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
JBL Everest Elite 750 noise-cancelling over-ear headphones for $299 (usually $399): Adaptive noise cancellation, up to 15 hours of battery life and personalised sound calibration are just some of the features that make the JBL Everest Elite 750 a great set of cans. And you can now save $100 on the headphones at JB Hi-Fi where the Gun Metal colour option is on sale for $299.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-cancelling over-ear headphones for $368 (usually $499): Bose headphones go in and out of sales on eBay a lot. Keeping tabs on them is hard. But the good news is the Bose QC35 II is back on sale on eBay with 20% off if the code P20TECH is applied until February 26, bringing the price down to $368. And you can get the black or the silver version for the same price.
Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $351.20 (usually $499.95): Sony has developed these headphones to cater to the frequent flyers thanks to optimisation of atmospheric pressure when you’re 35,000 feet in the air. These noise-cancelling cans retail for a blitzing $500 a pop, but you can snag a pair from eBay by using the code P20TECH at checkout, bring the price of the Sony WH-1000XM2 down to just over $351.
Beats Studio3 wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones for $337.25 (usually $449.95): The new W1 chip in the Beats Studio3 wireless headphones means you can now use it not just with your smartphone, but also with the latest Apple Watch Series 3. The listed price is pretty good for the Studio3 cans, but apply the code PICK5 at checkout and the cost comes down to a sweet low of $337.25.
Sony XB650BT Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones for $139 (was $279.95): Need a pair of wireless cans that sound great and fit comfortably? Sony’s Extra Bass lineup promises punchy bass and the XB650BT headphones feature both Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for wireless listening. The black set is on sale for a low $139 on Sony’s website, saving you a cool $149. That’s less than half price!
Sony h.ear on MDR-100ABN noise-cancelling wireless headphones for $218 (was $399.95): No wires or cables and Sony’s signature sound quality with digital noise cancellation as well. These cans retail for nearly $500 apiece but Addicted to Audio has the MDR-100ABN over-ear headphones for just $218. That’s less than half price!
Sennheiser PXC550 noise-cancelling wireless headphones for $368 (was $499): Touch-sensitive ear cups keep you in control of your environment and promise comfort and great sound, along with noise cancellation to shut the world out. You can even let some ambient noise in by switching off the noise cancellation whenever you want. These premium cans retail for $499, but you can get yourself a pair from Addicted to Audio for $368. That's more than 25% off on the usual RRP.
Best in-ear headphone deals this week
Bose SoundSport Free true wireless headphones for $243.40 (usually $299.95): The brand-new truly wireless sports ‘buds from Bose are here and on sale on eBay. Get 20% off by using the code P20TECH at checkout until February 26 and you can get these excellent headphones with Bose’s signature sound for just $243.40 in black. If you’re looking for a spot of colour, the SoundSport Free is also available in blue.
Fitbit Flyer in-ear sports headphones for $151.96 (usually $199): The Fitbit Ionic and the new Fitbit Flyer are a match made in sporting heaven. Usually retailing for $199, head to eBay to snag these sweatproof sports ‘buds for just $151.96 by using the code PAPERS at checkout. You can, of course, use them with your smartphone too by pairing with via Bluetooth. It’s available in both Lunar Grey and Nightfall Blue colour options.View Deal
Sony XB80BS Extra Bass sports in-ear Bluetooth headphones for $149 (was $229): These in-ears could be a great workout buddy as they have ear hooks, a washable design, and bangin’ bass to get you pumped. They're currently at the lowest price we've seen Sony mark them for, costing you just $149 for a pair in either red or blue. That's down from $229, saving you $80 in the bargain.
Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for $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. Although $190 isn't the best price we've seen, it's still a decent saving. Use the code P20TECH at checkout on eBay and snag a pair for cheap.
Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones for $134 (was $169): These are one of our favourite in-ear headphones when it comes to sound quality. If you’re not too hassled by a cable, the Sennheisser Momentum ‘buds are a great option that look good too. And you save a little as well, when shopping at Addicted to Audio, where the ‘buds are on sale (for both Apple and Samsung devices ) for $134.
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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