1. Jays a-Jays Five

    Jays a-Jays Five

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

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  2. AKG K545

    AKG K545

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

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    Available from £148.9
  3. 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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    Available from £54
  4. 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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  5. Audeze LCD-3

    Audeze LCD-3

    There’s no denying the LCD-3s are expensive, but such is the quality of their performance that they almost seem like good value

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  7. Audio Technica ATH-WS99

    Audio Technica ATH-WS99

    An inoffensive pair of cans that need to offer a touch more if they’re to stand out from the crowd

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  8. Skullcandy Mix Master

    Skullcandy Mix Master

    Skullcandy is something of a go-to brand for affordable headphones, but the Mix Masters struggle against their competition

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  9. JVC Ésnsy HA-SR85S

    JVC Ésnsy HA-SR85S

    A pair of cans that can't quite compete in the best in terms dynamics and detail

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  10. PSB M4U 1

    PSB M4U 1

    An upbeat, unfussy pair of headphones that should find many fans

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  11. Meze 73 Classics

    Meze 73 Classics

    Good looks, but these headphones lack the substance to go with the style

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