1. Sennheiser PXC 450

    Sennheiser PXC 450

    These former Award winners have now been beaten by the Bose QuietComfort 15s

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  2. Philips SHN7500 (noise-cancelling)

    Philips SHN7500 (noise-cancelling)

    These in-ears use an effective noise-cancelling unit, and have a rich, detailed sound. They don't look great though...

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  3. Shure SE210

    Shure SE210

    Noise isolating is excellent, but music sounds similarly closed-in.

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  4. Audio Technica ATH-ES3

    Audio Technica ATH-ES3

    Folding, brightly coloured phones that sound bright and congested

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  5. Etymotic Research ETY8 (noise-cancelling)

    Etymotic Research ETY8 (noise-cancelling)

    Transmit your iPod's sounds to your earphones wirelessly by bluetooth. An intimate, but ultimately unconvincing listen.

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  7. JVC HA-NCX77 Noise-cancelling

    JVC HA-NCX77 Noise-cancelling

    Earbud phones with effective noise cancellation and solid sound. Decent separation and space to music, with well-controlled bass.

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  8. Ultimate Ears SuperFi 3 Studio

    Ultimate Ears SuperFi 3 Studio

    A confident name for the product is backed up in its use. These are terrific in-ear 'phones, and fine value for money.

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  9. Beyerdynamic DT860

    Beyerdynamic DT860

    These comfortable, well-built headphones are tonally well balanced, and offer plenty of drama, dynamics and punch

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    Available from £75
  10. Audio Technica ATH-AD700

    Audio Technica ATH-AD700

    If you're seeking an alternative to Grado, then Audio Technica's ATH-AD700s might be just the thing

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    Available from £175
  11. Technics RP-F350

    Technics RP-F350

    Tough 'phones, but there's a lack of transparency and precision. An average performance that can be beaten for value.

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