Best Headphones and Earphones of 2021 in India – NDTV
The best headphones and earphones of 2021 come from a diverse list of brands, covering different fit and styles, as well as varied price segments. However, a quick look at our list will show you that most of our picks are true wireless earphones (TWS), showing just how popular this type of wireless headset has become. That said, our list also covers options from other design styles, including over-ear headphones, neckband earphones, and our favourite pick among the less common but still popular audiophile category.
As before, we’ve selected our favourite picks across different price segments, paying close attention to value-for-money as a key purchase factor. Interestingly, most of the options here also include active noise cancellation (ANC) as a feature, showing just how accessible and commonplace the once premium technology has now become. Here are our top picks among headphones and earphones for 2021 in India.
Best overall headset of 2021: OnePlus Buds Pro
Our choice for the most impressive headset of 2021 is the OnePlus Buds Pro, the company’s newest true wireless earphones. Priced at Rs. 9,999, the OnePlus Buds Pro is a considerable step up over the budget options in the range, in terms of features and performance. Although an impressive overall package, it’s the fun, energetic sound that really helps these earphones stand apart, and makes this quite easily the best pair of true wireless earphones you can buy for less than Rs. 10,000 right now.
Although the charging case looks a bit plain, and some features such as Dolby Atmos work only when the OnePlus Buds Pro are paired with OnePlus smartphones, the overall experience is fairly uniform and good across source devices. The design and quality of the active noise cancellation are good as well, making this the standout headset for 2021.
Best premium wireless headphones of 2021: Apple AirPods Max
One of our top picks of 2021 is also among the most expensive wireless headphones you can buy right now. The Apple AirPods Max is available in India for Rs. 59,900. Although very expensive and essentially built and best suited for use with iOS devices, these headphones offer a premium experience in every way, including the design and comfort, the quality of the active noise cancellation, the ease of use and connectivity, and the quality of the sound.
As with other Apple AirPods products, the AirPods Max is best suited to use with Apple devices, with the connectivity features and Lightning charging port only really making sense for users who have an iPhone – or perhaps also an iPad or a Mac computer. Apple’s Smart Case which is bundled with the headphones is also a bit silly in its design, but the AirPods Max more than makes up for its flaws with luxurious design and comfort, very good active noise cancellation, and superb sound driven by Apple’s Adaptive EQ technology. This is a premium headset like no other.
Best wireless neckband earphones of 2021: Realme Buds Wireless 2
Although wireless neckband-style earphones are a lot less common these days, there are still some interesting options that offer significant value for money such as the Realme Buds Wireless 2. Priced at Rs. 2,299, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 offers a lot of features for the price, including active noise cancellation, app support through the Realme Link app, Google Fast Pair, and support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec. This makes it a full-featured wireless headset with very good sound for the price.
Although the design isn’t quite as refined as we would have hoped for …….