Plantronics Back Beats Pro
Ultimately, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro cans stood out, fending off even B&O and Parrot’s über-premium offerings. They may not look all that, but consistently excellent sound quality, absurdly good battery life, comprehensive touch features and extended comfort assured them the top spot. That you can pick up a pair for as little as £135 if you shop around is the icing on the cake.
But if money is no object, the B&O BeoPlay H8s bring style and comfort to any commute, and are likely the best-sounding on-ear cans we’ve heard, while the Zik’s ANC and over-ear sonic delivery are excellent. The Jabra and Philips cans meanwhile offer solid performance especially on the move, with Sennheiser amply serving bass freaks.