BoAt Bassheads 242 is one of the most selling earphones under Rupees 500 in India. While Realme Buds 2 comes in under Rupees 1000 list because of the higher price.
Both give a great competition to each other. So, is it worth spending more money on Realme Buds 2 or cheaper BoAt Bssheads 242 is a better deal? We’ll see!
This Realme Buds 2 vs BoAt Bassheads 242 ultimate comparison article will go deep into each earphone and include all the things you need to choose the right one for you.
So, let’s dive in.
Realme Buds 2
BoAt Bassheads 242
Design & Build Quality
As both are budget earphones, so the primary material we to see is plastic. What is important is the quality of the plastic and finishing.
Realme Buds 2 has an overall matte finish with some glossy touch and an ‘R’ logo on the flat area. Looking at it once feels like it’s really well built and durable.
BoAt Bassheads 242 on the other hand gives a vibe that it is made for fitness lovers. The finishing and built quality felt a bit lower compared to Realme Buds 2.
The earbuds have ear wings for better grip. They are nice to have for workout sessions or sunning.
Both are very lightweight and ergonomically built. The angled earbud design provides better comfort and is easier to put in ears. Though the wings of BoAt 242 can be uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so.
Realme Buds 2 comes in 4 colours and JBL C100SI has 7 colours. In my opinion, the Carbon Black variant of BoAt 242 by far looks the best.
Both are very ergonomically built. So, I don’t really have any complaints about any of the earphones. Realme Buds 2 is just a bit more design-focused.
Bass & Sound Quality
I found so many things are identical between Realme Buds 2 and BoAt Bassheads 242. The 20-20kHz frequency range and 32 ohms impedance are some of them.
Also, surprisingly the max power unit is also 3mW. But despite that Realme Buds 2 has 106dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level) and BoAt 242 has 101dB SPL.
Though the difference is not that huge. Earphones with more SPL produce louder sounds.
As both have 32 ohms impedance and more than 99dB SPL, they are ideal for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
Both produce very crispy and clear sound quality. The low, mid, and high are perfectly balanced. As mentioned earlier, Realme Buds 2 is a bit louder.
The main difference is in the bass. Realme Buds 2 and BoAt 242 have 11.2mm and 10mm bass drivers respectively.
The 10mm bass drivers are itself are not that bad actually. You can feel the vibrations. But as Realme Buds 2 with 11.2mm drivers feels a bit more thumpy and deeper.
Overall, I would say the difference between them in terms of sound and bass quality is not anything mind-blowing.
But if by the end of the day it’s a fact that Realme Buds 2 is louder with deeper bass which makes it slightly better.
Mic, Remote & Functions
Not sure if it’s a coincidence or something but again both have an in-line remote with the same features. Only the design is different.
You get 3 buttons. 2 volume control buttons and the middle one is to take/end calls, pause/play music/video, double-tap to skip tracks, and long press to activate voice assistant.
Last but not least both have a mic. In this budget having volume control buttons makes any earphones stand out.
Cable & jack: Realme Buds 2 has a tough braided cable but male silver 3.5mm jack and BoAt 242 has normal rubber coated cable with 3.5mm gold-plated male jack.
Water-Resistance: BoAt 242 is IPX4 rated which makes it really an ideal choice during gym sessions.
Call/Mic Quality: The mics of both are just average just as most budget earphones. Good enough for normal calling.
Noise Cancellation: Make sure to use the ideal size of ear caps to cut down most of the noise.
Accessories: Ear caps/tips of different sizes, and all the required papers like the manual, warranty card, etc are included.
Users’ Report, Pros & Cons
Realme Buds 2
Based on customers’ feedback, Realme Buds 2 is very promising. It has clear and crispy sound quality with great bass.
The braided cable and magnetic features are handy for many users. Also because of the volume control buttons, users don’t need to use their phones often.
Some suggested that it could be cheaper. The straight silver jack is also a disappointment of many.
BoAt Bassheads 242
Even though users say BoAt Bassheads 242 is a nice pair of earphones under Rupees 500 with nice and fresh sound quality but not ideal for bass lovers.
The rest of the things like built quality, cord, cable, the mic are fine. Could be better if there was an angled gold-plated jack.
5 Reasons To Choose Realme Buds 2
Deeper bass: You can start to feel a little bit bass from 10mm drivers and Realme Buds 2 got 11.2mm drivers.
Better build quality: Everything including material quality, design, and finishing quality is a lot better.
Louder sound: As the SPL is 5dB higher, it’s comparatively louder.
Braided cable: Braided cables usually last longer than rubber-coated cables.
Magnetic tip: When not using or putting in your backpack, the magnetic tip comes in handy to keep them organized.
I agree that Realme Buds 2 is overpriced. But you are willing to invest Rupees 100 more then you can get some small but handy features. Also, I’m sure you prefer deeper bass like me.
Hope this article will help to make an ideal choice. If you are having difficulties choosing based on some of your own personal reason then please let me know in the comment section.