From in-ear to on-ear, wireless to noise-cancelling, our round-up of the best headphones on the market will take your portable and home listening to another level...

A decent pair of headphones can revitalise the music stored on your smartphone or music player, but they can also team up with more traditional hi-fi system without any hassle.

We've covered all bases and budgets with the best wired, wireless, Bluetooth or noise-cancelling cans you can buy. And, don't worry if you prefer in-ear to over-ear: we've included a wide range of designs to cater for various tastes.

Perhaps you want something sporty? Or maybe you want a pair that are best for the iPhone? Whatever your preferences, there's a pair here for you.

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In-ear
Our Rating 
75%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Reviewed on 10th February 2015 at
£90

If you want an affordable pair of amazing in-ear headphones, you can't really look past Sennheiser's Momentum in-ears.

Choose from either the M2 IEi for Apple devices and the IEG, which carries the relevant control/mic combo for Android phones.

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On-ear
Our Rating 
87%

AKG Y50

Reviewed on 14th August 2014 at
£80

The Y50s also have a bold, modern look that might be a little out of character for the company, but it’s a smart, sensible step that appeals to a younger market. Sound quality is superb for the money, so it's definitely not a case of style over substance.

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Over-ear
Our Rating 
88%

AKG K550

Reviewed on 29th February 2012 at
£250

The K550s have been a firm office favourite for a number of years and they're still going strong. The large earpieces, broad headband, and long, chunky cable make them more suited to home listening, but despite looking like a pair of ear-defenders, they're light, comfortable and sound fantastic too.

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iPhone
Our Rating 
75%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Reviewed on 10th February 2015 at
£90

To make the most of the iPhone's audio quality and hear your music at its best, we'd consider ditching Apple's EarPods in favour of the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears. They sound great and feature all the necessary in-line controls.

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Money-no-object

Focal Utopia

Reviewed on 5th April 2017 at
£3,250

These headphones more than match their high price - they boast amazing detail, awesome dynamics and plenty of finesse. They're super comfy on your ears, which makes them ideal for high-end, home hi-fi enthusiasts.

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