High-end, high-performance and high-fidelity - here are three superb sets of headphones, for your consideration.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones
Noise isolating high-performance headphones whose real USP is the soft and supple sealed ear pads, crafted from fine New Zealand sheep leather. There’s a microphone in the cable for taking calls and control buttons for your device. From the makers of that Zeppelin iPod speaker, these headphones are designed to bring a well-balanced audiophile experience to life on the move – if you’re only in the market for bangin’ bass, look elsewhere.
AKG K619 DJ headphones
You could settle for a pair of headphones with the name of your favourite superstar DJ slapped on the side. But you should opt for the pair that your favourite superstar DJ actually uses. This Austrian brand has more than 60 years experience in studio gear, which might be why these closed-ear cans offer professional-standard sound for a high-street price. A stylishly utilitarian piece of kit.
Parrot Zik Design by Starck headphones
Having designed everything from an iconic lemon squeezer to Virgin Galactic’s spaceport, Philippe Starck turns his hands to headphones, and these come so laden with gadgets that they may twist your melon (best worn in zero gravity, then). Packing Bluetooth wireless capabilities, touch control (tap and swipe the right ear cup to pause and skip tracks) and a USB-rechargeable battery, they boast crisp sound and look amazing. All that comes at a price, mind — and, seriously, they are heavy.