We round-up the best of the best – from in-ear to on-ear, wireless to noise-cancelling – to bring you the ultimate headphones buying guide.

If you want to know the best headphones to buy for a wide range of budgets, you've come to the right place. Whether you're after the best wireless, Bluetooth or noise-cancelling cans, and whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear, we've got it covered.

We've even tested sports headphones and offer some suitable options for the iPhone.

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In-ear
Our Rating 
75%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Reviewed on 10th February 2015 at
£90

We're big fans of Sennheiser's over-ear Momentum headphones, 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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On-ear
Our Rating 
85%

AKG Y50

Reviewed on 14th August 2014 at
£80

We've always been fans of a good pair of on-ear headphones: for listening at home and on the move, and the Y50s feature arguably the best combination of sound performance and portability.

Their bold look is perhaps a little out of character for the Austrian company, but it’s a clear step to attract a younger market. But don't worry, it's not style over substance - the sound quality is top draw, too.

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Over-ear
Our Rating 
88%

AKG K550

Reviewed on 29th February 2012 at
£250

If you're after a pair of headphones for the office or home, then a pair of over-ears are likely to deliver the best sound-per-pound performance. 

The K550s are big in every way, with large earpieces featuring 50mm drivers, a broad headband, and a long, chunky cable. Despite looking like a pair of road-digger's ear-defenders, they're relatively light and comfortable. Oh, and they sound fantastic too.

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Wireless

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Sports

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iPhone
Our Rating 
75%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Reviewed on 10th February 2015 at
£90

If you want to make the most of the iPhone's audio quality and hear your music at its best, you should invest in a decent pair of earphones, such as these Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEis (see above). The good news is it needn't cost a fortune.

So if you're after some alternatives to the Apple EarPods or simply want to upgrade your iPhone headphone experience, take your pick from this selection.

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