Working (or relaxing) at home while living with others can be a challenge. Someone wants to watch Tiger King but you need to work late, while your other flatmate is hosting an epic virtual pub quiz. What’s the best way to manage it?

You’ve realised that you need to get a pair of headphones – but which ones? Knowledge is power – so Sennheiser has compiled tips to understand headphone design and features:

  • Lightweight in-ear headphones (as it sounds) sit directly in your ear, playing right at your ear canal
  • Over-ear headphones fit around your ears, dialling up the comfort factor
  • Closed back headphones are best for everyday use, as the sound is contained in the ear cups
  • Active noise cancellation helps to shut out the noise while WFH, while transparent hearing allows you to hear ambient noises while listening to music.

Armed with this knowledge, Sennheiser has compiled its ultimate list of in-ear and over-ear headphones, so you can get lost in your music:

In-ear

For: The everyday audiophile

MOMENTUM True Wireless 2

The MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 features stereo-quality sound packed into two premium earbuds. With an upgraded ergonomic design, they’re comfortable for all-day wear and can go the distance with 28 hours of battery life and Active Noise Cancellation.

Price: £279, via Sennheiser.com

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For: The budget-savvy listener on-the-go

CX 350BT

Sennheiser’s CX 350BT offers compelling features at a competitive price-point, including 10 hours of battery life, voice assistant support, Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility and AAC and AptX™  Low Latency codecs. Personalise listening via Sennheiser’s Smart Control app.

Price: £89.99, via Sennheiser.com

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Over-ear

For: Those looking to upgrade to their first pair of quality, over-ear headphones  

HD 450BT

The HD 450BT delivers Sennheiser’s iconic sound in style. Available in white or black, the compact, closed-back HD 450BT headphones offer 30 hours of battery life, Active Noise Cancellation and tailored sound via Sennheiser’s Smart Control App.

Price: £159.99, via Sennheiser.com

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For: The traveller

PXC 550-II

The PXC 550-II is the ultimate travel companion. While we’re not travelling at the moment, when the world is ready to move again – the PXC 550-II can truly go the distance. Features include 30 hours of battery life, adaptive noise cancellation and three microphones for crystal-clear call quality.  

Price: £249.99, via Sennheiser.com

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For: The tech-savvy music lover

MOMENTUM Wireless 3.0

The MOMENTUM Wireless 3.0 offers studio-quality sound in a premium package. With features like active noise cancellation and Tile integration (meaning you can find them if they’ve dropped down the side of your sofa with the Tile app), they’re designed to support all-day listening sessions – at work, home or on-the-go.

Price: £299.99, via Sennheiser.com