The best headphone deals - March 2017

Save some cash on a new pair of cans

In the market for some new in-ears? Craving a new set of cans? Fervently searching for some novel 'phones?

Quit seeking and behold our pick of the best headphone deals - sure to bring sweet sounds to your needy canals.

From sports buds to noice-cancelling commuter cans, there's a deal below for every audio taste - at a suitably tasty price.

In-ear headphones deals

SoundMagic E10C

Pound-for-pound the best 'buds we've tried, these in-ears from SoundMagic possess a price tag that belies their fantastic sound quality. Bundled with an array of tips, the E10C offers bold bass, clarity and full-bodied sound to beat any bargain 'phones.

Buy the SoundMagic E10C here for £29.95 from Amazon - saving £5

 

Fidue A65

You might not have heard of Fidue, but its A65 is a cracking pair of buds. With full-bodied sound and a snappy dress sense, an 8mm titanium driver proves itself to be rather talented indeed - which is particularly impressive, given the price.

Buy the Fidue A65 here for £39.99 from Amazon - saving £10

 

JBL Everest 100

The size of a pear drop, JBL’s brand spanking new wireless buds are all about fuss-free fit. Sure, they're not sweatproof or waterproof, but an eight-hour battery life and weighty bass make them a solid choice for gym-goers and commuters.

Buy the JBL Everest 100 here for £79.99 from Amazon

 

Soul Electronics Flex

Simple, well-built and nice-sounding, the flexible, water-resistant design of these Flex 'phones makes them a boon for active listeners. A light, flat cable doesn't bounce too much, whilst ear hooks mean the buds stay in as you run.

Buy the Soul Electronics Flex here for £41.77 from Amazon - saving £10

On-ear headphones deals

AKG K451

Reasonably priced and superb to boot, these padded 'phones from AKG are a no-brainer for budget brilliance. Lightweight and comfortable, they sound great - and look like they cost a lot more.

Buy the AKG 451 here for £55.20 from Amazon - saving over £24

 

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

Wire-free without compromise, our favourite pair of high-end cans has gone Bluetooth - and retained its stunning performance. As pretty as ever and truly easy to live with, B&W has made in the P7 Wireless a premium listening experience without a downside.

Buy the Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless here for £319 from Amazon

 

AKG Y50BT

No slouch in the sound department, AKG's Y50BT is proof that good wireless sound doesn't have to cost the earth. These booming beauties are clear as a bell and serve up truckloads of detail - and a clean, refined and agile listen.

Buy the AKG Y50BT here for £109.00 from Amazon - saving over £40

 

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

Another brilliant pair from B&W, the P5 Wireless is the brand's first foray into wireless cans - and we've rarely seen a better debut. Authoritative, dynamic and subtle, this is luxury for your ears - inside and out.

Buy the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless here for £229 from Amazon

 

Bose QuietComfort 35

With more than enough battery life to last the longest passenger flight, Bose's QC35 might not be the bassiest pair of 'phones - but that's the point: they're tuned to stay neutral, so you'll only get clarity. And, if you're a commuter, they work a treat.

Buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 here for £299 from PRC direct

 

Sennheiser Momentum 2

Expensive, yes, but far from daylight robbery: Sennheiser's Momentum 2 will have you smitten, with lively, transparent sound and pocket-friendly portability. They look darn fine, too, with a stitched leather headband.

Buy the Sennheiser Momentum 2 here for £269.95 from Amazon

What to look for in a new pair of headphones

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the wealth of headphones on offer here, fear not: here are the top things to consider when buying yourself a new pair.

First up, how much do you hate wires? If you're looking for cable-free listening, you'll want some Bluetooth-enabled 'phones. It's worth considering battery life - Bose's QC35s can do a full 20 hours on a single charge - as well as pairing options (NFC is increasingly common).

If you'd rather have the certainty of a cable, be sure to check it's compatible with your device. Own an iPhone 7? You'll be needing some Lightning-equipped headphones, then.

Once you're plugged in, you'll probably be wanting some noise cancelling tech, too, to keep the outside world, well, out. Effectiveness varies across models, with both passive - literally blocking the sound - and active - using microphones to measure and counteract noise - approaches.

As for comfort, the in-ear versus on-ear debate is really a matter of personal preference. If you have toasty lobes, buds might be better. If you prefer not to jam silicone tips into your hear-holes, on-ears are the right choice.

Finally, budget: spending more doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a better listening experience. Primarily, this is because we've seen a proliferation of low-price, high-quality headphones in recent years. Then, there's the fact that audio quality also depends on the device that's sending it. Properly expensive 'phones deserve audiophile-level kit.

Of course, none of this matters if you're buying new cans as a fashion statement.