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  1. Shure SE115 earphones review

    Shure SE115 earphones review

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    The earphone market can seem like a bit of a minefield for anyone who doesn't know exactly what they're looking for. And with the sub-£100 section of the market literally bristling with different options, it can be hard to work out what to buy.

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    Atomic Floyd HiDefDrum earphones review

    Atomic Floyd HiDefDrum earphones review

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    It's no secret that the white-label earphones that come with most MP3 players are almost always astoundingly awful. They're worth about 10p and make even the highest quality tunes sound like utter bum. Atomic Floyd has the answer

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    Shure SE102 earphones review

    Shure SE102 earphones review

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    Shure's latest pair of budget earphones are aimed at 'aspiring audiophiles' - people like you and me who are fed up with the poor quality cans that come bundled with most MP3 players. That's especially true of iPods of any generation, despite Apple's claims to the contrary. Those white earphones? Yech!

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    Sennheiser PXC 350 review

    Sennheiser PXC 350 review

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    There are two ways to cut out ambient noise. The first is to buy a pair of earphones that wedge into your ear canal. The second is to buy headphones that cut out ambient noise with phase-inversion technology. Step forward the PXC 350s...

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    Philips SHE9850 earphones review

    Philips SHE9850 earphones review

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    The single-driver Philips SHE9850 earphones definitely offer impressive audio performance considering the price. Previous pairs of earphones from Philips have failed to live up to the benchmarks set by the likes of Shure and Denon. So we were rather pleased to discover that a corner has been turned in that respect.

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    Philips SHD9100 headphones review

    Philips SHD9100 headphones review

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    If you've got £200 to burn, then there are probably better things to spend it on than wireless headphones. But if your heart's set, then the Philips SHD9100s are sleek and lightweight for your bonce.

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    Denon AH-D2000 review

    Denon AH-D2000 review

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    Denon may not be the first name one would think of in the context of high-end headphones, but it has five models on offer at present, plus three in-ear designs. This particular contender is an all-new model and sits one rung down from the range-topping (and more expensive) AH-D5000.

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    Sony PFR-V1 review

    Sony PFR-V1 review

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    Sony's loudspeaker engineers have taken a radical new look at 'phone design. The PFR-V1 aren't noise-cancelling headphones, far from it. The principle behind them is to basically suspend miniature speakers in front of your ears and then encourage you to turn up the volume.

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    Denon AH-C751 review

    Denon AH-C751 review

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    You will know better than us if the price tag on this set of earphones is too high. If you are happy with the earphones that came with your iPod, then the price will probably hit you as quite a whack.

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    Creative Aurvana DJ headphones review

    Creative Aurvana DJ headphones review

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    Creative is by no means a big company in comparison to the likes of Apple and Asus. However, it has at least one thing in common with organisations such as these, in that it makes bloody good products. The Aurvana DJ headphones are no exception

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    Creative Aurvana Live headphones review

    Creative Aurvana Live headphones review

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    We first had a play with the Aurvana Live headphones at CES in Las Vegas back in January. The Creative team at the show were raving about them, and rightly so, because they're great

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    Etymotic ER-6ic review

    Etymotic ER-6ic review

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    Ear-canal headphones are nothing new, but Etymotic – who was the first company to develop commercial in-ear products back in 1984 – offers an appealing custom-moulded version of its popular ER-6i, tailor-made for your ears.

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    q-JAYS Dual Micro Armature Earphones review

    q-JAYS Dual Micro Armature Earphones review

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    These tiny in-ear earphones have excellent sound and build quality, a monster set of accessories and are very comfortable to wear for long periods because of their lightweight compact design and thick rubber earcups. Aside from one grumble about the boxed cable length, and a lofty price tag, there is precious little going wrong here.

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    Audio Technica ATH-W1000 review

    Audio Technica ATH-W1000 review

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    Home cinema and hi-fi doesn't have to be about ear-splitting sound levels guaranteed to give the neighbours a hard time. It can also be about high-quality audio in your own personal space: yes, I'm talking about headphones.

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    Denon AH-C551 review

    Denon AH-C551 review

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    The sound from these Denon earphones is admirably neutral, with no obvious sign of bias towards any part of the audio range

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    Sennheiser PXC450 review

    Sennheiser PXC450 review

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    Background noise is arguably the biggest single problem affecting music on the move. One can simply try to block it, of course, but active electronic noise cancelling looks the most attractive option.

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    Creative Aurvana X-Fi Headphones review

    Creative Aurvana X-Fi Headphones review

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    So, with X-Fi and noise cancelling built into these Creative headphones, are they really as good as they promise to be? The answer, in a word, is yes - flat, lifeless MP3 files tend to sound much better than they actually are

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    Denon AH-C700 review

    Denon AH-C700 review

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    With iPods selling by the skipload and the rest of the world trying their level best to make its successor (Zune, Zen, anyone?), a new market for high-end earphones over £100 has sprung up

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    Sennheiser HD600 review

    Sennheiser HD600 review

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    Of all the headphone specialists, Sennheiser probably offers the broadest and most closely spaced range, with something for practically every conceivable application.

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    OverBoard headphones review

    OverBoard headphones review

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    We sat these 100 percent waterproof earphones in a cup of water and wore them in the bath with no bother at all - they truly sound as good underwater as they do on dry land. In fact they even sound a bit better underwater

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    Grado SR225 review

    Grado SR225 review

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    Grado is a relatively small manufacturer that specialises in phono cartridges and headphones and makes a virtue of its no-nonsense approach. This extends to the aesthetics, which divides opinion amongst audiophiles.

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    Beyerdynamic DT880 review

    Beyerdynamic DT880 review

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    Beyerdynamic appears to have taken a leaf out of the car industry's book by keeping a product name from years ago, but then completely changing the design. No doubt this will ensure havoc on eBay in years to come...

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    Audio Technica ATH-AD500 review

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    As one of the bigger and more dedicated names in headphones, Audio Technica has not always enjoyed the best market visibility in the UK.

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