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Headphone reviews

Last updated: 10 June 2016

If all you want is a good set of headphones for the iPod, smartphone or tablet, this is the report you need. Read our headphones and earphones buying guide to be sure of the features you're after, or read how we test headphones for the rigour behind our results.

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We've tested in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.

Our expert testers give every set of headphones a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • have the best sound
  • are the most comfortable
  • are best at passive noise cancelling.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which headphones are foldable, and which have built-in remote controls for iOS and Android. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

By Denis Gallagher and Tony Ibrahim
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Made up of sound quality (50%), comfort and durability (35%), audio enhancements (10%) and features (5%).

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50% of the overall score. Includes scores for speech, jazz, rock, pop and classical music.

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Includes leakage and passive noise cancelling as well as wireless interference.

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Includes comfort when wearing spectacles, noise if the cable is moved, cable tangling and assessment of the materials used in manufacture.

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Included in the audio enhancement score. It includes both a subjective and objective assessment of the amount of sound leaking into and out of the headphones.

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Includes foldability, clarity of right/left markers, controls for your music player and removable ear pieces.

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