Earphones Buying Guide - Everything You Need To Know
  • Design
  • Connectivity
  • Features
  • Budget


Most of us are tethered to our devices for at least some part of the day, listening to music, gaming, watching videos on tablet, phones or laptops. Our headphones are not merely an accessory anymore - they are practically an extension of ourselves. Want to stay tuned to your favorite beats or want to indulge in a movie marathon without disturbing the ones around you - the right pair of earphones will allow you to do all of this and a lot more!

But how to find the ‘right’ ones?

Is that a question which is bothering you as well? Well, the sheer amount of earphones online choices in type, shape, and size can really be confusing! On top of that, there are a lot of factors that matter while choosing your headphones that you might not be aware of.

There’s only one way to navigate through all this, that is to learn about the specifics and understand the jargon. You’re probably already aware of these and if you’re not, keep reading.


Finding the right design for your ears


A. In-ear Design

You might know them by various names like earbuds, in-ear headphones, these are the smallest and most portable type of earphones. They rest in the bowl of the ear, outside the ear canal, though a portion might extend into the canal. They have foam or rubber tips to give you comfort.

Some models, particularly sports centric ones, come equipped with wings or fins for a tailored and secure fit. These insert-style models when inserted into the canals often form a seal that can help keep out the extraneous noise. They are extremely popular these days due to their stylish looks and convenience.

Talking about the benefits of this design - the first thing that comes to the mind is their small size and hence the portability they offer. You can stuff them in your pockets or carry them in your palm. They don’t mess up your hair or interfere with your glasses or earrings! You can carry them effortlessly and always be at your stylish best!


B. Ear Clip Design

If you are looking for a middle ground between huge and bulky headphones and extremely compact and portable earbuds, then ear-clip design earphones are meant for you. In a lot of ways they carry the best of both.

These headphones are compact and have ear-loops to keep them in place. Mind you they are not like having ear tips, but a complete feature hook that fits over the ears and connects to your music device via Bluetooth or audio jack. This makes them easier to carry around than heavy headphones and more comfortable than earbuds.

On-ear clip-on headphones bestow protection to the user from different kinds of gory bacteria that might enter the ear canal and lead to infections.


C. Behind the Neck Design

We are sure you have already seen people wearing these high-tech collars with headphones sprouting out the sides. They go around with different names like - neckband headphones, collar headphones or even behind the neck headphones.

This distinctive style of design offers them multiple advantages. The first major advantage is quite an obvious one, but still worth pointing out - they are always around whenever you want them. Given that the earbuds are hanging around your neck, mere inches away from your ears, you won’t have to dig through your bag or pockets when you want to listen to your favorite tune or take a call.

Apart from this, they also come with many surprises like convenient controls, better mics that are nearer to the mouth, and bigger batteries. In the end, they say ‘I am on the go’ or ‘I am active’ and add that extra edge to your personality - Neckbands vs TWS: What Do You Need?



Connectivity - Go Wired or Wireless

Now that you have decided on the type and style, the next step is to determine how you want to connect them to your device. Do you want to stay connected (read wired) or want to go no strings attached (read wireless), it’s completely up to your preferences - No Strings With These Wireless Earphones Under 2000!


Wired Earphones

You are most probably familiar with and already used these types of earphones. They come with dependable wire which you have to insert into your source of music. They come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages:

Let’s start with the pros. First and foremost, they offer a stable and lag-free connectivity, which in return ensures top class audio clarity. Audiophiles typically swear by their audio output. On top of that you do not have to worry about charging them.


However, dealing with the wire can be slightly problematic for some. When left unattended, they turn into a knotty (pun intended) mess. But if that’s the concern, then you can always opt for the ones that come with a tangle-free wire. For example: Bassheads 242, Bassheads 100, Bassheads 152 will provide you with extraordinary sound quality and you do not even have to worry about untangling the wire frequently - Wired Or Wireless Headphones - Which One To Pick.

Wireless Earphones

Wireless earphones are already a rage! All thanks to the fact that they allow you the freedom to go ‘wireless’ meaning groove to the beats of your favorite tunes without any restrictions. You ask why? As most of the wireless earphones use bluetooth to connect to the source of music! Another advantage of these bluetooth earphones is that you can carry them anywhere - 5 Reasons To Switch To A Pair Of Wireless Earphones!

However, batteries might become a point of concern for some people but we request you to have a look at boAt’s exquisite range of that not only provides flawless audio but also comes with a remarkable battery backup like Airdopes 441.

True wireless earbuds even come with a carry cum charge case which ensures extra hours of battery. So you don’t have to actually worry about your music stopping just because you ran out of charge! The minimalist wire in the wireless neckbands is only to support you and doesn't interfere in your movement, rather facilitates it.

Still deciding between wired or wireless? Read more here - Wired Or Wireless Headphones - Which One To Pick.


Features you should look out for

There’s a lot of jargon that goes around when talking about earphones. You might have already heard them in random conversations every now and then.

Read on to understand them better as you definitely need to have fair understanding of these in order to make the right choice:

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  • Sound Quality & Drivers

    Audiophile or not - we are sure that the quality of sound is a concern for all when considering buying the perfect earphones. Be it music, podcasts or movies - you want a pair that does justice to every note and ensures that you get to listen to your music the way it’s meant to be!

    Drivers are one such core component of any headphone that are instrumental in ensuring good sound quality. They boost the bass, mids and the treble to allow for an enjoyable listening experience. They basically convert the electrical signal feed to the headphones into an audible sound signal that can be perceived by the human ear. There are various types of drivers that are used in earphones, including the most commonly used moving coil (dynamic) drivers, balanced armature drivers, planar magnetic drivers and electrostatic drivers, among others. They use different technologies to power the sound, with some technologies offering better, more powerful sound than others. They also provide better isolation due to the absence of a vent within.

    In most cases, the larger the driver, the better the overall sound quality. For example, boAt’s Airdopes 381 come with 7mmX 2 drivers and pump out phenomenal music!

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  • Bass Quality

    Sound quality, of course, is important to everybody; but for some, big bass is a must. It supplies the music’s weight & power and gives one a feeling of movement or thump. If you are someone who enjoys bass-heavy genres like EDM, funk or metal, you would definitely understand the importance of having a powerful device as the non-bass heavy earphones can really be a bummer.

    If you are also looking for some bass-tastic music then have a look at boAt’s Bassheads series as they are one of the best bass earphones today - Excellent Bass Quality Headphones For All Day Wear!

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  • Mic Quality

    Apart from listening to your favorite tunes, you are going to use your earphones to take calls - it’s not even a surprise! Be it a long night gossip session with your bff or a very important call with your boss - you need to ensure that you are being heard loud and clear.

    That’s why it’s always important to have a look at the mic quality of the earphones before buying it. Do the earphones take care of noise cancellation? Is the mic of the earphone even located near the mouth? Keep in mind all of these things before making the plunge. boAt has designed various products like Bassheads 225 which provides smooth calls and lets you be heard clearly - Be Loud & Proud With The Best Bluetooth Earphones In India.

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  • IPX rating

    Let's just admit - we are a little careless when it comes to taking care of our earphones! They are vulnerable to everyday wear and tear - be it dust, splash of water - or even sweat - anything can cause them damage! For example - if you depend on music to keep you pumped up while you sweat it out at the gym or want to go out for a jog while it’s pleasantly drizzling outside then you would not want to enjoy it all without sweat or rain drops damaging them.

    That’s where IP rating comes into the picture!

    IP stands for Ingress Protection and also referred to as International Protection. IPX rating is the marking that denotes the level of protection against water, dust, etc. the IPX may also alternatively denote the object being ‘weather-resistant’, ‘waterproof’, or ‘dust resistant’

    The higher the IPX rating, the better protection is:

    • IPX4- Protects against splashing water
    • IPX5- Protects against water jets
    • IPX6- Protects against powerful water jets
    • IPX7- Protects in water up to 3 feet.
    • IPX8- Protects when immersed in water over 3 feet

    Having said that, you can feel free to carry boAt’s Airdopes 441 for all your adventures as it comes with an IPX7 rating!

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  • Playback time & Battery Life

    For those of you who have only used wired earphones, the fact that wireless earphones have a limited battery life might be an alien concept. As they are tethered to your device over bluetooth, they come with rechargeable batteries that need fuel (read charge) to make them work. That’s why it’s very much important to check how many uninterrupted hours of listening time you can get per charge with your wireless earphones.

    The best thing about wireless earbuds is that they often come with a carry cum charging case that provide additional hours of charge. So always check for the number of hours when it comes to the playback time. However, it might vary a little as per your use, but it’s always advisable to go for the ones which have a decent battery life.

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  • Fast Charge

    Let’s just agree - we often forget to put even our phones on charge, so what’s the guarantee when it comes to remembering to charge our headphones?

    You can bid adieu all these worries with Fast Charge Technology. All you need to do is plug in your wireless earbuds for a few minutes and voila, your device will be up and running!

    You can have a look at boAt’s Rockerz 255 Pro, it offers a playback time of up to 10 hours and gets charged to 100% in 1 hour - Our Fav Wireless Earphones With Fast Charge.

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  • Tangle-free Cables

    People with wired headphones often find themselves in a knotty mess! The moment you leave your headphones unattended in your pocket or throw it around in the bag, you are guaranteed to be spending at least 10 min untangling the wire next day! And yes, nobody likes that!

    That’s why boAt has a range of products which support tangle-free and durable cables. They don’t bend easily and the flat design or the braiding restricts them from getting all tangled up - 5 Best Hacks To Keep Your Earphones Untangled.

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  • Voice Assistant & Controls

    Earphones are not merely a device to listen to music from, they also customize your overall listening experience. But with a good pair, you can even make your entire listening experience absolutely hands-free! That’s the power of intelligent controls! They allow you to adjust volume, skip, pause, stop songs and even manage calls!

    Some earphones come with an intuitive touch panel like while others like come with a multifunction button design. The sole purpose of both is to ensure that you don’t have to reach out to your mobile device every time you have a call or want to stop the music! On top of that, you can even activate and access Voice Assistants like Ok Google or Alexa to do your bidding!


Earphones for every passion

Do you want your earphones to take you on your music high the moment you put them on? Or are you looking for headphones that don’t fall off when you jog? Or headphones that block out the world on a crowded plane?

The point: There's an earphone for everything you do. Read on as we break down some of the popular needs and suggest you the right pair for you:

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Music & Entertainment

Do you take your music seriously? Vocal, Jazz, EDM or Pop - what’s your jam? Do you want your favorite tracks to sound like a masterpiece? Are you a movie buff? Also check out - Boon For The Music Lovers- Bringing You The Rockerz Series!

Then you need a pair that can produce jaw-dropping audio quality with a balanced bass and perfect highs and lows. Driver quality, noise-cancellation, and comfort level can also dramatically affect whether you really get into your tunes or if you’re separated from the song, so having a look at all these features also becomes a must. Wired earphones generally provide lag-free connectivity which ensures flawless audio quality but there are a lot of wireless options available which can transform your listening experience. We are sure that you don’t want to stop the music from flowing, especially just because your wireless earphones ran out of battery, you need a pair that provides decent playback time - Excellent Bass Quality Headphones For All Day Wear!

 

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Workout

Are you a fitness enthusiast or trying to get into shape - good music can really pump up your workout session. But for that you need a powerful pair of earphones that keep you motivated with your favorite tunes. Not only that, you don’t want a pair that falls off your ears every time you jump or do a burpee. After all, losing one earbud during your run is the worst. Decent sound quality is also essential, so is durability, reliable performance (with minimal dropouts), battery life and noise cancellation (as well as hear-through or transparency modes). And since getting into shape or maintaining a shape is not an easy task, you are going to sweat out a lot, you need to ensure that your earphones are at least sweat-resistant, if not fully waterproof. They should ensure that your style quotient doesn’t take a dip when you break a sweat at the gym- Best Wireless Headphones For Workouts At Home!

 

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Gaming

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Attention Gamers! Are you on a mission to find the perfect pair of earphones for your next gaming night? Well, here are a few things you should be keeping in mind! Let’s start with audio quality. That's because game audio isn't just about hearing the big bangs. It's also about hearing the little details that tell you what's coming your way.

Whether it's birds singing or planets exploding, these headsets will put your ears right in the middle of the action. Secondly, having a great battery life (if choosing a wireless option) is also very much important - you definitely don’t want your earphones to die on you in the middle of an important battle! Last but not the least, your ear pieces should be comfortable and you should be able to wear them for long, without hurting yourself!

 

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Travel

Road trips or a long train journey - what makes the journey even more beautiful? Your favorite tunes! Even if you are commuting for work or taking a break from the hustle-bustle of the city - bluetooth earphones are your travel companions! They don’t just keep the outside noises out, but also keep you entertained throughout the way. Additionally, you don’t want to have something very heavy or bulky that takes most of your space - A More Rewarding Way To Travel: The Best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers!

Hence, you should go for something that’s compact and lightweight without compromising on sound or good noise isolation.

 

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WFH

Steady Wifi, a good laptop, a comfortable and quiet space and most importantly a good pair of earphones - you need all of this in order to stay productive while working from home. Especially if your job requires a lot of calling, having a decent pair of earphones with mic can really prove to be helpful in managing your work efficiently. And if you depend on music to help you concentrate on work then you should choose a pair which has a good audio output. Not to forget the fact that your work hours can be long, hence you need something that is comfortable to wear, something that doesn’t burden your ear and stays in place with least effort.

Additionally, if you are going for a wireless option then, battery life also becomes important because you would really hate the moment when your earbuds will die in the middle of an important call.



Earphones for every budget

You want good earphones, but that should not mean that they should burn a hole in your pocket. That’s why we have a few options for every pocket and every ear:

Best Earphones under Rs. 1,200

Rockerz 235V2



10mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX5

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

Neckbands

Rockerz 245V2



12mm

Audio Drivers



IPX5

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

Neckbands

Bassheads 242



10mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX4

Sweat and Water Resistant



3.5mm Jack

Earphones

1. Rockerz 235V2

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Elegantly designed to keep you pumped up with top-class music, this bluetooth earphone is every music lover’s dream! Packed with 10mm dynamic drivers, it produces immersive music that you can take around for a run or to the gym! Since it’s IPX5 sweat & water resistant, feel free to sweat it out! The fact that it also supports noise cancellation might come as a blessing for those who are often irritated by the loud surroundings which ruin their listening experience. The wireless headset also sends out a vibration alert as soon as you receive a call on your phone. To top it all, it also supports Fast Charge Technology, meaning that you can get a playtime of up to 4H in just 20 mins of a charge! Equipped with easy access controls, this one seems like a steal when talking about the best earphones under Rs.1000.

 

2. Rockerz 245v2

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Comfort and style, that too at this price - this wireless bluetooth earphones are an instant catch! Experience unreal sound on the go, all thanks to the 12mm audio drivers! The lightweight adaptive fit of these earphones will offer you comfort to wear them all day long. Not only that, they provide a play time of up to 8H, so you can stream all that you want and never miss out your favorite tunes. IPX5 sweat & water resistance allow you to push your limits, without worrying about causing any accidental damage to your favorites.

 

3. BassHeads 242

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Fitness fashion has a new destination! Enthralling beats and a powerful design - these wired earphones pump out HD sound that keeps you entertained. The 10mm dynamic drivers deliver a sound that is propped with a banging bass. It carries silicone ear hooks that ensure a secure fit and allow you to get the most out of your fitness routine. IPX4 water resistant earbuds allow you to sweat out freely without worrying about damaging your favorite gadget! The easy access controls with in-line mic allow you to speak freely without any lag or static.

 

Best Earphones under Rs. 2,000

Airdopes 431



7mm

x2 Drivers



IPX5

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

TWS Earbuds

Rockerz 335



12mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX5

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

Neckbands

Bassheads 152



10mm

Dynamic Drivers





3.5mm Jack

Earphones

1. Airdopes 431

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Strongly built, powerfully designed - these true wireless earbuds have everything that you ever wanted! Get ready to immerse yourself in the impressive sound of your favorite tunes as the 7mm X 2 drivers deliver a thumping bass. Just pair them with your device over Bluetooth V5.0 and you are all set to go! Carry them anywhere - to beaches or pools - these earphones will stay by your side all fine and strong, all thanks to the IPX4 rating! Enjoy seamless calls as these buds know how to drown the unwanted sounds. They offer you a non stop playback of 3.5H per charge. Its power packed 500mAh charging case further ensures up to 4 times the charge!

 

2. Rockerz 335

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When beauty meets power, we have a masterpiece like this! This wireless earphone is designed to deliver nothing but the best. Equipped with Qualcomm aptX audio technology and cVc 8.0 Call Noise Isolation Technology , enjoy flawless tunes and calls without any disturbance. With these, you get to enjoy up to 30H of non-stop musical bliss. If you are already impressed, then hold on! Not only does it provide a monstrous play time, it also supports ASAP Fast Charge Technology - meaning, just charge it for 10 min and get a play time of 10H. So you can forget all your charging worries and carry them around, wherever you go!

 

3. Bassheads 152

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Unmatched sound & superior design - this set of wired earphones know how to pack a punch! The 10mm drivers know how to bring your music alive and provide you with flawless music. And if you are even slightly worried about the wires coming in your way, then say goodbye to all such thoughts! As the patterned dual-colored braided cable is not only gorgeous to look at, but also provides it its durability. The shiny detailed finish that looks absolutely classy and adds that extra vibe to your overall style. Plug into convenience with its 3.5mm jack and get ready to experience top-notch sound quality!

 

Best Earphones under Rs. 3,000

Airdopes 441 Pro



10mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX7

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

TWS Earbuds

Airdopes 621



6mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX7

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

TWS Earbuds

Rockerz 275V2



10mm

Dynamic Drivers



IPX5

Sweat and Water Resistant



Bluetooth

Neckbands

1. Airdopes 441 Pro

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Unstoppable battery, unlimited power - get ready to experience the true power of music with these true wireless earbuds! Not only these provide astounding sound but also offer an accurate sounding bass! They offer a perfect secure fit with intuitive touch controls that allow you to experience music like never before! Equipped with the IWP & Bluetooth V5.0 you never get to miss a single moment! However the thing that will blow your mind is the fact that they provide a massive play time of up to 150H, all thanks to the magic of the carry cum charge case!

 

2. Airdopes 621

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With a mountainous playback time of 150 hours, these earbuds are designed to stay by your side all day long. Equipped with 6mm dynamic drivers, these earbuds allow you to have an immersive listening experience. With 5 just mins of charge, you get 60 mins of playback! They also come with the Insta Wake N’ Pair technology that recognizes previously paired devices and automatically pairs your Airdopes 621 to them as soon as the case is open. Prepared for almost anything, these earbuds have an IPX7 rating!

 

3. Rockerz 275V2

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If you are looking for something that will spice up your workout, offer a sound solution for your calls or a personal sound device that allows you to escape the world through music - then this is your option! These well built neckband design earphones come packed with many splendid features like cVc technology, latest bluetooth V5.0, and Fast Charge Technology (and of course much more). All of this is accompanied with dynamic 10mm drivers which allow you to experience world-class auditory experience. They have a play time of up to 8H and come with a standby time of up to 150H.


So yes, we hope your confusion of what or what not to buy ends right here and you have a rather ‘WHAT ALL DO I BUY?’ But no matter what you choose, we have just one thing to say - welcome to the tribe, boAthead! Stay Moving, Stay Grooving.

March 26, 2021

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