Best on-ear headphones

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...and these are the best on-ear headphones money can buy. We've got the lot, from wallet-friendly to pretty pricey, noise-cancelling and wireless models.

Under £50

Koss Porta Pro

They may still look like the 80s classic that they are, but the sound quality for the money is surprisingly excellent.

SPECIFICATIONS

Foldable | On-ear design | Open-backed

Reasons to Buy
Time brilliantly with decent punch
Decent though not hi-fi standards of detail
Extremely lightweight and portable
Reasons to Avoid
Considering the price, no real complaints

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£34.90
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£36.92
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£49
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£92.13

Under £100

AKG Y50

These punchy and dynamic AKG Y50s sound great, and fold up for maximum portability. They are colourful too, and eminently affordable.

SPECIFICATIONS

On-ear design | 50mm driver | 4 finishes

Reasons to Buy
Rhythmic, clear and detailed
Time well
Dynamic and punchy
Well-built
Portable
Reasons to Avoid
Sources might need to be turned up
Ears get warm after a while

Today's best AKG Y50 deals

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£49.95
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£69.95
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£99
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£99
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Under £200

B&O BeoPlay H2

The H2s are the complete package - stylish, comfortable and blessed with superb sonics.

Reasons to Buy
Enjoyable, first-rate sound
Superb build
Comfortable fit
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

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£89.99
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£99.90

Under £300

Grado SR325e

The open-backed design might divide opinion, but the sound quality is balanced, detailed and dynamic. They leak sound though, so everyone will know your music taste.

SPECIFICATIONS

Open-back design | Rotating earcups | 6.3mm jack

Reasons to Buy
Tonal balance
Transparent across frequencies
Expressive dynamics
Good rhythmic drive
Precise timing
Fast, agile
Rugged build
Recent price drop
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing

Today's best Grado SR325e deals

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£299
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£299
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£299
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£329
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Wireless under £150

AKG Y50BT

Bluetooth cans that sound just as good as the wired versions? Throw in a neat foldable design and earcup controls and you have a winning pair of headphones.

SPECIFICATIONS

Built-in battery | 20hr battery ife | Micro USB charging

Reasons to Buy
Impressive clarity, detail and dynamics
Easy to use
Comfortable
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing at this price

Today's best AKG Y50BT deals

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£99
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£124.99
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£139.77
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£149.99
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Wireless under £300

AKG N60NC Wireless

These are comfortable, well-balanced wireless headphones with fantastic noise-cancellation. What's not to like?

SPECIFICATIONS

Noise cancellation | Compact design | aptX Bluetooth

Reasons to Buy
Great noise cancellation
Comfy build
Solid bass
Well balanced
Clear midrange and treble
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Today's best AKG N60NC Wireless deals

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£99.95
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£131.99
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£174.22
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£177.99
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Noise-cancelling under £150

Philips SHB8850NC

Boasting wireless and active noise-cancelling powers, these headphones are amazing value for money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Noise-cancelling | Rechargeable | 16hr battery life

Reasons to Buy
Well organised sound
Surprisingly detailed
Powerful dynamics
Reasons to Avoid
Not enough bass
Won't be comfortable to everyone
Others deliver a more spacious soundstage

Today's best Philips SHB8850NC deals

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£103.09

Noise-cancelling under £300

AKG N60 NC

Great sound, excellent noise-cancellation and a lovely comfy on-ear fit. Job done.

SPECIFICATIONS

Rechargeable | 30hr battery life | Micro USB charging

Reasons to Buy
Clear, punchy sound
Musical; balanced
Effective noise-cancellation
Very portable
Smart design
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing

Today's best AKG N60 NC deals

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£117.99
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£176.08
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£177.99