On your head be it: we road test four of the best headphones

Sennheiser Momentum £259.99 sennheiser.co.uk
In understated black these Sennheiser Momentum headphones deliver a detailed, nicely balanced sound that is perfect for classical and acoustic music. However, for dance music with heavy bass they lack a brutal punch.

Beats Executive £269.95 uk.beatsbydre.com
The garish branding can make Beats headphones seem a tad tacky but there’s no doubting the sound quality of these noise-cancelling Executives. Turn them right up and it’s like standing next to the speaker in a nightclub.

Sony MDR-1R £299.00 sony.co.uk
The first choice for the style conscious among you – high grade faux-leather on the ear cups is a nice touch. The sound is good too, with rich, bassy tones. However, at that price you would be forgiven for expecting more clarity when it comes to treble.

Bose QC15 Over-Ear £299.95 bose.co.uk
When it comes to noise-cancellation, Bose is the industry front-runner, and you can listen to these on the tube at relatively quiet volume. However, the sound quality should be better at that price. Even so, they’re as comfy as it gets.