So it's January, you're back at work, and the rest of your miserable year at the office is stretching out ahead of you like a grey, dusty road to hell.
Congratulations! You're part of the modern industrial-office complex. Just wait it out for another 50 years and you can retire.
Meanwhile you're going to need something to kill the time while you stare blankly at the box on your desk that presumably is some kind of computer or something.
Which is what the Conference Call Simulator is for. This odd but hypnotic online project is the work of a man named Zach Scott, and combines mournful music with snippets of the conference call from hell, wrapped up into an endless, awful, randomised mulch.
Listen to it for five minutes and you might just gain the impetus to quit your job and go work in the fields or something, with, I don't know, rabbits and owls?
Philips' M1BT headphones are almost flawless. With excellent, deep, rich sound - even when connected wirelessly to your media player or phone - they perform brilliantly in almost any situation. With very decent battery life, simple on-board controls and luxurious construction (with a full leather headband and soft memory foam ear pieces) they're really hard to fault. And for less than £200? You'd be hard pressed to find anything as good, or as versatile, anywhere near that price.
Bowers & Wilkins P3
These headphones won <a href="http://www.t3.com/reviews/b-and-w-p3-review" target="_blank">T3's music gadget of the year award</a>, and if you try them out you'll see why. The sound is beautifully rendered, while the build quality and styling is pretty flawless. (£169)
RHA make great headphones right here in Britain, and while we were generally fans of their more-expensive 750i in-ear phones <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/26/rha-m750i-review_n_3995780.html">we found them a bit heavy and 'brutalist' for our taste.</a> The <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/RHA-MA600i-Isolating-Headphone-microphone/dp/B00ELAM8M8/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383836542&sr=1-3&keywords=rha">MA600i variants</a> are better overall. They're lighter, smaller, cheaper and still have great sound-quality with excellent noise isolation.
Sol Republic Tracks HD
Sol Republic's 'Tracks' headphones (£79.99) are solid, well-designed, powerful -- and totally overshadowed by the fact that they're <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/15/sol-republic-tracks-v8-review_n_2695230.html" target="_blank">virtually unbreakable, and thus impossible to stop fiddling with.</a>
Bose QuietComfort 20i
These in-ear headphones are among the best we've ever tested - and you'd hope so, <a href="http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-and-personal-audio/headphones-and-headsets/acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphones/quietcomfort-20i-headphones/" target="_blank">because at £259 they aren't cheap</a>. What you get for your money is a combination of great, rich basic sound, brilliant noise-cancelling tech and the most comfortable fit you can find without involving a custom-made solution.
These unique headphones are not only designed by Philippe Starck, and as such gorgeous, but are also wireless, have touch controls on the ear piece and are NFC enabled - meaning you can transfer music to them with a single tap. They also know when you've taken them off, and automatically pause when you do. (£250)
These headphones have won fans all around the world for one simple reason: for this price (£50) <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/AKG-K451-Foldable-Mini-Headset/dp/B005LBQ7BY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383837172&sr=8-1&keywords=akg+headphone" target="_blank">you can't do better</a>. They sound excellent, fold up neatly to stow away in a bag, come with a basic cable and a cable with a built-in three-button remote and won't leave you bereft if you lose or break them.
Marshal Major 50
These <a href="http://www.marshallheadphones.com/headphones/major/major-50-fx" target="_blank">limited-edition Marshall headphones</a> come with all the unique styling and sound engineering you'd expect for the amp masters, along with some extra design touches for good measure. They include gold-rimmed pads, inscriptions on the inside of the headband and a remote/microphone control on the cable. For £140 they aren't cheap - but there're no other headphones around with this kind of rock pedigree.
Jaybird Freedom Sprint
These resilient, water-resistant Bluetooth headphones are designed for exercise, and come with a set of neat ear-moulding foam inserts to keep them tightly in place when you're running. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/24/jaybird-freedom-sprint-headphones_n_2009106.html" target="_blank">For £105 it's hard to find a better pair of sport earbuds.</a>