Picking up a headphone below the 10,000 INR price tag is no longer a decision for the faint of heart.
There are at least a dozen options from each producer that cater to music production, mastery or for the pleasure of enjoying music when they are at home or on the go.
some earphones is more versatile than others, while some are made to cater to a specific scenario.
We have compiled a list aimed at giving you the best possible musical experience, including those that you can also master for mastery and monitoring.
The list is in descending order of preference and appreciation. So read to the end to know which one is the best of the best!
10. Beyerdynamic Custom Street:
The Custom Street is a headphone that tries very hard to impress the different types of music listeners there, whether it be casual listeners or audiophiles.
It mostly succeeds in that aspect. Aside from the adjustable faceplates, there are audio cues you can customize, with an easy slider slide on the earpiece, one each for heavy bass, balanced and analytical.
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It sounds at their best when used in balanced mode with good layering, decent dynamics and above average imaging.
The fit over the head is comfortable and even if it is on the ear pair of headphones have a fairly shallow depth down to the ear cushions, they are very comfortable, and the clamping power is extremely forgiving to be just as good for long periods of listening.
The adaptive shifting movements sometimes feel in vain, because the bass mode is just a shower of the bubbling bark of a skull that makes everything powerful in its own way and is completely too tree-like. Imagery and sound stories go on a high thread and everything just feels out of balance.
The analytical mode does exactly the opposite by raising the upper center and highs until it becomes levels where it becomes too versatile for safe hearing and the bass becomes resilient in the presence that makes the overall sound feel.
9. Beats EP:
Surprisingly, the Beats EP is a gem that came out of the rather unimpressive Beats Audio stable, plagued with products that are not only underpriced but also falling flat at the moment when one talks about it. sound quality or dynamics.
The Beats EP is thankfully not one of them and stands out under the barrage of headphones in this price range.
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Despite being a headphone, the EP offers decent sound insulation, has deep earplugs and is fairly comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Build quality for the price is about average and better than few competitors dressed in plastic. The audio version is completely surprisingly balanced with a slight emphasis on the bottom end like most Beats Audio products.
What is not so obvious, however, is that the large bark does not overwhelm or cloud the mids and highlights, giving a rather rare coherence. The highlights are not rolled out too much and also do not really stand out. There is enough sparkle to keep things alive and maintain balance at all times.
Not the most detailed headphones for the price, but probably the nicest of the lot! Midrange is smooth and has no texture of any kind, and even though the bass tends not to wash away the mids, it is still a bass-heavy headphone.
Ultrasonic – HFI 580 & DJ1:
The HFI 580 and DJ1 benefit from the same applause as the other new Ultrasonic products these days, which is the S-Logic technology that offers a significant boost in the sound stage and the perceived imaging that other closed backs can look almost different.
Bass on this is quietly large and pronounced and the highlights are clean and sometimes stretch very well, too well.
The fit is quite comfortable and this looks very nice on the head and personal because the headphones are not too big. They are fairly lightweight when worn and are extremely portable and fold up nicely for quick storage and transport.
The differences between the two pairs do not exist much, except for a different design and color scheme and a longer chord with the DJ1. Both sound identical, especially if they share the same drivers with a slight difference in ordinary specifications on paper.
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Bass heads will be happy no matter the pair they choose. And on top of that, it benefits from the same class-leading 5-year peace of mind!
The highlights can sometimes be a little too intense, as they tend to push through more than the rest of the frequency response which surprises the user and tempts them to reduce the volume.
The mids are not the showpiece stop, in part because the S-Logic technology plays too intrusively by making the sound stage too large, leaving the already delicate interlude so slightly lost between the bass and treble expanse.
7. AKG K92:
The AKG K92 is perhaps just the most stylish stylish headphones on the list. The self-adjusting strap is one of the hardest ways to get the right fit and the earrings are quite large and very comfortable.
The Champagne Gold is not a divine color and looks very tasteful in color. On the sound front, these people are not ashamed either. Clean, fairly neutral and sharp sound that is extremely balanced is what is offered.
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What’s a surprise is that the coherence and dynamics are excellent, especially in light of the price, and these cans reveal that it’s sometimes too exciting, which adds a touch of fun factor to a can that is not even too hard. do not try. impress.
Definitely not portable and is meant to be used indoors in a quiet and peaceful place. Aside from normal portability, it’s really hard to fault these excellent headphones.
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6. Breinwavz HM5:
This particular product could have made it much higher, perhaps in the top 3, if it were not for the cheaper build quality and bulky design, that’s how good this sound is.
They share very good features with the AT M40X and M50X with better comfort and slightly more dynamic sound than the M40X, but a little smaller than that of the M50X.
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Critical listeners will be very pleased to know that it sounds almost neutral and very natural with excellent imaging and midrange performance.
Bass has a reasonable extension for a look aimed at critical listening and the highlights are clear and clean without being overwhelming or rolled down. Due to this balanced nature, the HM5 conforms to almost any music genre and they do so with panache.
Bulky design may not be for everyone, as these are not the most portable cans on the list. Cable is distributed separately in each earplug, making it a bit cumbersome for portable use.
The build quality leaves a bit to be desired, and although the faceplates are made of metal and the plastic looks good, they do not really have a reassuring feel.
5. Sennheiser – HD 280 Pro:
If Sennheiser adds a ‘Pro’ to their headphone setup, it definitely means business. The 280 Pro is exceptionally clean and almost neutral, with an extremely good tonality and balance in general.
What is really fantastic for such a clean and sharp sounding pair of headphones is that it does not sound dry and clinical, but does have a very extensive low point with good depth and width.
Midrange is almost flawless with strong vocal performance and highlights that have the right amount of expansion for a fatigue-free listening experience.
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Sound insulation is extremely important and gives the perception that there may be some kind of noise cancellation technology, the passive sound insulation is so good.
It does very well with almost all types of genres, with an extra flair of both detailed and fun sound. With an impedance of 64 ohms, it does a great job for both home listening and studio monitoring.
It is strictly for home use based on the cables and the industrial appearance and design that Sennheiser used for.
The 1.2 m coiled cable can be used for portable use, but then again it performs best with a decent capable source or a table setting for that matter.
4. Audio Technica M50X:
The AT M50X is no stranger to most people out there, audiophiles or not, especially because of the popularity and the hype train they ride, and there is a good reason for that.
Unlike its little brother, the M40X, it looks like a Swiss Army knife that hides when it sounds almost right and has a little extra sparkle in the highlights and bass big enough to name fun sounds.
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Unlike most headphones out there, it has a slight bump in the bass section and a slight boost in the highlights. While this boost may not sound as natural as that of the Beyerdynamic DT-770, it does help almost any genre on the M50xs.
A stain of classic sounds just as rewarding as the rumble of heavy metal. This one looks even better than any of his little brothers, although they are still all in plastic like a sheep, in … well … clothes of the sheep, but the wool is softer and slightly better cared for!
Overfill does not breathe for too long during use and causes the ears to warm up over time.
The M50X appears as a great variety of all trades as a master of any particular one, and this is where audiophiles would draw the line, while the casual listener might worship them.
The treble gain also sounds a bit too sharp and artificially amplified, and the mids sound quite as slightly sunken over many cuts.
3. Audio Technica M40X:
The M40X is the underdog of the AT family of headphones which mostly gets the performing arts on stage, which otherwise should have been the star performer of the show on stage, generally the spotlight hidden by the bigger brother, the M50X. In simple terms, the M40X sounds ‘correct’, because there is no better adjective.
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Tonality is going on, the signature is as neutral as it gets, weighs extraordinarily well with portable and desktop resources, and does not let you run to an EQ to adjust something to make it sound right or natural.
If mastering and mixing is the most important agenda on one’s calendar, it will do an excellent job on a tight budget!
This one is not for bark heads because there is no tree-rich bark on offer, but what is there is sufficient and accurate to give the mids and highlights the right amount of physique and lift to make the presentation rich, but not too much.
The highlights are extremely well-suited for something that has the low price of this, and they have a lot of details and textures when paired with a clean slightly hot spring, something like the Shanling M0 is an excellent pair.
Something to note from here is that these cans are pretty forgiving for a bad source, but not necessarily so with a poor quality or a poorly controlled soundtrack.
Bass-heavy, optimistic genres are better served on something like the Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro or even the bigger brother M50X.
Based on the design and its size in general, you will be wearing one of these on the street for a survey at vegetable stores throughout the area, which may not be a bad thing, but you should be reminded !
2. Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro
First of all, it comes in 3 flavors in terms of the best benefit from your source, which is in a variant of 32ohm, 80ohm and 250ohm. Beyerdynamic has made sure that each version does not differ in audio signature, regardless of the version for which it is intended.
That said, there are small differences and for the most coherent performance it would be better to go with the 80 ohm paired with an external budget amplifier / DAC or DAP or with the 250 ohm version to use for mastery and table settings.
It is by no means shy of the bass, and the bass is well-extended and prominent without interfering with the mids and highs in any way.
Mids are not as prominent as more medium focused headphones around, making them ever sound so slightly delicate, but never deepened in any way.
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Highlights are actually the striking of any headphones in this price range, which are sharp, sharp and well-expanded, making the overall presentation very airy and clinically sounding.
This well-extended treble is just shy of being exhausting and also helps to make the overall sound story feel very natural and wide like almost any headphone for the money.
The 80-ohm version in particular has a slight advantage in midrange performance and slightly less prominent bass compared to the 32-ohm and 250-ohm variants, but this is largely noticed in a serious A / B test . The DT-770 Pro is easily the most technically correct sound pair of the entire list.
It’s not a look or a very transportable look to be honest. It feels at home in a mangrove cave, with a barrel of metal bowls doing things and a comfortable couch to fall into again.
That said, its excessively clean presentation may not be really for everyone and the highlights, although it’s really well controlled, can be handful for those sensitive ears.
The cable is hard wired and that’s the only real bummer on this otherwise brilliant pair of cans. This baby Beyer has all the qualities of his bigger brothers, whether good or bad!
1. Ultrasonic Execution 820:
Absolute stars all-rounder when it comes to the fairness of all three of the listening scenarios, namely movies, games and music! This one is not meant for mastery or critical listening, but to enjoy and get an exciting experience regardless of the content.
The S-Logic technology is a welcome addition that brings a much larger sound stage to the table compared to most closed back heads for this price. The fitness is good, and the option to upgrade to better pads is an added bonus. Instrument separation and imaging are extremely important and the overall presentation screams fun and dynamic.
The addition of a neat elegant Bluetooth adapter assembly called ‘Sirius’ can be purchased separately to turn this already brilliant pair of headphones into wireless transport!
What gives the 820 brownie points above the other headphones in this list and brings it to the top of the list is a brilliant five-year warranty program, which is generally unheard of with headphones playing even 2-3 times the price. Peace of mind? Hell yes! The Performance 820s are easily the most immersive and fun sound pair under 10k INR. (Period)
Hard to find fault with these but fitness issues can create a disturbing sound perception of these cans, especially since the S-Logic technology earphones to be perfectly aligned with the center of the ears to work correctly. Anything outside the center with a large margin and the resulting sound output tends to be slightly undesirable.
Another thing to note is that the bass of this is not ashamed to show their prominence, and unless switched via EQ, in some cases it overwhelms the mids, especially if the source leans towards the warmer end of the spectrum.
This one is definitely not for the purists looking for a neutral and natural signature, and the S-Logic technology that enhances the sound stage may even appear artificial, but these cans do ask the question … Why so seriously always ?!
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1) What about creative aurvana live?
I really wanted to hear gen 2 myself before I got it a rec. Even from memory I can not really remember how the gen 1 sounded, except that they were extremely comfortable to wear when I last heard it, which was a long time ago.
Since the list goes on every 3 months, it will be kept up to date as I hear more! 🙂
2) Is the Shure SRH440 too poor to make the list?
Not too weak … but I find the HD-280 Pro sounds better. ‘Better’ to be a relative term here.
3) What about Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X?
Ideally, this would not be considered as the overall cost probability that includes delivery + customs if imported by Massdrop, with a significantly higher price than 10k.
4) Why place m50x?
People will hate me because I put the M50X on the list… ..that I put the M50X under the M40X and also if I did not put the M50X on the list.
All I had to do was choose the hate I love more!
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Name: Sahil Santosh
Bio: Emerging audiophile, event photographer, Nokia Fanboy!
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