Best Earphones (Wired) Under 500 (2021)

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After analyzing all the budget earphones available in the market based on important factors like sound quality, comfort level, build quality, availability of microphone etc. we have made a comprehensive list of the best earphones under Rs.500.

All the earphones on our list sound incredibly good for the price and most of them come with decent build quality as well.

Here are the ten best earphones under Rs.500 which are worth buying in India which offers the best audio experience.

 

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1. Redmi Earphone

Redmi, the popular budget arm of Xiaomi has launched its first wired earphone in India for an affordable price tag of Rs.399.

The Redmi earphone is an in-ear style wired earphone with a lightweight form factor and ergonomic comfort fit design.

Design and Build Quality

The budget entry-level Redmi earphone features a plastic-aluminium mix earpiece.

Even though the end cap of this earpiece is made from metal, it isn’t magnetic.

The earpiece stem is designed to be straight and without any angle.

There is a wax prevention coating on the earpiece to keep the speaker pores always clean.

The connecting wire on this in-ear wired earphone isn’t a braided one but feels decent enough in terms of durability.

The headphone connector is 90-degrees angled and has a reinforced wire to tip construction. This connector is gold plated to ensure a minimal signal loss.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Redmi in-ear style wired earphone features a 10mm speaker driver with a relatively good sound quality for its price.

The bass levels are decent, the vocals turn out to be clear and well separated from the high-end treble notes.

This earphone is hi-res audio certified by the competent Japanese authority and perhaps the only wired earphone under Rs.500 to come with one.

Hi-res audio certification makes sure that the sound signature from this earphone is tested and found out to match the expectations of an expert panel.

Even when the music is played at higher volume levels, there is no sound distortion whatsoever.

Be it EDMs, movies or vocals, the Redmi earphone delivers pleasing sound output for its asking price of just Rs.399.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The Redmi in-ear wired earphone comes with a single button remote and an integrated microphone.

The single-button remote serves for multiple functions such as play/pause music, accept/reject calls and skipping the tracks forward and backwards.

The built-in microphone is of decent quality and there is no trouble with hands-free voice calls.

Even when this earphone is used for voice calls outdoors, the sound on both ends seemed to be adequately audible.

Verdict

The Redmi earphone is launched as a replacement for Xiaomi’s popular Mi basic earphones.

With hi-res certified audio playback and decent build quality, this wired in-ear earphone is worth considering for a budget under Rs.500.

2. JBL C50HI

JBL C50 HI is the company’s latest budget-oriented in-ear style earphones released in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.500.

JBL promises the signature custom-tuned drivers will let you enjoy immersive music, no matter the genre you’re interested in.

Design and Build Quality
Speaking of the design, the JBL C50HI comes with the standard shape and size that all in-ear headphones in this price range come with.

The construction of the earpiece shell is made of plastic, which makes this earphone one of the lightest in its segment.

Unfortunately, the 1.2m cable is not tangle-free and feels fragile. In the end, there is an angled 3.5mm headphone jack, which again lacks gold coating for obvious pricing reasons.

Speakers and Sound Quality
JBL is critically acclaimed for its signature bass-rich sound profile. The JBL C50HI features an 8.6mm custom-tuned driver from JBL for improved acoustic performance.

The bass levels, as expected, are on a par with its competitors. The mid and highs are clean and audible even at higher volume levels.

If you crank the volume way too high, some distortions do occur but, under normal listening conditions, it isn’t a deal-breaker.

In-ear Microphone and Calls
The JBL C50HI comes with a single button in-line remote with a microphone for answering calls on the go.

The single button can be pressed once to accept/reject the calls, twice to skip the track forwards and thrice to skip the track backwards.

The microphone comes with noise cancellation and the output quality of sound during calls is quite good for the price.

Verdict
If you’re a fan of the JBL brand and require a budget in-ear wired earphones, the JBL C50HI perfectly suits your need for just under Rs.500.

 

3. boAt Bassheads 152

boAt is a popular Indian consumer electronics marketing company specialized in products such as earphones, headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

The boAt bassheads 152 is one of the latest earphones in the company’s basshead series catering to people looking for the best sounding budget in-ear style earphone.

Design and Build Quality

The boAt bassheads 152 has a unique design which makes it stand out from the rest of the competition.

The angled earpiece housing is made of metal and feels very durable and strong. It fits inside the ear canal comfortably without slipping off the ears.

The braided cable section is tough and can withstand a few minor abuses without posing damage to the earphone.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The boAt bassheads 152 comes with a 10mm sound driver with minimal impedance for the best possible sound output.

As the name suggests, this driver has been tuned for maximum bass output and it delivers on that front.

The deep bass is very clean and blends well with the mid and high pitched tones in the music.

In-line Remote and Microphone

This in-ear style budget earphone features a single-button inline remote and a mic for a seamless voice calling experience.

The voice call quality from this microphone is one of the best in this class.

Verdict

If you are on a shoestring budget and require a wired earphone with rich bass sound output, the boAt bassheads 152 is one of the best choices in the market.

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4. Philips Upbeat

Philips releases a plethora of budget in-ear earphones in India which combines excellent build quality and decent sound quality under an affordable price range.

The Philips Upbeat is one such earphone that is popular among budget-conscious buyers looking for a reliable earphone from a reputed company, priced under Rs.500.

Design and Build Quality

The Philips Upbeat has a minimal yet elegant design that looks posh and premium, despite its plastic build.

The black and metallic silver paint job masks the average build quality of this device to an extent that you won’t notice it much.

The soft silicone tip and the earpiece tube fits snug inside the ear canal and offers a sort of passive noise cancellation effect. The only major downside of this earphone is that the 3.5mm jack is neither gold plated nor angled.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Philips Upbeat features 10mm speakers similar to most of its competitors in this price segment.

These drivers deliver decent quality sound output with perfectly natural bass and equally audible mids and highs. If you are the kind of guy who loves listening to vocals and light music, this earphone will suit you the most.

The frequency response range between 20-20,000 Hz in the paper should equate to deep bass, but with this earphone, you shouldn’t expect anything spectacular.

Maybe the non-gold plated jack dampens the signals, thereby reducing the effect of low pitch sounds in the final output.

In-line Microphone and Voice Quality

This in-ear style earphone comes equipped with an in-line remote which has a single button to accept/reject incoming voice calls.

The quality of the remote is in conjunction with the overall build quality of this earphone, which is just OK for the price.

The microphone inside picks up voices quite well, and there is no sound distortion on the other end of the call.

Verdict

If you would love to spend your hard-earned money on an earphone from a reliable brand, the Philips Upbeat might be a good choice.

Perfect for listening to vocals and light music, this earphone offers clean and crisp mids and highs that will satiate the true music lover in you.

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