The 10 Best headphones

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Whether you're looking for retro style, comfy earpads or the latest celebrity phones, we’ve got the cans for the job

1. Denon AH-D340

The latest high-end offering from Denon, these studio-quality  headphones provide 360-degree  audio articulation thanks to their impressive two-axis ear-cup design. The headphones also combine with  the Denon Audio app, which allows  you to create custom EQ curves to optimise your listening experience via your smartphone.

£179, ortonsaudiovisual.com

2. Sennheiser Momentum

Delicately designed and available in a rich brown, the Momentum headphones sound as good as they look. Built from fine British leather and metal parts, they deliver rich and detailed audio with the help of high-performance neodymium magnets.

£259.95, store.apple.com

3. Audio-Technica ATH-W5000

They are not cheap, but audiophiles should be able to appreciate the difference between these ebony-encased, high-spec articles and the average model. Carved from a solid block of wood, the sound quality is warm, rich and luxurious, providing the listener with concert-hall-quality audio with remarkable bass.

£1,100, audiotechnicashop.com

4. Sony MDR-1R

Developed in partnership with music-industry professionals – think Magnetic Man – the MDR-1R headphones are tuned up to provide a rich, warm sound. Although they don’t have as much strength in the low frequencies as  others, they perform excellently  with vocals.

£299, sony.co.uk

5. Philips Fidelio X1

Comfortable, stylish and durable, these headphones provide an immersive sound. Double-layered ear shells ensure a crispy quality with little resonance and 50mm neodymium drivers deliver well-balanced audio with all the dynamism your music collection deserves.

£270, philips-shop.co.uk

6. Bowers & Wilkins P5

Using some of the most advanced headphone technology around, these noise-isolating headphones keep your music sounding pure and intact. Ergonomically designed for a comfortable fit, the soft padding makes these headphones perfect for a long, peaceful listening session while in transit.

£249.95, johnlewis.com

7. Audio-Technica ATH-M50

For the price, you will struggle to find headphones of such high quality as the M50s. With a warm bass sound and smooth mid-range, these are fantastic all-round headphones.

£134, juno.co.uk

8. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

The M-100s are the product of the creative input of more than 200 audiophiles, editors, artists and producers. You’ll be in good company with a pair of these vivid-sounding headphones – DJs such as deadmau5 and Erick Morillo are known fans of the brand.

£270, v-moda.com

9. Beats Studio 2013

Celebrity-endorsed headphones usually disappoint, but Dr Dre has received wide-ranging praise for his high-spec range. The Studio phones are slick, big and deliver where it matters most: bass.

£269.95, currys.co.uk

10. Grado SR60i

If you’re looking for high-quality headphones without breaking the bank, the SR60i is a perfect pair to settle for. They may not hold in sound as well as the higher-end models, but for indoor listening they exceed expectations.

£104.95, johnlewis.com

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