1. Sony MDR-EX650AP

    Sony MDR-EX650AP

    Product of the Year, Awards 2014. From sound, to fit, the EX650s are everything a pair of in-ears should be

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    Available from £40.75
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  2. Oppo PM-1

    Oppo PM-1

    Oppo’s first pair of headphones are a luxurious, resounding success

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  3. Shure SE846

    Shure SE846

    Put performance first, and the SE846s are superb. The trouble is finding sources good enough to do them justice

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  4. German Maestro GMP 240

    German Maestro GMP 240

    The German Maestros try their best, but they aren’t in the same league as some of their rivals

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  5. Audio Technica ATH-AD700X

    Audio Technica ATH-AD700X

    While they have their small flaws, these incredibly spacious and nicely detailed headphones are worth a listen

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  7. Creative Aurvana Platinum

    Creative Aurvana Platinum

    They may be feature-packed and luxury lookers, but the Aurvana Platinums just don’t have the sound or comfort to match

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    Available from £179.22
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  8. Sennheiser HD 558

    Sennheiser HD 558

    They trade aggression for smoothness, but these headphones are a comfortable and pleasant listen

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    Available from £159.95
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  9. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    These stylish cans definitely make an impact, but they need more finesse and detail to truly compete with class rivals

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    Available from £219.99
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  10. Sony XBA-H1

    Sony XBA-H1

    At this price, good design and high build quality aren’t enough

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    Available from £69.5
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  11. Jabra Vox

    Jabra Vox

    Fun-sounding buds, but there are better ones out there

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    Available from £54.29
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