Best Over-the-ear headphones under 2000 rs. (2021 Edition)
The selection of over-ear headphones for under 2000 rs. is worth setting your eyes on.
(Updated on September 13, 2021)
pTron Studio Classic
Boat Rockerz 550
Sennheiser HD 206
Because who doesn’t like a good set of over-ear (around-the-ear) headphones and especially when they come at such an affordable price point.
Over-the-ear or simply over-ear headphones are known for being quite comfortable and provide the best soundstage compared to the rest of the types (in-ear & on-ear). It just feels relaxing to put them on as listen to your music, you can do this for hours at end. We have also included wireless options in case your device doesn’t have a headphone jack.
pTron Studio Classic is the Best and offers the most value for money (Wireless & Wired) – 8.4
pTron has been gaining quite some popularity in the market and is well-deserving of it. They provide great quality and sound performance at an affordable price across all their products.
The pTron Studio Classic comes in a classy black colour variant. Usually, with pTron products eg. the pTron Tangent Beats, the low-end also known as the bass tend to be way too powerful, provided you get the perfect in-ear seal. But as the Studio Classic is an Over-ear type of headphones you needn’t worry about this.
The bass is strong and punchy but won’t hide the midrange frequencies. You can however use an EQ app to fine-tune the sound. The highs are clear but feel a bit too close, meaning that the soundstage is just good enough. Some of the key highlights of this device are its massive 20 hours of battery life, the ability to use it wired and the multi-function buttons.
With its 1000 mAh battery, it’s no surprise that it can deliver this kind of battery life performance. It only gets better with the Bluetooth 5.0 and A2DP support. Another great feature that we welcome with open ears is the option to switch to wired mode using a 3.5 mm headphone jack when the battery runs out of juice.
The earcups are collapsable making them convenient to store and explore with. The earcup cushions feel comfortable to wear for extended periods.
Boat Rockerz 550 (Wireless & Wired) – 8.2
The boAt brand needs no introduction. Their products are also competitively priced keeping the Indian consumer in mind. But among others on this list, the Boat Rockers 550 cost the most.
When it comes to finding a budget-friendly on-ear type of headphone, the one recommendation that a lot of people give is the Boat Bassheads 900 and those are positively good. But the Over-ear product that is the Rockers 550 doesn’t exactly deliver on what it promises. And by that, we mean the battery life.
The Boat Rockers 550 has a 500 mAh battery which is half the ptron Studio classic but still claims to deliver 20 hrs of battery life. Realistically, the battery will last for over 10 hours but under 15 hours. Now, this is enough for the majority of people with some exceptions like commuters.
Moving past that, talking about the overall build quality and design, the headphones look stylish and unique making them stand out among others. It also offers an aux-in port to which you can connect a 3.5mm audio jack and use it wired.
The dynamic 50 mm drivers deliver an excellent sound output and also have a warm, slightly bassy sound signature. The fit and comfort of the headphones are top-notch, the headband and the earcups as well have soft cushions. They are somewhat heavy though.
CLAW SM50 (Wired) – 8.4
The Claw SM50 is beautifully created, has a distinct look and budget-friendly and come at a convenient price. While also being advertised as a professional studio monitoring headphone.
The construction of the Claw SM50 is entirely made from plastic which makes it lightweight. The earcups are quite soft and cover your ears completely to make a good seal and provide the best passive noise isolation possible. Now, as they’re claimed to be Studio monitoring headphones or a simply a studio monitor, the sound output reflects that as do the 3.5mm and 6.3mm aux-in ports.
Professional studio headphones tend to have a natural or neutral or balanced sound signature which helps professionals notice the subtle details within their music and correct them if need be. The outside of the headband and the back of the earcups have the Claw logo imprinted.
The inside of the headband also has the same cushioning as the earcups. The earcups can be rotated around and can also be collapsed for easy storage. The passive noise isolation is great. They can be enjoyed by average consumers as well and aren’t exclusively for studio professionals.
Finally, a handy trick to know, by using a 3.5mm jack to connect 2 pairs of headphones that have an aux-in port, you can listen to the same music out of both headphones. It doesn’t affect the quality of the music given that the parts are in working condition.
Sennheiser HD 206 (Wired) – 7.9
Sennheiser HD 206 is another pair of budget-friendly, closed-back type headphones that is geared towards music producers and other audio professionals.
The design of the Sennheiser HD 206 is identical to the HD 201. They also inherit the black and silver colour scheme from the latter. The earcups are quite large and completely surround your ears, providing the optimum condition for private listening and no sound leakage. Though, the external layer of the earmuffs will peel off after a few months of regular use.
The inside of the headband (the part that sits on your head) also have the same padding. The 3.5mm cable extends from the bottom of both earcups merging at a point, and can’t be detached. You do get a 1/4″ (6.3 mm) jack adaptor in the box.
Coming to the sound signature; the entire midrange frequency range is clear and audible, each sound is distinguishable, the highs are sharp and distinct as well. The low-end frequencies aren’t as loud as we would prefer them to be.
If you prefer a strong and punchy bass then we’d suggest you skip this headphone. However, for most audio professionals this amount of loudness in bass frequencies is ideal. So you could say that they have a bright sound signature.
iClever HS18 (Wired) – 8.0
The iClever HS18 is the least priced but delivers great price-to-performance. They can also be used by kids for being truly lightweight.
Starting with the construction of the iClever HS18; the main material used for the body is mid-grade plastic, this does affect the durability but also makes it quite lightweight. The earcups can be collapsed and rotated for your convenience and the material used for the cushioning is firm yet soft, giving a comfortable fit.
The HS18’s sound reproduction is great, especially given its price, listening to a variety of music genres makes for a pleasing experience. The microphone performance is notable too and the multi-function button does what it’s supposed to. The audio picked up during calls was quite clear and understandable.
The mids are slightly recessed giving more space for lows and highs to occupy, meaning that they have a V-shaped sound signature. You don’t get a carrying pouch in the box so you’d have to store them elsewhere. Another cool thing about these headphones is the fact that they’re perfect for kids, being as light as they are.
Motorola Escape 200 – The Motorola Escape 200 has a customer-centric bassy sound signature and overall produces a wonderful sound output. Looks eye-catching with it simple design. It provides a battery life of about 15 hours and also has Voice assistant support for your convenience.
pTron Studio Pro Soundster – Another over-ear headphone by pTron. The soundstage performance isn’t as good as the Studio Classic and is the only area where it falls short. The rest of the features are the same, with roughly 20 hours of battery life and charges completely within 5-6 hrs.