On-ear Headphones: The Group Test

Cutting-edge headphones go head to head

Image 1 of 6 Blackbox M10
Blackbox M10
Image 2 of 6 Aiaiai TMA 1
Aiaiai TMA-1
Image 3 of 6 V Moda Crossfade LP
V-Moda Crossfade LP
Image 4 of 6 Monster Beats Pro by Dr Dre
Monster Beats Pro by Dr Dre
Image 5 of 6 Jaybird Sportsband 2
Jaybird Sportsband 2
Image 6 of 6 Plantronics Gamescon 777
Plantronics Gamescon 777

Forget discreet in-ear headphones; for the best sound quality and the biggest style statement you need a decent set of over-ear cans. Whether you want Bluetooth connectivity for wireless listening, surround sound mimicry for gaming, or top-notch noise cancelling, there’s a set of headphones here for you…

Best: Public transport
Blackbox M10
Love: Compact and comfortable. Effective noise cancellation. Warm sound. Stereo adapter
Hate: Noise cancelling causes a slight hiss
Blackbox M10 review I Link: Blackbox

Best: Exercise
Jaybird Sportsband 2
Love: Bluetooth. Secure fit. Built-in controls.
Hate: Low output level
Jaybird Sportsband 2 review I Link: Jaybird

Best: Music with bass
Monster Beats Pro by Dr Dre
Love: Strikingly clear and open sound quality
Hate: By far the most expensive cans on test
Monster Beats Pro review I Link: Monster

Best: Gamers
Plantronics Gamescon 777
Love: Good surround sound mimicry
Hate: Bass-heavy when playing music
Plantronics Gamescon 777 review I Link: Plantronics

Best: Statement makers
V-Moda Crossfade LP
Love: Distinctive design. hands-free mic
Hate: Plasticky design. some audio leakage
V-Moda Crossfade LP review I Link: V-Moda

Best: DJs
Aiaiai TMA-1
Love: Sensitive speakers. punchy bass. rugged, branding-free build
Hate: Laidback treble
Aiaiai TMA-1 review I Link: Aiaiai