Improving your sonic style

They might sound like a Danish prog-rock band but Atomic Floyd's area of expertise actually lies in producing good-looking and impressive-sounding in-ear headphones like these, the mini darts.

As with previous models, the distinctive red, black and silver styling remains the theme, but there is substance behind the style here. What the marketing info calls 'Two way noise isolation' is basically a means to use the silicone eartips to help filter out more of the traffic and other peripheral noise than your average pair. The result is a crisp, focused sound with unexpectedly strong bass for such a tiny piece of kit.

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There's still a psychological barrier to spending this much on a pair of in-ear phones but these will give many bulky and expensive ear cans a run for their money.

£149, www.atomicfloyd.com/minidartsmic