Buying affordable headphones can be both easy and hard; the plethora of choice makes it easy, the ability to choose the right product makes it hard. However, some brands definitely stand out when it comes to personal audio, and Audio Technica is one such brand. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Last-minute gift ideas if you have forgotten to get a present for your dadAlso Read - HIFIMAN HE400se open-back planar headphones launched in India: Price, specifications
The Audio Technica ATH-COR150 is one of the company s most affordable options, offering in-ear listening at under Rs 1,000 (you can get the headphones as low as Rs 650 if you look around). I ve tested the Audio Technica ATH-COR150 in-ear headphones, and here s my review. Also Read - Top 5 truly wireless earphones under Rs 5,000: Jabra Elite 65t, boAt Airdopes 441 and more
Audio Technica ATH-COR150 Design and Specifications
Where other headphones such as the Evidson Audiowear B2 up the build game with metal casing at a reasonable price, the Audio Technica ATH-COR150 is unapologetically plastic. The outer side of the earphones has the logo, while the package also includes ear hooks for easier wearing. Fortunately, the ATH-COR150 headset isn t too heavy, so you have the option of not using the ear hooks.
The cable is a standard affair and is extremely prone to tangles, apart from being susceptible to cable noise. There s no microphone and in-line remote, which might be a deal breaker for a lot of people who would otherwise have considered this as a good entry-level aftermarket option. A total of three pairs of extra ear tips have also been included in the package. On the whole, the ATH-COR150 is about as ordinary as it gets when it comes to looks.
Audio Technica ATH-COR150 Performance
I tested the Audio Technica ATH-COR150 with my OnePlus 3, listening to a mix of music, video and gaming, and the headphones offer a sound that is mostly clean and inoffensive. There is enough punch in the bass to satisfy the typical listener, while treble and mid-range levels are also fairly clean and defined.
The headphones also succeed in going quite loud, although you ll definitely hear some distortion at high levels. The high frequencies tend to tear a bit and sound unpleasant at high volumes and with aggressive tracks such as Skrillex s First of the Year, but are considerably easier to listen to with gentler tracks such as Cris Cab s Liar Liar. Although the frequency curve is a typical V-shaped one, there isn t too drastic a difference between the lows and mid-range frequencies, sticking to Audio Technica s famous near-neutral sound.
While the plastic build quality and ordinary looks may not appeal to many buyers, the Audio Technica brand name comes with a promise of good sound and that is exactly what the ATH-COR150 delivers. Sound is clean, as neutral as a sub-Rs 1,000 pair of earphones can get, and pleasing to listen to. Although turning the volume up too much causes the drivers to struggle, the COR-150 gets the basics right and is a great pair of earphones, even at its MRP of Rs 990.