1. Grado GS1000i

    Grado GS1000i

    We know they look odd, and they leak your musical tastes to those nearby, but we can't recommend these can enough for sonic quality

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    Available from £999.95
  2. Ultrasone HFI-2200ULE

    Ultrasone HFI-2200ULE

    Quirky looks and they sound unconvincing: there's plenty out there that deserves your money more than these.

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  3. Jays q-JAYS

    Jays q-JAYS

    One of the smallest in-ear design around, the q-Jays are hugely effective, sounding good and weighing next to nothing

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  4. Shure SE110

    Shure SE110

    Shure's in-ear headphones are incredibly comfortable and a welcome return to form in the sound stakes

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  5. Sennheiser PXC 450

    Sennheiser PXC 450

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

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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 £78.71
  8. 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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  9. 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 £100
  10. Goldring GX200

    Goldring GX200

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

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  11. 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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