Under Rs.10,000 you can find many options for headphones but you need to choose one that is right for you as per your requirement. Wireless, extra bass, noise cancellation, ambient mode feature, perfect fit, there are a lot of other features that are important and should be considered while buying a pair of headphones. But before you check out our review of the best headphones available in India, we recommend you to refer our headphones buying guide, that will help you to understand various features of latest technology headphones available in the market.
Let us look at the list of headphones that we recommend at The ShopTalkPlanet.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
- Great build quality
- Comfortable for long use
- Detailed sound
- No microphone for calls
- Weak on bass
- No active noise cancellation
- No Bluetooth
The Japanese company Audio-Technica has done an excellent job in designing this product. The headphones come with three different cables in the box. A 1.2-meter standard cable, a 1.2-3 meter coiled cable and a 3-meter long cable. The headphones are very light and comfortable. The ear cups are made of memory foam and can rotate 90 degrees. They do not provide too much bass but the sound quality is detailed and well balanced. If you want heavy bass then you can use an amplifier.
Build quality of these headphones is quite tough. You can easily fold them and keep in the pouch you get with the headphones. You will not get active noise cancellation feature but since these have over-ear cups, they entirely cover your ears to provide nice passive noise cancellation.
One downside here is the mic. This device does not have a microphone so you can’t use it for making phone calls. Since these are wired headphones you need not worry about the batteries but if you are looking for wireless options then keep reading.
If you are looking for good quality sound then ATH-M50x doesn’t disappoint.
Sennheiser HD 4.40-BT Headphones
- Wireless connectivity
- Dual omnidirectional mics
- Extremely good noise isolation
- 25 hours of battery life
- Extended bass
- lightweight and durable
- Not very comfortable for long use
- No active noise cancellation
- Not an appropriate option for vocal-centric music
Sennheiser HD 4.40-BT ear pads are thick and can keep most of the environmental noise outside. One thing to note here is that the ear pads have a smaller opening as compared to M50x and hence ideal for small and medium-size ears. So for people with large ears, these can be a little uncomfortable.
All control buttons are present on the right ear cup – status LED, power button, multifunction slider button and volume button. These headphones come with Bluetooth which lets you use it in wireless mode. You can also connect the supplied wire and use them in wired mode. It provides a very good battery life of 25 hours. These headphones have a tight fit which has both advantage and disadvantage. The advantage is the decent noise isolation they provide with the seal around your ears and the disadvantage is that they make your ears sweat if you use them for long hours.
The headphones have dual omnidirectional microphones which offer better sound quality on calls. NFC transmitter on the left ear cup turns the headphones on and connects it to your smartphone when you bring your phone close to it.
These headphones are not ideal for vocal-centric music but for bass lovers, these have a powerful and extended bass. Considering the price Sennheiser HD 4.40-BT headphones are a nice choice.
Sony WH-XB700 Wireless Headphones
- Tough build quality
- Good noise isolation
- Wireless connectivity
- Extra bass and clear vocals
- Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa support
- NFC support
- 30 hours of battery life
- Not comfortable for long hours usage
Sony WH-XB700 is a part of Sony’s extra bass series of headphones. Sony WH-XB700 may not look premium in design but their build quality is extremely tough. Since these are on-ear headphones some people may feel the pressure on their ear but the cushions are quite comfortable and will allow you to wear them for a couple of hours at a stretch. You may require to lift the ear-cups to let your ears breathe after long use.
The headphones manage to offer good noise isolation similar to over-ear headphones because of the perfect fit. Since these headphones belong to Sony’s Extra Bass series, they provide pronounced and extra bass as promised and the vocals remain clear as well. You can also connect them to the Sony Connect Headphones app and adjust the bass to your liking.
These headphones come with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant support. You can pair them easily by powering them on or you can use touch-to-pair NFC feature. Sony WH-XB700 gives you 30 hours of battery life which is extremely good. You also get an option to connect the wire to use them in wired mode.
If you are looking for wireless headphones that give you super bass and good battery life then Sony WH-XB700 is for you.
Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones
- Comfortable for long hours use
- Adjustable bass
- 40 hours of battery life
- Build quality is not great
- Music leak at higher bass levels
Skullcandy Crusher Wireless headphones have a very clean look with a matte black coating. They are made of plastic with steel slider and have solid padding on earcups. The headband padding is not thick but it is still comfortable as it is rubber. They fit well and are extremely comfortable.
Control buttons on right ear-cup look cool and easy to identify just by the touch. They allow you to play/pause/skip tracks and make calls and also control volume. On the left ear-cup, you get a bass slider which works in wired mode as well. The audio cable has an inline microphone to make calls.
It has 2 drivers in each ear-cup. One is 40mm driver to handle the full range and other is 34 mm haptic driver to handle the bass. Using the bass slider you can adjust the amount of bass which is just right for you. Vocals are nice and crisp too. Even at the lower volume, you will be able to hear the bass but at the higher levels, it may leak sound to people sitting near you.
40 hours of battery life is more than enough. You can go for a whole week without charging provided you use them 5-6 hours daily. You can also use them as wired headphones by connecting the cable. Call quality is also great.
If you are a bass lover then you should go for Skullcandy Crusher.
JBL Tune 600 BTNC
- Active Noise cancellation
- Wireless connectivity
- Can be used for long hours
- Build quality not great
- No travel pouch included
- Sound leakage
JBL Tune 600 BTNC can be called as one of the cheapest noise cancellation headphones.
Ear-cups and headband are provided with leather cushions. They are extremely comfortable to wear and can be used for long hours without feeling discomfort. With all the buttons for volume control, track commands and power on/off you also get a noise cancellation button to turn it on and off.
JBL Tune 600 BTNC offers the battery life of 22 hours which gets reduced to 12 hours with active noise cancellation turned on all the time. Talking about the sound, these headphones provide decent sound quality with clear vocals and nice bass but it also has the drawback that you expect in all on-ear headphones i.e. sound leakage.
If your preference is noise cancellation but you are tight on budget then JBL Tune 600 BTNC is for you.
Beyerdynamic Custom Street Headphones
- Impressive build quality
- Two sockets to connect audio cables
- Customizable faceplates
- Three bass levels
- Not very comfortable in long listening sessions
Beyerdynamic is a German audio equipment manufacturer, which produces quality headphones. Custom Street Headphones are quite lightweight and tough. These can be easily folded and kept inside the tough carrying case which you get along with the headphones.
Custom Street Headphones give you the option to change the earcups faceplates and also provide 16 design plates to choose from. Material is plastic and adjusters are metal but the build of these headphones is very solid. Both ear-cups have 3.5mm socket for the audio cable so you can share music with your friend connecting cables to both sockets. Though the cable socket has a notch and hence you cannot connect any third-party cable. Also, with the headphones, you will get only one cable with a built-in microphone and one button.
There is a slider on both ear-cups to control bass effect and you need to adjust both sliders to change the bass level. Sound is bright and clear and you can adjust the bass to three different levels. When sliders are at off position, Analytical mode works which may not give you much bass effect. With sliders at the full-on position, you will get heavy bass. With sliders in the middle position, you get vibrant mode which might work as the sweet spot for most people.
Ear-cups and headband padding is soft leather but since these are in-ear comfort level is not up to the mark and can be deal-breaker here.
If you are looking for super bass headphones with light usage then you can go for Beyerdynamic Custom Street.
Beats EP Headphones
- Clear vocals
- Amazing bass
- The audio cable is not detachable
- Cannot be folded
Starting with the design Beats EP headphones are mostly plastic with metal arms that connect earcups to headbands. Foam pads covered in leather are soft. The wire is flat and hence you won’t have to worry about tangled cable but it is thin and cannot be detached. These are not portable as compared to other headphones as you can’t fold them.
Due to the in-ear design, you might not find them comfortable for prolonged use but still, you can use them for a few hours without getting your ears stressed. Volume control built-in cable does not work on android devices. You will still be able to play/pause/skip track and answer calls and activate google assistant on Android. The in-built mic lets you attend calls using your headphones. No fancy features, extra jacks or sliders but they do not disappoint on the one thing for which they are made – music. The Beats headphones are known for their bass and this one is no different. The bassy sound makes it more suited for pop and dance music. Vocals are crisp and clear which means you can also enjoy other music genres.
If you can compromise with the non-detachable wire then Beats EP are great sounding headphones.
Motorola Pulse Escape Headphones
- Very affordable
- Wireless connectivity
- Cheap plastic look
- Require handling with care
You can call Motorola Pulse Escape, the budget headphones as these are extremely cheap headphones, with wireless connectivity, available on Amazon for just Rs 2000 to Rs. 3000 price range.
You cannot compare these with Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and Sony WH-XB700 but considering the price range, you cannot ignore what the Pulse Escape has to offer. Material is all plastic and may feel a bit vulnerable so these handphones require to be handled with care. You can fold them easily and keep them in your backpack while travelling. Motorola Pulse Escape offers Bluetooth connectivity for wireless mode with a range of 60 feet and you can also use them in wired mode if the battery dies.
On a single charge, it offers 10 hours of playtime which is pretty good for this budget. Ear-cups padding is quite good and gives your ears a comfortable feel. Controls are built-in the right ear cup. These controls are not touch-panels but are buttons and lets you control volume, track choices and play/pause etc. On the same ear-cup, there is a built-in microphone to attend calls. The Motorola Pulse Escape does not escape from the sound quality. Considering the price tag it gives a really good sound.
So, if you are in a need of wireless headphones in the low budget range and you won’t mind the cheap plastic look then Motorola Pulse Escape is a good deal.
Grado Prestige Series SR80e
Type: On-Ear Open Back
- Detailed sound
- Deeper bass
- No noise isolation
- Sound leakage
- Non-detachable cable
Grado is an American audio manufacturer known for hand-building open-air headphones. The special thing about these headphones is that these are assembled by hand in the company’s Brooklyn facility.
These headphones come with the most comfortable on-ear foam pads. The material is all plastic. It has a non-detachable audio cable. These headphones sound pretty great with deeper bass and plenty of details. Due to the open back design, stereo imaging sounds more natural but for the same reason, it does not block external noises. Also, it has some serious sound leaks.
If you prefer open-back headphones and listen to music at home where external noise is less and sound leakage won’t turn heads then you can go for these.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 810
- Sturdy build quality
- Balanced sound
- Find my headphones app feature
- Active Noise Cancellation not up to the mark
- No extra bass
Plantronics BackBreat Go 810 comes with large ear-cups with cushion pads for a comfortable fit. The material used is plastic like other headphones and the ear-cups are connected to the headband with a copper-coloured curved metal rod.
Volume and playback control buttons are present on left ear-cup. The right ear-cup features a power slider and an ANC button. It has a built-in microphone to take calls. BackBeat Go 810 offers Bluetooth connectivity and you can also use them in wired mode.
The headphones provide active noise cancellation feature and you can adjust the settings by connecting your headphones to the BackBeat app. But some reviews say that when you turn on noise cancellation you lose the bass effect and it is not very much effective in the crowded environments. The sound quality is great with enough loudness and sufficient bass. One interesting feature that you get is if you click on ‘find my headset’ option in the BackBeat mobile app then your headphones start making an alarming sound and you can locate your headphones following that sound. Battery life is quite good and gives you 22 hours of playtime with ANC enabled.
If you are not into heavy bass and looking for average noise cancellation in this budget then you can go for Plantronics BackBreat Go 810.