Headphones for your music playlist: Block out the noise

Audio preferences are very subjective, but good sound and its basics never change


Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 deliver excellent clarity and mid-range frequencies
Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 deliver excellent clarity and mid-range frequencies

The festival of lights also has the slightly annoying side to it—the loud fireworks. One way of dealing with it and changing the soundtrack is buying a good set of headphones. And this is true not just for that one evening, but even for times in office when your colleagues get a bit over-excited while you need to quickly finish some work, or to shut out the noisy co-passenger during the journey back home in the evening.

Here are some great earphones and headphones which you can consider splurging on.

Audio-Technica ATH-IM50

Rs4,299

www.amazon.in

The in-ear monitor earphones deliver excellent clarity and mid-range frequencies. The detachable cable is a very useful feature—in case it wears out over time, or gets damaged, you don’t need to chuck away the earphones. Buy this for the excellent neutral sound signature, which doesn’t overwhelm you with either bass or high frequencies.

Skullcandy Grind Wireless are comfortable to wear for long durations at a stretch
Skullcandy Grind Wireless are comfortable to wear for long durations at a stretch

Skullcandy Grind Wireless

Rs5,790

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If you are looking for wireless headphones that are affordable, these are the ones that we would recommend. The sound signature is quite neat, and the overall performance turns out to be significantly better than what we had expected. They are comfortable to wear for long durations at a stretch, and can go really loud without any distortions. They have good bass levels as well. The tan colour version looks very cool.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear: Worth considering, if bigger headphones don’t really entice you
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear: Worth considering, if bigger headphones don’t really entice you

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

Rs6,990

http://shop.sennheiserindia.com

Chances are you really can’t go wrong with the Sennheiser sound signature because the neutrality allows for genuine flexibility that works with almost all music genres. The stainless steel build, comfort and powerful sound make these earphones worth considering, if bigger headphones don’t really entice you.

Buy Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, if you want to get close to the audiophile experience, on a limited budget
Buy Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, if you want to get close to the audiophile experience, on a limited budget

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Rs9,999

www.headphonezone.in

These serious looking headphones will appeal to those who take their music listening activity more seriously than some other casual listeners. These headphones are designed for in-studio monitoring, and can reproduce the sort of detailing that smaller sized alternatives cannot. Buy this, if you want to get close to the audiophile experience, on a limited budget.

If you are a bass fan, V-Moda Crossfade LP will not disappoint
If you are a bass fan, V-Moda Crossfade LP will not disappoint

V-Moda Crossfade LP

Rs12,990

www.headphonezone.in

If you still trust the good old wired headphones to deliver the best sound, compared to the wireless alternatives, these are worth considering. These have an outright aggressive design with sharp lines, and is customizable with over-ear shield kits. The sound is powerful, and delivers across all genres of music. If you are a bass fan, these will not disappoint. A true beauty with brains.

Bose QuietComfort 35 are very comfortable to wear for hours on end.
Bose QuietComfort 35 are very comfortable to wear for hours on end.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Rs29,263

www.boseindia.com

Bose has done noise cancellation headphones well over the years, and this is no different. The QC 35, as they are lovingly known, are very comfortable to wear for hours on end. They remain uncomplicated to use—a simple switch to turn on noise cancellation, and as much as 20 hours of battery life on a single charge.

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