We round up the best over-ear headphones to buy in 2016, from portable pairs to high-end home listening headphones, plus noise-cancelling and wireless cans.

While in-ear headphones make a lot of sense for portability, to get truly immersed in the music, we'd suggest over-ear headphones are the way forward.

While some of the biggest cans are aimed squarely at the hi-fi home listener, others are more portable - and the more stylish over-ear designs are increasingly popular for everyday use.

Here are our favourite pairs of over-ear headphones, ranging from just £17 to £700+.

Best over-ear headphones under £20
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Tested at £17 / Best price £16.69 at Amazon

How much? These budget Sennheiser headphones are surprisingly good value if you want to keep to a tight budget.

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Best over-ear headphones under £30
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Tested at £30 / Best price £29 at Amazon

More bargain headphones from an established brand. And for just a little more, the AKG K52s are money well worth spent.

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Best over-ear headphones under £50
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Tested at £50 / Best price £39 at Amazon

Believe it or not, these £50 headphones sit at the top of AKG's new three-strong K-series and you get an incredibly good performance for your money. If you're looking for an affortable pair of headphones for home listening, these deserve an audition.

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Best over-ear headphones under £200
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Tested at £150 / Best price £146.50 at Amazon

These might have looked at home on the ears of a wartime radio operator, but they sound great. Stay at home, though: they’re leaky.

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Best over-ear headphones under £300
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Tested at £280 / Best price £299 at Amazon

If you don’t mind the sound that leaks from them, you’re free to enjoy the fluid dynamics and wonderfully musical presentation.

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Best portable over-ear headphones under £300
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Tested at £270 / Best price £200 at Amazon

We love the design but it’s more than just pretty – the Momentums 2.0s are comfortable on your ears and fold neatly off them. Sound quality is a cut above the competition too.

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Best over-ear headphones under £400
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Tested at £330 / Best price £330 at Amazon

Worth every penny. The solid build quality and comfy fit we expect, but the level of detail and dynamics sweeps you off your feet. 

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Best over-ear headphones under £500
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Tested at £430 / Best price £425 at Amazon

Once the music starts you’ll focus on the expansive, beautifully balanced sound. There’s agility, enthusiasm and genuine musicality too.

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Best over-ear headphones under £800
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Tested at £800 / Best price £780 at Amazon

Impressive combination of insight, dynamics and rhythmic precision, complete with a comfortable, well made design.

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Best over-ear headphones under £1000
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Tested at £1100 / Best price £670 at eBay

For outright insight you’d have to spend thousands more than this on speakers before you get close to the resolution and agility on offer here.

You can now pick up a pair for well under our original 'tested at' price.

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Best noise-cancelling headphones
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Tested at £230 / Best price £199 at Amazon

The N60s are ultra-portable and offer effective noise-cancellation, leaving them free to present a punchy, musical, balanced sound.

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Best wireless headphones
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Tested at £380 / Best price £355 at Amazon

We love the design but it’s more than just pretty – the Momentums 2.0s are comfortable on your ears and fold neatly off them. 

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