1. BlueAnt Embrace

    BlueAnt Embrace

    Lovely design and decent musicality are let down by woolly bass

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  2. Focal Spirit One

    Focal Spirit One

    Another premium headphone to add to your shortlist, but not the most exciting sound

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  3. AKG K550

    AKG K550

    Best home on-ears £150+, Awards 2013. Rousingly musical headphones with no obvious deficiencies

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    Available from £99
  4. Audio Technica ATH-ES88

    Audio Technica ATH-ES88

    A slightly mixed bag, but the Audio-Technicas’ eccentricities are appealling

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  5. Ultrasone HFI-780

    Ultrasone HFI-780

    Big and bold, the HFI-780s offer excitement in spades

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    Available from £148.98
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  7. Sennheiser HD598

    Sennheiser HD598

    Supremely comfortable, but the sound is just too boring

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  8. Phiaton MS 300

    Phiaton MS 300

    Light and snug, provide a cheerfully forthright sound

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  9. Nixon RPM

    Nixon RPM

    Don't set any new standards, but they're not without merit and like to party

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  10. Incase Sonic

    Incase Sonic

    A bit of a triumph of style over substance

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  11. House of Marley Stir It Up

    House of Marley Stir It Up

    Nicely made from high-quality materials but bass can be bloated and treble sharp

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