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Jaybird Freedom 2 review: Superb sound ruffled by dodgy design
3.5 stars

Jaybird Freedom 2 review: Superb sound ruffled by dodgy design

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Jaybird is a company with sports in its DNA. Company founder Judd Armstrong is an athlete, his intention with Jaybird to create a whole range of fitness-orientated headphones and wearables.But the sports headphone market is an ever increasing one, with... >>

Bowers & Wilkins PX review: ANC and audiophile talents combine in these knock-out over-ears
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins PX review: ANC and audiophile talents combine in these knock-out over-ears

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Bowers & Wilkins always takes its time over things. It is never one to rush out a speaker or pair of headphones simply because a new technology has popped up. It would rather do something well or not at all.That has been evidenced in almost all of its... >>

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace
4.5 stars

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace

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We're fortunate enough to test all manner of headphones at Pocket-lint, branching across a wide variety of feature sets and price points. What's particularly striking about the Urbanista Seattle Wireless is the subtle yet elegant design - achieved at... >>

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile
4.0 stars

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile

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With so many sound technologies now available in headphones, lots of over-ear models cram in all the bells and whistles features - which typically sees the price skyrocket.Not so the Focal Listen. These over-ear cans are wired only, meaning no fancy Bluetooth... >>

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it
4.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it

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B&O BeoPlay headphones are all about comfortable wear, luxury materials, considered style and, well, everything that its Danish parent company, Bang & Olufsen, represents.That said, we've actually found the range of BeoPlay H-series headphones to have... >>

Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer
5.0 stars

Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer

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The in-ear headphones market is never short of new pairs vying for your attention. The latest pair of affordable in-ears we've put under scrutiny for review is the B200, from Hong Kong-based manufacturer Brainwavz.We'll admit, it's not a company we've... >>

Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones
5.0 stars

Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones

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In 2016 Beats upgraded two of its most popular headphones - the Powerbeats and Solo - and released the all new Beats X. All three came equipped with the same W1 chip that makes the Apple AirPods so convenient to pair for iPhone users.For 2017 it's... >>

Sony WF-1000X review: The wire-free earphones to beat
4.5 stars

Sony WF-1000X review: The wire-free earphones to beat

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The wire-free earphones race is hotting up, with some of the bigger-name audio companies getting in on the action. For the Sony WF-1000X, however, it's not just about a great sounding pair of earphones, it's about killing the noise with excellent in-ear... >>

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports
4.0 stars

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports

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For many there's probably the temptation to use whichever headphones you happen to have lying around for your workouts, but that's really not the best strategy. Picking a pair that are designed to cope with getting sweaty and rained on, to take the abuse... >>

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

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Let's not beat around the bush: the Sony MDR-1000X are an exceptional pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. So successful in fact that Sony is exporting some of that noise-cancelling mastery and expanding the family to a range of 1000X devices.There's... >>

Sol Republic Amps Air review: Affordable and great-sounding AirPods alternatives
4.0 stars

Sol Republic Amps Air review: Affordable and great-sounding AirPods alternatives

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It's no surprise that wire-free earphones are here to stay, we're pleased to say. Technology has been on a mission to eradicate wires ever since we realised wireless is more convenient. What's more, with Apple bringing the concept to mass market with... >>

AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones?
4.0 stars

AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones?

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When it comes to noise-cancelling headphones for travellers there are many premium options. The AKG N60NC Wireless cut the necessity for wires in these established noise-cancellers — although a 3.5mm cable is included, as backup — in a lightweight,... >>

Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review: Mighty impressive wire-free earphones
4.5 stars

Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review: Mighty impressive wire-free earphones

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There's no denying it, the age of the wire-free earphones is here, almost to the point of becoming an established norm. While we can thank Apple AirPods for stoking the fire and assisting with enabling this mass-market position, there are lots of other... >>

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone
4.5 stars

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone

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We're halfway through 2017 and at the point where a large number of companies are building completely wire-free earphones. Even the low-cost Chinese manufacturers are shipping them via Amazon. But when you look back, it was Bragi that initially pushed... >>

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point
4.5 stars

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point

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We love going to gigs and concerts. Seeing our favourite bands and artists belt out our most memorable songs, there are few feelings that come close. And with its ATH-LS70iS in-ear monitors, Audio-Technica is hoping to bring the live experience direct... >>

Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound
4.5 stars

Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound

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Denon is on a mission with its new C-series of headphones, a mission to bring exceptional sound quality to the masses at affordable prices. We've seen the company's flagship C821R in-ear headphones, which use a Dual Air Compression driver to deliver... >>

V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless review: Jaw-dropping sound from new neckband earphones
5.0 stars

V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless review: Jaw-dropping sound from new neckband earphones

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V-Moda has won accolades and superlatives from all sectors for its big on-ear and over-ear headphones. The in-ears have been around a little while, but somehow have been a little outshone by the bigger sibling. And with the V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless,... >>

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design
5.0 stars

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design

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Products in their "Mark II" rendition tend to just throw a new lick of paint at the original in the hope that you'll want to buy. Not so the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphones: these bass-prominent cans have undergone a total rework... >>

1More MK802 review: Great value Bluetooth over-ear headphones
4.0 stars

1More MK802 review: Great value Bluetooth over-ear headphones

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You might not have heard the name 1More before. This Taiwanese-based audio manufacturer has been distributing headphones in the UK for less than a year - and having already seen the C1002 in-ears, we thought the company was off to a promising start, despite... >>

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out
4.5 stars

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out

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Don't let the name mislead you: the Marshall Mid headphones aren't all about the mid-range, they're about the full spectrum of sound, from bassy low-end to sparkling high-end.The English company is well known for its stage monitors and amplifiers, which... >>

Audeze iSine10 review: In-ears unlike any other
4.5 stars

Audeze iSine10 review: In-ears unlike any other

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Audeze caught our imagination last year with Sine, the superb planar magnetic on-ear headphones. When the iSine in-ear model was announced, we got rather excited at the prospect of the first ever planar magnetic in-ears. Would they sound as good as the... >>

Sony MDR-XB80BS Extra Bass review: Loud, bassy and firm-fitting sports earphones
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-XB80BS Extra Bass review: Loud, bassy and firm-fitting sports earphones

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Sony has been in the earphone business as long as time can tell, with its current range including some fantastic over-ear noise-cancelling headphones, and in-ear headphones to suit any budget. For the sporty types, there's the XB80BS Extra Bass, which... >>

New Balance PaceIQ review: Affordable sports earphones are outpaced by rivals
3.5 stars

New Balance PaceIQ review: Affordable sports earphones are outpaced by rivals

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New Balance is no stranger to fitness, with sports gear and footwear already established, but gadgets are a newer complement to its product rosta.In 2017 we've already seen the company's RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch to assist fitness and workouts -... >>

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

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Sennheiser launched the Ambeo mic in 2016, taking a step into devices that were designed for 3D audio, or audio to support the sort of sound experience you'd expect in VR applications. The Ambeo VR mic does exactly this, capturing sound from all directions... >>

Bose QuietControl 30 review: In-ear noise-cancelling doesn't get any better than this
4.5 stars

Bose QuietControl 30 review: In-ear noise-cancelling doesn't get any better than this

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Bose is one of those brand names that invokes a response from most consumers. They'll know first hand, or through others, that the name is synonymous with quality audio - especially those products with top notch noise-cancelling, such as the QuietComfort... >>

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless review: Immersive quality without the over-ear bulk
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless review: Immersive quality without the over-ear bulk

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Momentum headphones from Sennheiser are among the most well regarded on-ear and over-ears cans on the market. For 2017, the company has added a whole new take for the range: a neckband-equipped in-ear version. At £169, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear... >>

Jaybird X3 review: Affordable sports earphones without the compromise
4.5 stars

Jaybird X3 review: Affordable sports earphones without the compromise

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Having spent a couple of years wowing consumers in the US with its wallet-friendly earphones, Jaybird has finally brought its popular X3 Bluetooth earphones to the UK market.With two previous generations earning praise for their audio quality, stay-in-ability... >>

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

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Sony Mobile revealed four new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2017 including the super flagship - XZ Premium - but that's not all it had up its sleeve. The company also announced the Xperia Ear Open-style concept.So the name isn't overly catchy... >>

Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass
4.0 stars

Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass

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There's a lot to consider when buying a pair of sports earphones. You can either opt for the "cheap as possible, don't care if they break, buy new ones if they do," approach, or spend a bit more money on something that will sound good, work well and is... >>

Bragi The Headphone review: The One?
4.0 stars

Bragi The Headphone review: The One?

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It could be argued that Bragi is the company that started off the whole revolution of completely wire-free earphones. Before Samsung and Apple brought their respective Icon X and AirPods to the table and, with them, a larger audience in the audio market,... >>

Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony
3.5 stars

Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony

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Now that completely wire-free headphones are a realistic product, many companies have jumped on board the bandwagon. Apple, Samsung and Jabra joined the likes of Bragi in the relatively new market, as has Motorola with its Verve Life lineup. Moto VerveOnes+... >>

Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package
4.5 stars

Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package

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Good in-ear headphones have always been able to deliver decent levels of bass thanks to their proximity to your ear and tight seal. But the majority of pairs still lack real driving power, which is something you can only really get from a pair of on-... >>

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?
3.5 stars

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?

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Before Apple Airpods came and brought everyone's attention to the truly wireless earphone market, and before so many other companies like Motorola, Samsung and Jabra jumped on board, there was Bragi.At the time of its announcement and Kickstarter launch,... >>

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess
3.5 stars

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess

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1More is a relatively new headphone brand to the UK. The team sitting at the top used to work for Foxconn, so are well resourced and have a good knowledge of the consumer electronics market. The company has a heavy presence in Taiwan and is now making... >>

Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot
4.0 stars

Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot

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Beats X are the Apple-owned company's attempt at a lightweight in-ear listening experience with good battery life and, in hallmark Beats style, plenty of bass to boot.They're not wireless like the Apple AirPods, nor specifically sport-focused despite... >>

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king
4.0 stars

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king

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Plantronics may have a big name in the world of hands-free Bluetooth equipment, but it's not widely regarded as a premium headphone company.Our time with the BackBeat Pro 2 has taught us that it's a definitely a company worth considering if you're looking... >>

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

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We'll start by saying that there is no doubt that the Focal Utopia open-back, over-ear headphones are astounding. They are quite possibly the best headphones we've ever used and every ounce of the renowned French manufacturer's audio expertise is right... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

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How can audio progress in today’s market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of High Resolution audio slowly making inroads and the advancement of wireless technologies to take advantage, there’s increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica’s... >>

Bose SoundSport Pulse review: Fine sounding sports earphones
4.0 stars

Bose SoundSport Pulse review: Fine sounding sports earphones

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In the current age of wearable technology it can be tempting for manufacturers to shove as many sensors and features into their products as possible. Watches are mini computers, bracelets can tell us if we've had enough sleep and earphones are slowly... >>

Apple AirPods review: Wire-free future or design disaster?
4.0 stars

Apple AirPods review: Wire-free future or design disaster?

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With no headphone socket on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you've either got to go Lightning connector or Bluetooth wireless. And the company is hoping you'll opt for the latter and buy into its wireless in-ear AirPods. If you've got wired headphones... >>

Jabra Elite Sport review: These are the AirPods you really want
4.5 stars

Jabra Elite Sport review: These are the AirPods you really want

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We've had Bluetooth headphones for what seems like an age now, but completely wireless earphones with no adjoining wire are a relatively new technology.While brands like Motorola and Bragi released versions much earlier this year, it's fair to say that... >>

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game
3.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game

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Headphones have been passing through the office in abundance of late, so when the Bang & Olufsen H8 over-ear cans arrived we were expecting something special. The Danish company’s top-end H8 cans are some of the best we’ve heard, but can the step-down... >>

Monster Elements review: Bass by the bucket load
3.0 stars

Monster Elements review: Bass by the bucket load

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In a world where headphones are worn almost like jewellery, rather than be fine examples of craftsmanship and audio balance, it's no surprise to see brands like Monster take advantage.The company's latest wireless offering, the Elements over-ear, is so... >>

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones review: Bass solo
4.0 stars

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones review: Bass solo

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Beats has been pretty quiet of late, but with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 the company has released four new headphones - including an update to its popular Solo range. The Solo 3 headphones come with Apple's new W1 chip inside, promising... >>

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless review: Bluetooth without compromise
5.0 stars

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless review: Bluetooth without compromise

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How do you improve one of the best pair of headphones on the market? Make them wireless that's how.The Bowers & Wilkins P7 over-ears have been a favourite of ours since their release in 2013. They have held their own against many competitors in the over-ear... >>

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass
4.0 stars

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass

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Bassheads rejoice, here's another headphone for your contemplation: the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless - which appear somewhere between gaming headset, DJ cans and out-and-about over-ears - are snug fitting, comfortable and boast a solid build.And, as the... >>

Fiil Diva review: Nothing diva about these Bluetooth headphones
4.0 stars

Fiil Diva review: Nothing diva about these Bluetooth headphones

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Fiil makes a lot of bold claims about its Diva headphones: they're the first to have 3D audio, voice search and noise cancelling all in the one package.The feature list and styling are certainly attractive, but do these headphones make for a product that's... >>