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Top 5 Budget Earphones under $20

Vikrant Gupta
3 years ago


For good music experience, all you need is a good pair of earphones. Finding a good pair of earphones is not an easy task and requires a lot of research. Why waste your time? Just pick the right pair from our list given below of the best earphones under 1000 ($20).

1. Sennheiser CX 213 & CX 180

The Sennheiser CX213 and CX180 are best selling earphones under Rs.1000 because it has clear and balanced sound quality. In the last few years, I used a lot of earphones under this range but never found any other better than these two pairs of earphones. 

It offers decent bass with balanced treble and vocal sound, which you will appreciate considering the price point, the design isn't the best part of it and there is nothing special about design, It’s simple and sober and seems decent with black and grey color. The best thing is that they are comfortable and gives you ease.

You guys might be wondering what is the major difference between CX213 & CX180? Sound quality is the main difference that you may encounter. CX130 offers you a bit clear audio quality than CX 180. But the difference not much so you can purchase any one of these as per your budget. As per my opinion, The CX180 is genuine value for money option, rest is your choice. 

Main Highlights

  1. Audio is balanced and clear
  2. Deep and clear bass
  3. Comfortable
  4. 2-years warranty
  5. No mic
  6. Thin cable


  • Microphone: No
  • Cable: 1.2m long
  • Frequency: 20Hz – 20KHz

2. Sony MDR-EX150(Mic)

Our next choice on the list is Sony MDR-EX150AP. Another popular pair of earphones in this price range, the reason being its Sony signature and sound quality (Rich Bass and clear audio).

It provides very clear bass and sound output with vocal sounds and balanced treble. The does not let you feel that it’s artificial. These earphones not only provide you the best sound quality but the design seems supreme. It looks stylish and of premium quality with metal finishing which marks them on the scale of being comfortable. 

Contrary to the previous one, it has a microphone and a single button remote so you never miss your important incoming calls. 

Main Highlights

  1. Clear Sound
  2. Deep and balanced bass
  3. Stylish design
  4. Microphone
  5. Good noise isolation
  6. High price                                                                    


  • Colors offered: Black, White, Silver, Blue, Red
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Cable: 1.2m long, Tangle-free
  • Frequency: 20Hz – 25KHz
  • Drivers: 8.5mm
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Warranty: 1 Year

3. JBL C200SI

The C200SI lies on the third choice on my list of best earphones under 1000 Rs. This one is newly introduced by JBL in India with a tag of “PURE BASS” which completely satisfies the call tagline.

JBL C200SI earphones have a pre-eminent design. The C200SI comes with the same plastic built as its predecessor. It is lightweight with a stylish look and of premium quality with metal finishing. It comes with a cable of decent quality which is quite well built-in comparison with the one you get with Sennheiser CX180. It is remarkably comfortable and fits in the ear well. The earphones feature it has a good quality microphone and a single button remote so you never miss your important incoming calls.

The overall audio output of JBL C200SI is really clear both at high and low volumes. When talking about Bass, it satisfies the tag line. It offers an energetic and deep bass. If you love listening to tracks, then you’d love these earphones. The treble sound is incomparable but at high volume, the vocal is not so muddy and clear if it is compared with Sennheiser CX213. After all, we can’t expect almost everything at this point in price.

Main Highlights

  1. Stylish look
  2. Good Bass sound
  3. Comfortable
  4. Microphone
  5. Bass with little bit Overpower Vocal


  • Colors: Gun Metal, Ice Grey, Mystic Blue
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Cable: 1.2m long,
  • Frequency: 20-20kHz
  • Drivers: 9mm

4. Sony EX15AP

Another best earphones from the house of SONY with the price tag of Rs.699. Being comfortable it offers really good sound quality and thus it stands at the fourth position on the list.

With min 8 Hz frequency response, these earphones provide an ultimate audio output and rich bass. The ultimate thing is that the vocal and treble sound is unbeatable which depicts that it has true balanced audio.

Look wise, the earphones look stylish with a decent build. The cable quality does not seem to be very sturdy but if considered as per price, it worth the price. 

Main Highlights                                       

  1. Stylish look
  2. Clear audio
  3. Decent Bass
  4. Very lightweight
  5. Comfortable
  6. Good quality mic
  7. Build quality


  • Colors: Blue, Black
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Cable: 1.2m long,
  • Frequency: 8-20kHz
  • Drivers: 9mm

5. Realme Buds 2

On the list, last but not the least stands Realme buds 2. Realme has just launched these earphones in India with improvised features, stylish design, and better sound quality. You can purchase it at n affordable price of just Rs.599.

Talking about looks, the Realme Buds 2 looks very stylish and eye-catching with the yellow and black color combination. Being good looking it also has a good quality music output. 

It comes with magnetic ear tips, which is quite unexpected at this price range. It comes with TPU braided cables along with cable organizer which is durable enough. This comes with an in-line microphone with three buttons to receive incoming calls and adjust the volume.

Turning towards sound quality, I was surprised that it did not disappoint me as per the price. Realme has pushed these earphones as bass-heavy earphones with 11.2mm Bass Boost drivers. It has a very Aggressive and punchy bass sound. So if you are a bass lover then you gonna love these earphones.

Overall, the sound was clean, comfortable and very loud. Because of strong bass, it sometimes overpowers vocals and dialogue which appears as a common problem in budget-oriented earphones. Overall, the best sound quality in this price range.

Main Highlights

  1. Stylish look and solid build
  2. The good audio quality for the price
  3. Decent bass
  4. Value for money


  • Microphone: Yes
  • Cable: 1.2m long, TPU Braided cable
  • Drivers: 11.2mm
  • Impedance: 16 ohm
  • color available: Black

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