The best headphones in Australia 2024: top cans from Sony, Bose and more

This is it. The quintessential list to the very best headphones in Australia available right now. We've taken top picks from our best over ear headphones, best noise cancelling headphones and best wireless earbuds round-ups and collated them into one single guide. 

Yes, there are a lot of pairs in this list to make your way through, but once you're done, we guarantee you'll know which pair of headphones is best for you. Naturally, the first hurdle is deciding which style you prefer. Do you want a pair of over-ear headphones with big speaker drivers offering superior sound? Or do you want a pair of wireless earbuds that are compact, making travel easier? 

You also need to think about how much you're willing to and are able to spend, and it's with this in mind that we've included option across all uses and price brackets in our definitive list below. 

Whether you’re looking for the best sound quality, a worthwhile budget option or a versatile all-rounder, you’ll find the best headphones for you below.

The quick list

Below you'll find a quick roundup of our choices for the best headphones in Australia. There are quite a few to make your way through, so we've summarised the reasoning behind each pick, but you can click through to a more in-depth review for each. You'll also be able to view the latest deals using our price comparison tool. 

The best headphones in Australia 2024

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The best headphones overall

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Still a strong contender for the absolute best

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 253g
Frequency response: 4Hz to 40kHz
Drivers: 1.57-inch dome-type
Battery life: 30 hours

Reasons to buy

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Improved noise-cancellation over previous model
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DSEE Extreme audio upscaling
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Allows for multipoint pairing

Reasons to avoid

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Not water-resistant
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New models ultimately better, but they're also more expensive
Buy them if:

✅ You want versatile headphones that sound good: The Sony WH-1000XM4s deliver hgh-quality sound in a lightweight folding design.

✅ You're working from home and need some peace and quiet: With the volume turned up and the noise cancelling on, the WH-1000XM4s will isolate you from everything around you.

Don't buy them if:

You plan on bringing them to the gym or beach: A looser fit and lack of water-resistance should make you think twice before putting them inside your gym bag.

❌ You take tons of conference calls: While these are great for travel, their call quality isn't that strong. 

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones deliver excellent noise-cancellation and sound quality in a design that we found comfortable and lightweight throughout our testing. 

They don’t look different from their predecessors, the Sony WH-1000XM3. However, new features, including multipoint pairing, DSEE Extreme upscaling, conversational awareness and auto-play/pause using a built-in sensor mean they’re a significant upgrade.

The WH-1000XM4 headphones also support Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format, which delivers spatial audio on stereo headphones, plus the LDAC codec that can send a bitrate of up to 990 kbps. However, it no longer supports aptX or aptX HD, so your hi-res audio support mileage may vary.

Regardless, these are a wonderful pair of wireless over-ear headphones and deliver exactly what they promise (and then some) thanks to their exceptional noise cancellation and cutting-edge codec support. Although they've been followed-up by the Sony WH-1000XM5s, these XM4s still have the edge by boasting most of the same features and overall quality of their newer sibling, while selling for a more appealing price.

Read our full Sony WH-1000XM4 review

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The best true wireless earbuds from Sony

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 7.3g
Frequency response: 20-40,000Hz
Drivers: 6mm
Battery life : 8 hours (earbuds) 16 hours (charging case)

Reasons to buy

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Rapid, full-bodied and eloquent sound
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Truly useful features
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Impressive call quality

Reasons to avoid

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Unremarkable battery life
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No aptX support
Buy them if:

✅ You know a great control app when you use one:
The Sony Headphone app is an absolute tour de force of stability, functionality and general usefulness.

✅ You love life's little conveniences: "Speak to chat". Adaptive noise cancelling. "Quick attention". IPX4. The WF-1000XM4 just want to make your life easier.

Don't buy them if:

Noise cancelling is more important than sound quality: Taken on their own, the WF-1000XM4 cancel noise well. But other true wireless buds do it better – specifically, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II.

❌ You’re away from an outlet for long periods: A best-case 24 hours of battery life isn't bad, but it isn't anything special either.

With the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds, Sony has combined performance, ergonomics, and build quality more effectively than ever before in a noise-cancelling true wireless package. During our testing we found that compared to their predecessors, the Sony WF-1000XM3, the newer wireless earbuds offer enough quality-of-life features to make them worth upgrading to even if they are a little more expensive. Features like auto-pause and being able to tune the buds to the shape of your ears are truly useful. 

While other true wireless earbuds surpass the Sony WF-1000XM4 in particular areas (in terms of noise cancellation, for example) there might only be one earbud option that rivals it as a full package.

In fact, we're even going as far to say that the XM4 are ultimately a better value option compared to their replacement, the WH-1000XM5. Sony already had a winner on its hands, and bettering was always going to be tricky. And, in our opinion, the upgrades in the new model don't quite justify the price, especially now you can pick up these XM4s for less. 

Read our full Sony WF-1000XM4 review

The best budget headphones