1. Ultimate Ears 700

    Ultimate Ears 700

    These buds have a clear and open sound, but a vicious and edgy top-end limits any appeal they might have

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  2. Kicker EB141

    Kicker EB141

    The Kicker EB141s may look snazzy, but most of the competition sounds better

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  3. Sony MDR-NC33

    Sony MDR-NC33

    Better than your bundled 'phones, but you can do much better for the cash

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  4. Vivanco 27100

    Vivanco 27100

    These noise-cancelling cans might be a smaller design, but we found that the sound lacks refinement

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  5. Lindy Active 24025

    Lindy Active 24025

    Lindy isn't really known for its headphones, but these noise-cancellers are a more than creditable effort

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  7. Phonak Audeo PFE 111

    Phonak Audeo PFE 111

    These in-ears may be comfy, but they sound rather sluggish

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  8. Grado SR80i

    Grado SR80i

    Best home on-ears up to £150, Awards 2013. Whatever you play, these Grados will make it sound superb

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    Available from £74.95
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  9. SoundMagic PL50

    SoundMagic PL50

    If you usually find in-ear 'phones uncomfortable to wear and listen to, these could change your mind

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  10. Koss PRO4AAAT

    Koss PRO4AAAT

    Despite passable looks, these headphones from Koss are heavy, cumbersome and with a poor, ill-defined sound that's best avoided

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    Available from £101.38
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  11. Audio Technica ATH-A500

    Audio Technica ATH-A500

    With the ATH-A500, Audio Technica has produced a set of cans that really should be on your audition list

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    Available from £98
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