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, 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 the best bets 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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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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