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 cheap over-ear headphones this week
Sony WH-1000XM2 (Black) | usually $499 now $417
The next generation of Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM2 cans were announced recently at IFA 2018, but we’re not expecting a price drop any time soon on the gen 2 model. But shopping on Amazon can save you about $82 on a set. Although it's not the cheapest price we've seen on Sony's best noise cancelling cans, this is currently the best price on offer.View Deal
Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless | usually $449 now $350
Apple is about to announce the 2018 range of products, and Beats and Apple are a match made in Cupertino heaven. So if you plan on upgrading to the new range of Apple handsets, get yourself the Studio3 Wireless headphones to match, available for the bargain price of just $350 apiece in a whole colour palette, inlcuding Matte Black, White, Shadow Grey, Porcelain Rose, Blue and Red. View Deal
Bose QuietComfort 35 II (black) | usually $499 now $412
With world-class noise cancellation, a comfortable fit and access to digital assistants, is it any wonder that the Bose QC35s are one of the most popular cans today? And while it comes with a premium price tag, you can save $87 when shopping on Amazon. It's not the cheapest we've seen, but it is at this moment.View Deal
Sennheiser HD 4.50SE | usually $300 now $259.61
Featuring active noise cancellation and Sennheiser’s signature sound quality, the HD 4.50SE cans are lightweight and even more affordable now on Amazon, where you can snag a pair for $40 less than their usual RRP.View Deal
Plantronics BackBeat Pro | usually $299 now $249.95
While a $54 discount may not seem like much, these amazing wireless headphones don’t usually go on sale. So if you’re after what we consider one of the best Bluetooth cans with active noise cancellation on the market, then the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is what you should check out, especially since it comes with a budget price tag.View Deal
Best cheap in-ear headphones this week
1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones |
usually $257 now $136.05
It's one of our favourite in-ear 'buds and although it's tethered by a cable, this is one heck of a set. And it's not very easily available in Australia, but thanks to Amazon, you can lay your hands on this beautiful-sounding Titanium 1More Triple Driver for a smidge over $136.View Deal
B&O BeoPlay E8 | usually $449 now $383
Everyone's cutting the cords, so you should too. And why not get a touch of luxury while you're at it? B&O's first true-wireless 'buds are on sale at VideoPro for $383 a pop, saving you $66 on the premium product. These earphones are available in black and grey.View Deal
JBL Free | usually $229 now $198
Going completely cable free usually comes at a price, but JBL has managed to keep the cost down with its Free true wireless 'buds that give you up to 4 hours of continuous playback and an additional 20 hours in the charging case. Now available for a very affordable $198.View Deal
Sony WF-SP700N | usually $299 now $249
While there are Bluetooth 'buds that offer noise cancellation, there aren't very many yet that are true wireless headphones. So if you want to go completely cable-free and still keep the world out for up to 9 hours, then you'll want these Sony 'buds from Kogan. Available in pink, white, black and yellow.View Deal
Sony WF-1000XN | usually $399 now $239
If you think the cheaper WF-SP700N 'buds aren't for you, Sony has a more premium set of noise cancelling earphones that might be more up your alley. These come with not only 9 hours of playback, but with digital noise cancelling and adaptive sound control, all for 40% cheaper than it's actual retail value on Amazon. These 'buds are available in black and gold.View Deal
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.
1. Sony WH-1000XM2
Don't compromise good sound for noise cancellation
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 23g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 4Hz-40kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 9m | NFC: Yes
For the most part, when shopping for noise cancellation headphones we've gotten used to making a compromise between shutting the world out and wanting great sound performance. But no longer. Sony's WH-1000XM2 cans are a great redesign of the already-excellent MDR-1000X and offer not just perfect noise cancellation but also score top marks in sound quality. These headphones easily outclass Bose's flagship QC35 II in terms of both soundscape and feature set.
Read more: Sony WH-1000XM2 review
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Industry-leading noise cancellation
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24g | Cable length: 1.2m | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Battery life: up to 40 hours | Wireless range: 9m | NFC: Yes
The very popular and excellent Bose QC35s underwent an upgrade and now come with Google Assistant at your beck and call. For a premium price, not only do you get Bose's world class noise cancellation and good sound quality, you also get a personal butler and an incredibly comfortable set of cans. And with up to 40 hours of battery life, you'll get through any long-haul flight.
Read more: Bose QuietComfort 35 II review
1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones
Good sound and good value
Acoustic design: Closed | Cable type: Y | Driver type: Dynamic | Frequency: 20Hz-4kHz | Mic: Inline | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
For a little over $100, it's hard to recommend a better sounding pair of 'buds than the 1More Triple Driver in-ears. It's hard to fault the headphones, if you can put up with the rubber cable and the plastic remote. Even that is just us nitpicking. For the price, it's our top recommendation of in-ear headphones if your phone still has a headphone jack or you don't mind using an adaptor.
Read more: 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones review
4. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
For the next time you travel
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 289g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 24 hours | Wireless range: 100m | NFC: No
If you're a frequent flyer, or commute long distances daily, you'll understand the need for a great pair of noise cancelling headphones. Unfortunately, most of them cost a pretty penny. But not the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. These headphones offer not just good sound and shut the world out, but do it at pretty much half the cost of the usual suspects of Sony, Bose and Beats. They also have a useful feature that turns the headphones off when you're not wearing them, saving battery. And did we mention you can pair two devices at once as well? If that isn't great value, then we don't know what else is.
Read more: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review
5. Jabra Elite 65t
The best true wireless 'buds
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 6.5g + 5.8g | Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz | Drivers: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Battery life: 4.5 hours (15 hours with charging case) | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No
With headphone jacks fast disappearing from flagship handsets, wireless headphones is the way to go. But not everyone likes the feel of a set of cans on their head and cables, no matter how small, can get annoying. If that's describing you, then true wireless 'buds are the answer to your prayers. While most of them compromise on sound quality, the Jabra Elite 65t not only sound good but offer ambient noise isolation as well. They're an excellent substitute if you aren't too keen on the other-worldly look of Apple's AirPods.
Read more: Jabra Elite 65t review
6.Optoma NuForce BE Sport4
The near-perfect set of wireless 'buds
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 15.5g | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 29m | NFC: No
It's hard to find the Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 wireless 'buds, but if you're after a set of no-frills headphones that don't compromise on sound quality, you'll want to look for these. They do an excellent job of isolating sound when in a noisy environment and boast up to 10 hours of battery. And with a 15-minute quick charge, you'll get an additional two hours of playback out of them.
Read more: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 review
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