1. Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium

    Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium

    The ‘Premium’ version brings improvements to the original model, delivering across the board with good sound, comfort and build

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  2. Grado SR325e

    Grado SR325e

    The musical, detailed sound of the Grados makes them a truly top buy

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    Available from £299.95
  3. AKG Q701

    AKG Q701

    The competitively-priced Q701s keep their five stars for a third year running

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    Available from £199
  4. Focal Spirit Classic

    Focal Spirit Classic

    Detailed, dynamically good, and compact cans that require a touch more ‘oomph’ for a full star set

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  5. B&W P7

    B&W P7

    Best portable on-ears £300+, Awards 2013. Great headphones – the P7s still set the standard at this price

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    Available from £329
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  7. Audio Technica ATH-A900X LTD

    Audio Technica ATH-A900X LTD

    These remarkably clear and spacious headphones are worth serious consideration

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  8. Creative Aurvana Platinum

    Creative Aurvana Platinum

    They may be feature-packed and luxury lookers, but the Aurvana Platinums just don’t have the sound or comfort to match

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  9. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    These stylish cans definitely make an impact, but they need more finesse and detail to truly compete with class rivals

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  10. AKG K545

    AKG K545

    The AKGs are built to last and sound insightful enough, but they’re lacking in refinement

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  11. Monster Inspiration

    Monster Inspiration

    These look good and will last a while, but they don’t excel in sound or noise-cancellation

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