Best over-ear headphones

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...from high-end home-listening cans to noise-cancelling and wireless models, we've got the lot.

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Under £50

AKG K72

They might not be the most stylish pair around, but the K72s are solidly built, comfortable to wear and great to listen to. At this price, they're a steal.

SPECIFICATIONS

Closed-back | Self-adjusting headband | Lightweight construction

Reasons to Buy
Excellent value
Very comfortable
Reasons to Avoid
Coloured, boxy mids

Under £100

Grado SR80e

The SR80es are typical of the Grado brand: staunchly retro "pilot-to-bombardier" looks, leakily open-backed and among the best pound-for-pound headphones you can buy. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Open-backed | 3.5mm - 6.3mm adapter

Reasons to Buy
Excellent treble and midrange detail
Lively sound
Tight bass
Reasons to Avoid
Not the most relaxed sound

Under £200

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Over-ear

Comfortable, portable and a fair bit cheaper than when we first bestowed five stars on them.

SPECIFICATIONS

Foldable design | In-line remote | Android and iOS versions

Reasons to Buy
Gorgeous design
Foldable
Comfy fit
Beautifully detailed, balanced and full-bodied sound
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £300

Grado SR325e

Are you ok with the way they look? You are? Great - because these are truly outstanding headphones.

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

Under £400

Shure SRH1540

The Shures boast an expansive, wonderfully balanced sound with bags of agility, and genuine musicality.

SPECIFICATIONS

Alcantara earpads | 3.5mm jack | Close-back design

Reasons to Buy
Expansive, open, beautifully balanced, detailed, driven sound
Cosy, roomy fit
Light
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing

Under £500

Beyerdynamic Amiron

Consummate all-rounders with a range of talents as long as your arm. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Open design | Double-sided, detachable cable | Ear and headband pads

Reasons to Buy
Nice bass detail
Clear and organised
Handles treble well
Insightful midrange
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

Under £750

B&W P9 Signature

Luxurious to look at, touch and wear - and possessed of exquisite sound.

Reasons to Buy
Stunning midrange clarity
Superb detail levels
Weighty, agile bass
Precise but exciting character
Comfortable and sturdy build
Reasons to Avoid
Bass a touch on the rich side for neutral ears

Under £1000

Beyerdynamic T1 Generation 2

These deliver when it comes to insight, dynamics and rhythmic precision. They're extremely easy on the ears, too.

SPECIFICATIONS

3m cable | Semi-open design | Interchangeable leads

Reasons to Buy
Impressive combination of insight, fluid dynamics and rhythmic precision
Comfortable and well made
Detachable cables
Reasons to Avoid
Need a top quality source and amplifier to shine

Under £2000

Sony MDR-Z1R

Staggeringly accomplished headphones and as complete as anything we've heard anywhere near the price.

SPECIFICATIONS

70mm drive unit | Claimed frequency reach of 120kHz | Detachable balanced and single-ended leads

Reasons to Buy
Excellent detail resolution
Even tonal balance
Powerful bass
Plenty of scale
Superb build and finish
Comfortable
Reasons to Avoid
Demand quality electronics

Noise-cancelling

Bowers & Wilkins PX

B&W's first noise-cancelling headphones absolutely dominate, thanks to excellent sound, solid noise-cancelling and an awesome design.

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth/noise-cancelling | 22hr battery life | Proximity sensors built-in | USB-C connector

Reasons to Buy
Transparent, detailed sound
Excellent dynamics
Impeccable sense of timing
Clever, intuitive features
Impressive noise-cancelling
Good battery life
Fine build
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing significant

Wireless

AKG N60NC Wireless

A bit of everything here: noise-cancelling, Bluetooth, great sound. Dive right in.

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