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Best Headphones

From listening to your favourite tunes to joining an online Zoom class, a high-quality pair of multifunctional headphones are worth the investment. Continue Reading...

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Bose QuietComfort 35 QC35 II
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019

Wireless HeadphonesBose QuietComfort 35 QC35 II

4.6 from 298 reviews

Since Bose invented noise-cancelling headphones, the pressure’s high for the brand to produce a creator of quiet. With 20-hours battery life and built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, the QuietComfort headphones sound appealingly convenient.

Price (RRP) A$499.95

Price fromA$298.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.6 (138)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (138)
  • Sound Quality
    4.7 (134)
  • Bass
    4.5 (127)
  • Comfort
    4.8 (134)
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • FeaturesMicrophone Included and Noise Cancelling
  • Colour / FinishBlack, Silver, Rose Gold
Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Wired HeadphonesAudio Technica ATH-M50x

4.7 from 95 reviews

The Audio Technica ATH-M50x are headphones used by renowned audio engineers and famous producers such as Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.

Price (RRP) A$279.00

  • Build Quality
    4.5 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (8)
  • Sound Quality
    4.8 (8)
  • Bass
    4.5 (8)
  • Comfort
    4.6 (8)
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • FeaturesGaming Headset
  • Colour / FinishBlack, White
  • Frequency Response15Hz - 28kHz
Apple AirPods

Wireless HeadphonesApple AirPods · includes 3 listings

4.3 from 399 reviews

The popular Apple Airpods are a convenient and stylish way to listen to music on the go. Simply pop them back into their sleek and compact charging case, and slide them into your pocket when you’re done.

Price (RRP) A$229.00 to A$319.00

Price fromA$209.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.5 (126)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (125)
  • Sound Quality
    4.4 (120)
  • Bass
    4.1 (116)
  • Comfort
    4.3 (121)
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • FeaturesMicrophone Included, Charging Case and True Wireless (Earbuds Only)
  • Colour / FinishWhite
JBL Tune 450BT

Wireless HeadphonesJBL Tune 450BT

4.3 from 187 reviews

At $69, these JBL on-ear headphones are some of the most reasonably-priced wireless Bluetooth headphones, and with plenty of positive reviews to boot.

Price (RRP) A$69.95

PriceA$45.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (32)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (32)
  • Sound Quality
    4.4 (32)
  • Bass
    4.5 (30)
  • Comfort
    4.1 (32)
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • FeaturesMicrophone Included
  • Colour / FinishBlack, Blue and White
  • Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

Wireless HeadphonesBose SoundLink Around-Ear II

4.6 from 74 reviews

At $330, the Bose SoundLink headphones are one of the more affordable models of over-ear headphones by Bose.

Price (RRP) A$329.95

PriceA$312.00Kogan

  • TypeOver-Ear
  • FeaturesMicrophone Included
  • Colour / FinishBlack, White
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Wireless vs wired headphones

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.

Wired Headphones

Wired headphones physically connect to a device by plugging it into a headphone jack or charging port. These types of headphones don’t allow for a lot of movement - if you’re jogging on a treadmill, it can be easy to get caught up in a tangle of wires, interrupting your workout.

However, wired headphones are a stable and reliable way to listen to music. They're often cheaper than wireless headphones and generally have a superior sound quality too, as Bluetooth can only handle so much information across its signal. In fact, many renowned music producers are known to use wired headphones when working in the studio.

Work/uni

If you’re working in an office or studying for an exam, it’s worth buying a pair of wired headphones to avoid the disruption of your headphones disconnecting. Planning to wear your headphones for long periods of time? Consider wearing in-ear headphones because continuous usage of on-ear or over-ear headphones may cause discomfort after a while.

Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones provide a cord-free connection between your headphones and your device. Most headphones establish this connection via Bluetooth.

Buying wireless headphones with Bluetooth means that you don’t have to worry about the physical specifications of the phone. Since the headphone jack doubles up as the charging port on many modern phones, it's impossible to listen to music while charging - if you’re using wired headphones. The main two phone charging ports are USB-C and micro-USB but wireless headphones can pair with a phone regardless of what type of physical port it has.

Although, it’s not always that simple. While praised for their convenience, Bluetooth headphones are also notorious for their unstable connectivity. It can be frustrating to have your music cut out suddenly if your Bluetooth connection drops. Plus, if you’ve forgotten to charge your headphones and don’t have your charging case with you, your headphones are then rendered useless.

Entertainment

For risk-free late-night TV that won’t result in waking up your partner or the kids, you can hook up wireless headphones to the TV and crank up the volume as loud as you’d like. To ensure that no noise escapes from your headphones, it’s helpful to buy a pair of over-ear headphones. These headphones surround your ears, making it hard for noise to spill out. Plus, if your headphones have an integrated microphone, they can double up as a gaming headset.

Exercise

Choosing headphones for sports can be tricky. It’s all about finding the balance between a pair that feels comfortable but are not so loose that they’ll pop out of your ears while jogging.

Search for in-ear wireless headphones that are designed to sit securely in your ears during high-intensity training. Headphones with ear loops will act as an extra layer of protection to keep your headphones in.

The Jabra Elite Sport is a prime example of wireless headphones made to endure fitness activities. These have a built-in heart rate and VO2 max monitor, along with ear wings which help to keep them in place. They’re also built to withstand moisture, so if you go for a run and sweat you won’t damage your headphones.

How do I use wireless headphones?

Bluetooth

Connecting Bluetooth headphones to your device is a simple-enough process. Open Bluetooth on your phone and keep your headphones in close range to pair up the devices. There’s some concern about the low level of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that Bluetooth headphones produce, just like mobile phones and microwaves.

However, although some scientists suggest that the proximity of Bluetooth headphones to the brain can cause concern, there’s currently no solid scientific evidence to prove that it’s unsafe. Other less common types of headphones which don’t connect via Bluetooth include infrared and radiofrequency headphones, however, there are limited models available on the market.

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.

Noise-cancelling headphones

There are two types of noise cancelling headphones which also play music: passive and active.
Passive noise cancellation is like wearing earmuffs – a physical barrier blocking outside noise, whereas active noise cancellation is made up of sound waves that eliminate noise.

Most headphones on the market use passive noise-cancelling technology, which means you’re battling with outside noises. Although passive noise cancellation blocks environmental noise, it doesn’t cancel it out. Chances are it’s going to be hard to hear the music clearly if you don’t turn it up to a very high level. Listening to blaring music for sustained periods of time can, in the long run, cause damage to your ears.

Active noise-cancelling headphones

This is where active noise-cancelling headphones can help. Active noise-cancelling headphones eliminate noise, rather than just competing with it. So after the headphones erase this noise, you can then listen to music at a much lower volume, potentially preventing any future hearing damage.

Noise-cancelling headphones will be pricier but ultimately are worth it. Plus, a premium pair of noise-cancelling headphones can block out almost anything. If you’re interested in investing in a pair, Sony and Bose both have strong reputations for producing them.

Additionally, noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver for flying. If you’ve been on an plane, chances are you’ll be familiar with the sounds of rowdy children in the row behind you or a fighting couple in the seats next to you.

All you need to do is pop on your headphones to block out environmental noise and shut out the world around you so you can focus on the music. Keep in mind that even if your noise-cancelling headphones are wired, you’ll still need to charge them as they’re battery operated.

Are any headphones better than Beats?

Man listening to music

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 commentators have complained that both their over-ear and on-ear headphones focus on bass and don’t provide a rounded-out experience. If you care more about function than fashion, there are superior brands to consider.

Apple: If you’re after a popular and convenient pair of headphones to pair with your iPhone, AirPods are a sought-after choice. Don’t expect studio-quality but they do produce a clear, vibrant sound. Their sleek and compact charging case makes it easy to slip into your pocket so you can charge on the go. Their Bluetooth connection enables them to connect to pretty much any device regardless of whether it’s Apple or Android.

However, some reviewers found the connection to be quite unstable and would cut out during calls or while listening to music. Others were frustrated by the short battery life.

Otherwise, if you just need a basic and affordable pair of headphones, the Apple EarPods are a suitable alternative - but only if you have an Apple device. These headphones are incompatible with Android. Their low price is their main selling point, as they are only $30 or free with the purchase of an older iPhone. The iPhone 12 and onwards are no longer including headphones in the box, citing efforts to reduce waste.

They don’t produce a great sound quality, which at this price point is to be expected. However, they make a great pair of back-up headphones. Fun fact: Beats is now owned by Apple.

Bose: Bose has a wide range of headphones, from their classic wireless headphones to novelties such as the Bose sunglasses frames. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II was a ProductReview.com.au Award winner in both 2019 and 2020 for its superior sound quality and active noise cancellation.

Sony: Sony has an impressive line of headphones which rival the Quiet Comfort 35 II. If you’re after value for money, Sony is your best bet - plus it’s often available for a discounted price.

Sennheiser: 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: 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 $399.95.

A cheaper pair of JBL headphones has useful features, such as an integrated microphone and Bluetooth connectivity but also has a lower battery life and a lower frequency rate than a more expensive option. Frequency rate determines the range of bass and treble you hear, so if you want a cleaner sound, it’s worth spending more. Premium JBL headphones are also noise cancelling.