Updated: October 18, 2020 2:26:51 PM
As the festive sale on Amazon and Flipkart continues, there are plenty of deals available on the wireless headphones. The budget segment is crowded with several new brands hitting the market every year. However, the premium segment has a few brands that cater to the audiophile. These headphones are not too heavy, comfortable to wear, support active noise cancellation, and deliver great sound for those who pay attention to every detail.
If you are an audiophile, these offers are sure to interest you and will likely narrow your search down by a considerable margin. In addition, these headphones can be a top fit for your home work.
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
If you are looking for lightweight headphones and your usage is high every day, the Sennheiser PXC 550-II headphones are a good choice. This helmet weighs just 222 grams so you won’t get tired of keeping them on for long hours. The German audio major’s headphones are easily portable and the cushioned ear cups sit comfortably over the ears. It is compatible with voice assistants like Google, Siri and Alexa. The sound signature of the headphones is more Sennheiser, not too heavy in bass and offers full sound. However, if you want to take it up a notch, the bass can also be adjusted through the app.
Touch controls are available to pause, play or increase / decrease volume. Headphones can be automatically connected to the device. Users need to rotate it to turn it off. Battery life can last up to 30 hours on a single charge. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack in case you want to connect it to your phone or laptop. The Sennheiser PXC 550-II is currently available for Rs 17,990 on Amazon.
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose has long been a leading brand in the audio segment. The noise cancellation is top notch and the headphones are currently available on Amazon in two colors – black and silver. The headphones are slightly heavier than the Sennheiser PXC 550-II weighing 235.87 grams. The Google Assistant can be activated by a dedicated button on the left ear cup, but you need to sync it with the Bose app first. You can even remap it to enable noise cancellation.
Besides Bluetooth, they can also be connected via NFC. As expected from Bose, listening to music is an incredible experience on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. You can also play around with the equalizer a bit. Dual noise canceling microphone makes it a good companion for attending work calls or Zoom meetings. It comes with a 3.5mm jack and a cable to connect in the box. Bose QuietComfort 35 II is available for 19 899 Rs on Amazon.
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Marshall monitor ii
Marshall Monitor II offers a bit of style that was lacking in the first two headphones with minimalist designs. The texture is different on the sides of the headphones and there is a touch of gold on one side. It offers 30 hours of playing time with noise cancellation and another 15 hours with deactivation. The sound signature is good but there isn’t a lot of tweaking you can do here. The Marshall Monitor II is a bit heavier with a weight of 320 grams.
There is more style in the packaging and the bag used is very different from other headphones on the list. It comes with a USB Type C cable for charging the headset and a retro cord-type auxiliary cable that you can plug into the system and move around easily. The headset is currently priced at 25 999 Rs on Amazon.
Bose 700 headphones
Bose Headphone 700 has the most unique design of all on the list. The headband is more metallic but the helmet does not become too heavy in spite of itself because it weighs 250 grams. It is available in three colors – black, silver and rose gold at Rs 29,741 on Amazon and Flipkart. There are only two buttons on it. The one on the left is used to invoke the Google Assistant while the one on the right is for power and pairing. There are also touch controls for skipping songs, increasing / decreasing volume, and knowing the battery status. Users can also switch between noise cancellation level.
Whether the user is listening to songs or watching movies, the Bose Headphone 700 excels in everything as expected. The additional feature is augmented reality (AR). This feature may not be of much interest but can be a thing of the future and define how we view content. On a single charge, the headset gives you 20 hours of playback.
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Considered one of the best noise canceling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the heaviest on the list at a weight of 430 grams. The design is sleek with the subtle use of the brass you can see on the helmet. The fast charge feature is something that many would love. With just 10 minutes of charge, it can give five hours of playtime which can stretch up to 30 hours on a full charge. Despite the weight, the helmet is comfortable to wear.
The sound is great whether you are watching a movie or listening to a song. Noise cancellation can be customized by the user. Touch controls are also present on the headset to skip tracks, increase / decrease the volume or activate Google Assistant. It is currently available for Rs 21,990 on Amazon. The price of the white color variant is higher.
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