The Shure SE535s may well cause your wallet to spontaneously combust, but they offer top-flight sound quality and are comfortable to wear
Plantronics' headset design harks back to days when Bluetooth headsets were big and bulky, but it works well.
A blindingly impressive pair of earphones, and more than worthy competitors to the Shure SE530s. As long as you like deep bass, these earphones will bring out dance, drum 'n' bass, rap, rock, metal and pop with admirable skill
The older D5000s put the icing on the cake, but the D7000s add the artistic decoration to turn that cake into a masterpiece. At £800 they're very pricey, but they're also the most exciting headphones of the year, excelling with rock, folk, acoustic, electronic and metal alike
Stunning high-end reference cans, but be aware of their lack of power in the low-end.
A stunningly beautiful pair of headphones that produce an equally beautiful sound. Although you may need to sell a vital organ to afford them, they'll reward you with amazing reproductions of your music collection. Do them a favour, though, and don't feed them rubbishy MP3s
The SE530s are quite simply the best noise-isolating headphones you can buy, and they cost less than their predecessors -- the Shure E500PTH. They're still pretty expensive but audiophiles will appreciate how truly worth the dosh they are
The E500PTHs make ordinary earphones sound utterly useless in comparison. They're extremely pricey and a complete pain to wear, but it's by far the best solution if you want to listen to music with no compromises
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.
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.
The Plantronics Voyager Edge's impressive hands-free call quality and sleek size makes it a smarter buy than the fashionable Jawbone Era.
The $99.99 Plantronics Voyager Legend big boom microphone isn't for the fashion conscious but its superb call audio quality and comfortable fit make it an excellent buy.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are among the best available for less than $200, offering excellent sound and build quality.
The Ultrasone Signature Pro is a German-made Mercedes class set of headphones built for a discerning clientele.
If you're looking for a great-sounding iPhone headset then the Sennheiser HD 218i offers hi-fi performance for the price of a mid-fi portable.
The sleek TMA-1 headphones by Aiaiai are ideal for traveling DJs who need tough headphones with an up-front, bass-slamming sound profile.
The affordable Aiaiai Tracks push headphone design forward with an unobtrusive aesthetic. They sound as wonderful as they look and deserve your consideration if you're shopping for a new pair.
Jays entry-level headphones have a flat cable and anything but flat sound.