Find Out which earphone is best under 500 [Usage Based List]

Are you looking for a quality earphone, but don’t want to spend more than Rs. 500?

I know It is really difficult to find proper advice when you are not spending big money on the purchase.

That’s why I have crafted this article to guide you to the best earphones under Rs 500 for your needs.

And you can simply jump to the section where you see your needs being met. And know all the details about the best earphone as per your needs.

Things to consider while buying the Best earphones under ₹500:

Are you a Bass lover or Melody lover?

If you are a bass lover, then go for an earphone that offers extra bass otherwise go for a balanced sound earphone if you like to listen to melodious songs more.

Go to the FAQs section if you want to find out more about your music taste.

Price Point-

Well, In this case we already know it is Rs 500. 

Primary usage- 

What is your Primary usage? Is it Listening to Music, making frequent Phone calls or Office-Work related usage. This is important and we have handpicked popular products on the basis of usage only.

Type of User you are- 

If you are a Rough user, then I would recommend you going for an earphone with a metallic body as it is more durable than the plastic body. 

And Careful users are free to choose as per their will. 

Best Earphones under Rs 500: Balanced Sound

#1 JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic

“ If you want to experience true balanced sound quality, then go for JBL C50HI with closed eyes. You wouldn’t be disappointed.”

Sound Quality: Balanced Sound

  • JBL C50HI has balanced sound quality with well-defined highs and lows. This makes it good for listening to melodious songs like Jazz, etc.

Build Quality: Average Build Quality

  • The earphones are very lightweight and therefore cause no pain to your ears even when using for long hours.
  • JBL C50HI comes with 3 sizes of ear tips for all ear types. 
  • The 3.5mm headphone jack is L-shaped. This not only makes the earphone more durable but also results in easy handling of your phone when in the pocket.
  • The design of JBL C50HI makes it noise cancelling which means you will not be disturbed by external sounds while listening to music.
  • JBL C50HI comes with a Universal remote button located along with microphone which is used to take or disconnect an ongoing call.

Colour Options: 3- Black, Blue and Red

  • JBL C50HI comes in 3 classy looking colours- Black, Blue and Red.

Extra Features: Google Assistant/ Siri compatible

  • JBL C50HI is also compatible with Google Assistant and Siri. You just need to long-press the remote button on the headphone and Voice Assistants will be activated.

Warranty: 1-year warranty



#2 SoundMagic ES11S in-Ear Wired Headphones

“If you stay on call for longer periods, SoundMagic ES11S is the best choice for you considering the high-quality microphone it has which makes your voice crystal clear to the listener.”

Sound Quality: Balanced Sound

  • SoundMagic ES11S has balanced sound quality which is tilted a little bit towards bass. 
  • Though there is sound distortion at Maximum levels, for an average user it might not pose a problem as the maximum volume of SoundMagic ES11S is really loud.

Build Quality: Average Build Quality

  • SoundMagic ES11S has an average build quality as the whole earphones are built of plastic. 
  • It has an In-line microphone, whose quality is just awesome at this price point.
  • It also has an In-line button to Play/ Pause music or make and manage calls.
  • SoundMagic ES11S comes with 3 ear-tips (Small Medium and Large) so that it can fit into any ear size.
  • The earphone has a 3.5 mm L-shaped jack which ensures that the earphones will not get broken easily from the port side.

Colour Options: 4- Red, Green, Blue and Black

  • SoundMagic ES11S comes in 4 nice and trendy colours- Red. Green, Blue and Black.

Extra Features: Gold Plated Headphone Jack

  • The L-shaped headphone jack is Gold-plated. This ensures better sound reproduction and longer durability of the earphones.

Warranty: 1-year warranty

  • SoundMagic ES11S comes with a warranty of 1 year. And the company gives phone support for its customers in India which is great.



Best Earphones under Rs 500: Best For Bass Lovers

#3 boAt BassHeads 225 in-Ear Super Extra Bass Headphones

“For Bass Lovers, nothing can beat boAt BassHeads 225 at this price point. They are loud. They are Punchy. They are Metallic. In short: They are Awesome”

Sound Quality: Extra Bass Sound

  • boAt BassHeads 225 is definitely made for bass lovers. You can feel each beat of the music and your heart will start thumping with it.
  • Mids and Lows are not well defined. So don’t go for this earphone if you like to listen to melodious songs more.
  • Sound is extremely loud at maximum level. So you may need to stay at 50-60% volume for enjoyable listening.

Build Quality: Great Build Quality

  • The build quality of boAt BassHeads 225 is one of the best for this price range.
  • The metallic earbuds make the earphones long-lasting and house powerful 10 mm drivers that produce super thumping bass.
  • The design of the earbuds ensures passive noise cancellation. So you can listen to your favourite music even in chaotic places like Market or Railway Station.
  • boAt BassHeads 225 comes with 6 sets of ear-tips. So whatever size your ears are, the earphones can fit right into it.
  • The earphone comes with a Gold plated L shaped jack. This ensures both the longevity of earphones and superb sound quality.

Colour Options: 2- Orange and Green

  • boAt BassHeads 225 comes in 2 trendy colours: Orange and Green.

Extra Features: Tangle-Free Flat Cable

  • The microphone uses noise cancellation technique that results in better call quality.
  • The tangle-free flat cable relieves you from the pain of untangling the wires every time you wish to use the earphones.

Warranty: 1-year Warranty

  • boAt BassHeads 225 comes with a standard 1-year Warranty.



Best Earphones under Rs 500: Best for Laptop/ Desktop Usage

#4 Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK in-Ear Headphones

“Extreme lightweight of just 14 grams makes Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK best for long-duration usage. That’s why it is our recommendation for Laptop/ Desktop uses for Developers and Designers”

Sound Quality: Balanced Sound

  • With 8.5 mm drivers, Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK produces balanced crystal clear sound.
  • You will not experience heavy bass which is ideal for longer usage durations.

Build Quality: Average Build Quality

  • The build quality of Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK is just average and it is not recommended for rough users who use their earphones mercilessly.
  • The wires of this earphone are a bit delicate and do not come in Tangle-free design.
  • Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK comes with 3 sizes of ear tips (Small, Medium and Large) to fit all needs.

Colour Options: 8-  Black, White, Green, Blue, Orange, Red, Purple and Pink

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK is offered in 8 vibrant colours: Black, White, Green, Blue, Orange, Red, Purple and Pink

Extra Features:

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK has L-shaped Headphone Jack which makes it more durable compared to non-angular ones.
  • Audio-Technica is providing a cord wrap for easy wire management. This proves handy when you are carrying your earphones while travelling.

Warranty: 1-year warranty

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.



Best Earphones under Rs 500: Cheapest Option

#5 Philips SHE1515BK/94 Upbeat Earphones with Mic

“If you are looking for the cheapest earphones because:

  1. you don’t listen to a lot of music; or 
  2. just looking to complete your newest phone purchase (I know phone companies have stopped giving earphones now. And that’s Pathetic !!! )

Then Philips SHE1515BK/94 Upbeat Earphones is the perfect choice for you.”

Sound Quality: Average Sound Quality

  • Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphones gives average sound quality with average bass, average treble and average vocals clarity. However, If you want you can install a good sound equaliser and increase the sound quality to some extent.

Build Quality: Average Build Quality

  • Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphone features a nice quality microphone and a dedicated button to make and manage calls.
  • The Wire quality of earphones is just average as it doesn’t come with Tangle-free Wires. 
  • Wire length, however, is good at 1.2 metres which makes it suitable for outdoor usage.
  • Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphones comes with 3 interchangeable rubber caps so that the earphones fit in every ear.
  • The headphone jack is straight and not L-shaped. This compromises on the durability part of the Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphones.

Colour Options: Only Black Colour

  • Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphones comes in only a single Black colour.

Extra Features: Passive Noise Cancellation

  • The design of earphones makes passive noise cancellation possible while listening to music or talking over the phone.

Warranty: 1-year Warranty

  • Philips SHE1515BK/94 Earphone comes with a 1-year warranty by Philips.



Best Earphones under Rs 500: Best for Sports/ Gym Usage

#6 Boult Audio BassBuds Loop in-Ear Wired Earphones

“If you are a Gym lover and a Bass lover, then you should definitely grab Boult Audio BassBuds Loop Earphones. Its unique ear loops make the earphones sit tightly into your ears while you are jogging, exercising or doing other physical activity.”

Sound Quality: Punchy Bass

Aerospace-grade Aluminium Alloy drivers produce thumpy bass with clear mids and highs. 

Build Quality: Above average Build Quality

  • Wire of Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphones are non-Flat-type but are tangle-free.
  • Unique Earloop design makes it a perfect fit for sports lovers.
  • Built-in Mic and inline control for managing phone calls and sound playback.
  • It comes with 3 pairs of ear tips (Small, Medium and Large). Therefore it can fit into any pair of ears.
  • The headphone jack of Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphones are gold plated and its slightly tilted design makes it really long-lasting.

Colour Options: 2- Red and Black

  • Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphones come in 2 attractive colour options- Red and Black.

Extra Features: IPX5 Waterproof and Voice Assistants Compatible

  • Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphones are also IPX5 waterproof, so you can go with your most intense workouts and sweat the way you want without thinking about your earphones.
  • Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphone is also compatible with Google Assistant and Siri voice commands. So you can easily do a google search or set a reminder on your iPhone while still wearing your earphones.

Warranty: 1-year Warranty

  • Boult Audio BassBuds Loop earphones come with a 1-year warranty.




Still having confusion? 

Well, my favourite one is JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones as I don’t like extensive bass. But if you are a bass lover then stop thinking and go for boAt BassHeads 225 earphones. I promise you would not be disappointed. 

Also, If your primary use is not listed here,(And I am sorry for that) then do let me know in the comments section below and I will recommend you one by putting my research-hat on.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for best earphones under Rs 500

Q1. How do I decide between Extra Bass and Balanced earphones?

Ans. If you tend to like the songs that are fast-moving and full of beats, then probably you are a Bass lover. Otherwise, If you like songs that are full of melodies and vocals, then you should go for earphones that produce a balanced sound.

Q2. I plan to use my earphones on both mobile and Laptop/ Desktop. Do I need to buy 2 different earphones?

Ans. No. 

You can buy anyone and that will still work fine. I recommended a separate earphone for PC use because while working you need to keep your earphones on for longer durations and therefore need a lighter variant. 

If you wish to use it for both cases, then I recommend you JBL C50HI Earphones. It is lightweight and provides some quality in-call functionality.

Q3. What is Waterproofing? And do I need it?

Ans. Waterproofing has come a long way and water protection is very real with today’s Gadgets. There is a standard for the level of waterproofing of a device- IPX ratings. Where IPX1 means protection from droplets of water while IPX9 means protection from Hot water when sprayed by High-pressure Nozzle.

If you would like to know more about this, head over to this website. They have got a cool infographic too for easy understanding.

Q4. Are L shaped or Angular earphone jacks better than a normal straight one? If so, Why?

Ans. Yes. 

L-shaped or Angular earphone jacks are better simply because they last longer. 

With Normal headphone jacks, when you have put-in and pulled-off the earphones several times, the outer plastic cover tends to peel off. 

Whereas if your headphone has an L-shaped or Angular jack, this problem doesn’t come into the picture because of its tilted design.

Q5. Do Tangle-free cables really don’t tangle at all?

Ans. Well, Almost. 

The tangle-free cables are made with special design and material so that wires don’t tangle easily. And even when they do, it’s not really hard to untangle them.

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