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. Audio Technica ATH-EW9

    Audio Technica ATH-EW9

    Featherlight 'phones that use real cherry wood to enhance their sound; awesomely detailed performers

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    Available from £97.21
  4. Goldring GX200

    Goldring GX200

    They were a favourite of ours, but rivals have overtaken these stylish buds

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  5. Grado iGrado

    Grado iGrado

    The iGrados will give you a brillantly well-judged sound at an incedible price

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    Available from £49.95
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  7. JVC HA-NC250 Noise-cancelling

    JVC HA-NC250 Noise-cancelling

    Many noise-cancelling headphones can sound soporific – not these, though, they pump out your music with gusto

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    Available from £78.99
  8. Philips SHE9700

    Philips SHE9700

    A reasonably detailed, if bass-light listen.

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    Available from £10.99
  9. Goldring NS-1000 (noise-cancelling)

    Goldring NS-1000 (noise-cancelling)

    Superb, powerful-sounding noise-cancelling headphones. A bargain

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    Available from £69.95
  10. Shure SE210

    Shure SE210

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

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  11. Audio Technica ATH-ES3

    Audio Technica ATH-ES3

    Folding, brightly coloured phones that sound bright and congested

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