1. Shure SE846

    Shure SE846

    Put performance first, and the SE846s are superb. The trouble is finding sources good enough to do them justice

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    Available from £699.99
  2. Beyerdynamic T5p

    Beyerdynamic T5p

    These are the best closed-back headphones we’ve heard at this price

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  3. AKG K3003i

    AKG K3003i

    The stunning AKG K3003i headphones made our jaws drop in every conceivable way

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  4. Beyerdynamic T1

    Beyerdynamic T1

    Best home on-ear headphones £800+, Awards 2010. If you want to hear every last nuance of sound from a recording, we haven’t come across a better way o

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  5. Sennheiser HD800

    Sennheiser HD800

    These Senneheisers offer much, but are beaten by close rivals in important areas

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    Available from £999.95
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  7. Grado GS1000i

    Grado GS1000i

    We know they look odd, and they leak your musical tastes to those nearby, but we can't recommend these can enough for sonic quality

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    Available from £999.95