Australia's best cheap headphones, discounts and deals

UPDATE: The Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 sales are upon us! If you’re looking to score a bargain on headphones, be sure to check out the TechRadar AU team’s selection of the top Black Friday deals in Australia. 

With headphones of all types, colours and styles flooding the market, it’s hard knowing which ones to pick – do you go for the premium model you’ve always wanted, or are you better off just grabbing a cheap set from the discount bin?

Well, it’s worth remembering that cheap headphones are cheap for a reason, so even if saving money is priority we can’t recommend those $2 discount-bin variety that you find all over the world. And, as you’ll find out below, you don’t always have spend a lot of dosh to snag a great set of headphones either.

To save you the time and effort, we’ve put together this dedicated guide to the best bargains on great-sounding headphone. We constantly monitor major Aussie retailers and go a-huntin’ to bring you the most worthwhile deals on a variety of sets – from in-ear buds to noise-cancelling cans – so check out our continually updated list below to discover the best current headphones deals in Australia.

Best over-ear headphone deals this week

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II noise-cancelling headphones ($380; down from $499): The second iteration of the ever-popular QC35 noise-cancelling cans from Bose is an improvement on near perfection. With Google Assistant now integrated into the headphones, these will be the only cans you need to shut the world out. Grab a pair of the QC 35 II from eBay with the code PIXELS at checkout until November 6 for just $380. They’re available in both black and silver.

Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling over-ear headphones ($261.60; usually $399): If you’re after the Bose quality without the price tag of some of their higher-tier models, or just simply don’t mind having wires, the QC25 may be for you. With stunning noise cancellation, full sound and their ability to operate without a battery makes them the ideal cans. And, until November 6, you can save 20% off the listed price on these headphones by applying the code PIXELS at checkout at eBay. So hurry and grab yourself a pair of the QC25s for just $261.60.

Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones ($239.20; usually $399): There aren't too many wireless cans that can match Beats' promise of up to 40 hours of battery life for the Solo3. Plus, a quick five-minute fast charge gives you three extra hours of playback. So save yourself some money and carry on listening through a pair of Beats Solo3 in a colour of your choice for just over $239, saving you a cool $160 on the usual RRP. Just be sure to apply the code PIXELS at checkout until November 6 to avail the discount.

Sony MDRZX770 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones ($180; usually $299.95):  Thanks to Sony, there's a pair of affordable cans that offer digital noise cancellation, a comfortable fit and long-lasting battery life. And with 20% off the listed price on eBay until November 6, these cans are even more affordable. Apply the code PIXELS at checkout and get yourself a set of Sony MDR-ZX770 headphones for just $180, saving you nearly $120 on the actual RRP.

Marley Legend ANC noise-cancelling over-ear headphones ($149, down from $349): Active noise cancellation and style come together in the House of Marley Legend ANC over-ear headphones. These cans lend a touch of style with FSC-certified wood touches, comfortable leather ear cushions and a detachable tangle-free cable. It even comes with a built-in battery, if you want to go wireless. Better yet, you get to save a whopping $200 on these cool-looking House of Marley cans. They’re on sale at JB Hi-Fi for just $149.

B&O BeoPlay H7 over-ear headphones ($480; usually $699.95): Luxury brand Bang & Olufsen have some great premium audio gear in the market, but they do cost a pretty penny. But now is your chance to grab the BeoPlay H7 for less, and get the power of touch to control your favourite tunes. The H7 promises up to 20 hours of playback, besides having swappable batteries if you want to party on. In fact, it will even save battery life if you’ve stopped listening for 15 minutes by automatically shutting off. To save nearly $230 on these premium cans, head to Addicted To Audio and get yourself a pair of the B&O BeoPlay H7 for just $480.

Sennheiser PXC550 noise-cancelling wireless headphones ($388; usually $629): If you’re keen to shut the world out when out and about so you can enjoy your favourite tunes in joyous harmony, the Sennheiser PXC550 on-ear wireless headphones give you total control of how much ambient sound you’d like to allow in. Touch-sensitive ear cups keep you in control of your environment and promise comfort and great sound. Heck, you can even let the world in by switching off the noise cancellation whenever you want. These premium cans retail for $629, but the Sennheiser PXC550 headphones can be yours for just $388 when purchased from Addicted To Audio, saving you a whopping $291.

Best in-ear headphone deals this week

Bose QuietControl 30 noise-cancelling wireless headphones ($310.40; usually $449): For a pair of in-ear headphones, the QC 30 has a level of noise cancellation that matches any of Bose’s over-ear cans, and that’s very impressive given its size. In fact, the level of noise cancellation can be adjusted to suit your environment via the in-line remote. These are a pretty good set of headphones to get, especially for those who don’t particularly enjoy the feel of cans on their ears. The QC30 buds are available for just $310.40 on eBay by using the code PIXELS at checkout until November 6, one of the lowest prices we've seen it at.

Bose SoundSport wireless headphones ($182.40; usually $249): You don’t have to spend a lot of money to lay your hands on a darn good set of sports in-ear headphones. Bose’s entry level SoundSport wireless buds promise the signature Bose sound along with a steadfast and comfortable fit. And the Bose SoundSport can be yours for just $182.40 when you apply the code PIXELS at checkout on eBay until November 6.

Sony h.ear MDR-EX750 Bluetooth headphones ($142.40; usually $299.95): Featuring hi-res audio compatibility, these neckband earbuds promise great sound and a comfortable fit. They're listed at an affordable price on eBay, but add to that a 20% discount with the application of the code PIXELS at checkout, you can get yourself a pair of Sony h.ear MDR-EX750 wireless buds for just $142.40, saving big when compared to what they're listed for on Sony's website. Offer ends November 6.

The best deals on our favourite headphones

To help you decide which headphones work best for you, we've decided to put together a little buying guide with a list of our favourite recommendations. 

The headphones you'll find here have tons of features to help you to get the most out of your music, or any other form of audio-visual entertainment you prefer, however you like to listen to it.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose has brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it's done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights. They're super comfortable, and despite the fact that they don't use the AptX Bluetooth standard, the wireless doesn't harm their sound quality one bit.

Priced at AU$499 a pop, the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now, then you can't get any better. And they can be bought at a great price, too.

Read our review of the Bose QC 35.

Bose QuietControl 30

For a pair of in-ear headphones, the QC 30 has a level of noise cancellation that matches any of Bose’s over-ear cans, and that’s very impressive given its size. In fact, the level of noise cancellation can be adjusted to suit your environment via the in-line remote.

But the effective noise-cancelling comes at the cost of sound quality. The QC 30 isn’t the best-sounding headphones in the world, but if you’re not an audio connoisseur, these are still a pretty good set of headphones to get, especially for those who don’t particularly enjoy the feel of cans on their ears.

Read our review of the Bose QC 30.

Bose QuietComfort 25

The QC 25 are just as good as Bose’s premium cans, but without the premium price tag. They’re still expensive at $399 a piece, but they achieve top performance per dollar and definitely worth your hard-earned dosh.

With exemplary sound quality and equally excellent ambient noise cancellation, the QC 25 will suit the serious or the casual listener, providing a wonderfully immersive experience when watching movies or TV shows, playing games or just listening to your favourite beats.

Read our review of the Bose QC 25.

Bose QuietComfort 20

For a pair of tethered in-ear headphones that cost you $369, you’d expect only the best from Bose, and the QC 20 does not disappoint. If you have the spare change and want incredible noise-cancelling combined with comfort and amazing sound quality, you really ought to get the QuietComfort 20.

The silicone ear tips are designed for a perfect fit while sealing the ear canal and the power for noise-cancellation comes from a lithium-ion battery. This makes the battery pack a tad unwieldy, but you’ll figure out how best to stow it as you go along. But all in all, these are one of the best headphones we’ve put through the paces.

Read our review of the Bose QC 20.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless on-ear headphones

These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but the cans don't come cheap. However, if you're an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.

Stainless-steel arms and leather finishes gives the headphones a rugged look, while the ball-jointed swivelling earcups provide ample movement and comfort. Battery-savers will find the wired option to be convenient, but you can also turn the headphones on to activate active noise cancellation.

Read our review of the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless over-ear headphones.

Oppo PM-3

The Oppo PM-3 is a truly stunning pair of headphones. Make no mistake, we've reviewed a lot of headphones over the years but none have we become more fond of than the PM-3.

They're equally comfortable being plugged into a headphone amp at home as they are commuting through the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, and they stand head and shoulders above rival products from bigger brands. We really can't recommend them highly enough, they're just amazing.

Read our review of the Oppo PM-3.

Sennheiser Momentum In-ear headphones

With the appealing candy apple detailing, Sennheiser gets you in the door. But once you're in, you'll stay for the killer sound quality that comes from the Momentum In-Ear earphones. And you won't have a problem that it's tethered.

Capable of providing booming, tight bass straight to your ear canal, the Momentum In-ear buds will have you foot-tapping to practically every tune you listen to.  And for a low-cost set of in-ears, they're as fine as they come.

Read our review of the Sennheiser Momentum In-ear headphones.

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