Best Over-Ear headphones in India (2021 Edition)

Set no limits on your budget and what you get is outstanding.
(Updated on Septemeber 14, 2021)

Quick Comparison

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40X

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(Best value for money)

9.1

  • Dynamic and balanced sound signature

  • Detachable cables

  • Comfortable

  • No microphone or remote controls

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

beyerdynamic dt 990 pro perspective

(Best Open-back)

8.9

  • Comfortable

  • Natural sound signature

  • Reasonable price

  • Precise highs and midrange

  • Bass could be better

  • Earcups don't turn

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

bose qc 35 II

8.8

  • Wonderful Sound

  • Snug fit

  • First-class ANC

  • Solid connection

  • Costly

Sony WH-1000XM4

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8.7

  • Excellent noise cancellation

  • Enjoyable sound

  • Bluetooth Multipoint connectivity

  • Sufficient battery life

  • Supports SAC, AAC, and LDAC

  • Costly

AKG N700NC M2

AKG N700NC Wireless

8.2

  • Decent Noise-cancellation

  • Strong construction

  • Decent Battery Life

  • Costly

  • Only supports AAC

In this list, we’ll be looking at the best over-ear headphones in the market ranging in price from under 10000rs. up to and over 3 times that. You can comfortably spend a long time examining headphones, their features, the price they come at, etc. And decide to spend a good chunk of your income on buying a pair of headphones that you like.

Fortunately, you don’t need to sell any of your body parts to have an amazing sound experience. This list is for people that want that experience and all it offers without breaking the bank. Serious audiophiles would also enjoy taking a look at some of the mentions in this list. We have listed some extravagant headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4, which you could consider as an everyday-use premium pair.


The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X (Wired) offers the most value for money – 9.1

All of the below-mentioned headphones are excellent, but they are wildly expensive. That’s why if you aren’t willing to spend that much money, an easy recommendation is the Audio-Technica ATH-M40X. You could also consider the ATH-M50X which offers a slightly more emphasized bass and are also priced a bit higher. Or you could simply get the ATH-M40X without worry.

The ATH-M40X equips you with most of the essentials features that a headphone should have with few shortcomings. It has a minimal and slim design and is foldable, allowing it to be stored and be travelled with, easy. The design may be simple but most people are aware of its existence.

Thanks to the closed-back design, the passive noise cancellation improves greatly and manages to block out most outdoor noises. It may not be active noise cancellation but it works well enough. The audio cables are removable.

Though it can also become a drawback if you break one of the cables, as they are made by Audio-Technica you’d have to request a replacement. Not to worry though, as you get two cables within the box: one straight 1.2-meter cable and a coiled 3-meter cable. Which can be switched between, depending on your circumstances. The ATH-M40X is a prominent choice for a lot of people as it delivers excellent performance for its price.


The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (Wired) is the best pair of Open-back – 8.9

If you’re looking for an open-back pair of headphones then the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones are an easy recommendation. The build quality is strong and sturdy, they are remarkably comfortable to wear and they offer substantial value in terms of sound quality. They certainly aren’t cheap, however, deliver great value.

All that being said, if you plan to use your headphones while commuting then we’d suggest going for another pair. On the other hand, if you are going to be using them at home, then these are a great choice to upgrade your listening experience.

The DT 990 Pro were designed in a way such that it could be used conveniently when you’re at the desk or when relaxing. And we say that because the build or construction of the DT 990 Pro over-ear headphone is almost completely of plastic.

The earcups don’t collapse and nor can they be rotated. It isn’t made to be thrown in your backpack and carried around. These are made to be used in situations where you wouldn’t be moving around a lot. The earcups are padded with cloth-like fabric and feel exceptionally comfortable even during extended listening sessions.

The open-back design is another neat feature, it provides a more enjoyable soundstage that is almost on par with a lot of closed-back designed headphones. One thing to be aware of is that the cable can’t be removed. It holds an impedance of 250Ω for which you’ll be needing an amp to take full advantage of.


Bose QuietComfort 35 II (Wireless & Wired) – 8.8

The QuietComfort set of headphones have kept Bose at the peak of the active noise cancelling department for ages. But now, since the launch of the new Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones, how do they manage to stay relevant against them? The short answer is – because they’re that good!

When compared to the regular QC35 headphones, there aren’t many deviations from the brand-new series II. Except for a few essential traits, both devices are quite similar. For example, series II provides you with a dedicated Action button that launches Google Assistant, effortlessly.

Also, an Amazon Alexa compatibility update was released which is welcome by Alexa users. The same button can also be used to toggle the headphones’ active noise cancellation feature on/off. With their presets of varying intensity of ANC. They can also be connected and customized using the Bose Connect+ app.

The build quality on the series II is similar to the previous generation. It preserves the slender silhouette of the original and that goes for the comfort too. The battery life also lasts about 20 hours when used at a decent volume. The Bose QC35 II produce a nearly flat or natural frequency response which I prefer as they get you the closest to studio-quality sound reproduction.


Sony WH-1000XM4 (Wireless & Wired) unsurprisingly makes the list – 8.7

The Sony WH-1000XM4 has replaced the XM3 as Sony’s flagship model. And just like that, the title for best ANC headphones was earned by the XM4. The Sony WH-1000XM4, whiles also adding more features to improve its usability, achieves refined noise-cancellation and remarkable sound quality.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones adopt its styling and design from its predecessor. Though, the seal created by the denser earpads provides a more comfortable listening experience. The presence of touch controls on the side of each earcup allows you to control volume and track playback. The sound quality of the Sony WH-1000XM4 is truly remarkable.

Unlike most consumer-focused headphones which deliver an emphasized bass, the XM4 produces a well-balanced frequency response, this renders sounds to be more accurate. This type of signature causes these headphones to be a good fit for music listeners of any given genre and gaming as well. Sony has also improved upon its already great noise cancellation. Making it better at cancelling out low frequencies rumbles.

Supplementary features include – automatic ear detection, Bluetooth multipoint connectivity (up to 2 devices), support for SBC, AAC, and LDAC(no aptX) Bluetooth codecs, ability to connect with the Sony Headphones Connect app, USB-C charging, Auto-pause when you start talking, and a battery life of about 20 hours. Not to mention, its exceptional Microphone quality.


Make travel easy with the AKG N700NC M2 (Wireless & Wired) – 8.2

In the audiophile community, AKG is better recognised for its studio-grade, professional products than its consumer-friendly line of products. But even since the launch of the original AKG N700NC, this has changed. Now the AKG N700NC M2 is the refreshed version of that legend.

It’s targeted towards people that like to travel with their headphones. It offers fabulous active noise cancelling in a relatively small body. With a nonstop playback time of 23 hours which will be more than enough for a lot of situations.

There aren’t many changes made to AKG N700NC M2. Meaning that this refreshed model keeps all the great features of its predecessor. These M2 cans do come in an all-black colour which looks more enigmatic. The sound signature is almost neutral with minute stress on the low-end.

Despite the increase in competition from companies like Sony and Bose, the AKG N700NC M2 is still able to hold its own. They are great for people that commute regularly and prefer having a pair of headphones that can be travelled with.


Noteworthy Mentions

AKG K245 – The AKG K245 is another pair of open-back headphones. They are specially designed to be used in a studio or work environment. They have a visually attractive design and are robustly built. Sound quality is consistent with sufficient “oomph” from the low-end.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid – This pair of headphones are perfect for suburbanites and casual listeners. It features an ergonomic design, solid noise cancellation performance, and 40 hours of battery life.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro – This particular pair of Beyerdynamic is quite affordable for being studio headphones. It features a consumer-focused sound signature. And also appeals to professionals that need a closed-back headphone for recording.

Beyerdynamic Amiron – It has the word ‘amir’ or ‘ameer’ in it which translates to wealthy or rich in Hindi. This should give you an idea of much this particular pair of headphones cost.

Bose NC700 – The Bose NC700 are the latest headphones from Bose in its active noise cancelling lineup. While they aren’t on the same level as the Sony WH-1000XM3 in any technological regard, they’re still a magnificent choice if you have the money to buy them and crave one of the best noise-cancelling performances.

HiFiMAN Edition S – A pair of convertible headphones are rarely seen, and these are one of, if not, the best. The magnetic plates are detachable and support open-back listening when you’re at home. They can be reattached for public listening, but some outside noise still leaks in.

Marshall Monitor II ANC – The Marshall Monitor II ANC headphones are great at active noise cancelling. They have exceptional design and build quality, can be used simply, and are ideal for sub-urbanites and frequent flyers. If you’re an aficionado of the typical Marshall design then these are easy recommendations.

Master & Dynamic MH40 – The Master & Dynamic MH40 is not for everyone. I say that because these headphones are quite heavy and that might turn off some people. Putting that aside, they have an amazing sound and build quality.

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 – If you want the absolute essentials are willing to spend money for those then the Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 do an excellent job at capturing what’s necessary.

Shure AONIC 50 – The Shure AONIC 50 are similar in terms of build quality to the Bose QC35 II with few minor changes. When it comes to ANC performance the Shure headphones fall behind, though they are still very good. And come at a lower price. 

Sennheiser HD 599  – The Sennheiser HD 599 are open-back type headphone. The existing construction of the device is comfortable and is overall well-built. The headband is wide and is wrapped in soft padding. That same padding is used for its detachable earpads. Their combination makes extended listening sessions relaxed and quite enjoyable.

Sennheiser HD 4.40-BT – The sound quality of the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is wonderful and the earcups make a solid seal around your ears. They are especially comfortable to wear and are sensibly priced. A beautiful design that is sure to draw attention to you.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless – You get a headset with a collapsable design, superior active noise-cancellation, excellent sound quality, Bluetooth 5.0, and comprehensive codec support (SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, AAC).

Sennheiser HD 660 S – These open-back headphones are rather popular among higher-end home studio musicians. They possess aluminium voice coils that produce a well-balanced and detailed sound. In terms of reliability, these are a great pair of quality headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 – The more modern WH-1000XM4 were possible thanks to these headphones. The WH-1000XM3 can still be purchased for a somewhat lower amount than its heir. It is still viewed as one of the best ANC headphones on the market today.

Sony WH-CH700N – They may not deliver the same performance and sound as the WH-1000X M3 headphones will, nevertheless a solid pair of ANC headphones that you may gladly consider.

Anker Soundcore Vortex – The Anker Soundcore Vortex has a simple, nonexclusive construction and is pretty comfortable while also supporting aptX. And comes at a rather appealing price point.

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