Sennheiser's exquisite HD 800s sound more like listening to full-size speakers than any other headphones we've heard to date.
The Klipsch Image S4i earphones offer up sound quality on par with and better than sets that cost many times as much, and they include compelling extras for iPhone and iPod users.
They may cost as much as a big-screen TV, but the PS1000s are simply the best-sounding, most comfortable, and best-looking Grado headphones we've ever tested.
The Klipsch Image S4 earphones offer up sound quality on par with and better than sets that cost many times as much; they are a spectacular choice for anyone looking for new earbuds.
Sony's WH-1000XM2 may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, but in some respects it's a superior headphone.
Existing QC35 owners don't need to upgrade, but the addition of a dedicated Google Assistant button gives the already excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphone an extra bit of personality.
Bluetooth meets best-in-class noise canceling: the Bose QuietComfort 35 is the ultimate noise canceling wireless headphone you can buy right now.
The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones take the excellent full-size Momentums and compress them into a more compact form. They provide superb sound with a portable design that will be right at home in the fanciest of airport lounges.
The Sony MDR-ZX600 headphones offer great sound and a stylish, comfortable design. The affordable price tag makes them an excellent option for music fans on a budget.
The Klipsch Image S3s are a fantastic option if you want to upgrade from the abysmal earphones that are bundled with most MP3 players. They sound good, feel comfortable and won't break the bank.
The Aliph Jawbone Era knocks it out of the park with high-end features, amazing audio quality, and innovative design.
The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones may cost a pretty penny, but they're well-built, look great and sound fantastic. Also, the in-cable remote control is a useful feature for iPod and iPhone users. If you're in the market for some high-end cans that you can wear out and about, we recommend you give these a listen
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
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.