There are headphones, then there are headphones. You can cup some cans round your little lobes and enjoy mid-range musical moments, or you can go on an ultra-engrossing personal sonic journey before the 7.57 pulls into Bukit Bintang.
If you know someone of the latter inclination, this collection of impeccable ear-feeders is certified to bring them audio delight.
Note: not actually certified. But they're pretty darn good.
Philips Fidelio M1 MKII (RM300)
We’re sure this doesn’t need spelling out, but these are the second-generation of Philips’ Fidelio M1 on-ears - and they sound even better than they did before, which is impressive given that the originals were already seriously superb.
The design is also pretty serious - if you see headphones as a fashion statement you might want to look elsewhere - but they do fold flat for portability’s sake. Forget Beats: these Philips’ phones are the real deal.
Bose QC35 (RM1890)
Yes, they're a bit pricey. But, yes, they're also arguably the best in-flight cans money can buy: the noise cancelling tech is top notch.
Comfortable and sweet-sounding to boot, the Bluetooth-enabled QC35s also pack a battery good for 20 hours - which should more than cover any long-haul hop - whilst the built-in mic is crystal clear, so you can call your mates to tell them just how good your new 'phones are.
Beyerdynamic T1 Generation 2 (RM5565)
If you’ve absolutely, positively got to have the best pair of headphones in the room, then these are the ones for you.
Beyerdynamic's T1 Generation 2s just claimed What Hi-Fi's headphone of the year award, and for good reason: they’re incredibly comfortable, the shielded textile braided cable is detachable and, yes, they sound absolutely phenomenal.
Of course, you’re going to need a top quality source and an amplifier to help them really shine - but any self-respecting audiophile’s already got that sorted, right?
Soundmagic E10C (RM219)
You could buy your loved one a pair of earphones for a tenner, but, if you really love them, you should stretch the budget to this fine pair.
Not only do they sound stellar for the price, they're also attached to a decent quality cable and come with a range of tips - so they'll sound sweet to every ear. Oh, and there's a three-button remote, too, for volume and music control.