Our Verdict 
No marketing gimmickry at work here. These are serious cans – seriously good, that is
Formidable noise-cancellation
comfortable and stylish
powerful, exciting sound
flexible spec
Won’t work if the battery is dead
not cheap
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Having picked up five stars back in 2008, we deemed it time to put the Beats by Dre through the mill once again, with the advent of worthy rivals.

They're stylish and solidly made, but we're not sure they quite cut the mustard compared to the best available.

Flush on the ear and capable at isolating noise, they're less gifted at cancelling typical background frequencies.

But there's much to like in the sound: Vampire Weekend's Holiday sounds lively, delivering a dynamic sound, although it lacks a touch of poise.

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