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Headphones advice guides

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In-ear, on-ear or over-ear? We’ve got expert advice on buying and owning the best set of headphones, including popular brands, features to look out for, along with reliability scores to help find the best set for you.

How to buy the best headphones

Upgrading to a good-quality pair of headphones will make a real difference when listening to your music. Find out which headphones are best for you.

Beats vs Bose headphones: which are best?

Not all Beats and Bose headphones are good. Despite their high prices - some are Don’t Buys. We pit two of the biggest headphone brands against each other to find out which are the best.

Top seven best TV headphones for 2020

Great TV headphones are a rare find, with many pairs simply not up to scratch. Setup compatibility issues, wireless signal interference and atrocious sound and comfort are among a minefield of flaws our experts have found, even including expensive pairs from top brands. Our trusted lab tests make sure you get a pair you can rely on.

Best wireless headphones for 2020

Sound quality and battery drain are no longer a concern with wireless headphones. We’ve rounded up some excellent models to suit you.

Top five best cheap headphones for 2020

We round up the best headphones to buy for less than £50 based on expert reviews with ratings for sound quality, comfort, durability and features.

Best running headphones for 2020

Improve your performance with a pair of headphones that are light, comfortable and make your running playlist sound fantastic.

Top five best noise-cancelling headphones

Cut the background noise to a whisper and enjoy your music to the full with these top noise-cancelling models.

Wired vs wireless headphones: which should you choose?

We explain the pros and cons of connecting your headphones wirelessly and via a cable, and whether your choice affects sound quality.

Headphones and earbuds: how to protect your hearing

Poor headphone use can lead to lasting hearing loss. Are headphones or earbuds better? And can noise-cancelling headphones help? Read our expert tips on using headphones safely

How we test headphones

Discover how our experts test headphones for sound quality and comfort. Only the very best earn our Best Buy award.

Top headphones

We round up the best in-ear headphones of 2020 to help you pick the perfect pair for comfort, sound quality and more.

Top five best iPhone headphones for 2020

Our testing tells you which iPhone-compatible headphones are the most comfortable and offer the best sound, and which aren’t worth your money.

Which headphones brand to buy in 2020

We help you choose a headphone brand that will last, with our survey of owners of AKG, Apple, Beats, Bose, JVC, Samsung, Sennheiser and Sony headphones.

Should you buy an iPod Touch?

Considering buying an iPod? Find out what the options are and whether it’s the right choice for you.

What are smart headphones and hearables?

We explain the features and potential benefits of this new breed of wireless headphones that let you do far more than just listen to music.