1. Sol Republic Relays
Winner of this year’s red dot award for innovative design, these are, well, a bit different. They sit flat in your ear, with the patent-pending freeflex bud expanding to perfectly fit you shell-like. They stay put for sport and look street-smart in bright colours, but the material isn’t especially soft and they can feel invasive, hugging your inner ear tightly. Sonically, they perform admirably without ever giving us goosebumps. Sound is reasonably well isolated thanks to the tight fit and there’s a healthy dose of bass. For budget buds they’re decent, but can’t match the sound quality of more pricey options.
Price: £60 | Sol Republic