08/05/2013 10:01 BST | Updated 08/07/2013 06:12 BST

9 Best Headphones You Can Buy (PICTURES)

Buying headphones is tricky, and for most people usually a case of trial and error, after error, after error.

First you have to find a form factor that fits into your life. That could be anything from high-tech battery-powered Bluetooth cans or audiophile-quality home stereo headphones to cheap and cheerful (and replaceable) earbuds, and everything in between.

Then you have to pick your style. Are you a rock 'n' roll roadie unloading apps, a hip-hop mogul making business deals in neon boardrooms, or (more usually) a regular commuter trying to look like either of the above?

And even once you know where you want to fall on the style-features matrix, you still have to figure out which of your options is going to actually, you know, sound decent.

To help sort through this confusion we've pulled together a buyer's guide (above) and a list of our 9 favourite headphones, regardless of price or form factor. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration to find the audible companion you've been looking for.