From in-ear to on- and over-ear designs, wireless to noise-cancelling, our shortlist of the best headphones around will help you take your mobile and home listening to another level...

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

Here's our round-up of the best headphones on the market right now. We've covered a range of styles and price points so you've got the best chance of finding the right pair for you.

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In-ear

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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

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Noise-cancelling

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Wireless

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Sports

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Budget

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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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