1. Sennheiser PXC 250-II

    Sennheiser PXC 250-II

    The noise-cancelling Sennheiser PXC 250-II are dainty which makes them great for the commute

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  2. Sony MDR-NC200D

    Sony MDR-NC200D

    The Sony MDR-NC200D sound better with their noise-cancelling turned off, not good if you are on a noisy plane

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  3. Blackbox M10-RB

    Blackbox M10-RB

    In active mode the Blackbox M10-RB noise-cancelling headphones sound clearer and more spacious

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  4. BlueAnt Embrace

    BlueAnt Embrace

    Lovely design and decent musicality are let down by woolly bass

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  5. Focal Spirit One

    Focal Spirit One

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

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  7. Audio Technica ATH-ES88

    Audio Technica ATH-ES88

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

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    Available from £205
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  8. Sennheiser HD598

    Sennheiser HD598

    Supremely comfortable, but the sound is just too boring

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    Available from £134.99
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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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