Buying a earphone can be an arduous task with hundreds of brands out there. So if you are in the market for a Rs.1000 earphone, don’t fret about the vast choices as we have done all the work to find the best earphone for you.

Our path to the best earphone for Rs.1000 started with us gathering suggestions from reputed technology and audio websites. We also had our researcher join “The Indian Audiophile Forum”, home to India’s top audiophiles. This gave us information about niche audio brands as well as great but underrated audio products from mainstream brands.

With our groundwork done, we headed to the CEO of Rontek, Mr. Jacob Abraham for picking the best earphones. Rontek has been in the audio and power-electronics manufacturing for nearly two decades.

Best Earphone under Rs.1000

Focal Sense

Offering a bass-heavy sound in a premium package is what the Focal Sense aims to do and it delivers on it perfectly. You get a good build and well-designed housing with tangle-free flat cable along with an in-line remote.

The sound quality is great as expected with a special focus on the bass, which is preferred by a lot of users. The Focal Sense then is a great pair of earphones under Rs.1000.

Pros

  • Bassy sound 

  • Extremely well built

  • Superb value for money

  • Mic and Remote present

Cons

  • Sounds a little bright out of the box

Where to buy it?

You can get it on Headphonezone
You can also get it from Amazon

​​Best Earphone under Rs.1000

1more Piston Fit

With a robust build quality and stellar audio quality, the 1more Piston Fit is a no-brainer at this price. There's also an onboard mic for calls along with a single button remote to receive and end calls. If you like to choose the colour of your earphones, the Piston comes in four funky colors as well.

Pros

  • Balanced sound signature

  • Extremely well built

  • Superb value for money

  • Mic and Remote present

Cons

  • No volume control on remote

  • Narrow Soundstage

Where to buy it?

You can get it on Flipkart
You can also get it from Amazon


Best Earphone under Rs.1000 

Sennheiser CX 180

One of Sennheiser's cheapest offering, the CX180 is known for its bass biased audio. The CX180 is light in weight and low on price, but the lack of a mic may upset some users.

Pros

  • Bass head friendly sound

  • 2 years warranty

  • Good value

Cons

  • Mids and Treble get muddy because of heavy bass

  • No mic support

  • Narrow Soundstage

Where to buy it?

You can get it on Flipkart
You can also get it from Amazon


Best earphones under 1000 

KZ EDR2

The Knowledge Zenith EDR2’s are priced extremely low for the sound quality they offer, and there very little that's wrong on them. They have an excellent  balanced sound, are in-ear style and are built really well for the price. Plus they reproduce sub-bass and higher frequencies more faithfully than the VE Monk Plus.

To know more about the KZ EDR2’s read our review here.

Pros

  • Excellent balanced sound for the price

  • Has good sub-bass and bass

  • Stylish design with premium build

  • Great value

Cons

  • Slightly recessed mids

  • Mic version is almost Rs.200 more!

Where to buy it?

You can get it on Hifinage
You can also get it from Amazon

​Best Budget Pick

Venture Electronics Monk Plus

The Monks were our best pick under Rs.500 and given their sound quality we feel it is still a great pair of earphones in this category as well. Their mid focused sound and amazing soundstage give you an audio experience that's not expected at this price. Their earbud style, however, may not be to everyone's liking.

To know more about the VE Monk Plus read our review here.

Pros

  • Amazingly clear sound for the price

  • Open soundstage with relatively flat sound with forward-mids

  • Value Price

Cons

  • Some people may find the earbud style uncomfortable

  • No noise isolation

  • Not for EDM lovers due to the lack of sub-bass

  • Plastic build

  • Rs.533 version has no mic support

Where to buy it?

You can get it on Hifinage or from Amazon.


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​How we selected?

Earphones are not as simple to judge as a mixer or an induction cooker, they need a very good understanding of sound and electronics. So we sought the help of someone who not only had the ear and skill for music but also the knowledge of the inner workings of an audio product like earphones. We looked no further than the CEO of Rontek, Mr.Jacob Abraham who brought along more than 20 years of experience in the Audio industry. Mr.Jacob helped us pick the top earphones from our long list of products.

We arrived at our shortlist of earphones by scouting through suggestions on reputed tech websites and audio websites. Not satisfied with the picks we had our researcher join a dedicated audiophile forum "The Indian Audiophile Forum" to seek so more suggestions. Here we found a lot more earphones few of which even made it to our top picks.

Best Earphone under Rs.1000

Specifications

From the house of popular French Audio maker Focal comes the “Sense” an entry-level earphone for the Indian market. Despite the budget tag, the Sense has premium aluminium build and comes with three cool colours- Black, White and Yellow.

A neat little touch is the flat cable that also prevents tangling- a common problem with earphones. Attached to the cable is a remote which houses the omnidirectional microphone and the button to answer calls and skip music. The 3.5mm connector and the remote are both made of metal and feel well built.

Note: The Amazon listing specifies that the Focal Sense has a three-button remote, but in reality, the earphone has only a single button remote.

Provided in the box are three silicone ear tips and a carry case to put your earphones into. We liked how Focal has paid attention to little details likes a flat cable, remote and a carry pouch. These do not add to the sound quality but generally improve the experience of an earphone.

Coming to the sound quality you have an 8mm driver that has a frequency response of 20-20000Hz. Now the Focal Sense has a sound signature that's tuned towards the low end which makes them great for thumping songs from genres like EDM, Rock and Hip Hop.

Verified users found the bass to be deep giving you a clear sound that better than most other earphones in this range like the Sennheiser CX180 and the Soundmagic E10C.

The mids, people found were recessed which will hurt vocals a little, this is due to the bass bleeding in the mid frequencies, while the highs are pretty good giving your good details and clarity.

That being said a few users found it to be a little bright (more treble) out of the box, but that can easily be remedied by a custom EQ.

The Focal Sense is also a low impedance earphone with an impedance rating of only 16 ohms making them easy to be powered by smartphones.

To sum it up, Focal’s entry-level offering “Sense” does seem to make a lot of sense for the market. You get the much-loved bass biased sound, flat cables, a remote and mic and the aluminium build quality, all for under Rs.1000.  


Best Earphone under Rs.1000

Specifications

1more is a brand that not many might have heard about, so before you dismiss them as an entry level Chinese brand, hold on. 1more is a headphone company based in California and are also the OEM's for most of Xiaomi's earphones. 1more earphones have pioneered multi-driver solutions and their products have won numerous awards from the prestigious iF and Red-Dot design awards to CES innovation awards and have been picked as the best in class products by top websites like Consumer Reports, PCMAG, Cnet, and Head-Fi.

Close look at 1more Piston Fit

The Piston Fit earphone is, despite its low price, a very premium earphone. 1more has not skimped on build quality here, the driver housing is made of aircraft grade aluminum with textured grooves so they are easy to grab onto.
The cables are covered with Kevlar for added durability. If your wondering, Kevlar is used to make bulletproof jackets. The ear tips have a 45-degree angle to them making them easier to slide into your ear canal.
Overall, compared to the competition like the Sennheiser's CX180 the 1more Piston Fit is miles ahead in terms of build quality. Differentiating themselves from the competition further, they are available in four fun colors, Deep Space Grey, Clear Lake Blue, Galaxy Silver and Rose Pink.
NDTV Gadgets liked the overall built quality of the earphones, even finding them very comfortable to wear after long periods of use. We feel you just have to use them once to know how well built they really are, especially considering their sub Rs.1000 price.

1more is famous for its multi-driver implementation but the single driver of the Piston Fit is still quite capable. 1more claims the earphones were tuned by Grammy award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi. The Piston Fit's manage a frequency range from 20Hz all the way up to 20000Hz.
Unlike most earphones in this price, the Piston Fits have a very balanced sound with a slightly warm tinge to the sound. The bass and sub-bass are very good without any excessive boost to them, while the mids and highs are very crisp sounding, unlike the Sennheiser CX 180 which does get a little too boomy.
NDTV Gadgets found the ear tips seal to be a little insufficient but they were blown away with the sound quality. They were delighted with the way the earphone handled the bass and sub-bass without muddying out the details in the mid region.
Headphonezone too was impressed by the sound quality which they referred to as warm but full-bodied. Although they did feel the soundstage was a little narrow, but better than other earphones in its price.

​To understand audio terms better read our under Rs.500 article here. It talks about audio technicalities and even explains how to read a frequency graph.

Note: 1more has a really helpful app "1more Assistant" to be used with their products. The app does the tedious task of headphone burn-in on its own without your interference. Burn-in is considered to help your audio device reach a level of maturity thus improving sound. Think of it like the run-in of a new bike or car engine.

The earphone comes with a decently long 1.25m cable which doesn't tangle easily with many verified customers on Amazon claiming the Piston Fit's cable to be of the best quality they have ever used. The L-shaped audio jack was also found to be more durable than the straight jacks of other earphones.
The remote has a single button which functions as a play/pause button and forward/ rewind track option. Long pressing the button can pull up Google Assistant or Siri as well which is pretty nifty. We, however, feel a volume control button would have been very handy. Verified Amazon users also found the microphone to be loud and clear and they felt this was one of the reasons why most of them picked this earphone over the Sennheiser CX 180.

To sum up about the 1more Piston Fit, for the great price you get comfortable earphones that are very well built, have a mic, produce a superbly balanced sound and come in some cool colors.

Best Earphone under Rs.1000

Specifications

The Sennheiser CX 180 is probably one of the cheapest Sennheiser branded product you can buy. The CX 180 is priced low because it isn't the highest quality product from the German manufacturer. The CX 180 with its lightweight plastic build and rubbery cable cannot hold a candle next to our the 1more Piston fit's aluminum and kevlar build quality. What they lose in quality, the CX 180's make up for in comfort.
The light plastics allow you to listen to your favourite song for hours together without any strain. Their driver housing too has a very ergonomic design that lets you insert and remove them from your ears easily.

Unlike most Sennheisers we have reviewed before which are always balanced in their sounds, the CX 180 is all about the bass - there is a lot of it and then some. If your preference is EDM, Hip-Hop and stuff that today's teens listen to, then get this. NDTVGadgets found the bass to be aggressive with them even able to feel the vibrations in the bass notes. They, however, did complain about the vocals not having much power and the lack of sparkle in the highs. But the sound that you get on these is what is preferred by a lot of listeners and the CX 180 does full justice to their playlists.

The earphones lack a mic or remote support which is a bummer.

Overall if you are in the market for bass boosted audio earphones and you do not want to shell out a lot of money then get the Sennheiser CX 180.. Otherwise, the other option is to pick up the Focal Sense, which gives you the bass response as the CX180 but is more premium in design and build and comes with an in-line remote as well.

​Who are our best picks for?

The Focal Sense focuses on the most loved sound signature of the majority- bass-heavy sound. It delivers that in spades but its no one trick pony like the Sennheiser CX180. You get premium metal build as well along with a flat cable and an in-line mic for phone calls.

The 1more Piston Fit fits the requirements of a listener who doesn't want a lot of sounds boosting to his or her audio. The Piston Fits relatively flat sound means all frequencies are played out equally. Their high-quality build and mic support mean they are great for people on the move as well.

But if you prefer your tunes with a lot of bass boost then the Sennheiser  CX 180 will be your best companion. Their bass-heavy sound is great for EDM and Hip-Hop listeners. However, their lack of a mic may upset some users.
The KZ EDR2 also makes for a great pair of balanced earphones with a premium build quality. The produce more low-end and high-end than the VE Monks and despite being a whole lot cheaper than the best picks here manages to hold its own when it comes to sound quality

But if you need a cheap earphone, that has an open soundstage and a balanced sound and you don't mind their earbud style than the VE Monk Plus will suit you very well.

Who is the competition?

Audio Technica ATHCLR100: While they have a very balanced sound just like our best pick, their poor cable quality, and overall build quality make them a no-no for the price.

House of Marley EM  JE041: They are warm sounding and the presence of wood gives them a unique build quality but it's not as good as our best pick. Furthermore they leak out a significant amount of sound and are not the best at noise isolation.

Knowledge Zenith ATE: These are considered to be a great pair of earphones but they do not have a very good build quality and are priced at quite a premium over our best pick. You can still pick them up if you are a little adventurous and don't mind the relatively unknown brand.

Sound magic es18s: These earphones had a lot of quality issues according to users. Many claimed them to be much inferior to the Sennheiser CX 180. Then there were the complaints about the service of the earphones. So we suggest you stay away from these.

Mi Earphones: While the Mi earphones sound great for their price there were many complains about their comfort. They are also relatively new, our best picks offer greater sound quality over it.

Skullcandy Jib:Despite having over 10000 reviews on Amazon the SkullyCandy Jib has a very low rating especially due to its poor durability. While many reviews did state that it sounds decent, there are a lot of build quality issues with one side not working, poor warranty support and overall an inferior product for the price, kindly stay away from these.

Nokia WH 201 stereo:While it is priced pretty low, the sound quality on the Nokia Stereo earphone lags behind the Sennheiser, 1more and Focal. Add to that the plasticky build quality and its not really focused on great audio experience.
 

Final Thoughts

The earphone market has matured so much that shelling out even as low as Rs.1000 can get you a well-built earphone with great audio quality. Our best pick fits this perfectly.

The Focal Sense boasts an aluminium build, a ton of features and a great sound quality to blow away bass heads.

With its aluminum build and balanced audio the 1more Piston Fit is great for the price of around Rs.850.

But if your more into the bass-boosted sound you can try out the Sennheiser CX 180 that promises oodles and oodles of bass. But they sadly lack mic and remote support.
The KZ EDR2 is another pick that gives you the balanced sound that audiophiles along but without having to spend a lot of money.

If you however want to try out something different have a look at the VE Monk Plus with its open back, ear bud style design and balanced sound all for around Rs.600.