A guide to headphones

While good sound is an important consideration when choosing a set of headphones, so too is aesthetic appeal. We sort through a plethora of listening devices to reveal those best suited to your needs.

1. The Urban Commuter: Normal Wireless Leather Earphones
Made of premium leather and precision-machined metal with an eight hour battery life, integrated USB charging and a microphone for taking calls, not only are Normal’s new release headphones completely unique, they also serve as a practical yet stylish solution for quality on-the-go sound.

2. The Exercise Junky: Monster iSport Victory
Working out or running is all too often interrupted by the replacing of slippery earbuds. Not the case here, these active headphones fit securely and comfortably as well as being sweat- resistant and fully washable. Also equipped with an Apple friendly in-line remote and microphone for added convenience. www.amazon.com

3. The Globetrotter: Bose QuietComfort 25
Noise cancelling is a priority when using your headphones in flight, but keep in mind that minimised ‘outside’ sound doesn’t always mean good ‘inside’ sound. Bose’s QuietComfort 25 strikes a great balance with a new and more compact folding design for ultimate portability. www.bose.com

4. The Purist: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
A near perfect balance of aesthetics and function, Sennheiser is a well- respected brand that offers excellent sound packaged up in an appealing design. The Momentum On-Ear’s retro look means it might not be able to fold up flat but what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in cool factor.

5. The Muso: NAD Viso HP50
With fantastic balance and punchy bass, professional musicians will vouch for these superb sounding headphones. Created by acclaimed speaker designer Paul Barton of PSB, the appeal of this accurate and clean sounding headset is furthered by its ability to fold flat.

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