Our latest headphones test has uncovered three new Best Buys, as well as two models to keep clear of. Some of the biggest brands in audio, including Sennheiser, Bose, Beats by Dre and AKG, were put to the test.
We review in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones so you can be sure to find the right model for you.
For example, while you might think in-ear models are the best for listening to music on the move, you may also want to consider a wireless set, such as the Bose AE2w over-ear headphones, or the Beats by Dre Wireless on-ear headphones.
To find out which new models make the Best Buy grade, take a look at our headphone reviews. If you’re not yet a Which? member, you can read all our reviews by taking out a Which? subscription.
How we test headphones
Which? examines everything that users demand from their headphones; including sound quality, comfort and how well they work in real life situations – so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you buy.
We listen to a variety of music, including spoken word, pop, jazz and classical, and give ratings for each genre. We also measure sound leakage by using a test head and dummy torso, this helps us find out how much of your music people around you can hear.
The performance of additional features, such as active noise cancelling and in-line remote controls, is also tested where appropriate. Only models that pass our tests with flying colours are awarded Best Buy status.
New headphone reviews
Here are all the latest models we’ve tested and reviewed:
- AKG K323XS A
- Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic
- Beats by Dre Tour 2.0
- Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports
- SoundMagic E10
- Beats by Dre Wireless
- John Lewis Spectrum On-Ear
- Bose AE2w
- Starck Parrot Zik