Awards 2013

Our annual Awards are known as the Oscars of the hi-fi and AV industry, and are recognised all over the world. Each year we pick the best of the best in every category so you can buy with absolute confidence.


Headphones - Product of the year

Best portable on-ears up to £100

AKG K451

"A price cut since last year makes these AKGs even more of a bargain"
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Headphones - Best Buys

Best in-ears up to £40

SoundMagic E10

"An ideal upgrade for your smartphone or tablet"
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Best in-ears £40-£80

Beyerdynamic DTX 101iE

"Vocals sound particularly sweet through these smart Beyerdynamics"
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Best in-ears £80-£150

Beyerdynamic MMX 101iE

"In-ear headphones this good really do deserve to be enjoyed by everyone"
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Best in-ears £150-£300

Shure SE425

"The finest in-ear headphones we've heard at this price"
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Best in-ears £300+

Sennheiser IE800

"Phenomenally expensive, but if your source is good enough you won't find better"
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Best portable on-ears £100-£200

Philips Fidelio M1

"Excel over long listening sessions with their smooth tonal balance"
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Best portable on-ears £200-£300

Sennheiser Momentum

"Great looks, great sound, great headphones"
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Best portable on-ears £300+

Bowers & Wilkins P7

"An ambitious pair of headphones for B&W, but that ambition pays off in spades"
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Best home on-ears up to £150

Grado SR80i

"Whatever type of music you play, these Grados will make it sound superb"
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Best home on-ears £150+

AKG K550

"Rousingly musical headphones with no obvious deficiencies"
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Best noise-cancelling headphones

Bose QuietComfort 15

"Quiet and Comfortable is about right; these Bose are a frequent flyer's best friend"
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Best wireless headphones

Philips Fidelio M1BT

"They cost a bit, but it's a small price to pay for superb sound and Bluetooth functionality"
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