The best headphones of 2011 according to WhatHiFi [awards]

It is that time of the year again when the renowned home entertainment publication WhatHiFi announces their 2011 award winners in different categories, including headphones, a category that have seen some interesting entries in the recent year as well as grown in popularity alongside the explosion in smartphone sales.

Here are some of the winners in the headphone category.

AKG K450 graps headphone product of the year


There are plenty of strong contenders in the headphone category this year, but it is the AKG K450 that has grabbed the top spot thanks to its strong audio performance and low price point compared to many of the other portable on-ear headphones in the same category.

AKG K450 award winning on-ear headphones


According to WhatHiFi the AKG K450 grabbed the award because of; “The AKGs win out on sound quality more than anything else”.

You can find out more about the AKG K450 on-ear headphone, including price and where to buy here.

The AKG K450 grabbed the headphone of the year and Best Portable on-ear headphones £50 – £150 award, but here are some of the other headphone award winners of 2011.

In-ear headphone award winners

In the in-ear headphones category, Beyerdynamic grabbed two out of the 4 awards.

  • SoundMagic E10 – Best in-ear headphones under £40
  • Beyerdynamic DTX 101 iE – Best in-ear headphones £40-£80
  • Beyerdynamic MMX 101 iE  – Best in-ear headphones £80-£140
  • Klipsch Image X10i – Best in-ear headphones £140+

On-ear headphone award winners

It is interesting to see that none of the more media covered celebrity headphones have been able to crack the award winners this year, instead we see some familiar faces in the on-ear headphones category, including Grado and Bose.

  • Panasonic RP-HTX7 – Best portable on-ear headphones up to £50
  • Beyerdynamic T50P – Best portable on-ear headphones £150+
  • Grado SR80i  – Best home on-ear headphones up to £150
  • Grado SR325is – Best home on-ear headphones £150+
  • Bose QuietComfort 15 – Best noise-cancelling headphones

Wireless headphone award winners

In the wireless headphone category Sennheiser PXC 310 BT ran away with the award this year. A worthy winner in a category that i expect will be more competitive next year knowing that both Beats by Dre and SMS Audio are ready to launch their respective wireless headphones in the market with the Beats Wireless and Sync by 50.

Many of the award winning headphones are available from amongst other Amazon UK.

[source: WhatHiFi Awards]


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