We round-up the best in-ear headphones on the market, whether you want a pair of budget earphones for under £50 or to break the bank with a pair for just shy of £1000...

We've reviewed hundreds of pairs of in-ear headphones, so here's our rundown of the best in-ear headphones on the market, from affordable pairs to high-end offerings – there's a pair of brilliant in-ear headphones for every budget.

So, if you're ready to ditch those freebie earbuds or Apple Earpods, please read on... 

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Under £50

Beyerdynamic Byron

Reviewed on 10th January 2017 at
£50

Beyerdynamic's Byron headphones are the best low-cost, high performance headphones that you can buy right now.

While the SoundMagic E10C earphones might have a more punchy performance, they don't match the subtlety, detail and clarity of sound that comes from the Byrons. Bargain.

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Under £100
Our Rating 
75%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Reviewed on 10th February 2015 at
£90

We're big fans of Sennheiser's over-ear Momentums, and this in-ear version is just as desirable - no wonder they're our headphone Product of the Year for 2016.

The Momentum In-Ears mix a modern look with a classy finish. Two versions are available: the M2 IEi for Apple devices and the IEG, which carries the relevant control/mic combo for Android phones.

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Under £200

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Under £300
Our Rating 
100%

Shure SE425

Reviewed on 21st March 2013 at
£200

Now we get into luxury in-ear territory, where a smartphone alone won’t be enough to get the most out of the headphones. You'll need to invest in an external DAC or headphone amp to get the best out of these – but if you do, you'll get seriously impressive results.

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Under £400

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Under £1000
Wireless

Bose SoundSport Pulse

Reviewed on 4th January 2017 at
£170

Yes, you can have wireless in-ear headphones - and it's not all about Apple AirPods. These Bose earphones are aimed at active users, with an accurate heart rate sensor and a sporty but comfortable design, but fear not, they sound good too.

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