£ 600

Best in-ears £300+, Awards 2013. The IE 800s shine a light on Sennheiser’s entire operation. As headphones for your portable device, though, they’r

£ 250

KEF’s debut in the headphone market is a strong one – the M500s have plenty of appeal

£ 180

Easygoing and comfortable to listen to, Onkyo’s debut headphones are well worth an audition

£ 300

These high-tech headphones deliver decent performance, and put a smile on your face if you’re a fashion-conscious feature-fiend

£ 130

Immersive and refined: the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones are a great effort

£ 200

These premium earphones can’t fail to entertain, but they lack the final polish of a five-star pair

£ 270

If you like huge bass, give these Beats a go – but there are too many caveats for us to be able to recommend them

£ 200

Best in-ears £150-£300, Awards 2013. Could do with a bit more bass, but they really are the finest in-ears we’ve ever heard at this price

£ 160

Easy-going buds from EarSonics, but more energy would be good

£ 150

This easy-to-listen-to pair of earbuds is a great option. A little more punch and gloss would be nice, but you should definitely give these a try