-quality sound with stunning clarity.
You can easily differentiate instruments and listen to highs and lows without getting lost in bass or treble.
The sound is balanced and you can enjoy all genres of music with these for hours without feeling discomfort.
- Available in black and black grey color
- Sound pressure 108dB
- Cable length 3 meters
- Weighs 215 grams
- Weight sans cable 165 grams
- 2 years of warranty
- Users get excellent sound reproduction
- Strong and crisp bass response.
- The headphones are available in top quality leatherette ear pads
- Offer a gold-plated jack adaptor
- Compatible with cell phones, tabs, computers, and portable audio players among others
- Old fashioned design.
- No Microphone.
- Bit Bulky
- You may find the 3 meters long cable to be excessively large
Sennheiser PX 80
The flip design of the headphones allows you to turn it to 90 degrees. It is quite portable and you can conveniently fold it up and keep it in the hard case.
It is equipped with a headphone case that helps in keeping it safe and deters the wire from getting tangled.
The on-ear headphones provide a great bass effect in combination with balanced sound performance.
- Weighs 249 g
- No microphone
- Warranty 2 years
- Color availability black
- Wired on-ear headphones
- Frequency Response: 15 to 27000 Hz
- Superior bass response
- Fold-flip open super aural design
- The headphones offer excellent sound quality at a low price.
- The device is light on the ear and ideal for long-term use
- Easy to carry and travel friendly
- Offer flip in design
- Ergonomic design
- No noise cancellation
- You may find the foam on the ear-pads to be inferior quality
Sony MDR- XB 450AP (Bass King)
Price Rs. 1999
The headphones are specifically designed for electronic dance music lovers. Extra Bass technology allows you to enjoy deep bass notes.
Further, It can effectively amplify low-end frequencies to give you an unforgettable experience. The presence of the swivel design in the housing lets you store your headphones flat thus making them travel-friendly.
- Weighs 165 g
- Wired extra bass headphones
- Tangle-free wire
- Frequency response 5 -22000 Hz
- Available in 3 colors
- 30 mm powerful bass
- Wired 3.5 mm single pin
- The headphones are equipped with cushioned earpads for maximum comfort
- Strong sensitivity for clear and loud sound
- The headphones offer in-line remote and mic for hand free calls
- Neodymium dynamic driver help in providing top quality sound
- Sound Stage is not as wide as on Sennheiser.
All the above headphones are of great quality and are the best sellers that you can purchase as per your liking and budget.
A good quality headphone ensures that you enjoy music, movies, podcasts, gaming, and audiobooks.
Also, wireless headphones are getting popular these days, but I still love the old fashioned high-quality audio from wired headsets. Also, there are nuances of charging the wireless headphones that I hate.
The wired headphones offer better sound quality at a lower price than the wireless headsets in the same price range.
Co-Author – Renu Baliyan
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