While they’re technically made of brass, the goldish hue of Sony’s EX650s is rather apt for the year’s podium-topping headphones. Thankfully the brass construction doesn’t restrict your choice of tunes to Now That’s What I Call Trumpeting but it does provide a weighty home for the 12mm drivers, which pump equally weighty sound into your ears. A brilliant tonal balance, an expansive soundstage and a phone-friendly remote make these buds the ultimate upgrades, plus they’re more comfortable than a litter of puppies in a onesie. 

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Sony MDR-EX650AP review

If you’re prepared to pay a little extra for your in-ears, these Sonys are the ones to beat