Best Headphones under 5000 rs in India (2021 Edition)
“High price equals high quality” is a common misconception.
(Updated on July 18, 2021)
Note: This list includes In-ear, On-ear and Over-ear headphones, and a Gaming headset.
(Best True Wireless Earbuds)
(Best Wireless In-ear)
KZ ZS10 Pro
(Best In-Ear Monitor)
Jabra Elite 45h
(Best Wireless On-ear)
JBL Tune 700BT
(Best Wireless Over-ear)
(Best Wired Over-ear)
Razer Kraken X
While there is certainly a lot of option to choose from, with a budget of Rs. 5000, the quality of products range from average to great value-for-money. We have found and included almost every type of headphone (except bone conduction headphones) in this listing. So with that said, these are our picks for the best headphones under 5000 rs in India.
- Quick Comparison
- Best True Wireless Earbuds (TWS): JBL C115TWS – 7.0
- Best Wireless In-ear: Beats Flex – 7.3
- Best In-Ear Monitor (IEM): KZ ZS10 Pro – 8.6
- Best Wireless On-ear: Jabra Elite 45h – 7.8
- Best Wireless Over-ear: JBL Tune 700BT – 7.6
- Best Wired Over-ear: Audio-Technica ATH-M20x – 8.0
- Best Gaming: Razer Kraken X – 7.8
- Noteworthy Mentions
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best True Wireless Earbuds (TWS): JBL C115TWS – 7.0
Starting with the build and construction quality of the JBL C115TWS – the body is entirely made from plastic, making it lightweight. The earbuds and the case have a matte finish and come in 4 colourways. As for its looks and design; it is a fairly conventional-looking pair of earbuds.
Aside from this, it does have some pretty neat features. Each earbud has an in-built microphone that means that you can listen to music and answer calls in mono or stereo mode. The sound performance of the C115 is pretty good which is favourable as you don’t get a companion app from JBL with an EQ.
When it comes to battery life, the earbuds themselves hold enough power to last you around 4 hours and the charging case provides you with additional 20 hours of battery backup. Fortunately, this device does use a USB-C port for charging the case and the earbuds by extension. And uses Bluetooth 5.0 to ensure a strong and reliable connection.
Best Wireless In-ear: Beats Flex – 7.3
The Beats Flex replaces its predecessor, the BeatsX and comes with a smart look and has an ergonomic design. These neckband-style in-ears feature volume and music playback controls on the left side of the neckband, and on the right, you’ll find the power controls.
The eartips are magnetic, which also has an automatic music pause feature built into them that activate when the earpieces snap together. Since it uses Apple’s W1 chip, it is an easy recommendation for iOS users who are looking for a reasonably affordable pair of wireless in-ears. The chip allows Apple devices to seamlessly pair with a reliable connection strength.
They come included with a variety of eartips to guarantee a secure fit for your ears. Sadly, the noise isolation has a hard time filtering low-frequency noises like that of an AC. When it comes to sound quality, it has a consumer-focused sound signature, with a powerful and heavy low-end, and a slight boost to the midrange frequencies. This boost does improve how vocals sound quite a bit.
Alternative: Sony WI-SP510
The Sony WI-SP510 delivers a good audio output with exceptional fit and comfort. And also boast a relatively high battery life of 15 hours. Along with its IPX5 rating, it could be a worthy workout companion.
The WI-SP510 is a pair of wireless in-ears that combines the sporty look and design with a powerful bass response. While you get similar features like IPX5 water resistance for half the price that these headphones come at. The build quality does justify the price to a certain extent.
The headset has an IPX5 certification, a comfortable and snug fit, a lightweight and solid body, with extensive 15-hour battery life. Coming to the sound output – the bass frequencies are quite punchy and solid, while the mids and highs sit at a good distance in the sound spectrum.
You also get silicone wings that improve the in-ear fit, preventing the earpieces from ever falling out during vigorous activities like running. Though, the wings will take some time to get used to, especially for people with small ears.
Along the right side of the neckband, you’ll find the volume and playback controls. Next to which, you’ll see the USB-C charging port. The microphone quality is pretty adequate too.
Best In-Ear Monitor (IEM): KZ ZS10 Pro – 8.6
KZ has delivered us another pair of incredible in-ear monitors, yet again.
The KZ ZS10 Pro comes delivered in a fairly standard, white cardboard box with all the regular accessories like the 3 extra pairs of eartips, a detachable cable, a manual and a 12-month warranty card. The wire it comes with is the standard KZ 2-pin cable with stiff memory wire at the end. This type of wire is used to achieve a stable, earhook-type fit.
The jack is gold-plated and an L-type one. As with most KZ IEMs, the build and looks of the device are stunning. You can see the inner workings of the device like the drivers and other components through the semi-transparent side of the earpieces. Parts of the earpieces are also made from aluminium to increase durability.
This particular pair uses 4 balanced armature drivers and 1 dynamic driver and manages to deliver a stunning sound. It has a V-shaped sound signature. This means that the bass and the highs frequency range is moderately amplified while the mids are left as is. Though, the mids do sound slightly recessed. Music genres like rock, pop, blues would sound exceptionally good.
Best Wireless On-ear: Jabra Elite 45h – 7.8
The Jabra Elite 45h comes with a consumer-centric sound signature and a massive 50-hour battery life. The design language of this device emphasises portability and offers USB-C charging functionality.
The Elite 45h from Jabra is an on-ear, wireless headset with an uncommon earcup shape. The hole that is present in most earcups is absent here, still, the comfort is exceptional. Similarly, the headband comes well-padded, making them easier to wear for quite a while.
Battery life is simply amazing, coming in at 50 hours and sometimes exceeding it. The fast charging feature also comes in handy as a 15-minute charge gives 10 hours of playtime, bringing your device back to life. This headset doesn’t come with active noise cancellation, however, you can use the mobile app to adjust EQ and controls.
Due to its design, it has an adequate amount of sound leakage. Your ears are likely to get hot if used during warm climate conditions. The sound is energetic and uplifting, with ample low end. Bass frequencies are moderately boosted but don’t affect the midrange negatively. A superb pair of on-ear headphones with exceptional sound and a comfortable fit.
Alternative: Sennheiser HD 250BT
Sennheiser is mostly known for its premium headphones and some budget headsets. The HD 250BT is a midrange, wireless on-ear headphone from Sennheiser. It delivers the signature Sennheiser sound and supports various codecs including aptX and aptX Low Latency.
It has a lightweight construction with decent comfort. And we say decent because the headband isn’t padded but the earcups have sufficient padding. Staying true to the on-ear design, passive noise isolation on these headphones isn’t the greatest but the audio performance more than makes up for it.
With a battery backup of nearly 25 hours, it’ll last you a couple of days. It has a pretty attractive design language and its built-in mic is capable of capturing audio clearly. Additionally, using the Sennheiser Smart Control app allows you to use the EQ and adjust the audio profile to your liking.
Best Wireless Over-ear: JBL Tune 700BT – 7.6
The JBL Tune 700BT is an underrated beast of a headphone. Most know JBL for the sound that packs an amazing punch. This can be witnessed in the 700BT along with great battery backup and quick charge functionality.
The JBL 700BT comes with a list of nifty features like multipoint connectivity which allows you to connect 2 devices at a time, a quick charge feature that delivers 2 hours of playtime for a 5 min charge, voice assistant support and a massive battery life of 27 hours. The construction is entirely made from plastic which makes it quite lightweight.
Additionally, the earcups collapse and rotate which improves their portability a lot. You get onboard controls for volume and music playback. You also have the option of using the device in wired mode, which is neat in case you ever run out of juice.
The circumaural design of the earcups surrounds the ears thus creating a pleasing atmosphere for the sound. The earpads are soft and comfortable. The call quality of the built-in mic is also pretty decent. Finally, the audio delivery is as expected from JBL, the bass is punchy, and the mids and highs are clear.
Alternative: Philips Performance TAPH802BK
The Performance TAPH802BK from Philips is a pretty sleek looking wireless over-ear headphones. It offers several much-desired features like large battery life, two modes of fast charging feature, built-in echo-cancelling mic and Hi-Res audio. The sound quality of the TAPH802BK is also pretty good.
You don’t get features like ANC but the sound is accurate and it does a good job of reducing noise leakage. The earcups rotate and collapse inwards, making them easy to store.
While the comfort of these headphones isn’t bad by any stretch, you will find that your ears tend to sweat quite a bit. This is due to the material used for the earcups. With a battery runtime of 30 hours and Bluetooth 5.0, it’ll make sure that you enjoy a stable and long listening experience.
Best Wired Over-ear: Audio-Technica ATH-M20x – 8.0
If you’re looking for a headset for DJ-ing and mixing then the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x won’t be the one to disappoint you. As for casual music listeners, the neutral sound signature may not be appealing to the vast majority of people. If you’re just starting on your music producing journey and don’t want to spend a lot then these are an excellent option.
If you enjoy a flat sound profile them listening to music can be fun as well. The M-Series from Audio-Technica is a line-up of studio monitoring headphones that deliver an accurate and comfortable, sound and fit respectively.
They use soft memory foam padding for their earcups that creates a tight seal, which is a must for optimal noise isolation and minimal sound leakage. The portability factor of this headset isn’t all that great as they don’t come with a carrying pouch/case and the earcups don’t fold.
Best Gaming: Razer Kraken X – 7.8
Kraken X is the most affordable gaming headset that Razer offers. But still delivers exceptional performance for that price.
When it comes to design and looks, the Kraken X has a fairly generic design while also using plastic for its entire build. Nevertheless, this is the main reason behind them being as lightweight as they are. That combined with the thick earpads makes these extremely comfortable to wear.
Razer also provides you with its 7.1 surround sound feature, it works and sounds great. It used a cardioid microphone which works great and is also adjustable. The Kraken X is available in 2 separate connector options – USB and 3.5mm.
Coming to the sound – the bass and the lower mids are lightly emphasized, this makes in-game sounds of footsteps, voices, and explosions sound fuller and meatier. While the is treble range is undisturbed. Using them for casual listening shouldn’t be an issue either.
Alternative: Corsair HS50 PRO
The HS50 Pro looks identical to other similarly priced Corsair headsets. It uses and plastic and aluminium for its frame. This causes the weight of the body to be light yet strong. The memory foam padding found on the headband and earcups makes them comfortable to wear. Passive noise isolation is great due to this.
The volume knob and the mic’s mute switch is located on the left earcup. The mic is detachable. The device is compatible with multiple platforms as it has a 3.5mm jack. And the quality of the cable seems pretty good. Though, the cable can’t be removed.
You get stereo sound instead of surround sound. The sound signature is slightly tuned at the low-end to provide better immersion while gaming. The rest of the frequencies are well-defined for gaming and casual listening.
SoundPEATS TruEngine 3 SE – The SoundPEATS TruEngine 3 SE has a relaxing and smooth sound signature with ample low-end and has a runtime of 6 hours.
CROSSBEATS Evolve – The CROSSBEATS Evolve deliver a satisfying sound, possess a great battery life and are well-designed especially considering the price.
JBL Endurance Dive – The JBL Endurance Dive is a wonderful headset for swimming. It offers a stable and secure fit. Additionally, you can upload music to the headset as it has 1GB of storage. The wireless nature of these headphones makes them even more attractive. You also get easy-to-use touch controls and volume adjustment.
Philips Performance TAPN402BK – The Performance TAPN402BK from Philips has several handy features like quick charge, IPX4 water-resistance, vibration mode and a mic with echo cancellation ability. These neckband-style wireless headphones look and sound great.
Marshall Major III – The Marshall Major III are on-ear headphones and have a rock-inspired design language. The sound profile is pretty balanced and the design is quite sturdy. The highs and precise and detailed while the mids are smooth. Unfortunately, the bass isn’t all that impressive.
Sony WH-CH500 – The Sony WH-CH500 are on-ear headphones. It has a lightweight construction as it’s made from plastic and possesses a good 20-hour battery life. It also holds an astounding wireless connection range. The passive noise isolation performance is adequate and does diminish the sound quality a bit. The fit of these headphones is quite stable and can be used while running.
JAYS x-Five – Starting with the sound signature – the highs and mids sound crisp and spacious, respectively. These wireless on-ears are great for casual listening. With a battery life of 20 hours, it’ll be a long time before you’d need to recharge them.
JBL Tune 600 BTNC – The JBL Tune 600 BTNC is a pretty good pair of on-ear wireless headphones. The fit, the build, and the sound are what we have come to expect from JBL’s on-ears. You do get a good battery life of 12 hrs. with active noise cancelling turned on. Turn the ANC off and you get 22 hours of runtime. They can also be used in wired mode.
iGRiD Hush – While the iGRiD Hush does have ANC, its performance isn’t revolutionary. In fact, it is pretty mediocre. The sound quality is pretty good and so is the comfort. The over-ear design envelops the ears, providing a good seal while also being collapsible. It has a 40-hour battery and can be used in wired mode.
Sennheiser HD 400s – The Sennheiser HD 400s is a wired pair of over-ear headphones. They sound great, the build is strong and reliable. And in terms of comfort, it performs decently. Though, the headband isn’t as comfortable as we’d like it to be. Along the cable, you’ll find a control button and a built-in mic.