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Best Headphones 2016: 14 best headphones for any budget

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AKG Q701

Originally reviewed by Hugo Jobling 13 April 2011

Open-back headphones awesome home audio

Key features:
  • Semi-open design
  • Removable cable
  • Green/white/black finish
Pretty much all the headphones we’ve talked about so far are suitable for portable use. Meant for it, in fact. However, the best sound comes from open-back headphones.

These put open air between the driver and the outside world. Funnily enough, it gives headphones a much more ‘airy’ and open sound. It means they’re rubbish for noisy environments, though.

Our pick of this sort is the AKG Q701, partly because their price has halved since launch. At £249, their sound quality flattens any style headphone at the price, and virtually any closed-back pair too. Useless for the commute, but fantastic for movies and music at home.

Price: £249

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