1. Altec Lansing Muzx Ultra

    Altec Lansing Muzx Ultra

    They might have a great specification, but these Altec Lansing buds haven't got a likeable sound to match

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  2. Blackbox M10

    Blackbox M10

    You'll get great noise-cancelling ability with the Blackbox M10s, but despite many great attributes they're just not as natural as the class-leaders

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  3. V-moda Crossfade LP

    V-moda Crossfade LP

    They look great, but these V-Modas are a real sonic letdown

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  4. AKG K315

    AKG K315

    These AKG budget buds are cheap enough, but they don't do enough right to make them an obvious upgrade

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  5. Pioneer SE-NC70S

    Pioneer SE-NC70S

    These Pioneers are a perfect choice for use when flying, due to their lightweight, folding design

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  7. Ultrasone HFI-580

    Ultrasone HFI-580

    Not class-leading, but still worthy of consideration

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    Available from £99.95
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  8. Audio Technica ATH-WS70

    Audio Technica ATH-WS70

    Overwhelming bass drags these 'phones down to two stars

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  9. Bose Around-ear

    Bose Around-ear

    Packed with clever technology, these awkwardly-named Bose headphones work remarkably well

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    Available from £155
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  10. AKG K240 MKII

    AKG K240 MKII

    Comfortable, and sound spacious, but you can do better for the money

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  11. Beyerdynamic T1

    Beyerdynamic T1

    Best home on-ear headphones £800+, Awards 2010. If you want to hear every last nuance of sound from a recording, we haven’t come across a better way o

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    Available from £29.99
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