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On the go audio

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ON-THE-GO AUDIO

The best headphones for every occasionWhether you’re commuting, playing sport or listening to music, there’s a perfect pair of headphones to suit you.

FOR THE COMMUTER

From the tapping of laptop keys to the clickety-clack of the train, the chatter of other people’s conversations to the sstt-sstt of their music leaking through inadequate earphones, there’s plenty on the train that can distract you from enjoying your own music or catching up on last night’s TV.

Enter noise-cancelling headphones, capable of blocking out those sounds so you can stay fully immersed in your own entertainment. The Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling QC35 headphones are market-leaders in this field, with the brand’s famed technology not only preventing you from hearing external noise, but also ensuring that the audio you want to hear is powerful and clear.

They can also be connected to your phone or tablet wirelessly, so no more tangled wires in your bag or pocket, while the 20 hours of battery charge will see you through the longest of journeys.

FOR THE MUSIC AFICIONADO

For those who love all genres, a pair of headphones that can handle the varying levels and contrast in sounds is key.

Fortunately, the Sony MDR-1000X has all bases covered, thanks to their in-built USB DAC amp. This takes the digital output of your music device and converts the signal to an analogue output – resulting in clear, enhanced and amplified sound.

Even better, the ultra-wide frequency range of these headphones enables you to pick up the lowest and highest beats, and the PCM (pulse code modulation) makes the sound impressively real.You’ll want headphones are comfortable enough for a long listening duration, too, and this Sony pair are fitted with soft, 3D leather ear pads.

FOR THE SPORTY TYPE

Whatever your chosen sport, for many of us music is one of the best motivators when exercising.

To get the most out of your music-driven workout, you’ll need a pair of headphones that are secure yet also give you the freedom to move, as well as delivering the powerful audio you need to hear your tunes if exercising outdoors with potentially noise around you. The Jaybird Freedom Wireless In-Ear headphones come with three sizes of memory foam earbuds, so you can find the perfect snug fit to enjoy the impressively detailed audio; and they’re so light, you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

With up to 8 hours of battery life and sweat- and weather-proofing, they’ll stick with you through the toughest of training sessions, while the Bluetooth connectivity means there are no wires to get tangled up in.

FOR THE FILM BUFF

When you’re travelling or waiting, watching a film or a TV download on your tablet, laptop or phone can be a great way to pass the time.

Popping on a good pair of headphones helps ensure you pick up dialogue in crisp, clear audio with no disturbances. Sennheiser is renowned in the audio world for consistently impressive audio quality, and their wireless HD 4.40 headphones are the perfect partner for movie watching.

The closed-back, over-ear design helps create a rich and precise soundscape to ensure you won’t miss a thing, while its dynamic bass will truly bring those action scenes to life. For longer wears, soft, ergonomically designed ear pads offer optimum comfort, and the robust headband easily folds the headphones into a compact size for carrying.

FOR THE STYLE CONNOISSEUR

With the on-ear varieties especially noticeable, you may be concerned to find a pair of headphones that look as good as the quality of the audio they provide.

The Beats Solo3 Wireless Bluetooth headphones are some of the most stylish out there – the curved ‘b’ icon is instantly recognisable, while the iconic, sleek design combines cool with comfort and, most importantly, makes no compromise on sound quality with award-winning Beats acoustics.

Their wireless connectivity means there’ll be no unsightly dangling wires, and they can be fully folded and tucked away in the smallest of bags. This model is also available in a range of chic colours, so you can pick the pair that best suits your style.