1. Sony MDR-NC40

    Sony MDR-NC40

    Designed for long journeys but they leak sound and, whether the noise-cancelling is on or off, the delivery is poor

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    Available from £79.99
  2. JVC HA-E130

    JVC HA-E130

    Surprisingly comfortable headphones that are rhythmic and detailed considering the £10 price

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  3. Sennheiser PMX200

    Sennheiser PMX200

    Extremely impressive for closed-back headphones

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  4. Panasonic RP-HJE240E

    Panasonic RP-HJE240E

    They're certainly better than most bundled headphones, but even at £20 you can buy better

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    Available from £17.48
  5. Jaybird JB200

    Jaybird JB200

    For all their fanciness, the Jaybirds don't come close to sounding like value for money

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  7. Audio Technica ATH-A700

    Audio Technica ATH-A700

    Thin treble and big bass lets these cans down

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    Available from £135.5
  8. Audio Technica ATH-AD1000

    Audio Technica ATH-AD1000

    These smart-looking and well built headphones give off an air of sophistication, but sonically they can be a bit too polite

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  9. Grado RS2

    Grado RS2

    These wooden backed cans are a joy to listen to

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    Available from £419
  10. Sennheiser HD595

    Sennheiser HD595

    These Sennheisers have been around for a while, but they still sound good, even if they're no longer the best

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  11. Comply NR-10

    Comply NR-10

    For a comfortable, extended listen, try these in-ear 'phones

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