1. Sennheiser HD 558

    Sennheiser HD 558

    They trade aggression for smoothness, but these headphones are a comfortable and pleasant listen

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  2. 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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  3. Sony XBA-H1

    Sony XBA-H1

    At this price, good design and high build quality aren’t enough

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    Available from £80
  4. Jabra Vox

    Jabra Vox

    Fun-sounding buds, but there are better ones out there

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  5. Sennheiser MM70s

    Sennheiser MM70s

    Another excellent set of all-rounders from Sennheiser

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  7. Philips Fidelio S1

    Philips Fidelio S1

    A capable performance, but we could do with more punch

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  8. Jays a-Jays Five

    Jays a-Jays Five

    If compatibility is important to you, these buds are a handy option

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  9. AKG K545

    AKG K545

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

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  10. Audio Technica ATH-CKX9iS

    Audio Technica ATH-CKX9iS

    Needs a bit more refinement, but the ATH-CKX9iS are a solid pair of headphones from Audio Technica

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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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