Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

The 10 Best earphones

Shure Se315
1. Shure Se315, £194, shure.co.uk
Shure's reputation comes from its heritage in microphones. It makes great headphones too. These feature optimised bass to improve the low definition sounds of MP3s.
2. Skullcandy Fix, £59.99, skullcandy.co.uk
At the (slightly) cheaper end of a pricey gadget sector, Skullcandy earphones fit well with the extreme-sports audience. They offer heavy bass and a hard trebly noise.
3. Philips Earhook, £40.85, philips.co.uk
Having to grab hold of a bouncing earbud on a morning run is annoying. Philips' Earhooks are customisable to the shape of your ear and feature comfy silicone caps.
4. Atomic Floyd Superdarts, £199, atomicfloyd.com
SuperDarts have had rave reviews, and with good reason. They feature a beautiful stainless-steel remote and noise-isolation. Their USP is two dual speakers in each earphone.
5. Beats Tour, £139.99, store.universal-music.co.uk
Beats are big in the headphone market but they can compete in-ear too. The Beats Tour feature the bass-heavy sound, so good for hip-hop.
6. Apple EarPods, £25, store.apple.com/uk
The EarPods are due to replace Apple's previous terrible earphones. With a distinctive curved look, they improve on bass sound and offer a decent overall performance.
7. Bose SIE2i, £129.95, bose.co.uk
Bose is doing well to fend off challenges from Beats et al. Made for exercising, the SIE2i's offer voice control for iPhones along with a sound quality that is deep and rich.
8. SoundMagic E10, £35, advancedmp3players.co.uk
Perhaps a new name to UK earphone aficionados, but this Chinese brand's offering has gone down well, with What Hifi calling them your best bet for under £40.
9. Bowers and Wilkins C5, £150, bowers-wilkins.co.uk
B&W offers another premium in-ear experience with its C5s. They have a distinctive groove and tight silver loop keep them in your ears.
10. Klipsch S4i rugged, £89.99, klipsch.co.uk
The S4is may look like tiny hair-dryers but they're plenty tough enough. Perhaps their key feature is the on-wire remote control.

With sound quality to compete with heavy-duty headphones, here’s our pick of the finest in-ear buds on the market.

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