Best Sony headphones under 1000 rs in India of 2021

What does Sony manage to bring for this tight budget?
(Updated on July 18, 2021)

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Sony MDR-ZX110A

Sony mdr

(Best On-ear)

7.9

  • Connectivity: Wired

  • Great sound quality

  • Lightweight and foldable design

  • Bassy sound signature

  • No mic

  • Decent mids and highs

Sony MDR-EX150AP

Sony MDR EX150AP

(Best In-ear)

7.8

  • Connectivity: Wired

  • Decent mic

  • Good sound quality

  • L-type headphone jack

  • Tangle-free cable

  • Glossy finish attracts scratches

Sony MDR-AS210AP

Sony MDR AS210AP

(Best Sports in-ear)

7.6

  • Connectivity: Wired

  • Splashproof

  • Gold-plated, L-type jack

  • Mic quality is okay

Sony MDR-EX155

Sony MDR EX155 in red

7.5

  • Connectivity: Wired

  • Good sound quality

  • Gold-plated, L-type jack

  • No mic

Sony produces a wider range of products including headphones of different types. Their devices offer great value for money are well-built and have that signature bassy sound profile.

When it comes to headphones, Sony offers a budget as well as premium models with features like active noise cancelling, etc. One such premium headset is the WH-1000XM4. But, in this list, we’ll be taking a look at the budget headphones from Sony that cost under 1000 rupees.


Sony MDR-ZX110A – 7.9

The Sony MDR-ZX110A is a lightweight and well-designed pair of on-ear headphones. The cost of the device is attractive as is the sound.

The sound quality is truly better than some of the other headphones that come at this price point. For a pair of entry-level on-ears, these sound great. As is the case with most on-ear headphones, they struggle with passive noise isolation. If you don’t mind the little bit of sound that seeps through the earcups, then on-ear headphones might just be for you.

For commuters and joggers, this design allows them to hear their surroundings thus promoting situational awareness. The earpads are comfortable and soft, sitting perfectly on the ears without much discomfort. Though, using them for long periods may get uncomfortable. The construction is fairly strong and durable.

The earcups rotate and also collapse. Which just makes it more convenient to store and travel with. And the headband though not padded, is adjustable. The back of the earcups have a glossy finish and since the device is wired, using a 3.5mm gold-plated audio jack. These headphones are surely worth checking out.


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Sony MDR-EX150AP – 7.8

Within this price, the MDR-EX150AP is the best in-ear headphone that Sony offers.

Starting with the sound profile and performance – the treble or high-frequency range sounds above average. The mids are where vocal frequencies stay and they sound decent. And finally, the bass or low-end frequency range sounds good and full.

Overall, using the 9 mm neodymium drivers achieves a bassy sound signature without overwhelming the other frequencies. Fortunately, you do get an in-line microphone with these in-ears. The call/receiver quality is decent and can be used to take calls.

They also come with some convenient features like tangle-free cable, extra eartips, a gold-plated 3.5 mm headphone jack and the earpieces are angled to provide a better fit and seal for noise isolation. The microphone housing also has a universal control button to manage audio playback.

Note that there are no volume buttons. You also get a separate piece to manage your cables. A pretty straightforward in-ear wired headset.

Find out what are the Best True Wireless or TWS earbuds.


Sony MDR-AS210AP – 7.6

The MDR-AS210AP is a sports-oriented wired in-ear headphone. Two reasons why you might consider getting these are – the earhook material used is rubber and they’re splashproof.

Sony MDR AS210AP

In-ear headphones from Sony will always have certain features like the L-type gold-plated headphone jack, the extra eartips (depends on the design), and the Sony sound. All of these features are present except for eartips, courtesy of the way the earpieces are shaped.

Besides, you also get a microphone to answer/reject calls and a single control button for audio playback. This button can also be customized using the Smart Key android app, which is quite convenient. Coming to the fit and build quality of these headphones – overall, the build quality is as expected.

As for the fit, providing rubber earhooks improves the comfort and stability of the device. The passive noise isolation isn’t impressive but it gets the job done with minimal leakage. As they’re meant to be used during vigorous activities like running, you’re bound to sweat and these come with some level of sweat and water resistance.


Sony MDR-EX155 – 7.5

The Sony MDR-EX155 is another in-ear without a mic and comes in two colourways to choose from – red, and black.

Sony MDR EX155 in red

Coming to the second last Sony headphone that we’ll be taking a look at. The MDR-EX155 also possesses almost all of the qualities that the rest of the in-ears have had so far.

However, they do lack a microphone and a music playback control button. So naturally, you would have to use your smartphone to change the track or adjust the volume. Granted, this can be a bit inconvenient.

The sound and build quality are the same with no changes whatsoever. You do get extra eartips in the box. And we always suggest cycling through various sizes to find the right fit. You will notice a difference in audio quality once you discover the perfect fit for you.

Alternative: Sony MDR-EX150

Sony MDR EX150 in black

If you have read this far then you might have a pretty good idea what to expect from Sony’s in-ears. Pretty much all features and the design of the headphones have been If you have read this far then you may have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Sony’s in-ears. And the MDR-EX150 is also going to follow this trend.

It shares the design language of all the other in-ear mentioned before it, except the MDR-AS210AP. From the fit and feel to the sound quality, everything is identical. So what’s different? Well, the MDR-EX150 does not have a microphone or a control button for music. The housing that holds the mic and the control button simple aren’t present in the location where they’re usually found. 


Are Headphones and Earphones the same thing?

Technically, they’re all called headphones. And then we come to the types – in-ear (including true wireless earbuds or TWS), on-ear, and over-ear.

Types of headphones
Types of Headphones

The earpieces of in-ear headphones or ‘earphones’ are the smallest compared to the rest of the types. And since they’re so small, the earpieces usually go inside your ear canal or sit just outside of it. This does improve the passive noise isolation by a lot but also sacrifices soundstage as the drivers are small. Some of the Bluetooth or wireless ones come with a neckband.

On-ear headphones work best for people that want neither an in-ear nor an over-ear headphone. These headphones usually come with a headband. And the earcups, as well as the drivers, are larger. The earcups are large enough to sit on your earlobes but not completely cover them.

Now, if you want your ears completely covered then your best bet is the over-ear also called circumaural headphones. Naturally, the earcups surround your ear. They use the largest drivers and thus can produce a much better soundstage.


Are Headphones better or Earphones?

how to use headphones safely
Guy wearing on-ear headphones.

A natural, logical question. Simply put, neither is better than the other. Based on the activities that you’ll be using them for, determine which type with excel in a particular situation and which won’t.

For example; when it comes to portability, in-ear headphones or earphones are the easiest and most convenient to travel with. As opposed to on-ear and over-ear headphones. But, in terms of sound quality, on-ear and over-ear headphones almost always deliver a more satisfying sound experience.

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