Latest headphone reviews

Samsung Gear Icon X review: Wire-free wonder or cableless calamity?
4.0 stars Samsung Gear Icon X review: Wire-free wonder or cableless calamity? By Cam Bunton

Samsung was among the first to join the wire-free revolution with its Gear Icon X wireless in-ear earphones. The product didn't exactly set the world alight, though, so the company followed it up at the end of 2017 with a newer, bigger pair with better... Read more

OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: Beats X, be afraid
4.5 stars OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: Beats X, be afraid By Cam Bunton

There's something rather familiar about the OnePlus Bullets Wireless design. Take one look at Apple-owned Beats portfolio and you'll immediately see what we mean. Except these OnePlus wireless in-ears cost significantly less than what you'd need to pay... Read more

Massdrop community buy in bulk, so you save money on Headphones, Cameras, Screens and more...
Massdrop community buy in bulk, so you save money on Headphones, Cameras, Screens and more... By Pocket-lint Promotion

Everyone like's a deal, but you're rarely able to haggle your way to one in a shop these days. Massdrop's approach is different, rather than haggling a deal one by one, it uses the buying power of its users to try and get a better deal with companies... Read more

Nuraphone review: Clever, unique, brilliant... and totally weird
4.0 stars Nuraphone review: Clever, unique, brilliant... and totally weird By Cam Bunton

The world of over-ear headphones can be an interesting place. There are so many different variations in design, materials and styling that each recognisable brand seems to have its own look. You have the trendy plastic seamless Beats, bulky comfort of... Read more

Panasonic RP-HTX80B review: Hitting the sweet spot
4.0 stars Panasonic RP-HTX80B review: Hitting the sweet spot By Max Langridge

Commuters and frequent flyers may demand the very best noise-cancelling headphones with the plushest materials on the planet, but what if you could get great audio performance from a simpler and comfy pair of cans that look effortlessly cool?That's exactly... Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT review: A digital future for high-end headphones?
4.0 stars Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT review: A digital future for high-end headphones? By Mike Lowe

How can audio progress in today's market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of Hi-Res Audio slowly making inroads, and the advancement of wireless technologies, there's increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica's answer is the ATH-DSR9BT: the... Read more

Brainwavz B400 review: Affordable earphones with premium sound
4.5 stars Brainwavz B400 review: Affordable earphones with premium sound By Cam Bunton

Brainwavz may not be a brand you're all that familiar with, but if you're looking for a pair of affordable earphones that offer you the best sound possible for the money, it's a savvy choice indeed (as we found out with our first pair, the B200, last... Read more

Marshall Mid ANC review: Classic rock style meets modern noise-cancelling tech
4.0 stars Marshall Mid ANC review: Classic rock style meets modern noise-cancelling tech By Cam Bunton

When Marshall-branded headphones first started appearing on the market, sceptics would undoubtedly see it as an crude effort to milk the Marshall brand's strength. Surely a pair of headphones could never be as brilliant as the amplifiers used by the world's... Read more

Bose QuietComfort 35 II review: Superb noise-cancelling headphones with added smarts
4.5 stars Bose QuietComfort 35 II review: Superb noise-cancelling headphones with added smarts By Cam Bunton

How do you improve upon a pair of noise-cancelling headphones regarded as the market leader? That's the challenge Bose faced with the QuietComfort 35 Mark II. The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones Best Google Assistant... Read more

Sony Xperia Ear Duo initial review: Music for the active generation
Sony Xperia Ear Duo initial review: Music for the active generation By Chris Hall

Taking music on the move presents a particular problem when you're in busy places. On one hand there's the school of thought that noise cancelling is the way forward - removing the external noise, so it's just you and your music. On the other hand you... Read more

Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume
4.0 stars Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume By Mike Lowe

There's diametric opposition in the DJ world: you're either behind Sennheiser, with its HD25 on-ears; or you're on team Pioneer, with its over-ear HDJ-X line.Which adorns your ears - or perhaps, more accurately for most, ear singular - most likely depends... Read more

Master & Dynamic MH30 review: Exquisite sound with a design to match
4.0 stars Master & Dynamic MH30 review: Exquisite sound with a design to match By Mike Lowe

What do you want from a pair of headphones? Luxe design, ultra comfort and aesthetic appeal? Or all the new-fangled wireless tech in a glossy, shiny package?If it's the former then the Master & Dynamic MH30 are an incredibly well-built pair of on-ear... Read more

Bose SoundSport Free review: The best wire-free sports earphones by a mile
5.0 stars Bose SoundSport Free review: The best wire-free sports earphones by a mile By Cam Bunton

In the wire-free market there tends to be something of a compromise required to get the type of performance or design that you want. If you want great sounding audio and stylish looks, you have to sacrifice battery life and get the Sony WF-1000X. If you... Read more

Sennheiser Momentum Free review: Stunning sound, less than stellar design
4.0 stars Sennheiser Momentum Free review: Stunning sound, less than stellar design By Cam Bunton

Towards the beginning of 2017, Sennheiser launched an impressive pair of neckband earphones: the Momentum In-Ear Wireless. These super-comfortable in-ears offer superb sound and can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. Clearly, one for inclusion in... Read more

Philips Fidelio M2L review: The iPhone's ideal headphone partner
4.5 stars Philips Fidelio M2L review: The iPhone's ideal headphone partner By Max Langridge

When Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, it sparked a wave of change. Gone was the 3.5mm auxiliary headphone jack that has featured on countless smartphones as a means of connecting headphones to listen to music.To connect a pair of... Read more

Sony WI-1000X review: Jaw-droppingly accomplished neckband earphones
4.5 stars Sony WI-1000X review: Jaw-droppingly accomplished neckband earphones By Cam Bunton

Love them or hate them, it looks like neckband earphones are here to stay. Sony has launched a couple of pairs already, but it hadn't released a truly high-end pair.Then came the WI-1000MX. On paper, these neckband-design earphones promise a lot, but... Read more

Lifebeam Vi review: Smart coaching in a great sports headphone
4.0 stars Lifebeam Vi review: Smart coaching in a great sports headphone By Cam Bunton

Not everyone can afford a personal coach to get them progressing in training. Likewise, most people soon get bored by the pre-recorded, not context-aware tips given by the usual training apps, like the Couth to 5K apps, for example.What if there was something... Read more

Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life
4.0 stars Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life By Max Langridge

Wireless Bluetooth headphones have received a lot of attention lately. It's thanks in no small part to several smartphone manufacturers choosing to ditch the long-standing 3.5mm auxiliary jack in favour of either USB-C audio or the Lightning connection,... Read more

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
3.0 stars Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds By Elyse Betters

Google devices are usually hit or miss. The company has a long history of launching its own hardware, but many of those products have gone nowhere, such as the Nexus Q streaming media device, Google Glass wearable, Nexus 7 tablet, and Pixel C convertible.... Read more

RHA MA750 wireless review: Classy in-ears for budget-conscious buyers
4.0 stars RHA MA750 wireless review: Classy in-ears for budget-conscious buyers By Cam Bunton

For the past few years, RHA has built itself a reputation for offering audiophile grade sound in an affordable and well-made earphone.Up until now, however, all this audio goodness has been delivered using a physical wire. With the 3.5mm jack slowly disappearing... Read more

Sony WH-1000XM2 review: A sublime second coming for the noise-cancelling champions
5.0 stars Sony WH-1000XM2 review: A sublime second coming for the noise-cancelling champions By Chris Hall

The original Sony MDR-1000X blew us away back in 2016. Those over-ears quickly became our preferred headphones, they won awards and awards and awards, they created a buzz that saw talk of noise-cancelling headphones shift from Bose to Sony.When Sony announced... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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 By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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 By Max Langridge

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports
4.0 stars Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports By Chris Hall

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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

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,... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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 By Max Langridge

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... Read more

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 By Max Langridge

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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,... Read more

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 By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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 -... Read more

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound
Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound By Chris Hall

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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 By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass
4.0 stars Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass By Cam Bunton

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... Read more

Bragi The Headphone review: The One?
4.0 stars Bragi The Headphone review: The One? By Cam Bunton

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,... Read more

Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony
3.5 stars Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony By Cam Bunton

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+... Read more