The 10 Best headphones

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

Will Coldwell
Thursday 15 August 2013 18:27

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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