Best Earbuds Under Rs 500 [March 2022]: Boat Bassheads 242, Realme Buds 2 and More

The best earbuds under Rs 500 offers the highest value offerings, with in-ear monitors producing good audio quality and suave overall looks.

The budget audio segment is a highly competitive one in India, and even the most affordable price band has interesting products on offer. In India, the best earbuds under Rs 500 offer stylish looks, while providing a good fit to ensure that they can be worn to the gym, too. The audio performance in this range offers impressive overall bass levels and loud volume. Of course, you will have to live with a few compromises in this price segment, such as compromises on sound quality and the lack of water resistance. That said, if you have a tight budget and are wondering which of the dozens of options you should buy, we’ve shortlisted the best ones priced below Rs 500 in India.

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List of Best Earbuds Under Rs 500 in February 2022

The best earbuds under Rs 500 in India are as follows:

Boat Bassheads 242

The Boat Bassheads 242 offer 10mm dynamic drivers and claim to offer loud, strong bass performance. They also offer the full sonic frequency range, and come with curved wing tips that help users get a better fit even when working out. Among the best earbuds in India, the Boat Bassheads 242 offers IPX4 durability rating for protection against splashes and sweat, and also has an inline mic alongside its remote control offerings.

Price in India

The Boat Bassheads 242 are priced between Rs 499 and Rs 529, depending on their colour variant.


The earbuds can be purchased on Amazon India and other e-commerce sites in the country.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Good audio performance, strong bass, durable

Cons: Heavier than competition, qinged earbuds may not fit all

Realme Buds 2

The Realme Buds 2 feature 11.2mm dynamic drivers, offering one of the biggest audio drivers in this price segment. They also feature a multi-layer composite diaphragm, which in turn reportedly result it one of the best bass performances in this segment. You also get an in-line mic for calls on the move, and a high sound pressure level of 106dB to offer loud volume output. Their impedance is low enough to support most smartphones with a 3.5mm jack.

Price in India

The Realme Buds 2 can be bought at Rs 599 in India.


The earbuds are available on Amazon India and other e-commerce sites as well.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Powerful bass delivery, loud volume, magnetically attaching earbuds

Cons: Build feels flimsy, non-flat cables

Boat Bassheads 152

The Boat Bassheads 152 are a pair of in-ear monitors that offer a small earbud build design. This means they come with a more universal fit for earbuds with a similar audio output. They are poweress by 10mm dynamic drivers, which Boat claims can offer one of the best bass outputs in this segment. They also feature an in-line mic for receiving calls on the move, and have an angled 3.5mm audio adapter that makes it easier to fit on phones.

Price in India

The Boat Bassheads 152 are priced at Rs 499 in India.


The earbuds are available on Amazon India, and other platforms.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Good bass performance, in-line mic for calls

Cons: Audio is biased towards bass, no tangle-free flat cable


The JBL C50HI in-ear monitors are also powered by dynamic drivers, which are certified with the JBL Signature Sound badge. The latter certifies clean audio performance, along with an emphasis on powerful bass delivery on paper. The earbuds also have on offer a noise cancelling in-line microphone, which is integrated into a single-button remote control. The ultra lightweight body also comes with three ear tips for a universal fit.

Price in India

The JBL C50HI cost Rs 499 in India.


The earbuds are available with Amazon India and other retailers.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Clean audio delivery, multiple eartips for a universal fit

Cons: Single-button remote, no flat cable

Philips SHE1505

The Philips SHE1505 are one of the most affordable pair of earbuds in the country, and the most affordable in this list. However, they do not skimp on any feature. They offer 10mm dynamic audio drivers, and an old-school design language. However, the benefit of this comes in the form of impressive passive noise cancellation. The earbuds also come with multiple eartips, and have an integrated mic with remote control.

Price in India

The Philips SHE1505 are priced at Rs 299 in India.


They are available on Amazon and other retailers in the country.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Most affordable of the lot, great features for its price

Cons: Dated looks, not the most prominent bass

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