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Headphones

SBS Ttheadphonewoolg

SBS Ttheadphonewoolg

From £45
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: on ear
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Streetz HL 344

Streetz HL 344

From £10
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: on ear
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Bowers & Wilkins P 9 Signature

Bowers & Wilkins P 9 Signature

From £665
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: on ear
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Panasonic RP TCM360E P

Panasonic RP TCM360E P

From £20
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
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Mediacom DJ Sticks M HS040BB

Mediacom DJ Sticks M HS040BB

From £24
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Elecom 11170

Elecom 11170

From £9
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
One For All HP1030

One For All HP1030

From £59
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
2 Offers from 1 shop >
One For All HP1010

One For All HP1010

From £21
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
RHA MA650

RHA MA650

From £88
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Kidzsafe KS 2013 BGDIY ROH

Kidzsafe KS 2013 BGDIY ROH

From £24
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ryght R482396

Ryght R482396

From £47
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ryght R482488

Ryght R482488

From £29
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired and Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sennheiser HD 660 S

Sennheiser HD 660 S

From £348
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pioneer SE E5T R

Pioneer SE E5T R

From £23
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Disney DYEPTS63 SLINKY

Disney DYEPTS63 SLINKY

From £22
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Fostex T40RP MK3

Fostex T40RP MK3

From £8
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Avenzo av630ng

Avenzo av630ng

From £20
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Ebblet CLASS

Ebblet CLASS

From £20
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Plantronics Savi W440 UC Mono

Plantronics Savi W440 UC Mono

From £149
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Freestyle FH0900

Freestyle FH0900

From £20
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
House of Marley EM FE033 RS

House of Marley EM FE033 RS

From £23
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: on ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cellular line MANTISPROD

Cellular line MANTISPROD

From £24
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
XX.Y BSH6000

XX.Y BSH6000

From £71
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Ear-hook
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenco EPB 015

Lenco EPB 015

From £24
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony WI-SP500

Sony WI-SP500

From £56
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Sony WH-L600

Sony WH-L600

From £249
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Jabra Elite 65t

Jabra Elite 65t

From £139
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
5 Offers from 1 shop >
Meliconi Spear Air

Meliconi Spear Air

From £46
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pioneer SE CL6BT

Pioneer SE CL6BT

From £65
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Spirit of gamer MIC EH70WT

Spirit of gamer MIC EH70WT

From £39
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
iMove SH01

iMove SH01

From £19
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
4 Offers from 1 shop >
Imperii Electronics TE 03 0050 00

Imperii Electronics TE 03 0050 00

From £17
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: on ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
T'nB ESSPRUNPK

T'nB ESSPRUNPK

From £12
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Kworld S25

Kworld S25

From £22
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Evos E IEBT162

Evos E IEBT162

From £21
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ziu GR1817

Ziu GR1817

From £22
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Mitchell and Johnson MJ1

Mitchell and Johnson MJ1

From £289
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aurisonics EVA

Aurisonics EVA

From £105
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MEE audio X7

MEE audio X7

From £49
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TM Electron TMHE293

TM Electron TMHE293

From £10
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
DeFunc D1051

DeFunc D1051

From £129
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Akai A58050

Akai A58050

From £22
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Moshi 99MO035221

Moshi 99MO035221

From £79
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
HiFiman HE560

HiFiman HE560

From £587
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
T'nB CSKID2

T'nB CSKID2

From £22
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: over ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
X-One asbt1000gr

X-One asbt1000gr

From £18
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
2 Offers from 1 shop >
TechMade TM IP952 MIL

TechMade TM IP952 MIL

From £20
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ryght r483034

Ryght r483034

From £52
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic RP BTS35E

Panasonic RP BTS35E

From £57
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
5 Offers from 2 shops >
ekids DP 136

ekids DP 136

From £19
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trust 22235

Trust 22235

From £16
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: With microphone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Altec Lansing Slim

Altec Lansing Slim

From £68
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ksix Go Play Travel

Ksix Go Play Travel

From £16
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Lamax Elite E 1

Lamax Elite E 1

From £30
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Ryght r483027

Ryght r483027

From £72
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Newskill KIMERA RGB

Newskill KIMERA RGB

From £78
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
JBL UAJBLIEBTBLK

JBL UAJBLIEBTBLK

From £130
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: In-Ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vieta vhp bt280bk

Vieta vhp bt280bk

From £48
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: Gaming Headset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Macrom M HPB22

Macrom M HPB22

From £29
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Headphones Type: With microphone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
REYTID ghhd 2

REYTID ghhd 2

From £24
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Headphones Type: on ear
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Headphones

Which Type for You?

Beats by Dr. DreThe best headphones will block out external sounds at the same time as providing great reception.  More importantly, personal headphones will protect your immediate neighbours from hearing intrusive and unwelcome sound.

Headphones come included with many audio devices, including mobile phones and MP3 players. They are usually cheap and cheerful and if you are going to be spending a significant amount of time hooked up to entertainment, you will require a better set of personal headphones.

The first thing to consider is what you want your headphones to do.  There are two types of headphones: wired headphones and wireless headphones.  The latter are very popular as they don't need to be connected via a cable.  They receive signals through radio waves or infrared waves which are encoded using a transmission link such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Earbud headphones are the smallest headphones available and are most commonly provided with iPods and mobile phones.  They are lightweight and easy to carry.  However, the sound quality can be poor in cheaper models.

In-earphones are also available with sound-isolating properties.  These headphones are also known as earbuds or noise-cancelling headphones.  They are an improvement on the basic earphone as they come with a rubberised ear seal, which, whilst still having the convenience of being lightweight and easy to carry, effectively insulates the ear from extraneous sound of up to -20dB.

Skullcandy, a company founded in 2003, specialises in the design and manufacture of headphones, earphones and general audio-orientated products for users on the move.  Skullcandy have researched the market and created cutting-edge technology to provide great sound to accompany the most extreme sports, including motocross and snowboarding.  With amplified subwoofer speakers, you can immerse yourself in your favourite tracks.  Skullcandy has also developed a range of headphones for use by DJs and gamers.

All earphones should be treated with care when used in conjunction with road-based sports as the all-round sound produced these devices can completely block out external sound.  This can be dangerous in traffic.

Wireless headphones hold the advantage of enabling you to move around, within the range of the signal.  You can walk from room to room, prepare the evening meal, do the ironing, exercise in your home gym and still not miss an episode of your favourite radio programme.  Wireless headphones are also great for listening to music late at night or for engaging in after-dark entertainment on your game console.

There are two types of wireless headphones: closed back and open back.  As the name suggests, closed back headphones provide better sound isolation.  These headphones are a good choice for those with hearing impairments which are especially apparent in noisy environments.  Open back headphones provide a more natural reproduction of sound as the earphones don’t reflect the sound back into the ear, as can happen with closed back headphones.

Cable headphones have been largely overtaken by wireless technology but they remain a good choice for watching TV, particularly for those who are hard of hearing.  Wired headphones are also cheaper than the higher-tech models, and require less setting up.

Features Available

MotorheadphonesSo you've looked at the options and now you have to decide on the features you desire in your headphones.

If you are looking for something to accompany you on your marathon training run, then in-earphones are the obvious choice.  However, an open back model will allow you some external sound which is safer.

For listening whilst using public transport, sealed in-earphones are a better choice, both for you, the listener, and your fellow travellers.  Some noise-cancelling headphones create anti-noise, which averts the external noise whilst not eliminating it entirely.  This may seem less favourable however, these headphones don't tire the ears, and the better quality ones enable the listener to hear more detail in the sound.  On long flights, they're highly successful at eliminating engine noise with less fatigue on the ears.

For the ultimate listening experience, you may wish to consider headphones with surround sound.  Surround sound headphones provide your listening experience with a 'concert-hall' feel.

For voice-to-text applications and for the use of VoIP services such as Skype, headphones with built-in microphones provide the complete solution.

The latest headphone technology is Bluetooth which transmits the signal between the headphones and a Wi-fi dongle plugged into the source - usually an iPod.  The advantage of this is that there are no dangling cords from pockets or handbags - it's about as cordless as you can get.

Noise-cancelling technology, which blocks out unwanted sounds, is improving year on year and several new models of noise-cancelling headphones have been launched this year.  The latest innovation is the built-in 'talk' facility which enables the wearer to hold a conversation with someone in the same room, without having to remove the headphones.  On some models the headphones can be linked up to a smartphone to enable you to take phone calls.  This noise-protective system is also becoming available in some earbud models.

A three-level noise blocker is built-in to the more expensive models.  This effectively blocks out various sound levels.  One mode will block low density noise such as that deriving from trains and buses, a second level blocks higher noise such as that deriving from air-conditioning systems while the top level mode will block aircraft noise.  This is a great innovation as the wearer can adjust the sound blocking levels to suit the environment they happen to be in.

Headphones for gaming benefit from several new innovations, one of the best being the built-in microphone which enables you to hear yourself talking while playing.  It also lets you know how you sound to others when singing along to your favourite tracks!

Sound and Quality

If you are an avid music listener, the sound quality of cheap headphones will leave a great deal to be desired, and even the very best basic controls will soon make you want to upgrade to either earphones or the larger, higher quality headphones.  The sound reproduction on earbud headphones can become a little dull, but if you still prefer the neatness and portability of small earphones, the in-ear type will provide you with better sound quality.

To receive good sound, you will require headphones of a good fit.  If the ear piece sits loosely in the ear, you still won’t receive pure sound, regardless of the quality of the sound reproduction.  Good quality in-earphones will block out the majority of extraneous sound, but again the earphones must be positioned properly.  Take the time to fit your new headphones into the ear canal.  Pulling the earlobe down as you put them in is a good method, but do be gentle.  You've only got one set of ears and you will need them to last!

The type of music you are going to listen to on your headphones should guide you in your search for the perfect headphones.  If you are a heavy metal aficionado, then you're going to want a set of headphones with great bass.  If you love classical music then you will need your headphones to meet different criteria so, if possible, try out a few pairs at your local music or electronics store.

Bear in mind that very loud bass can damage the ears, so choose both the sound capacity and the fit of your headphones very carefully.  It's amazing how ears differ in their size and shape and it is essential to consider comfort in addition to the quality of sound reproduction.

As with all things, when it comes to headphones, you tend to get what you pay for.  Cheap headphones or in-earphones are often short on a really good fit.  A big complaint from consumers who have bought cheap in-earphones is the annoying habit they have of falling out of the ears.

Headphones for gaming need special consideration.  As they are worn for long periods, they should be well padded, and have good bass for a true to life gaming experience.  Some headphones can be multi-purpose, and have a separate music mode which can be switched on for ordinary listening.  This alleviates the need for two sets of expensive headphones.