With the SoundMagic E10Cs you get fantastic sound for the money, a quality cable and plenty of ear tips – and unlike the E10Ss, you don’t need to tell these buds whether you’re plugging into an (old) iPhone or an Android phone. In truth, there’s still nothing out there that can topple SoundMagic as the king of cheap headphones, but the E10Cs prove that it is still possible to improve on something good without hammering up the price at the same time.
Stuff says ★★★★★ A phenomenally good pair of headphones for the price, plus the remote now works with every phone B&O Beoplay H9 ★★★★★ US$570 / beoplay.com
Uber-stylish design and noise-cancelling smarts make the wireless cans top drawer.
AKG Y50BT ★★★★★ US$150 / akg.com
AKG have yet again that good wireless sound doesn’t have to cost the Earth.
Sony MDR-1000X ★★★★★ US$410 / sony.com
These cans are superb on both sound quality and noise-killing efficacy. Nice work, Sony.
Bose QuietComfort 35 ★★★★★ US$350 / bose.com
These wireless QCs are high on clarity and spaciousness: perfect for a long-haul journey.