Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 12 headphones for music lovers

AKG K451 (£60)

They're cheap, they're cheerful and they're portable, making them rock-solid commuter headphones. Their sound quality belies their bargain-basement price with clear, bassy details saturating your ears.

B&O H6 (£330)

Do we even need to say anything here? Look at these. Seriously, drink them in. You'll never have anything this pretty gracing the top of your head, ever. We should probably mention their 40mm drivers and bass port for optimised bass performance, but we just can't stop staring at them.

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Audiophiles may sneer at Beats' bass-heavy sound, but the sales figures don't lie – people love the thumping cans, probably because they like thumping bass. Go figure eh? The latest version of the brand's on-ears feature refined sound, with more of that tasty Beats bass. They're rechargeable this time round too. Goodbye batteries. 


Bose's in-ears have the same TriPort tech found in the AE2w on-ears, along with active noise cancellation. An ideal choice for commuters who want to drown out the inane chatter and phone conversations about what takeaway should be ordered for dinner. StayHear+ eartips will make sure that they won't pop out, accidentally subjecting you to the horrors of your fellow commuters. 

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