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We test 13 headphones in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.
We review 13 pairs of headphones priced from $75 to $399 in the CHOICE labs, including on-ear and over-ear models, foldable models, those with removable pads, and headphones with built-in remote controls for iOS and Android.
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Team leader - Digital home
Cameras, Gadgets, Home entertainment
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Five expert listeners appraise each pair of headphones by listening a variety of music genres (classical, popular and rock). For extra rigour, each tester rates all test samples twice, at different times.
This is a measure of the headphones' ability to not leak sound, so the person next to you on the train isn't hearing what you're hearing. Higher scores mean less leakage.
Recommended retail, as of April 2014
Ease of use is rated by five testers, three of whom normally wear glasses.
They rate the ease of adjusting the headphones along with other features. The user guide that comes with the headphones is also rated as part of this test.
Including comfort when wearing and not wearing glasses. This score is included as part of the Ease of use score.
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