Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 12 headphones for music lovers

Urbanears Plattan headphones (£50)

Available in a cavalcade of unusually stylish colours, these over-ears won't break the bank, but they will accessorise with any challenging wardrobe item you throw at them. Its tangle-resistant fabric  cord and 40mm drivers aren't bad either.


Sol Republic's on-ears are practically indestructible – and while tough tech rarely looks and sounds good, the Master Tracks deliver on both fronts with punchy sound and a pleasingly luxurious finish. They're the headphone equivalent of a singing Dwayne Johnson. What more do you need?

A worthy winner of the Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 Best Headphones category.

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B&W P3 (£170)

Bowers & Wilkins' on-ears may look delicate, but their twisty frame is more than tough enough to cope with the packed face-elbowing of your morning commute. Inside, B&W has slotted in custom-built drive unit and acoustic fabric covering. Sleek, smart and stylish. A fine match for your custom tailored Italian suit.

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SONY XBA-4IP (£250)

Tiny they are, but weak, they are not. It's all thanks to four balanced armature drivers which Sony has somehow managed to cram into the XBA-4IP's insides, injecting stunning clarity directly into your ear canal.

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