1. Sony MDR-NC500D

    Sony MDR-NC500D

    Sony's MDR-NC500D headphones are reasonable by the standards of noise-cancellers, but they're far short of the quality offered by the best

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  2. Shure SE420

    Shure SE420

    They're not the easiest headphones to fit, but once you've got them in your ears there's much to admire about these Shures

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    Available from £399.99
  3. Klipsch Image X5

    Klipsch Image X5

    These in-ears defy their curious shape by proving comfortable and – more importantly – a superbly balanced listen

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  4. Shure SE310

    Shure SE310

    These Shures shine when it comes to detail and clarity – but they find themselves up against some tough competition at this price-point

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  5. Sennheiser IE6

    Sennheiser IE6

    Not quite the same level of insight as Sennheiser's pricier IE7s or IE8s, but they remain a great purchase

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  7. Teufel AC9050PH

    Teufel AC9050PH

    Teufel AC9050s are unlovely to look at, uncomfortable to wear and disappointing to listen to

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  8. Sennheiser IE7

    Sennheiser IE7

    Senneheiser produces in-ear headphones for those who hate in-ears. Just watch out for the bass...

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  9. Denon AH-NC732

    Denon AH-NC732

    These are good noise cancelling headphones, but sound quality could be a lot better for the money

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  10. Monster Beats by Dr Dre

    Monster Beats by Dr Dre

    No marketing gimmickry at work here. These are serious cans – seriously good, that is

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  11. Sennheiser OMX80

    Sennheiser OMX80

    Although the bass lacks true authority, they deliver clear and detailed vocals and decent dynamism

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