Here's our round-up of the best on-ear headphones you can buy right now, from budget heroes to premium picks - including noise-cancelling and wireless options...

In-ears are portable and pocketable, but can be sonically limited - over-ear designs give you full immersion and noise-isolation but are bulky along with it. On-ear headphones conceivably offer the best of both worlds.

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Under £100

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Under £200

Philips Fidelio M1MKII

Reviewed on 28th November 2014 at
£180

A terrific pair of portable earphones that deliver a surprisingly smooth sound with plenty of weighty, punchy bass. They're comfy, too.

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Under £300
Our Rating 
76%

Grado SR325e

Reviewed on 1st December 2015 at
£280

Admittedly the idiosyncratic style and open-back (for which read: leaky) design won't be for everyone, but you simply can't argue with the sound quality here. It's balanced, detailed and dynamic - and now it's yours for less than £250.

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Wireless under £150

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Wireless under £300

AKG N60NC Wireless

Reviewed on 7th June 2017 at
£250

Comfy, well-balanced wireless headphones with very effective noise-cancellation thrown in. There is absolutely nothing here to criticise.

 

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Noise-cancelling

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Lightning

Philips Fidelio M2L

Reviewed on 24th November 2016 at
£200

The best Lightning headphones we've heard. The M2Ls deliver a punchy, detailed sound thanks largely to the excellent integrated 24-bit DAC and amp. There's also a built-in mic for taking calls and using Siri, as well as controls on the earpad. 

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