Superb sound and a solid, achingly stylish design make these the best portable on-ears around
These brilliant earbuds pack an awesome punch, excellent balance from treble to bass and loads of detail
If you take your music seriously, these Sonys are seriously worth the price
The awesomely portable MM 450-X cans might be the only pair of headphones you ever need
Built in iPod/iPhone controls are useful, but it's their sound and size that really impresses
They might be a bit heavy but the audio quality is worth the weight
The Momentums are the perfect pair of on-ears for the dapper man about town
You don’t have to spend the earth for impressive portable sounds; you just have to get some iGrados
Light, comfy and great sounding – a worthy winner of our favourite training buds
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1. Anti-noise Headphones dampen background kerfuffle in two ways: noise-cancelling and sound-isolating. The former uses powered electronics to monitor the outside world and generate a neutralising sound wave. It’s normally integrated into comfy over-ear cans, great for long-haul travel. The latter creates a physical barrier, often in the form of tiny but invasive ‘in-ear monitors’ (IEMs), jammed into your lugs.
2. Open day? Open-backed cans let noise in (and out). The plus side is, they’re less claustrophobic and have a pleasing, airy sound.
3. Drivers/armatures These create the music. Most headphones have one per ear, but IEMs have up to three. The main benefit of extra drivers is usually increased frequency response.
4. At the gym Avoid in-line volume controls if you’re working out, as they bounce around. Look for lightweight, water-resistant designs.