Wired headphones are back: Shop our picks of the best

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Kim Kardashian has sparked a come-back in wired headphones. Photo: Twitter

After Kim Kardashian posted a photo of herself wearing a pair of wired headphones, there's been a spike in people ditching their wireless cans to go retro.

You don't have to forgo quality to get the retro look.

Here are some of the best wired headphones around:

Bose QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ headphones, $249.95

These give a deep, clear sound and are soft and secure in your ears.

They cancel noise to reduce surrounding distractions, but at the touch of a button you can activate the "aware" mode so you can hear what's happening around you.

There's an inline microphone and remote to let you switch easily to calls and control certain functions.

They are designed for Android devices, but there's also an Apple compatible model.

Black Bose QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ headphones with white earbuds and black wires.

Astell&Kern AK T5p 2nd Generation Closed Headphones, $1699

Handmade in Germany, this is a collaboration between beyerdynamic – the renowned German manufacturer with almost 100 years of headphone-making heritage - and Astell&Kern, market leader in premium portable music players.

They have optimal audio performance that gives exceptional clarity across all frequencies, plus excellent bass reinforcement.

They have high-quality earpads too, making them ideal for long listening sessions.

A black pair of Astell&Kern AK T5p 2nd Generation Closed Headphones with gold-toned ropy leads and silver fittings.

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Focal Celestee High-Fidelity Reference Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones, $1399

These cool cans have impressive sound performance, as well as some luxury touches on the outside.

The earphones have undergone acoustic treatment to restrict resonance and achieve uncompromising audio quality, resulting in a clean, precise sound with good bass extension.

There's also an aluminium yoke which is designed to mould perfectly to your head, providing excellent grip and making them extra comfortable.

Black headphones with brassy features and fittings and black leads. Focal Celestee High-Fidelity Reference Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones, $1399

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear, $169.95

These small earbuds offer clear, powerful sound.

There's a three-button multifunction remote with integrated microphone.

They are ergonomic, with an adjustable angle of 15° and a choice of four ear sleeves to fit any size ear.

Red, grey and black earbuds. Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear, $169.95
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear, $169.95. Photo: Sennheiser

Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear, $499.95

Sennheiser's over-ear option is designed to look super sleek.

Made with brushed stainless steel and leather, they are extra comfortable to wear, with excellent sound quality, including a powerful base.

Headphones made from brown leather and chrome with cream fittings with black leads. Sennheiser Momentum Over-ear, $499.95
Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear, $499.95. Photo: Sennheiser

Sony On-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones, $59

A good budget option, these are good for blocking out noise, are comfy and give a good sound.

They're a great all-round choice that fold-up too, so are easily transportable.

Black headphones over-ear with the Sony label. Sony On Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones, $59

Beats EP On-Ear Headphones, $114

These super cool headphones not only look awesome, but sound great too.

They offer a good sound and have a lightweight frame that's reinforced with stainless steel, at a reasonable price.

White and stainless steel over-ear headphones. Beats EP On Ear Headphones, $114
Beats EP On Ear Headphones, $114. Photo: The Good Guys

House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones, $29.95

Cheap and cheerful, these are made from FSC-certified wood and recyclable aluminium.

They are designed to be noise-isolating and give a good, clear sound.

Earbuds backed with grained and stained timber with black buds and leads. Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones, $29.95

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