Best headphones of 2016


Whether you're out listening to your MP3 player or out at home with your high-end stereo, your headphone choice is critical. Here we've picked our five favorites across every style and category, but if you already know which type of headphones you want, use the links at the left to get more options.

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Most comfortable over-ear with rich sound

Sony MDR-1A

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

Price: £119.00 - £135.58 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

A most versatile over-ear headphone

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

While we'd like to see it cost a little less, Sennheiser has fixed the original Momentum's one weakness, making the new 2.0 Momentum not only sound slightly better but fit more comfortably.

Price: £219.95 - £230.49 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Audeze Sine

The Audeze Sine is a fantastic headphone that will appeal to anyone looking for truly high-end sound that isn't incredibly expensive.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Beats Studio Wireless Series

While it'll cost you a hefty $380, the Beats Studio Wireless is an excellent wireless Bluetooth headphone.

Price: £299.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Beyerdynamic T51i

The Beyerdynamic T51i is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound quality and a comfortable fit.

Price: £190.00 - £220.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

The best noise-canceling headphones

Bose QuietComfort 25

The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.

Price: £239.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best-sounding headphones for under $200

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.

Price: £122.35 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Best DJ heapdhone

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

An Editors' Choice winner in all respects, V-Moda's flagship headphones hit hard with a dynamic aural impact.

4 stars Excellent A beautifully built headphone that sounds even better

Best high-end audiophile headphones for a semi-affordable price

HiFiMan HE-400i

If you've always wanted to own a pair of high-end "audiophile" headphones but can't quite justify dropping a grand on a pair, the superb sounding HiFiMan HE-400i is a good compromise.

Price: £359.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best in breed Bluetooth sports headphone

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

That Plantronics BackBeat Fit may not be perfect, but it's one of the best wireless sports headphones available.

Price: £56.87 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best wireless headphone for TV watching

Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System

Sennheiser's new RF-based wireless headphone system is easy to set up and delivers strong performance for both movie watching and music listening.

4 stars Excellent

A winning in-ear sports headphone

Monster iSport Victory In-Ear Headphones

Despite a couple of small flaws, the Monster iSport Victory offers a great fit, is water-resistant, and one of the better sounding in-ear sports headphones out there.

Price: £29.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best cheap earbuds

Panasonic Ergo-Fit

The ErgoFit RP-HJE120s are disposable earphones that you won't want to throw out.

4 stars Excellent
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