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Tuesday 10/04/2012

For £20 you will be surprised at how many good headphone deals there are on the market. Suppliers have realised the massive demand for headphones and have driven prices right down.

The select of headphones below are all more than half price!

If you want something for the everyday commute or if you want a nice pair of headphones for your living room all the below should be taken into account.

Goldring DR50 for £14.95 - Was £25

First Position is the Whafedale Diamond 9.1 for £100
Goldring DR50


+ Very comfy and can handle long listening
+ Mid and high ranges of sound are very precise
+ Solid Build


- Quite big

Given the WHAT HI-FI five star rating the DR50's have been noticed by the best. With a big build they are better than most at keeping out the sound. They are also very precise when producing mid and high ranges of sound.


Given the massive price drop and the very comfortable listening, the Goldring DR50's are a cracking pair of headphones. View Goldring DR50 Deal

Sennheiser MX880 for £19.95 - Was £25

Second Position is the Acoustic Energy Compact One for £99.95
Sennheiser MX880


+ Fine detail
+ Balanced sound throughout all ranges of sound
+ Good bass for in-ear headphones
+ Comes with remote


- No case for the headphones

Well known for refined sound product, the Sennheiser MX880 will add a very open sound stage to your music collection. Even though they are in-ear headphones they still produce surprisingly good bass.

They are also very consistent headphones and manage to produce good quality sound throughout all ranges of sound.


If you don't have room for big out of headphones then the MX880 will create a wide range of sound for their size. View Sennheiser MX880 Deal

AKG K317 for £17.95 - Was £22

Third Position is the Mission M30i for £84.95
AKG K317


+ Balanced and good quality sound
+ Adapts well to different types of music


- None for this price

Similar to the Sennheisers the AKG's produce an equally balanced sound which will not exaggerate the high or low notes too much.

Given the balanced of the headphones, the AKG K317 will not change the music you love. They will just play it better.


Although the K317 don't quite have the clarity of the Sennheisers they can still produce a very good sound across all genres of music. View AKG K317 Deals

Goldring GX100 for £4.95 - Was £29.95

Fourth Position is the Whafedale Diamond 9.0 for £40
Goldring GX100


+ Colours include Lime, Pink and Violet
+ Much better than default headphones such as IPod headphones


- None for this price

Coming in many different colours the GX100 are a great way to upgrade from your default IPhone headphones. View Goldring GX100 Deal


Great looks and great dynamic sound

Final Review

Overall these are a great range of massively discounted headphones from trusted UK audio dealers.

To round it up here are the bullet points of each.

Goldring DR50 – Slightly big but very comfy. Great mid and high ranges

Sennheiser MX880 – Very detailed and balanced sound with good bass for its size

AKG K317 – A balanced sound which suites all genres of music

Goldring GX100 – Great colour ranges and a great upgrade from IPod speakers



Saturday 31/03/2012

This month we’ve seen some very promising cheap, entry level bookshelf speakers. For under £100 these speakers are great for your first sound system or adding extra dynamic to a current sound system.

All with their own character you can’t go wrong with either of these bookshelf speakers, however check out the details to see what would suite you.

Overview of the best in its group is at the bottom.

Whafedale Diamond 9.1 for £100

First Position is the Whafedale Diamond 9.1 for £100
Whafedale Diamond 9.1


+ Multipule Expert Awards
+ Front Bass port
+ Solid Build


- Generally good but occasional gets over excited

Winning many awards the Diamond 9.1's have created quite a stir in the audio world. With a solid build and Kevlar cones, they bring a punchy, lively presence to your living room.

Given that it has a 44% discount this brings a higher level speaker into a lower budget . View Whafedale Diamond 9.1 Deal

Acoustic Energy Compact One for £99.95

Second Position is the Acoustic Energy Compact One for £99.95
Acoustic Energy Compact One


+ Balanced sound for all types of music
+ Great looks and build
+ Copes well in different locations of room


- Doesn't have the spice or clarity of other competitors

With size being though through from the start, the Compact One's can be moved around your living room easily.

With great balance they will ensure you whole music collection will be brought out in a balanced, equal manner. View Acoustic Energy Compact One Deal

Mission M30i for £84.95

Third Position is the Mission M30i for £84.95
Mission M30i


+ Punchy for their size
+ Good low end
+ Good for 5.1/ 7.1 sound systems


- Takes a while to run in the speakers

Smart and compact with front facing bass ports, these speakers nicely fit anywhere and create a suppressing amount of punch for their size View Mission M30i Deal

Whafedale Diamond 9.0 for £40

Fourth Position is the Whafedale Diamond 9.0 for £40
Whafedale Diamond 9.0


+ Cheap speakers from great brand
+ Works well with low what amps
+ Can use to upgrade cheap speaker systems


- Due to their size there not so great at higher volumes

At an ultra cheap price the Dimaond 9.0's are useful if you wish to upgrade the speakers on a cheaper sound system, or if you wish to add to your 5.1/ 7.1 sound system. View Whafedale Diamond 9.0 Deal

Final Review

These are all great speakers and you will have to go listen to them to truly understand which you prefer. Each speaker has its own flavour just as a Monnet painting is different to a Picasso.

Being popular choices for entry level bookshelf speakers, you will be sure to find at least one pair of these in your nearest audio store, so go check them out!

Whafedale Diamond 9.1 – Exciting, well built, great for its price

Acoustic Energy Compact One – Very balanced sound and flexible where you put them

Mission M30i – Very beefy for their size, but not quite as good sound quality

Whafedale Diamond 9.0 – Lowest of the lot, but still very good for its ultra low price