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Last updated: 07 February 2020


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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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    Type of fit

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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.

      Wired/wireless type

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      Wired headphones connect to your device or stereo via a cable. Wireless headphones connect via WiFi or Bluetooth, but have a band or cable connecting each can/bud. True wireless headphones connect via WiFi or Bluetooth and do not have a cable connecting each earbud (such as the Apple AirPods)

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        Weight of the headphones in grams.

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        • Type of fit
        • Wired or wireless
        • Bluetooth
        • Powered by battery
        • Travel case
        • Cable length (cm)
        • Weight (g)
        • Takes phone calls
        • Controls on headphone or cable
        • Controls
        • Foldable
        • Left/right inscription
        • Braille left/right inscription


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