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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Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

4.7  (97)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
Angus C.
Angus C.NSW14 posts
 
Perfect for video editingBest audio of clarity while video editing. Probably the best out of the current market. The bass is clear. Is good it comes with a 2.0 if you want to plug into a PC/Mac.
Soundcore Space Q45

Soundcore Space Q45

4.5  (116)
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  • Price (RRP) $219.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Justin T.
Justin T.VIC4 posts
  Verified
Good noise cancelling headphones for a affordable priceVery comfy and great sounding headphones. Noise cancelling is good but can be better but over all very happy with this purchase. Show details
Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

4.2  (452)
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$219Bing Lee
Jake Stov
Jake StovVIC3 posts
  Airpods 2nd Gen with Charging Case
Good bang for your buckGreat all around sound, quality and battery life! Definitely reccomend Air Pods especially if you go to gym or do any physical activities Show details
Soundcore Space A40

Soundcore Space A40

4.3  (151)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
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Kate N.
Kate N.QLD
  Verified
Great little earbuds at an amazing priceThese earphones are great! The sound quality for music is amazing, and they work perfectly for calls as well. I can hear people very clearly, and they can hear me too. During the adjustment period, my ears did get a bit sore, but after wearing them for a few weeks, it doesn't hurt as much anymore. I would definitely recommend these earbuds! Show details ·  1
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

4.5  (75)
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  • Price (RRP) $329.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
Sam
SamNSW30 posts
 
Exceptional listening experience with perfect comfortThe around-ear comfort is exceptional as I use them up to 10 hours a day sometimes, the noise reduction is very good, the audio quality is simply incredible, and takes your listening experience to a new level. Very easy to use and they look classy! Show details
Soundcore Sport X10

Soundcore Sport X10

4.6  (61)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.99
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cazzly
cazzly2 posts
  Verified
Hook on earbudsGreat erabuds that hook over your ears so they won't fall out while gardening. Don't garden too far from the house though because the blue tooth pick up doesn't span long distance. Battery seems to last long. Fabulous for the price. Show details ·  1
Bose SoundSport Wireless

Bose SoundSport Wireless

4.2  (149)
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  • Price (RRP) $229.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
k60817429
k60817429SA14 posts
 
SoundsportGreat earbuds, unfortunately one of the buds stopped working after just over one year. It was disconnecting and not charging properly. The sound quality is great though Show details
Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

4.3  (97)
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  • 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 Q30

Soundcore Life Q30

4.5  (58)
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  • Price (RRP) $149.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
Alison Gilmour
Alison Gilmour
  Verified
Good but …Good noise cancelling but I find the padded bit on top a little uncomfortable for some reason. I wish it was flatter Show details
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HyperX Cloud II

HyperX Cloud II

4.4  (59)
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  • Price (RRP) $139
  • TypeOver-Ear
Lee N
Lee NNSW8 posts
  Verified
Replaced by Sony WH-1000XM4 2.5 
Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony WH-1000XM3

4.1  (132)
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  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Moe M.
Moe M.
  WH1000XM3B
SHAME ON SONY!!cheap product, cheap design and poorest of qualities. I cant even connect it to my laptop and I tried with few different devices and still no hope. the threading on the ear buds is not straight in some parts ... Show details
Beats Solo3

Beats Solo3

4.0  (148)
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  • Price (RRP) $399.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
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Michael B.
Michael B.
 
Such a disappointmentGood sound and sound deadening.
Cuts out well below quoted range, connection interference and plays that connection ringtone stupidly loud and takes ages to reconnect with paired device upon resetting disappointing Show details
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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$29Bing Lee
Cindy D.
Cindy D.NSW16 posts
 
Sennheiser RS 120 II

Sennheiser RS 120 II

4.0  (103)
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  • Price (RRP) $249 to $249.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
Ric H
Ric HVictoria11 posts
  Verified RS 120 II
Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

4.6  (32)
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  • Price (RRP) $169
  • TypeOver-Ear
Jake
JakeNSW10 posts
 
Soundcore Life Q35

Soundcore Life Q35

4.4  (40)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.99
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Cori mcbroom
Cori mcbroom
  Verified
Soundcore Sleep A10

Soundcore Sleep A10

3.7  (132)
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  • Price (RRP) $219.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
Santaya Bates
Santaya BatesWA
  Verified
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Replaced by Beats Powerbeats Pro 2.8 
Beats Powerbeats 3

Beats Powerbeats 3

3.8  (80)
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  • Price (RRP) $259.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
T-bird
T-birdQLD
 
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

4.3  (33)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
Peter R
Peter RMelbourne2 posts
 
Kmart Bluetooth

Kmart Bluetooth

3.7  (82)
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  • Price (RRP) $19
  • TypeOn-Ear
leanne
leanne6 posts
 
Kmart
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Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC

Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC

3.9  (52)
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  • 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.
Soundcore Liberty 4

Soundcore Liberty 4

4.2  (30)
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  • 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
Soundcore Life P3

Soundcore Life P3

4.3  (24)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
John McGregor
John McGregor
  Verified
Happy CustomerExcellent quality. Just perfect for my high school daughter to use on a daily basis. Show details ·  1
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Sony MDR-XB550AP

4.2  (25)
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  • Price (RRP) $89.95
  • TypeOn-Ear
John
JohnPerth13 posts
  Verified MDRXB550APW
Great sound producedGot this in Jb hifi for my mother in law's birthday present as she loves enjoy music during her spare time. It was on special and I can tell that she loves it very much because she told me she uses it every day! Show details
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

4.0  (29)
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  • Price (RRP) $169.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
renlee
renleeVIC21 posts
 
Great soundI love these earbuds as they have a great sound and fit well in your ear canal, most others always fall out for me. I prefer these as they are not really noise cancelling which suits me when I am out riding my bike. As usual great sound quality from Sennheiser and excellent quality.

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Beats BeatsX

Beats BeatsX

3.4  (74)
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  • 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
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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!

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.

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