Best headphones 2013 revealed: What Hi-Fi? Awards
2013 has been yet another competitive year for the headphones category. With five sub-categories, each with up to five winners, there's certainly something for everyone.
Starting with in ears, and yet again the SoundMagic E10 win the up to £40 category. Still unrivalled at this price, they are a worthy upgrade for your smartphone or tablet.
The AKG K451 cans yet again delivered the goods and took the Product of the Year, being our favourite pair in the up to £100 category. The slim, sturdy form factor coupled with exceptional musical quality and, crucially, an even more affordable £50 price, make these a no-brainer.
There's only one award-winner for the wireless category this year, and it goes to the Philips M1BT. Taking design cues from the award-winning M1s, the M1BTs lose the cable but keep the exceptional sound we've already seen from their non-bluetooth counterpart.
Fancy something a little more substantial? Try the sensational Grado SR80i headphones. The open-back design means they do leak sound but the sound quality is pheonemonal.
At the top end of this range you'll find the AKG K550 closed-back headphones. Their sheer size makes them more suited to home use, but with airy and spacious sound unlike other closed-backs, they'd be perfect to listen to anywhere.
There can only be one winner for best noise-cancelling cans, and yet again, the award goes to the Bose QuietComfort 15. For 4 years now no other set has been able to match this pair's noise-cancelling technology. Partner this with Bose's solid sound quality and you'll see why they're such a favourite of ours.
Head over to our Awards 2013 site to see all of our 99 best-in-class winners across 22 categories.