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HEADPHONES: PARADISE MAG

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
The updated Momentum 2.0 headphones are among the hottest available. They come with a more comfortable fit, thanks to more spacious and softer ear cups, a new folding design that makes them easier to store, and better sound than the original. The sleek leather headband means they look great, too. About PGK 949; sennheiser.com.

 

Monster iSport Victory
These sports headphones have a robust, durable design and are water-resistant. They’re more expensive than most sports headphones, but their superior sound quality makes them worth it. Available in black and a fun, sporty lime green. About PGK539; monsterproducts.com.

 

Bose QuietComfort 25
In the noise-cancelling stakes, the Bose QuietComfort 25s – the ones you see on almost every head in business class – have to take the cake. They are foldable to fit inside a portable carry case, they have superb fit and finish, and their noise- cancelling capabilities are first class. About PGK 949; bose.com.

 

Here Active Listening
Wailing babies, traffic noise and tiffs in foreign languages can be tough to block out. But thanks to Doppler Labs, you can filter the sounds, frequencies and tones of life by using these comfortable ear buds and partnering smartphone app. They don’t play music, but allow you to remix how the world sounds. About PGK790; hereplus.me.

 

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7
If you’re on the lookout for a luxurious set of wireless headphones, these are the pick. They’re not noise cancelling, but the soft lambskin ear pads give great sound isolation. They’ll connect to any Bluetooth-capable device to pair with your phone or PC, and one charge of the battery will keep them going for about 20 hours. About PGK1423; bang-olufsen.com.

 

Sony MDR-1A
These over-ear headphones feel luxurious and extremely comfortable because of great cushioning on the ear pads and headband, and they do an excellent job of balancing full- bodied bass with lots of crispness and clarity in the higher ranges. Available in black with red metallic highlights, or in silver with brown leather. About PGK949; sony.com.

 

V-Moda Crossfade M-100
If it’s good looks you’re after, Italian headphone maker V-Moda’s handsome cans are the pick of the bunch. They’re customisable with 3D printed over-ear shields available in nine colours and materials, including stainless steel and precious metals. But don’t let their stylish design deceive you, they’re also high-performing in the audio stakes, with well-sculpted highs and intense bass that will leave you thinking someone slipped a subwoofer into your headphones. About PGK854; v-moda.com.

 

NHT Superbuds
These in-ear headphones sound much better than their price suggests, and look better, too. They’re mostly aluminium and have a non-tangling woven cable that looks rather chic. They come with five pairs of latex tips, three pairs of foam tips, and a small carrying case. About PGK313; nhthifi.com.

 

Beats Solo 2 by Dr Dre
When one of the world’s hottest music producers designs a pair of headphones, you imagine they’re going to be good, right? Well they are. They’re exceptionally comfortable, and have great wide-ranging sound with a lot of bass that almost makes you feel like you’re in the studio. The sleek, curvy design comes in an array of colours, including burgundy, and with a colour-matched RemoteTalk cable that lets you change songs, adjust the volume and take calls without ever having to pick up your device. About PGK616; beatsbydrdre.com.

 

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