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.
Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless NC headphones for $339 (usually $499): It’s not the cheapest price we’ve seen Sony’s very popular WH-1000XM2 noise-cancelling headphones sell for, but $339 is still a great deal for a pair of cans that not only shut the world out, but do so without compromising on sound quality or comfort. Head to eBay and snag a set in black and save yourself $160.View Deal
Bose QC35 II Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Wireless headphones for $368 (Usually $499): You’ll have to be super speedy, but if you can get online in time, you can score yourself a pair of the latest and most coveted Bose QC35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones for only $368. There’s a reason everyone loves them, check out our Bose QC35 II review if you need proof, so save yourself $132 by entering the code POWERLIFT at checkout. You can even get the silver set for the same price.
Bose QC30 in-ear wireless headphones for $319.50 (usually $449): Being able to save over $100 on a pair of noise-cancelling in-ear ‘buds from Bose is a great bargain in our books. Head to eBay, use the code POWERLIFT at checkout and you can score a pair of the QC30s for just $319.50.View Deal
Bose SoundSport Free for $243.40 (usually $299.95): Bose’s signature sound without the wires in the company’s first true wireless ‘buds is a great buy at $243 from eBay. Just be sure to use the code POWERLIFT at checkout, with the offer ending April 9. The ‘buds are available in black and blue.View Deal
Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones for $184.30 (usually $249): While it’s not the cheapest price we’ve seen for the SoundSport Wireless headphones, it’s not a bad bargain if you’re looking for a pair of sports ‘buds with Bose’s signature sound. Head to eBay, use the code POWERLIFT at checkout and you a pair of the SoundSport Wireless can be yours for $217.60. They’re available in black and blue. View Deal
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re after more information on headphones in different form factors, take a look at some of our other dedicated audio articles:
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