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 MASTER TRACKS (US$200)
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.
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.
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.