You can get premium headphones in the range of Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000 in India, loaded with excellent features to give you a power-packed performance. If you are looking to buy a headphone that makes you stand out from the crowd and if your requirement matches the above price range then in the next few minutes you will find what you are looking for if you continue to keep reading.
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Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancellation Headphone
- Noise cancellation
- 19 hours of battery life
- Bluetooth connectivity
The cheapest headphones in this list but one of the best. Sennheiser is everyone’s favourite brand in the field of headphones. In this headphone, Sennheiser has combined the supreme sound quality with decent noise-cancelling technology. 4.50 SE BT NC is the most affordable noise cancellation headphone as compared to the other options available in India. Let’s talk more about it.
You might not be very much impressed by the looks of it but the reason is to use a material that makes it very lightweight and hence travel-friendly. These headphones have thick cushions and closed earcups to seal the music in. Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC are very comfortable and flexible and you won’t feel them while wearing. These fold easily and can live nicely in your bag while you are travelling. The nylon pouch that comes with it also looks cheap but again that is very soft and light and prevent it to add more weight to your headphones while travelling.
The headphones come with Bluetooth connectivity but it also has 3.5 mm jack and you can use the audio cable that comes with the product to use it in wired mode. That comes in handy when you forget to charge your headphones and battery dies in the midst of a lazy Sunday movie marathon.
Control buttons are available on the edge of the right cup.
You get a power button to power it on. There is a multifunction button to pause/play audio. You can use it to answer or reject calls. It can also be used to get previous or next track. The third control in the volume button. Next, you have the 3.5 mm jack to plug-in the wire and use it in wired mode. Finally, you have the micro USB to plug-in the micro USB charging cable.
Sound quality and audio details are quite impressive. Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC gives you a decent noise cancellation feature by activating the Noise guard. To turn on the noise guard you have to press both sides of the volume (up and down) simultaneously to turn on/off noise cancellation. This can be a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it it will be easy. The feature turns on automatically if you are using wired mode. Though music quality reduces a bit when the Noise Guard is active.
With Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC you can listen to music for non-stop 19 hours after one full charge.
A small problem with these headphones is that you can’t charge them and listen to music at the same time. Once you plug-in the charger music turns off.
The music quality reduces a bit when you turn on the noise guard but it is difficult to find the noise cancelling feature in headphones that costs equal to Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC. Not very fancy and luxurious but if you are looking for core features of noise cancellation, lightweight, wireless headphones then you should definitely go for Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC.
Sony WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Cancellation and Extra Bass Headphones with Alexa
- Wireless Noise Cancellation
- Built-In Alexa & Google Assistant
- 30 hours of battery life
Sony WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Cancellation and Extra Bass Headphones fall into the company’s ‘Extra Bass’ lineup.
The product has plastic exterior and foam padding on the headband and around the earcups. It falls under the category of over-ear headphones and hence its ear cups cover your ear entirely. The headphone is very comfortable to wear and can be easily folded and kept in the pouch that comes with the product and hence very easy to carry while travelling.
The Sony WH-XB900N comes with NFC for quick Bluetooth pairing. In case you want to use it with the devices which do not have Bluetooth connectivity, there is a 3.5 mm jack on the left ear cup which you can use to connect the provided stereo cable and use the headphones in wired mode.
You get a power button on the left ear cup that you can use to switch on the device. Once you switch on the device led indicator lights up. You also get a custom button on the left ear cup that can be used to on and off ambient sounds and activate noise cancellation feature. It also has a 3.5 mm socket for wired connectivity and a USB Type-C port for charging. Right ear cup works as a touch-sensitive control panel. To play/pause the music you have to double-tap the face of the right ear cup. Also, you can swipe on it to change tracks. Swipe up and down changes the volume level. To activate Siri/Google assistance you just have to press and hold on the right ear cup. Isn’t that amazing? You can just place your hand on the right ear cup and it will stop the music for your instant conversations.
The battery life is very impressive and gives around 30 hours of use on a full charge. If you use active noise cancellation the whole time then the time will get reduced to 20-25 hours.
Sony Headphones Connect app
The Sony Headphones Connect app is available for both iOS and Android. The app works for different Sony Headphones and adjusts features like voice guidance, ambient sound control, sound position control, equaliser and sound quality mode selection as per your device.
The sound quality is extremely impressive. The over-ear headphone provides an immersive sound experience. The adaptive sound control technology helps the headphones detect surroundings and adjusts the noise cancellation accordingly.
It uses 40mm dynamic drivers and supports advanced Bluetooth codecs for better quality sound transfer. It also provides promised extra bass.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones
- Great sound quality
- 40 hours of battery life
- No noise cancellation
For those who are not aware of Audio-Technica, It is a Japanese company that designs and manufactures professional headphones, microphones and other audio equipment.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT has soft and thick padding on the headband and also on the ear cups. The over-ear headphones completely cover the ears and provide a comfortable fit. These headphones do not have noise cancellation feature but the thick padding on ear cups gives you noise isolation and creates an effective seal against the outside noise. The product is a combination of plastic and metal.
ATH-M50XBT comes with Bluetooth 5 for wireless connectivity and support aptX, AAC and SBC codecs for better sound. You can also connect the 1.2 m audio cable that comes with the headphones in case you want to use them in wired mode. But do remember that it can connect to only one device at a time.
In most headphones, you will find controls on the right ear cup which is easy to operate with your right hand but Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT headphones have control button on the left ear cup. You get a switch to turn Bluetooth on and off, a micro USB socket for charging, 3.5 mm jack and then at last three buttons to play/pause the track and increase or decrease the volume and also to accept reject calls and change tracks.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT has the best battery life among the headphones mentioned in this list. When fully charged you can use it for around 40 hours non-stop.
The headphones use 45mm drivers and generate pure sound details. As already mentioned this headphone does not provide noise cancellation feature which you will find in other headphones in this list but noise isolation is quite impressive and you can’t find better sound quality in this price bracket. You will be able to hear the music pieces you never noticed in your favourite song
With such a long battery life and detailed sound, Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT headphone is a must buy.
Panasonic RP-HD605N Noise Cancelling Headphones with Wireless Bluetooth
- Most comfortable headphones
- 20 hours of battery life
- Noise cancellation with 3 different level settings
- Ambient Sound Enhancer
- Voice assistant activation
The design is all-plastic. It has memory foam cushions around the earcups and cushy leather surrounding the headband. The cushioning is very soft and comfortable for your ears. These fold nicely and can be easily stuffed in your bag.
Like all other headphones in this list, Panasonic RP-HD605N also provides you with Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5 mm jack to use an audio cable so that it can also be used in wired mode.
On the left ear cup, you get 3.5 mm jack to connect an audio cable. On right ear cup, you get micro USB input for your charging cable, a power button, a noise cancel button to activate noise cancellation feature and switch between different modes and then you get a volume/action button that you can use to increase/decrease the volume or play/pause tracks and change tracks and also accept or reject the calls. You can also activate smartphone voice assistants like Siri or Google assistance. If you want to listen what is happening in the outside world then you just have to place your right hand over the right ear cup and the headphones will enter in Ambient sound mode, which reduces the volume suddenly to let you hear the outside noise.
Panasonic RP-HD605N gives you 20 hours of battery life which is pretty good. A 15-minute quick charge lets you enjoy 1-2 hours of music which is a very useful feature.
Panasonic RP-HD605N sounds nice. Volume is pretty loud and bass is really powerful. RP-HD605N gives you options to set three levels of noise cancellation with 3rd being the strongest. With a full level, it completely blocks out the outside environment but if you want to be aware of your surroundings then you can choose lower levels.
Bose Sound Sport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones
- True wireless
- Sweat and water-resistant
- 5 hours of battery life
- Bluetooth connectivity
- ‘Find my buds’ feature
- Storage case that charges as well
The Bose Soundsport buds fit nicely and securely in your ear and you can go jogging without having the fear of them falling out. For extra stability, Bose has provided Stayhear tips to lock the buds into your ear. These are very comfortable but sticks out of your ear and looks big from outside. Build quality of headphones and the case that comes with it is quite good and strong. These headphones are sweat and water resistance and hence ideal for long gym sessions.
Since these are truly wireless headphones you cannot use them in wired mode. you can only use the Bluetooth connectivity option and that is what they are made for. No wires at all.
All the control buttons of Bose sound sports free are integrated into the buds. On the right earbud, you will find the three control buttons that you can use for volume control, the centre button out of three can be used to take calls and play/pause music. Also, you can activate Siri or Google assistance by pressing the centre button for some time. On the left earbud also you will get a button that gives you amazing functionality. You can pair your Soundsport to multiple devices at the same time and then pressing that button you can switch among those devices.
With truly wireless headphones you do not get much battery life and that is the reason this headphone has the lowest battery life as compared to other headphones that are included in this list. But it gives you 5 hours of battery life which is pretty amazing as compared to other true wireless headphones.
With good sound quality, the bass is also more pronounced on these headphones giving you much required extra bass when you are running or jogging. Instead of its large size, it does not completely block the surrounding sound. If you are looking for noise isolation headphones then these are not for you and that feature is difficult to find in True wireless phones in this price category.
The case that comes with Bose Soundsports free gives you the ability to charge your headphones while travelling. The case acts as a storage case plus as a charging case as well. The case takes around 2 hours to get fully charged and once it is fully charged you can charge your headphones twice using it.
If you are looking for truly wireless but do not want to go for Apple’s Airpods then Bose Soundsport Free is for you. If you are looking for affordable headphones that also gives you a noise cancellation feature then you should go for Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT is for those who are more into sound and not much bothered about blocking the outside noise. Don’t forget you are getting 40 hours of massive battery life with it. If you are a person for good noise cancellation and extra bass then you can choose from Panasonic RP-HD605N or Sony WH-XB900N