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 ($380, down from $499): The second iteration of the ever-popular noise-cancelling headphones from Bose is an improvement on near-perfection. With Google Assistant now integrated into the headphones, these will be the only cans you need, whether it be for long flights, train rides or just everyday listening. You can get the Bose QC35 II in black for only $380 with the code PLUG20, or if you’re after the silver pair, check them out here. Sale ends October 23.
Philips Fidelio X2HR over-ear headphones ($239.20; usually $399): With an open-back ear cup design and pre-tilted 50mm drivers, the Philips Fidelio X2HR promises great sound quality alongside a comfortable on-ear fit, thanks to the adjustable hammock and velour cushions. There’s even a cable management clip to keep you tangle free. These cans are priced at $399 apiece, but until October 23 the Philips Fidelio X2HR can be yours for just over $239 when shopping on eBay. Just remember to use the code PLUG20 at checkout.
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.
Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 noise-cancelling over-ear headphones ($239; usually $299): Shut the world out and enjoy your favourite tunes with active noise-cancellation on the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2. It promises up to 24 hours of continuous playtime, with LEDs on the cans itself showing you the battery level, in addition to audio alerts when the juice is running low. And it looks good too. You can get the grey Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 from Officeworks for $239, saving you $60 on the RRP. But if you prefer the brown one, head to JB Hi-Fi and grab it for the same price.
Plantronic BackBeat 505 wireless over-ear headphones ($95; usually $119): Promising 18 hours of playtime, rich sound and a comfortable fit, the Plantronics BackBeat 505 cans come with swivel ear cups so they can rest easily around your neck when you’re not using them. The cans feature 40mm drivers and memory foam ear cups for noise isolation, plus on-ear controls. They carry a very wallet-friendly price tag of $119, but until October 18, you can save a bit and get a set of the BackBeat 505 for $95 only from JB Hi-Fi. It’s even available in White and in Dark Grey.
BlueAnt Pump Soul wireless over-ear headphones ($149; usually $179): Aussie manufacturer BlueAnt has been making waves with some of their budget-friendly and excellent quality headphones, and the Pump Soul cans promise to not be the exception to the rule. BlueAnt says there’s deep bass to keep your beats pumping for up to 24 hours of play. Plus they’re IP54 certified, so sweat on them and they won’t mind. Until October 18, you can save $30 on these cans at JB Hi-Fi. Grab a stylish Black Rose version for $149 or the Black set for the same price.
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 PLUG20 at checkout until October 23. That’s a huge saving of over $138.
Bose SoundSport wireless headphones ($190.40; 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 $190.40 when you apply the code PLUG20 at checkout on eBay until October 23.
Jabra Sport Coach wireless in-ear headphones ($149; usually $224): Jabra has added Dolby stereo sound to its Sport Coach earbuds, plus a workout buddy that will keep you motivated you giving you audio cues. It’s sweat-, rain-, dust- and shockproof, plus features passive noise-cancellation. The TrackFitTM motion sensor will count your steps and you’ll get by with over 5 hours of playback. Heck, you can even connect the buds to two devices if you want some variety in your tunes. They usually carry a price tag of $224, but head to JB Hi-Fi and grab a pair of the Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition earbuds for just $149. That’s a saving of $75. Sale ends October 18.
Marley Voyage BT Sport in-ear headphones ($89; usually $129): These Bluetooth headphones carry an IPX4 certification, making them sweatproof, and they promise to keep going for up to 6 hours between charges. A flexible adjustable cable keeps the buds around the neck, with inline controls within easy reach. With an RRP of just $129, these buds are affordable, but you can save $40 at JB Hi-Fi until October 18 and get yourself a pair of the Marley Voyage Sport for just $89.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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