The ten best headphones
1. Aerial 7 Tank
Best budget buy: Cool looking, inexpensive and with quite an oomphie level of bass - the Aerial Tanks are great for teenager and adults alike.
Price: £49.99, iheadphones.co.uk
2. Beats Solo
Best buy: Despite their relatively compact size, these foldable earphones pack real punch when it comes to bass and clarity. Each set also comes with a microphone and built-in control, which works with iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Price: £160, beatsbydrdre.com
Nice design, soft-leather headband and surprisingly powerful bass - the GP04s give a lot for very little money. Great for musos on a budget.
Price: £49.99, gear4.com
4. Jaybird SB2
Tangled wires will be a thing of the past with the Jaybirds, which use Bluetooth technology to connect to your music player. They are also fantastically light on the ears, so are just the thing for sporty types.
Price: £99, amazon.co.uk
5. Bose Q15
The newest - and arguably the best - of Bose's high-quality headphones. Flick a switch on the right ear cup and they cancel out all ambient noise, meaning you can enjoy your favourite album just as the artist intended it.
Price: £279, bose.co.uk
These may not have the best sound quality on the block - they are ever-so-slightly tinny - but they are by no means bad. Plus they fold away, so you can easily chuck them in your bag.
Price: £19.99, currys.co.uk
7. V-Moda Crossfade
Developed in collaboration with DJs and producers, the V-Modas deliver epic sound quality that nearly rival the Beats. Plus they come with a detachable cable, three button remote control and have a funky metal design.
Price: £140, v-moda.com
8. Bowers & Wilkins P5
Best luxury buy: Bowers and Wilkins offerings are chic and understated in design and have astoundingly good sound quality. They almost live up to the marketing blurb's promise of 'your own personal concert'.
Price: £250, bowers-wilkins.co.uk
9. Wesco Alp Horn
With their angular good looks and muted colour scheme, the Wescos are ideal for the style-conscious muso. Surprisingly comfy about the ears, too.
Price: £80, awooza.com
10. Philips SBC
A cheap-as-chips set of wireless earphones (transmitter pictured) with fairly good bass and sound clarity. There is mild sound leakage, but you who can complain when they cost less than £40?
Price: £34.99, comet.co.uk
Whether you want to appreciate the subtle basslines of your home stereo or keep booming city life at bay, we’ve got perfect over-ear options for the job.
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