We round up the best over-ear headphones you can currently buy, from portable designs to high-end home-listening headphones, as well as noise-cancelling and wireless cans.

While in-ear headphones make a lot of sense for portability, to get the best headphone experience available we reckon over-ear headphones are the way forward.

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Under £100

Grado SR80e

Reviewed on 6th February 2017 at

You know what you're getting into here, right? Grado always goes its own way, and the SR80es are typical of the brand: staunchly retro "pilot-to-bombardier" looks, leakily open-backed and among the best pound-for-pound headphones you can buy. 

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Under £750

Beyerdynamic Amiron

Reviewed on 16th February 2017 at

Good-looking, comfortable to wear and blessed with endlessly enjoyable sound, the Amirons are consummate all-rounders. Organised but not uptight, detailed but not prissy, dynamic with complete control, they're entirely admirable.


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Under £1000
Money no object

Focal Utopia

Reviewed on 5th April 2017 at

If you're lucky enough to have £3250 to drop on a pair of headphones, we think we know the best way for you to spend it. The Focal Utopias are "unarguably one of the finest headphones on the planet" and we do not say that lightly.

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