Nikhil RastogiMay 06, 2016 17:15:47 IST
Can’t stand earphones that poke inside your ear? Want better fuller sound than standard ear pieces that come in the package? Look no further, we check out the best headphones which do that and much more without burning a hole in the pocket.
Sennheiser HD 202 II
The Sennheiser HD 202 II is styled for DJ’s with a closed back (offering noise suppression), removable ear cups and supra-aural as they sit on the ear instead of around it. The HD 202 II have well-balanced sound overall without being tinny; bass heads can pump up bass with EQ settings to get the best out of their headphones.
Balanced sound, lightweight, durable, cord clip, 2-year warranty
Long 10-foot cord, gets uncomfortable after long usage
Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iS SonicFuel
Price: Rs 1600 approx
Audio-Technica AX1iS SonicFuel line comes with smart colour options. These are styled to appeal to everyone’s music tastes with clear, punchy, well-balanced sound. However due to the narrow soundstage, classical music lacks depth though other genres sound good. These work perfectly with smartphones as it comes with an in-line remote and mic.
Smartly styled with good colour options, balanced sound, in-line remote and mic, 2-year warranty
Narrow Soundstage, not for Bass heads, flat cushioned ear pads can get uncomfortable
Price: Rs 1900 approx
Sony’s XB450 EXTRA BASS Headphones is just that, has loads of extra deep bass in it (5Hz – 22kHz). These are your typical on-the-ear supra-aural street style headphones which are light, have swivel design to carry easily and a tangle-free cable. It even comes with various striking colours for those who are concerned about style. The “AP” versions have in-line remote for calling and are just a few hundred rupees more.
Extra deep bass for Bass heads, colour options, AP version with inline-remote and mic
Sound not balanced, recessed mids and highs
Price: Rs 1999
For those concerned more with style than audio quality, would love Skullcandy. These headphones have the craziest, wackiest and the most appealing designs. Sound quality wise, it has a prominent bass so much so that the highs take a back seat and so does clarity. These come with an in-built mic and button in the headphone itself rather than on the cable.
Crazy styling and colours, inline remote and mic
iDance Hipster 703
Well if you really love the Datta Phuge type bling a lot more than the bang in the headphones, iDance ought to be right up your alley. Feeling like yet another “Chinese manufacturer”, iDance is surprisingly a New Jersey company that seems to be in competition with Skullcandy, but with hideously loud designs. Don’t even ask about the sound quality, the marketing has skimpily clad women everywhere making even Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher calendar blush. Oh, and it works with all smartphones with inline remote and mic.