1. Goldring GX200

    Goldring GX200

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

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  2. 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
  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. Beyerdynamic DT770

    Beyerdynamic DT770

    A closed-back design with a neutral tone and a pleasing balance. They suffer, though, with clarity and resolution

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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