Best Headphones

From listening to your favourite tunes to joining an online work meeting, a high quality pair of multifunctional headphones are worth the investment. Read our guide to know what to look for. Continue reading...

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Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

4.7  (98)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
Thirsty Gecko
Thirsty GeckoQLD22 posts
  Verified
Soundcore Space Q45

Soundcore Space Q45

4.5  (126)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
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boghoso101
boghoso101
  Verified
Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

4.2  (455)
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$219Bing Lee
Leonie
Leonie20 posts
  Airpods 2nd Gen with Charging Case
Soundcore Life Q30

Soundcore Life Q30

4.6  (75)
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  • Price (RRP) $149.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Glennis T.
Glennis T.VIC2 posts
  Verified
The best head phone I've had I have bought 2 different ones from soundcore 1 for granddaughter and 1 for meHappy with my purchase thank you very much now I will always order my headphones from here Show details
Soundcore Space A40

Soundcore Space A40

4.3  (167)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
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Jill Harris
Jill Harris
  Verified
Neat set up for travellingI had trouble pairing my space A40 to my phone at first
Soundcore Sport X10

Soundcore Sport X10

4.5  (71)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.99
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Dave.H
Dave.HVIC2 posts
  Verified
good product, not deliveryfor the price, very comfortable, works well, easy to sync, delivery of product not so good. Show details ·  1
Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

4.3  (97)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeIn-Ear
Angus Hilly
Angus Hilly
 
I hate theseThe bose quiet comfort noise cancelation does not work what so ever they suck fat donkey balls Show details
Soundcore Life Q35

Soundcore Life Q35

4.5  (53)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Andrea Aguiari
Andrea Aguiari
  Verified
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Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

4.6  (40)
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  • Price (RRP) $259.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
Maria Teresa Perez
Maria Teresa Perez2 posts
  Verified
Good productGreat for running. Noise cancellation is pretty good.
The only to things I am struggling with are, right earbud is lose even if changing the ear wing; ear wing moves when putting the buds in the ear.
Sometimes bluetooth has interference when is too windy. Show reply
Sony MDR-ZX110NC

Sony MDR-ZX110NC

4.0  (136)
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  • TypeOn-Ear
Carol
CarolNSW2 posts
 
Waste of moneyWe bought 2 pairs for long flights. They were VERY uncomfortable. And worse, the Noise canceling function did NOT work at all on both. Waste of money. Show details
Apple EarPods

Apple EarPods

4.1  (86)
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  • TypeIn-Ear
$29Bing Lee
Cindy D.
Cindy D.NSW16 posts
 
Sennheiser RS 120 II

Sennheiser RS 120 II

4.0  (103)
 Summary
  • TypeOver-Ear
Ric H
Ric HVictoria13 posts
  Verified RS 120 II
Soundcore Sleep A10

Soundcore Sleep A10

3.8  (148)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
Carl Profke
Carl Profke
  Verified
Replaced by Beats Powerbeats Pro 2.8 
Beats Powerbeats 3

Beats Powerbeats 3

3.8  (80)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $259.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
T-bird
T-birdQLD
 
Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC

Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC

3.9  (52)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $329.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
Fabiola G.
Fabiola G.VIC3 posts
 
realme Buds Q

realme Buds Q

4.3  (31)
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  • Price (RRP) $79
  • TypeIn-Ear
laragwright
laragwright
 
I LOVE THEMI have had these earbuds for 3 years and in that time i have dropped the case so many times that the top has broken off, i have put the buds themself through the wash (they aren't waterproof), lost them, forgot to charge them for long periods of time AND THEY STILL WORK AMAZINGLY.
Kmart Bluetooth

Kmart Bluetooth

3.7  (83)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $19
  • TypeOn-Ear
Saad A.
Saad A.
 
Kmart
Kmart   DM   
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Soundcore Life P3

Soundcore Life P3

4.4  (26)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
steeve87p
steeve87p
  Verified
ImpressedVery impressive! Great sound. Feels like such good quality. Charges quickly. Show reply
Soundcore Liberty 4

Soundcore Liberty 4

4.2  (30)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
Andy Hardin
Andy Hardin
  Verified
They are GREATEasy to use, good sound - I am very happy with them. Show reply
Beats BeatsX

Beats BeatsX

3.4  (74)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $139.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
Abhi
AbhiVIC
 
Not reliable for outdoor activitiesDied all of sudden..doesnt turn on. On taking to apple store was advised its out of warranty and i was better of buying a new one rather than getting it repaired. Show details
Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

3.3  (78)
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  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeIn-Ear
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Leon Z.
Leon Z.
 
Defective devices with static noiseApple knows the device will build up static noise issue and still sell the defective device. This is a bad Apple!
Jabra Move

Jabra Move

4.3  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • TypeOn-Ear
Guy
GuyNSW22 posts
  Verified
Probably the best in this price classNice small and minimalistic design. Absolutely blown away by the quality of the sound for headphones in this price class. Performs better than some more expensive ones. Not noise cancelling. But other than, extremely satisfied with this product! Show details
Replaced by Sony WH-CH710N 3.0 
Sony WH-CH700N

Sony WH-CH700N

4.3  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
MasaN
MasaNNSW20 posts
 
NC doesn't workUseless NC. So what is the point buying this :<
Bought it from Aldi cheap so it's OK but if you are paying full price, don't. Buy something else.
I used in airplane once, I could hear engine noise very clearly. Show details
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

4.8  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
Steve
Steve3 posts
 
WOW! Wow, wow!I own the 32 OHM because I am connecting it to my phone. I also use sometimes an amplifier. Its the best! Unbelievable sound! Show details
Sennheiser Momentum M2

Sennheiser Momentum M2

4.5  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349
  • TypeOver-Ear and On-Ear
Jalil K.
Jalil K.NSW3 posts
  Momentum
Liquid Ears LongPlay Headphones

Liquid Ears LongPlay Headphones

3.6  (27)
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  • Price (RRP) $59.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Kade J.
Kade J.
  Fair Incentive
Head phonesI just got them, price was great. Hope the sound is good and they last a long time Show details
Moki Exo Prime

Moki Exo Prime

3.9  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.99
  • TypeOn-Ear
Boanerges
BoanergesVIC9 posts
 
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

3.5  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
James G.
James G.3 posts
 
Noise cancellingReally good noise cancelling and sound quality - even blocks out the sounds next door
Sennheiser RS 175

Sennheiser RS 175

3.6  (25)
 Summary
  • TypeOver-Ear
Don R
Don RQLD13 posts
 
Quality poorThe three lugs on the ear pads that latch onto to main body are flimsy and break off. Reception when moving about loses the signal at times. Show details
Shure SE215

Shure SE215

3.8  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89
  • TypeIn-Ear
Biscuit
Biscuit6 posts
 

A woman wearing over-ear headphones while using a laptop. There is a piano beside her.

What's the difference between earbuds and headphones?

Headphones come in a few different forms.

Earbuds fit partially into your ear canal, and are commonly referred to as earphones or in-ear headphones.

Pros
Compact and can be stored in a pocket or small bag.
Less obtrusive than headphones; you can easily wear them under a hoodie or while wearing sunglasses.
Less expensive than headphones, with many decent models only costing a few hundred dollars.
Available in round-the-neck or clip-on ear models, letting you easily exercise while wearing them.
Cons
Lower audio quality than headphones.
For wired models, the thin wires can be prone to damage or breaking which can further lessen sound quality.
Lower ability to block out ambient noise. (You'll have to look for a specific model designed for noise cancellation).
Generally have shorter battery life than headphones.

Headphones sit over your head. You can get either over-ear headphones or on-ear headphones.

  • Over-ear (circumaural) headphones completely surround the ear, which helps make them more comfortable and more effective at noise cancelling. However, they're heavier and bulkier.
  • On-ear (supra-aural) headphones rest on the outside of your ears, allowing for more airflow. They're smaller, however can be more uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time and tend to be less noice cancelling.
Pros
Better sound quality than earbuds.
Significantly better at blocking out ambient noise.
Generally have longer battery life than earbuds.
Because they're larger, they often have control buttons that are easier to use.
Cons
Much bulkier than earbuds.
Usually cost more than earbuds.
Range of headphones
Top row: A pair of wireless, on-ear headphones.
Bottom row, left to right: Wired, in-ear headphones with loops, wired, in-ear headphones (or earphones) and wireless in-ear headphones.

Should I get wired or wireless headphones?

Wired headphones

Wired headphones are physically connected to a device via a cable and headphone jack. They're great if you want good audio clarity and no-fuss connection.

Some features of wired headphones include:

  • Stable and reliable way to listen to music.
  • Generally have superior sound quality, as Bluetooth can only handle so much information across its signal.
  • Don't have batteries that need to be charged.
  • Often cheaper than wireless headphones.
  • Don't allow for a lot of movement, so are more suited to travelling or office work than jogging on a treadmill.
  • Require you to be in close reach of your devices.

Wireless headphones

Wireless headphones provide a cord-free connection between your headphones and your device, using Bluetooth or WiFi.

Some features of wireless headphones include:

  • Great for those who want freedom of movement and to not be limited by cables, such as those who use their headphones while exercising.
  • Headphones need to be charged; how often depends on the battery life of your model.
  • Sound quality may not be as good as wired models.
  • Devices need to be close to limit interference.

Other things to consider when choosing headphones

Open back vs closed back headphones

If you're looking for on-ear or over-ear headphones, you'll find that both are available with either open or closed backs. This refers to whether they're designed to allow better airflow.

Open-back headphones let more air flow through, helping improve audio quality and creating a more natural sound. However, this means they have less noise cancellation, so they might be more suited to when you want to listen to high-quality audio somewhere with less ambient noise, such as at home.

Closed-back headphones keep music close to the hear by reducing sound leakage and blocking background noise. They're sealed off, which makes them useful for noisy environments.

Noise-cancelling headphones

There are two types of noise cancelling headphones: passive and active. These may be used independently in most models, or in some, together.

  • Passive noise cancellation involves a physical barrier that blocks outside noise. Most headphones on the market use passive noise-cancelling technology.

  • Active noise cancellation involves specific frequencies that counteract external noise.

Noise-cancelling headphones are usually pricier, but they're useful for anyone who wants to be fully immersed in their music or audio.

Connection

If you're after wired headphones, then you should check that the connection is compatible with the devices you want to play music from. Some newer smartphone models don't have standard headphone jacks, so you may need to buy a converter to be able to use headphones.

Battery life

If you travel a lot and want to use your headphones wirelessly, having long battery life will be important. If your headphones have detachable cables, you'll still be able to use them even when the battery dies, but you'll lose active noise cancellation.

Weight and comfort

If you expect to be wearing your headphones for longer periods at a time, then comfort will be more important for you. If you expect to be carrying your headphones around with you often, then you should look for a lightweight model.

It's a good idea to try out the headphones in-store to see how they feel.

Cable length

The length of your cable should be long enough to comfortably reach where you're playing the music from, without having too much excess wire that can be fiddlesome to untangle. Some wired headphones will come a few cable options, such as straight and coiled cables of different lengths.

Features

Headphones have certain features that can make them easier to use and more versatile.

  • Built-in microphone: This is useful if you want to answer calls while using your headphones.
  • Charging case: Many in-ear headphones will have a charging case that lets you charge them on the go.
  • In-line controls: These are buttons either on the cable or on the ear cups that let you control phone functions, such as answering calls, adjusting volume, playing and pausing music, and skipping songs.
  • Foldable design: This lets your headphones become more compact for when you need to travel with it.
  • Voice commands: These allow you to communicate with digital assistants like Alexa.

Water resistance

If you intend to use your headphones when working out or getting active, it's a good idea to look for a model with some level of water resistance.

There are varying degrees of water resistance, including:

  • IPX0 - no water resistance.
  • IPX1 - protection against some water drops that fall vertically.
  • IPX2 - protection from dripping water falling at an angle of 15° or less.
  • IPX3 - protection from water drops falling at an agnel of 60° or less.
  • IPX4 - protection from water splashes.
  • IPX5 - protection from heavy water streams.
  • IPX6 - protection from high-pressure water streams.
  • IPX7 - can be submerged in water up to one metre deep.
  • IPX8 - can be submerged in water deeper than one metre.

What are the best cheap wireless headphones?

If you’re seeking the convenience of wireless headphones but would prefer not to use up all your cash on a pair, there are plenty of high-quality yet affordable options to choose from. According to reviewers, here are the most popular headphones under $100.

Which company is best for headphones?

There are a range of brands that are well-known for their exceptional audio quality and are popular for all-round listening. Here are some brands to consider.

Audio Technica • See all

Audio Technica is well known in the headphone world, and it shows - the Audio Technica ATH-M50x is consistently ranked as one of the top models on ProductReview.com.au. Expect high audio quality and sleek designs.

Apple • See all

If you’re after a popular and convenient pair of headphones to pair with your iPhone, AirPods are a sought-after choice. While you shouldn't expect studio quality, these in-ear headphones do produce a clear, vibrant sound.

Beats • See all

You might recognise Beats from their high-profile ads featuring a plethora of celebrities. Known for their sleek design and streetwear style, Beats are a go-to brand. Although Beats produce a decent enough sound quality, some reviewers have noted that both their over-ear and on-ear headphones focus on bass and don’t provide a rounded-out experience.

Bose • See all

Bose has a wide range of headphones, with both their in-ear and over-ear models being popular with reviewers. Some Bose headphones have been ProductReview.com.au Award Winners for multiple years.

Sony • See all

Sony has an impressive line of headphones which rival the Quiet Comfort 35 II. If you’re after value for money, Sony is a great bet - plus, you can sometimes score great deals on Sony headphones.

Sennheiser • See all

Produces high-quality headphones for a decent price, Sennheiser is renowned for producing industry-level audio equipment that is often used in professional settings.

JBL • See all

According to reviewers, JBL headphones have decent sound quality for an affordable price. JBL have many headphones which accommodate different budgets, ranging from $39 to around $400.

Cheaper JBL headphones will have useful features such as an integrated microphone, but typically have a lower battery life and a lower frequency rate than a more expensive option. Premium JBL headphones are also noise cancelling.

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