Lat­est head­phones on the mar­ket

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Beats Solo3 Wire­less

`19,999 head­phone­ iPhone users should be es­pe­cially ea­ger to get their hands on these head­phones by Beats, one of only three non-Ap­ple branded sets to in­clude the new W1 chip for seam­less sync­ing – the oth­ers be­ing Beats’Power­beats3 and BeatsX wire­less in-ear head­phones. Con­ve­nience isn’t the only rea­son to con­sider them – they are also a crack­ing all-round op­tion, whether you’re bowl­ing down the streets of Mumbai, lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast or run­ning a ca­ble out of them to watch La

La Land dur­ing a flight. Beats seems keen to move away from its blingy im­age of yore, with the gloss black and gloss white ver­sions dom­i­nat­ing the ad cam­paigns, but they also come in rose gold, gold, sil­ver, red and ul­tra vi­o­let. The bat­tery lasts an as­ton­ish­ing 40 hours, with just five min­utes of charge giv­ing you three hours’play­back.

Bow­ers and Wilkins P9 Sig­na­ture

`71,900 bow­ If money is no ob­ject and you don’t care about noise can­cel­la­tion or wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, these beau­ties from Bow­ers and Wilkins should be near the top of your list. With a retro de­sign fea­tur­ing brushed alu­minium and soft brown leather, ev­ery­thing about these over-ear cans ex­udes qual­ity. Un­like some top-level head­phones, these are made with trav­el­ling in mind, with the de­fault ca­ble the per­fect length for plug­ging into your phone (there is also a five-me­tre ver­sion for when you’re in the house), and hinges to (slightly) re­duce their size when not in use. Sound qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, with in­cred­i­ble clar­ity. Well-moulded cans will also help to block out am­bi­ent noise and stop you from driv­ing the per­son next to you mad by leak­ing sound into their per­sonal space.

Bang and Olufsen Beo­play H4

`24,990 be­ These on-ear head­phones are a mas­ter­class in min­i­mal­ist de­sign, with dis­tinc­tive gold de­tail­ing on each can and beau­ti­ful twisted fab­ric wires vis­i­ble be­neath the head­band; wear the H4s and you’ll be the envy of the busi­ness class lounge. The lamb­skin pad­ding is at­tached to a thin, ad­justable head­band and they can be folded flat when not in use. The sound is what you’d ex­pect from Bang and Olufsen (great) and a wel­come ad­di­tion is com­pat­i­bil­ity with the Beo­play app (An­droid and Ap­ple), which al­lows you to cus­tomise your lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (sound pro­files in­clude “com­mute”, “work­out” and “pod­cast”), and check the re­main­ing bat­tery life. They are wire­less but, like most head­phones in this cat­e­gory, come with a ca­ble should you want to jack your­self into the in-flight en­ter­tain­ment (IFE) sys­tem. They come in char­coal grey and the bat­tery should last 19 hours.

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