1. Sennheiser IE 800

    Sennheiser IE 800

    Best in-ears £300+, Awards 2014. The IE 800s shine a light on Sennheiser’s entire operation. As headphones for your portable device, though, they’re probably overkill

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  2. Sennheiser HD 700

    Sennheiser HD 700

    They're stylish in the extreme, but these open-backed Sennheisers are also refined performers with a smooth presentation

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  3. Beyerdynamic T5p

    Beyerdynamic T5p

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

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    Available from £589
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  4. Grado PS500

    Grado PS500

    Fun-sounding headphones that leak sound, but deliver plenty of thrills

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    Available from £599
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  5. Shure SRH1840

    Shure SRH1840

    Not cheap, but comfortable, wonderful sound and worth every penny

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    Available from £419.99
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  7. Audio Technica ATH-W1000X

    Audio Technica ATH-W1000X

    Best home on-ear headphones £500-£800, Awards 2010. If you don't want to disturb your fellow travellers and those around you, then these beautiful

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    Available from £435
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  8. Grado RS2

    Grado RS2

    These wooden backed cans are a joy to listen to

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  9. Sony DR-BT50 Bluetooth

    Sony DR-BT50 Bluetooth

    These Sony Bluetooth 'phones would be ideal for long-term wireless listening. Plenty of bass weight, and fine midband detail.

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  10. Sony Stereo Headphone

    Sony Stereo Headphone

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