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From your first steps into being an audiophile to catering for essentials on your tiresome evening journey back home from office, these headphones priced under Rs. 2,000 in India make for the best of budget audio purchases.
Soundmagic may not be as big a brand as Sony or Sennheiser, but after listening to the E10s, we don't even care. The E10s offer excellent audio output at its price. It offers the best balance of clear, crisp audio and the right amount of bass, without compromising the overall quality. The E10s also features an in-line mic and controls, and the sheer fact that it has ruled the top of this list for so long speaks volumes.
The Brainwavz Delta offer a similar sound package as the SoundMagic E10s, but at a lower volume. It offers bright audio quality, which translates into good mids, decent lows and good highs. In addition, the tangle-free cable and the slim design makes it a good buy. This is the recommended earphone to buy if your budget is around Rs. 1,500.
Sennheiser HD202 II
If you like relaxing while listening to music, the Sennheiser HD 202 II are the ones for you. It comes with a 10-foot long cable which could be a bother if you use these outdoors, but if you can deal with it, these are one of the best closed-back headphones you can get in this budget. It sounds good, and frankly, can well be the audiophile's budget purchase.
The second product by SoundMAGIC here, the P30 is an excellent pair of budget on-ear headphones, delivering a decent dosage of bass and stable mids, with slightly shrill highs. It is undoubtedly impressive for its price, and the light weight also adds to its versatility.
If you want to hear distortion-free audio with excellent low-volume clarity and prominent mids, the CX275s might be the ones for you. They are lightweight, comfortable and offer a secure in-ear grip without compromising on quality. There are in-line controls to answer calls as well.
Designed to deliver dollops of bass to you, the XB50AP by Sony does so in a controlled manner. It delivers crisp lows and slightly soft highs, along with a decent fit and overall comfortable listening. It may not be the very best around, but the XB50AP is still a good choice to consider.
The Sony S70AP has rather impressive audio balance, delivering amply clear mids, prominent highs and decent lows. It delivers very neutral audio, and adds a characteristically sweet tone to the audio playback. It is very light, too, which helps in long-term usage as this is a pair of on-ears. It may not be the most well-known pair of headphones, but is definitely worth its price.