Headphones have flooded the market, and it’s difficult to know which ones to pick – especially if you’re a first time buyer. Here, we’ll help you weigh up whether you should buy top-of-the-line, or if a cheaper set will suffice.
While it’s tempting to buy a set of super cheap headphones, it’s worth remembering that they are inexpensive for a reason. But as you’ll see below, getting your hands on a decent pair of headphones doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Especially when you have us to do the digging for you.
To save you the time and effort, we’ve put together this dedicated guide to the best bargains on great-sounding headphones. We constantly monitor major Aussie retailers and go searching to bring you the most worthwhile deals on a variety of sets – from in-ear buds to noise-cancelling cans from the most popular brands – so check out our continually updated list below to discover the best current headphones deals in Australia.
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Over- & on-ear headphones
Sony WH-1000XM3 | AU$359 (RRP AU$549.95; save AU$190.95)
The best headphones your money can buy are now available for less at Kogan. The hype surrounding these over-ear cans from Sony is real – the sound quality is excellent and the noise cancellation is impressive. Did we mention they’re damn comfy too? They also boast a whopping 30-hours of battery life, and the AU$190 discount off the RRP only sweetens the deal. Discount available on both the black and silver colour variants.View Deal
Prime exclusive: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$438 (RRP AU$599.95; save AU$161.95)
Bose brings their outstanding noise cancellation tech to this stylish pair of over-ear headphones. Bose has applied that noise cancellation to the phone calls feature as well as music, so you and the person you’re talking to should be able to hear each other clearly, whether you’re on a busy street or a loud train. Score a set now while they’re at their lowest price yet, in either the black, silver or limited edition soapstone colour options on Amazon.View Deal
Bose QuietComfort 35 II | AU$359 (RRP AU$499.95; save AU$140.95)
If you’re a loyal fan of Bose, the always popular QuietComfort 35 II has seen a decent discount on Amazon. These headphones have superb sound and top-notch noise cancellation – perfect for commuters. The silver, black and rose gold colour options are all available for AU$359. While these headphones were slightly cheaper last month, you can still score a saving of AU$140 off the RRP in case you missed the offer back then.View Deal
JBL Live 650BTNC | AU$174 (RRP AU$249.95; save AU$75.95)
One of the best budget noise-cancelling cans is now available for real cheap on Videopro’s eBay store. While Bose and Sony are the big name brands in noise cancellation tech, you don’t need to splurge on their premium price tags – the JBL Live 650BTNC are an excellent choice, with the promise of great sound quality and a comfortable fit.View Deal
Beats Solo 3 | AU$214 (RRP AU$299.95; save AU$85.95)
When it comes to flashy headphones, Beats have the style down pat. While it’s no match for the brand new Beats Solo Pro, this set of on-ear cans still packs powerful bass and a battery that promises up to 40 hours of listening from a single charge. With the new headphones on the market, the Solo 3 will start seeing a decent price drop, with Kogan slashing AU$85 off the RRP of these cans in rose gold, silver or satin silver.View Deal
Apple AirPods (2019) with wireless charging case | AU$280 (RRP AU$319; save AU$39)
While this isn’t a big discount, most major Australian retailers are selling the Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case for their full RRP. Kogan’s taken AU$39 off these popular true wireless ‘buds, so if you’re wanting to get your hands on a pair now, you’ll want to snap these up.View Deal
Beats PowerBeats Pro | AU$299 (RRP AU$349.95; save AU$50.95)
Looking to amp up your fitness routine without the hassle of cords or neckbands? This set of true wireless ‘buds are designed with a hook to go around your ear to help keep them in place while you’re working out. These in-ears sound great once you’ve left the gym too, with the bass heavy sound that Beats is known for. Beats promises around eight hours worth of battery life from a single charge, with plenty more in the charging case. This discount is available on the black, ivory or moss colour options.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Buds | from AU$149 (RRP AU$249; save up to AU$100)
Along with the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are set to be released this Friday (March 6), which means their slightly older sibling – the Samsung Galaxy Buds – are beginning to see a price drop. While these in-ear ‘buds might be a little older, they are still a fantastic set of in-ears, particularly if you are an Android user. Available in white for AU$149 or black for AU$150 from Amazon.View Deal
Sony WF-1000XM3 | from AU$303.05 (RRP AU$399.95; save up to AU$96.90)
Sony brings their best-in-class noise cancellation tech to these true wireless ‘buds. So if you don’t like the feel of cans over your ears and on your head – these are a superb choice. The battery life is above average and they’re rather inconspicuous too. Want a pair? Amazon has taken AU$96 off the earbuds silver, and AU$87 off the set in black.View Deal
Jabra Elite 65t | AU$179 (RRP AU$249; save AU$70)
For a nice – and cheaper – alternative to the Apple AirPods, the Jabra Elite 65t are worth your while. These true wireless earbuds have a reliable connection and don’t sacrifice on sound. We also found them a pleasure to use, and the long battery life is very much appreciated. This discount is available on the titanium black, copper black or gold beige colour options from Amazon.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-1000XM3
The headphones that can do everything
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 254g | Cable length: 3.94 ft | Frequency response: 4Hz-40,000Hz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Neodymium | Sensitivity: 104.5 dB / mW (1 kHz) | Impedance: 47 ohm | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 10m
Excellent noise cancellation
Fantastic sound quality
30-hour battery life
Mediocre call quality
The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones are the best you can buy in 2020 – for now, anyway.
They’re very much in line with what we’ve seen from Sony in the past two years, and with this model they’ve managed to improve on some already fantastic sets. The noise cancellation can beat anything Bose has to offer with ease. That’s because Sony has dedicated time to perfecting audio playback and its noise-cancelling technology.
However, their crown could soon be handed over, as rumours of a Sony WH-1000XM4 release date have been circling. We’ll see what 2020 brings.
Read more: Sony WH-1000XM3 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
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
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. JBL Live 650BTNC
Great noise-cancelling headphones for those on a budget
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 249g | Cable length: 3.93ft | Frequency response: 16Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100 dBSPL@1kHz/1mW | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: 20-30 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: No
On-ear form gets uncomfortable
Retailing for around AU$250, the JBL Live 650BTNC punches above its weight in terms of sound quality, build and features.
If you’re listening wirelessly, 20 hours of battery life is promised, while wired listening will get you upwards of 30 hours from a single charge. So if you don’t want to splash on the Sony WH-1000XM3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, the JBL Live 650BTNC will deliver similar performance for half the price.
Read more: JBL Live 650BTNC
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
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
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
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