Looking for the best headphones to buy in 2014? Whether you need something to replace the white earphones on your iPhone or need something bassy and with noise-cancelling to drown out the commute, these are the over the ear and in-ear headphones to look out for.
Picking the best headphones is no easy task. There are hundreds of pairs out there, from £10 throwaway ones to those that costs thousands of pounds, yes, thousands. The Beats By Dre range have brought headphones to public prominence but you won't find any rapper-branded headphones in our list of best headphones. We're after sound quality, comfort and pure design only.
The question is, which headphones should you invest your hard earned cash on? We've gathered together the best headphones that we think any buyer should consider, whether you're out to spend £30 or £300. Before you pick a pair and hit the checkout, though, there are a few things to consider. If you know what type of headphone you're looking for then click the arrows on the picture to get started otherwise read on for an explanation of the basic types of headphone out there and which type might be best for you.
You can click below to go direct to the perfect pair or read on to get some advice on finding the headphones that will suit you best.
Best Headphones Overall | Senheiser Momentum
Best Headphones for Bass | V-Moda Crossfade M-100
Best In-Ear Headphones Under £100 | Audio Technica CKX9is Sonic Fuel
Best Headphones Under £50 | AKG K451
Best On-Ear Headphones | V-Moda XS
Best Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones | Bose QuietComfort 20i
Best Headphones for Design | Sony MDR-1R
Best BeatsByDre Alternatives | Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP
Best Wireless Headphones | Logitech UE 9000
Best Headphones for TV | Audio Technica ATH-W1000X
The much maligned earbud is the type that usually comes bundled portable audio products. It's generally pretty rubbish at blocking out sound but this type of earphone can be good from a sound perspective. Several companies out there producing top-quality buds and if you can't stand the invasive rubber tip of an IEM, check out Yuin's range. It produces true audiophile earbuds that sell for upwards of £100. None of them have made it into our best headphones round-up yet, though.
Possibly the most common upgrade from a pair of bundled buds is the IEM or in-ear headphone type. IEM stands for in-ear monitor, and it involves a pair of earphones that ends in an isolating tip of some sort - usually silicone, occasionally foam.
The approach of the IEM is a little different to the earbud, in that it isn't tuned for compensate for sound lost by an imperfect seal. Choose the wrong tip and you'll find that the bass response and overall sound quality of an IEM pair drops dramatically.
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