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Last updated: 09 March 2018

Looking for a good set of headphones? A traditional wired pair, or something of the wireless headphones variety? We've tested in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones, but consider the below points before diving into our data.

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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.

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Earphones fit at least part-way inside the ear canal, sometimes also clipping onto the ear. They're commonly called earbuds or in-ear models and are most likely the type you’ll find in your smartphone box. Over ear (circumaural) headphones completely surround your ear, and may provide added passive noise-cancelling properties. On ear (supra-aural) are usually smaller and more compact as they rest on the outside of your ear.

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

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