5 Best Headphones under Rs 5000 (2016)
Audio Technica ATH-M30x, Sennheiser HD 439, JBL BassLine DJ Style Headset, Shure SRH240A and Sony MDR-XB450BV Xtra Bass are the 5 best headphones to buy in India that comes under Rs 5000 price range. All the listed headphones of the list are excellent value for money and delivers great quality sound and other features. However if you're looking for a headset with in-build microphone and remote, then JBL BassLine could be a great pick for you.
After researching and testing most popular headphones of this price range, we have listed down the top quality over-the-head headphones with their ratings, features, price comparison, online store availability, pros and cons.
- Cable isn't detachable
- No integrated microphone
- Mid-range frequencies are dominant
- Affordable price
- Collapsible design
- Sounds-isolating design
- Excellent frequency range
Audio Technica has recently released a slew of excellent audio products, among which features the excellent ATH M30x. An over the ear headphone with a circumaural design that provides excellent sound isolation even in the noisiest environments. The 40mm Neodymium drivers are tuned for detailed mid-range frequencies, yet deliver the entire sound spectrum brilliantly. A collapsible design allows single-ear monitoring, making the Audio Technica ATH M30x a favorite amongst DJs and music producers.
Audio Technica's biggest USP is their superior build quality and finishing, a very rare offering for the low price they are charging for the ATH M30x. The ATH M30x are designed for stationary listening and monitoring in a studio, yet you can use it for a variety of purposes including casual music listening from your phone or iPod. That's mainly because almost everything sounds good on these headphones. Bass junkies might have an issue with the warm and flat sound, but audio professionals will highly appreciate the flat signal response.
All in all, the Audio Technica ATH M30x are an excellent buy, mainly due to the exceptional sounds quality, dynamic frequency response and comfortable design. The M30x are a smart buy not only for audio professionals looking at budget headphones, but also casual listeners who want a durable product at a low price. The only drawback is the long cable that cannot be detached.
2) Sennheiser HD 439 Wired Headphones
- Poor aesthetics
- Requires burn-in
- Plastic finish
- Build quality is average
- Excellent sound quality
- Comfortable design
- Varying cable lengths
- Very light
- Sennheiser Warranty
Sennheiser are pioneers in the headphone industry, releasing a vast product like of headphones every year, ranging from high-end studio monitors to affordable in-ear headphones. With the HD 439, Sennheiser has attempted to port the brilliant sound of their over-ear headphones, to a low-end over-ear pair of headphones. And its safe to say that they have managed to do that successfully, albeit with a few drawbacks in design.
The Sennheiser HD 439 may look like a pair of open-back headphones, but they are actually closed in order to isolate any background sound. However, the velour pads leak some sound, which will be more of a hindrance to the people around you than yourself. Sounds quality is remarkable for the price, but it will take a burn-in period for the headphones to reach their maximum potential.
The problems start cropping up in the build quality and design of the Sennheiser HD 439. The headphones are very light and comfortable; however, this is due to the extensive plastic use in the body, which tends to give a ‘cheap' feel to the headphones. The interchangeable cables are particularly useful and are made to endure stress and harsh conditions. The overall look of the headphones is very understated and will appeal to a wide audience.
For a price of under Rs. 5000, the Sennheiser HD 439 is a steal. This under-appreciated headphone is perfect for someone who are buying their first pair of over the ear headphones and want professional sound at a low price.
3) JBL BassLine DJ Style Headset (Mic)
- Sound leaks from the ear cups
- A tad bass heavy
- Stunning looks
- Sturdy build
- In-line mic for taking calls
- Rotating ear cups for DJs
- Great sound reproduction
JBL, a part of the Harman international, is renowned for its high-quality speakers, woofers and more recently, headphones. JBL speakers are always generous to the low end of sound, making them a favorite amongst DJs and clubs that require ferocious bass response. So much so that as soon as anyone mentions JBL, the first thing that comes to mind its warm and rich bass. JBL have stretched their expertise and technical knowhow to the JBL BassLine DJ Style Headset, which as the name suggests, is made specifically for DJs keeping their needs and wants in mind.
In terms of looks, JBL has done a great job with the JBL BassLine. The pretty detailing includes bold color schematics, brilliant metal accenting and dual rotating the ear cups. The latter of which is designed for monitoring through one ear. One major concern is that the comfort level of the ear cups diminishes after prolonged use. Apart from that, the build quality is excellent, resulting in a durable and rugged pair of headphones that can survive the perils of a DJ booth.
The sound matches up to the looks, thanks to the incredible 40mm drivers that amplify every detail perfectly. Frequency response is very good and the sound output is a little loud and bass heavy, presumably to suit DJs needs. Music producers who prefer a flat frequency response will be should be wary JBL BassLine's enthusiasm to punch hard and low. For a price of under Rs. 5000, the JBL BassLine DJ Style Headset is the perfect choice for both budding DJs and casual listeners.
4) Shure SRH240A Professional Headphones
- Cheap finishing
- Mediocre looks
- Sound can lack bass at times
- Shure warranty
Shure is a household brand in the music recording industry and is supported by leading musicians and artists. Their superior quality and attention to detail is the main reason their name can be seen in every recording studio across the world. While their in-ear headphones have been on the market for a while, Shure recently added over the ear headphones to its product line. We all know about the impeccable sound Shure has to offer, and we try finding out if its been carried on in the Shure SRH240A.
The SRH240A are much cheaper compared to Shure's other products, which can be seen in the sub par finishing of the headphones. Although the glossy plastic looks cheap and flimsy, the ear cups and headbands are extremely comfortable during prolonged use. The SRH240A's oxygen-free copper cable is not detachable, a minor drawback for some users. The closed back design does a good job of reducing background noise and disturbances. All in all, Shure could have improved their design to match with their premium brand name.
The SRH240A deliver and excellent soundstage with a wide frequency response. The 40mm neodymium drivers are optimized for casual listening and monitoring, and reproduce full bass with crystal clear mids and highs. The SRH240A are calibrated to work with a large number of consumer and professional audio devices. However, you'll truly enjoy the full range of Shure sound when you use an amplifier for your audio signal.
To sum it up, Shure has tried its best to add its signature sound to the SRH240A; however, at times the sound may seem very flat for some listeners. If you can look past the mediocre design and materials used, the Shure SRH240A will give you a good preview into the world of audiophiles.
5) Sony MDR-XB450BV Xtra Bass Headphones
- Bass boost doesn't sound natural
- Flat mid-range reproduction
- No padding on the headband
- Good bass and treble reproduction
- Stylish looks
- Good sound isolation
- Active Bass Boost
If its earth shattering bass you're looking for, look no further. The Sony MDR-XB450BV have the power to puncture your eardrums with their powerful bass. This is due to the active batter-powered bass boost that runs on a couple of AAA batteries. Flick a switch and the MDR-XB450V's bass resonance chamber kicks in, increasing the bass response by multifold. Bass lovers will enjoy the experience, but it will be a big turn off for sound purists because of the low-fi nature of the bass boost.
The Sony MDR-XB450BV are large headphones compared to other similar priced headphones in the market. They are the size of many over-the-ear kinds you get. The large size means that the headphones are eye-catching and will draw looks if you're using them outdoors. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because the MDR-XB450BV are a gorgeous pair of cans that ooze style and substance. The back plate of each ear cup is done in a metallic finish of concentric circles, a common and popular design element in Sony products. The overall bulk may turn away consumers who are looking for compact convenience.
With the bass boost off, the Sony MDR-XB450BV perform like any other decent pair of headphones costing less than Rs. 5000. Unlike older models from Sony, these headphones have the perfect balance of bass and treble. The bass kick is full and well compressed, and can only be enhanced with the bass boost feature. Top and bottom ends of the sounds spectrum are well reproduced, with the mids getting lost out. This issue crops up in vocal tracks where male singers' vocals are pushed back into the mix, offering very little mid-range detail.
Adit Jhaveri Posted on July 01, 2016
Adit Jhaveri is B.B.A graduate (Kingston University, London) who is currently pursuing his post graduation diploma in Integrated Marketing Advertising and Communication (quite the mouthful), while simultaneously pursuing his passion for writing. Adit has worked as a Content Writer at Lexiconn Content Services, where he created online and offline content for leading brands and businesses. A tech enthusiast, audiophile, football fanatic and a voracious reader, he is always scouring the web for abstract knowledge. He currently resides in Mumbai with his favourite four-legged companions, Max and Molly.