We round-up the best in-ear headphones on the market, whether you want a pair of budget earphones for under £50 or to break the bank with a pair for £1000...

We've reviewed hundreds of pairs of headphones, so here's our rundown of the the best in-ear headphones on the market, from cheap-as-chips models to high-end offerings – there's something for everyone, whatever your budget.

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Best in-ear headphones under £50
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Tested at £40  

Best price £39 at Amazon

Improving on their E10S predecessor thanks to the addition of a universal remote that works with Apple and Android phones, the SoundMagic E10C earphones deliver a clear, detailed and exciting sound, which helps keep them ahead of the budget headphone pack.

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Best in-ear headphones under £100
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Tested at £60

Best price £44.99 at Amazon

The Sony MDR-EX650AP seriously impressed us, walking away with the headphones Product of the Year title at the 2014 Awards. They may have been beaten to that prize by the Sennheiser M2 in-ears in 2015 but they remain a fine choice.

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Tested at £90 

Best price £69.95 at Amazon

We're big fans of Sennheiser's over-ear Momentums, and this in-ear version is just as desirable - no wonder they're our headphone Product of the Year for 2015. The Momentum In-Ears mix a modern look with a classy finish. Two versions are available: the M2 IEi for Apple devices and the IEG, which carries the relevant control/mic combo for Android phones.

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Best in-ear headphones under £150
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Tested at £170 

Best price £130 at Amazon

These Klipsch in-ear headphones were good value at their original price but now available much cheaper, they're something of a deal (you can get them in white even cheaper). Plenty of bass and an exciting overall sound make them worthy of your shortlist.

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Best in-ear headphones under £200
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Tested at £200 

Best price £219 at Amazon

The Shure SE425 in-ear headphones are superb, incredibly detailed and immersive. The level of finesse on offer is astonishing, even at this price - you’ll hear things you hadn't realised were there even on recordings you know inside out.

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Best in-ear headphones under £300
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Tested at £270  

Best price £199 at John Lewis

If you're looking for a cut above entry-level heaphones and are keen to give your MP3 player or phone the right tools to make the most of your digital music, the iE80s will help. They're really impressive earbuds.

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Best in-ear headphones under £500
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Tested at £355  

Best price £399 at Exceptional AV

Now we get into luxury in-ear territory, where a smartphone alone won’t be enough to get the most out of the headphones. You'll need to invest in an external DAC or headphone amp to get the best out of these – but if you do, you'll get seriously impressive results.

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Best in-ear headphones under £700
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Tested at £600

Best price £500 at Amazon

The Sennheiser IE 800s are superbly made, brilliantly accomplished in-ear headphones. If you can justify the cost, and if your source player can justify it too, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better. Except possibly, the ones below...

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Best in-ear headphones under £1000
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Tested at £950 

Best price £700 at Amazon

The SE846s may not look glamorous, but they’re among the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tried. Most importantly, if you’re judging these Shures on sound quality, then they’re excellent. You’d have to spend thousands of pounds on speakers before you find as much detail.

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