Best On-Ear Headphones
One of the most compact and convenient pairs of noise-cancelling headphones we’ve ever tested, the AKG N60 NCs deliver a superb performance for the money. They’re a good-looking pair of on-ears with an excellent fit. Battery life is 15 hours with the noise-cancelling and Bluetooth engaged and this ramps up to 30 hours when the noise-cancelling is turned off.
Now that the third-generation Sennheiser Momentum Wirelesses (in number two spot) have arrived, their predecessors (which launched back in 2015 and won a What Hi-Fi? Award in the same year) can be picked up for a heavy discount.
Now heavily discounted (they were £380 when they first arrived on the scene), these are absolute bargains.
Bose says these Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 on-ears are ‘the biggest leap forward in headphones since the iconic QuietComfort’ – a bold claim considering the success of that range.
But they’re certainly innovative, with a noise-cancelling system as sophisticated as we’ve seen. The slender build and minimalist styling get a thumbs up for aesthetics, and comfort, too – their secure grip just the right balance between loose and vice-like.
They need a bit more transparency to trouble the class leaders in this category, but it’s hard not to get along with their crystal-clear, upfront and punchy sound.
Best In-Ear Headphones
JBL is a heavy hitter when it comes to true wireless sports earphones. JBL Reflect Flow headphones are very good indeed, especially if you want a bass-heavy sound for the gym without resorting to cans – and the 10-hour battery (or 30 with the case) will outlast a seriously long run.
The Bose SoundSport Wirelesses are a smart design and a good shout for sporty types. The in-line remote barely weighs anything, leaving nothing to drag the cable down, and they are comfortable to wear. The soft silicone rubber hooks trace the basic lines of the ear, making the fit secure enough for running or going to the gym. Battery life is a modest six hours, but that should be more than enough for the average workout, or commute.
The Sennheiser Momentum Free in-ears take all that’s great about the Sennheiser M2 In-Ears and place it in a wireless package. They’re an unfussy design with six hours of battery life and come with an in-line remote and mic.