The wish list

Six of the best headphones – from noise-cancelling earbuds to gaming headsets

With prices ranging from £99 to £549

1

Apple AirPods Max

Apple AirPods Max

Apple’s first over-ear headphones warrant the hefty price tag. Among the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market, they have stunning audio. Their case isn’t great though.

2

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX

Made of soft leather and recycled aluminium, these are amazingly light. They fold flat to fit in the sturdy case, have amazing sound, automatic noise cancelling and 35-hour play time.

3

Panasonic RZ-S500WE-W

Panasonic RZ-S500WE-W

Although a bit big and bulky for earbuds, these offer noise cancellation to rival many over-ear headphones. Audio is clear and balanced, and the touch controls are easy to use.

4

Steelseries Arctis 9

Steelseries Arctis 9

This wireless gaming headset sounds fantastic and has DTS:X, which provides virtual surround sound. Compatible with PC and PlayStation or Xbox, it has a microphone and more than 20 hours of battery life.

5

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

With a unique wireless design, the PX7 has finely balanced sound quality. Noise cancelling works well and is versatile, with three levels to choose from.

6

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony’s new wireless over-ear headphones provide impressive sound and noise cancelling, and can be controlled by touch control, voice command or the app.

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