Australia's best cheap headphones, discounts and deals in March 2019

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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

Bose QC 35 II | $395 (was $499)

These very popular and excellent noise cancelling headphones seem to suffer from fluctuating prices a lot. While most major retailers are currently stocking them for $395 a pop, Amazon Australia's price is currently the best, saving you $124 on the usual RRP.View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones| $379 (was $499)

While it's been possible to snag the excellent Sony WH-1000XM3 cans for $399, it's pretty much gone back to full price at most major retailers. However, it's possible to find it stocked for less at the smaller stores, and right now BillyGuyatts offers you the chance to save $120 on these amazing cans.View Deal

Beats Solo3 Wireless | $320 (was $397)

Beats by Dr Dre have been popular since their launch. In fact, they're the few Bluetooth headphones that will work with your Apple Watch. And while you won't get noise cancellation, you will get up to a whopping 40 hours of playback. And while they cost about $400 each, you can snag the Satin Gold, Satin Silver, Pop Blue, Pop Indigo and Pop Magenta colours for just $320 from Wireless1.View Deal

Sony h.ear on 2 WH-H900N noise cancelling headphones |  $269 (was $399)

Light-weight, comfortable and Sony's excellent sound quality, plus noise cancellation too boot, all from a set of wireless cans that are currently cheaper than its ever been at Dick Smith, with a saving of $130. These cans are available in red and gold.View Deal

JBL Everest Elite 750 | $319.20 (was $399)

It's not a massive discount, but we don't usually see JBL's excellent and very premium Everest Elite 750 over-ear headphones go on sale. However, you can snag an $79.80 discount from JB Hi-Fi on the gun metal colour option.View Deal

Audio-Technica QuietPoint |$279.20 (was $349)

Another pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones, this time from Audio-Technica. QuietPoint features touch-sensitive earcups which have all the controls you need, and give you up to 25 hours of playback on a single charge. And they're cheaper than the competition, but even more affordable at JB Hi-Fi right now.View Deal

Best cheap in-ear headphones this week

Audio-Technica CKR7TW Premium | $279.20 (was $400)

Audio Technica has been making audio and music gear for a very long time now, so it's no surprise that these premium true wireless headphones promise top quality sound and up to 6 hours of charge per use, plus an additional 9 hours from the case. And while they're $400 for a set, JB Hi-Fi Audio Avalanche sale has brought it down to just over $279, meaning you save over $120.View Deal

BlueAnt Pump Air | $118 (was $169)

Aussie manufacturer BlueAnt has made a name for itself by offering great audio products at affordable prices. The company's first true wireless 'buds are no exception. It's a no-frills set but has decent sound quality and a great fit. And the cheapest price right now is at JB Hi-Fi, with a saving of $51.View Deal

Jaybird Tarah | $129 (was $149)

It might be just a $20 discount at JB Hi-Fi, but these are the latest wireless sports 'buds from Jaybird. They're sweat- and waterproof, offers up to six hours of playtime and is affordable.View Deal

B&O BeoPlay E8 | usually $449 now $293

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 their lowest ever price at $293 a pop, saving you over $156 on the premium product. These earphones are available in black and greyView Deal

Sony WF-1000XN | $248 (was $399)

Looking for noise-cancelling 'buds? Sony's premium offering comes in the form of the WF-1000XN, which is about $400 a pop, but you can save $151 when shopping from BillyGuyatts. This offer is available only on the black set. View Deal

JBL Endurance Dive | $111.20 (was $139)

One of the few headphones you can jump into the pool with, the JBL Endurance Dive has an IPX7 waterproof rating and a built-in MP3 player with 1GB of onboard storage. There's also a battery that gives you up to 8 hours of playback and touch controls for all your music and call needs. It's also very affordable as is, but it's cheaper still at JB Hi-Fi, down by nearly $28.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

Excellent noise cancellation
Best sound performance money can buy
Long battery life
A touch fragile

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

Broad soundscape
Excellent noise cancellation
Active EQ not for everyone

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

Lush sound
Beautifully designed
Excellent value for money
Plastic remote looks cheap

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

Incredible all-day battery life
Multi-point Bluetooth
Good sound quality
Design may not suit everyone

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

Understated design
Balanced soundscape
Pleasure to use
Limited ear tips

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

Impressive sound quality
Multiple ear tips
Practical design
Can't listen one-eared

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

If you're after more information on headphones in different form factors, take a look at some of our other dedicated audio articles: