With 3.5mm jack gone from all major flagship smartphones, the headphone market has also experienced a fair share of change in the market according to user demand. People now prefer buying wireless headphones rather than the traditional headphones with the 3.5mm jack as the only option.
With the plethora of wireless headphones you may get while looking out for one particular headset that ticks all the check-boxes, you might get confused with all the options. Well, that’s where we come in. Over time we had our time with various headphones and we have short-listed some of the top buys a person can get within a budget of Rs. 6000.
Starting with the most budget friendly of them all. Priced around Rs. 2500, this is one the most decent pair of wireless headphones out there. JBL, even at this price point, has managed to uphold its audio quality standards. Although the sound is well balanced over-all but I felt it could have done much better with its 32mm dynamic driver.
The overall battery life is 11 hours on a single charge which I think is decent enough. The controls for music playback and for answering calls is present on the ear-cups as buttons. In spite of JBL’s pure bass sound being reproduced on the T460BT, it felt quite average when compared to the other JBL headphones out there.
Certainly, at this price point JBL had to cut off some corners and this might be a deal breaker for quite some people out there. Unfortunately, to make the JBL T460BT rugged, JBL used lightweight materials which gives a plasticky feel to the headsets. Moreover the rubber paddings don’t provide any solace from the ambient noise. Most of the people complained about a tight fit, which I think totally varies from person to person. The headset perfectly fit me but I would suggest going out and trying first before buying.
Color Options: Black / White / Blue.
Audio Quality – 7/10
Design – 5/10
Noise Cancellation – 4/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – 6/10
Another JBL headphone makes the cut which should not be a surprise. Initially the price was Rs. 7000 but now after the launch of JBL E750BT the price has dropped under Rs. 6000. JBL E55BT is a product that JBL got it right in terms of design. The freedom of movement of each cup of the headset is a must have along with being lightweight which makes the headphones easy to carry around everywhere.
The JBL E55BT’s juice lasts for 20 hours on a single charge and JBL boasts the total recharge time of 2 hours which, again, is impressive. The best part of the JBL E55BT is the seamless switch between devices as it supports multi-device connection. The sound quality of the headphones is good but not exceptional. Although sometimes I felt the lack of bass when compared to other headphones but with the other perks it provides, I think the sound quality will do. The sound is a bit on the warmer side but in a good way.
For pure audiophiles this might be a deal-breaker but for the rest will be a decent purchase. At this price point, some sacrifices must be made and JBL E55BT is no exception. Upon raising the volume above 40%, the audio leakage becomes noticeable. Again for some people, wearing the headsets for a prolonged time would be uncomfortable as it becomes suffocating after a point. I would again suggest people to go and try JBL E55BT in the store to check the comfort level of the headphones and whether the warm sound signature is acceptable to them. I feel the features that JBL E55BT provides, makes it a top competitor in this list.
Color Options: Black / Red / White / Blue.
Audio Quality – 7/10
Design – 7/10
Noise Cancellation – 5/10
Value for Money – 7/10
Overall – 6.5/10
Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless Headphones
At just under Rs. 6000 , Skullcandy Hesh 3 enters the competition with its palette of different colors. The Skullcandy Hesh 3 lives up to the reputation of Skullcandy in the base department. Bass lovers would truly love these headphones. With memory foam as padding and a solid build quality, Skullcandy Hesh 3 is a great value for people looking for over-the-ear headphones.
With its 40mm driver, Skullcandy Hesh 3 provides sound with a punch of bass making it perfect for dance, electronic and rap music. For people into instrumental music, I would not recommend these headphones. The Skullcandy Hesh 3 lasts 22 hours on a single charge and Skullcandy boasts of 4 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charge which makes it very convenient to use. The minimalist design is also a striking feature of the headsets which is surely appreciated by many.
The sound quality is pretty good but as the bass dominates the audio, it might be a deal-breaker for the audiophiles but for casual listeners, the Skullcandy Hesh 3 is a very good option. Features like multi-device connectivity and active noise cancellation is missing but the ambient noise cancellation is good enough. Again, the clamping force of the headphones might feel uncomfortable for some people as it did for me. I would suggest to go and try the Skullcandy Hesh 3 for the comfort and sound quality before making the decision of buying it.
Color Options: Red / Deep red/ Black / Blue / Gray / Psycho Tropical (must see) / White.
Audio Quality – 7.5/10
Design – 7.5/10
Noise Cancellation – 7/10
Value for Money – 5/10
Overall – 6.75/10
Audio Technica ATH-SR30BT Wireless Headphones
Ever heard of this battery monster? Audio Technica ATH-SR30BT provides 70 hours of playback time on a single charge. Yeah, you read that right! Say farewell to your charger for two months with just one charge. At a price point of around Rs. 5500, these wireless headphones come with Bluetooth 5.0, a rare feature in this price range.
With its 40mm driver, Audio Technica ATH-SR30BT delivers what we expect it to. The audio is clear and does justice to all genres of music, a rare feat from any headphones at this price point. The light weight of the headphones is also one of it’s major strengths. The padding might not be luxurious, but the light weight, more or less, compensates for it. The controls are super easy and combined with your voice assistant, you get to enjoy a hands-free experience.
With such an exceptional battery life, Audio Technica didn’t feel the need to put in the option of the AUX cable which again might be a deal-breaker for many, but for those who think this is not a problem can go ahead and make the purchase. Ambient noise cancellation is average and the fit of the headphones might become a problem for people with big ears and again I would suggest to go and try it before making the purchase. Apart from the fit, Audio Technica ATH-SR30BT is one of the best options out there under Rs. 6000.
Color Options: Black / White.
Audio Quality – 8/10
Design – 6/10
Noise Cancellation – 6/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – 7/10
Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Wireless Headphones
My personal favorite in the list and truly an all-rounder. With its elegant minimalist design, Sennheiser HD 4.40BT gives Bose a run for its money in terms of looks. This is the only headphone that comes with the AptX codec which makes it suitable for gamers. (Shout out to Pubg players). The build quality of the headphones is pretty impressive and are durable.
The Sennheiser HD 4.40BT plays the mids and the highs well. The bass comes out naturally and while listening to music that require bass, the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT provides the extra punch. Unlike its counterpart Beats, Sennheiser HD 4.40BT does not overpower the experience with the bass but provides with crisp and warm sound signature which would truly be appreciated by an audiophile. The CapTune app allows one to also tinker with the equalizer to suit your needs but honestly I never felt the need to as it sounds pretty awesome even without tinkering with them. The Sennheiser HD 4.40BT provides 25 hours of playback time on a single charge which is quite impressive considering the impressive sound quality it provides.
Certain corners have been cut-off but the decisions have been made wisely. The Sennheiser HD 4.4BT does not have active noise cancellation but the ear-cups manage to reduce the ambient noise to a significant level. The controls are all on the right cup which might be confusing at first but eventually one gets used to it and it becomes quite a convenient feature to have.
Apart from this, the clamping force and the weight of the headphones are felt heavily on the neck when you take them off and running around with the headphones on is not recommended making it a perfect travel accessory. With a two-year warranty and less compromises, Sennheiser HD 4.40BT might be the best buy one might get in this category.
Color Options: Black.
Audio Quality – 8.5/10
Design – 8/10
Noise Cancellation – 7.5/10
Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – 8/10
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Amongst all the competition, I truly believe Sennheiser HD 4.40BT leads the pack. With its AptX support which enables gaming and the sound quality it provides with and without the AUX cable sets it apart. The price for the same is around Rs. 5000 on Amazon.
Competition has increased in all price segments of wireless headphones, providing numerous options under any given segment. For wireless headphones under ₹6000, we have provided the best options that one can buy because we all have been there, unable to decide which one to buy. Maximum effort has been put in make this article your one stop guide.
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