Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (£260)
In line mic/remote control: Yes Noise cancelling: Yes
Feeling these gelatinous tendrils probing around your ear is like being seduced by an alien. The sensation is worth getting used to, as the Bose’s noise cancelling technology is stunning. Hit the switch and the world falls quiet, from train noise to screaming children. Music comes across a bit subdued, but with noise cancelling you can listen at much lower volumes and still hear it clearly. Other headphones scream and shout, these whisper sweet nothings.