Best Wired Headphones

There's no need to worry about pairing your devices, a connectivity or audio lag, or running out of charge if you choose wired headphones. With no audio compression or loss of sound quality, the ease and reliability of 'plug in and go' makes a pair of wired headphones appealing to many.

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Wireless headphones may be gaining in popularity, but here are some reasons why wired headphones are still a favourable choice:

Sound Quality The bar for sound quality is set by wired headphones. The best wireless headphones aren't going to sound as good as the best wired headphones, because Bluetooth performance can't compare to a wired connection. In a professional music studio, you'll find audiophiles and professionals use wired headphones for the best sound quality.

Price The best ones that the professionals use are very expensive. But if you compare a pair of wired headphones to a wireless pair with the same sound quality, wired ones are always cheaper. This is because without the need for a battery or wireless antenna, wired headphones are cheaper to make.

Reliability With a wired connection, there aren't really any external factors that will affect the sound quality. With Bluetooth headphones, your listening experience can be impacted by several factors not within your control, such as the number of other Bluetooth devices in close proximity, or bad and faulty software.

Durability New technology and new innovations mean there's a frequent turnover of tech products, often with a shorter lifespan. If you want to invest in a good quality pair of headphones, how long do you want them to last for? Most batteries in wireless headphones are not removable, meaning that once the battery dies, the headphones themselves become pretty obsolete.

Use our filters to narrow down your choices. The 3.5mm audio jack is most common, but you may have need for 6.3mm, 2.5mm or USB compatibility. Know all the brands? The Brand filter is also helpful for finding details and reviews on headphones from plenty of brands, including top Japanese and German manufacturers such as Audio Technica, Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic, amongst others.

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Based on 975 reviews
Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

4.7  (97)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
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.
Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20

4.3  (97)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
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
Sony MDR-ZX110NC

Sony MDR-ZX110NC

4.0  (136)
 Summary
  • 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)
 Summary
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
$29Bing Lee
Cindy D.
Cindy D.NSW16 posts
 
Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

4.6  (32)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $169
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
Jake
JakeNSW10 posts
 
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Sony MDR-XB550AP

4.2  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89.95
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
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
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

4.8  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
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
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Jalil K.
Jalil K.NSW3 posts
  Momentum
Shure SE215

Shure SE215

3.8  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Biscuit
Biscuit6 posts
 
Sony MDR-ZX110B

Sony MDR-ZX110B

4.3  (13)
 Summary
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Simon
SimonBrisbane11 posts
 
Sennheiser HD 598

Sennheiser HD 598

4.4  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $259
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug6.3mm and 3.5mm
hetzjagd
hetzjagd5 posts
  598
Marley Smile Jamaica

Marley Smile Jamaica

3.6  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $34.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Naresh
Naresh10 posts
 
Best quality for the priceBest quality, very durable. In past, I tried several branded and unbranded which teared every few months. I use them every day at work and at home. There definitely the best for quality and sound.
Sony MDR-EX15AP EX Monitor

Sony MDR-EX15AP EX Monitor

3.5  (21)
 Summary
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Em S.
Em S.SA3 posts
 
All sorts of troubleI am not sure if mine are faulty. But things play randomly with out me pressing the button, tv shows or music pause with out me pressing it, it opens Spotify and plays without me having the app even open Show details
Razer Kraken 7.1

Razer Kraken 7.1

3.6  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $115
  • TypeOn-Ear
Andrew K.
Andrew K.
 
Garbage you wear on your headStay away from this, poor mic quality and breaks within a year. Show details
Sennheiser Urbanite XL

Sennheiser Urbanite XL

3.6  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $319.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Nemo
Nemo
 
Good sound quality but poor designGood sound quality as Sennheisers always have, but generally poor design. The quality of earpads is poor and they started to deteriorate in few months. and the earpads also tend to slip off often if you're not careful. And because of the idiotic design, they are pain in the butt to put back on.
Koss KSC75

Koss KSC75

4.9  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Apocrine
ApocrineBrisbane8 posts
 
Great sound quality, comfortable, poor noise isolationGreat sound quality. Almost as good as an IEM without the pain. Really comfortable to wear for long times. It has poor noise isolation unless you really press them against your head. I'm not sure if I need to adjust them or if it's just from having them without any padding.

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Sony MDR-E9LP

Sony MDR-E9LP

3.3  (20)
 Summary
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Victoria
VictoriaQLD2 posts
 
Gives Out SoundI use these for school, can't listen to my things at a high volume because it gives out so much out-sound. People around me can hear what I'm listening to and it's SO annoying because I like having my stuff really loud. Expected better for 11 bucks. Also expected a mic but it's what you're paying for I guess. Show details
Audio Technica ATH-M20x

Audio Technica ATH-M20x

4.4  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
CheapoBuyer
CheapoBuyerNSW9 posts
  Verified
AKG K712 Pro

AKG K712 Pro

4.7  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
jureat
jureatVIC7 posts
 
Sennheiser HD 650

Sennheiser HD 650

5.0  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $639
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
Tony N
Tony NMELBOURNE50 posts
 
Creative EP-630

Creative EP-630

4.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.95 to $99.95
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Tommy
Tommy8 posts
  EP-630i
Audio Technica ATH-ANC33iS

Audio Technica ATH-ANC33iS

3.3  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Alan inner west
Alan inner westNSW34 posts
  Verified
Moki ACC-HPKS

Moki ACC-HPKS

3.9  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $29.99
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Sweet Garden
Sweet GardenKyneton4 posts
 
Koss Porta Pro

Koss Porta Pro

5.0  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.99 to $119.95
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Rico
Rico
  Porta Pro
Fantastic sound, great clarityI have had many headphones including a grado but this is one of the best headphones i have ever used. Superb sound, great clarity and you could hear the rhythm guitars cleanly. sadly my wife threw it away thinking it was an old headphone from the 70s which I had seemingly kept. Never forgave her for that.

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EPOS Sennheiser GAME ONE

EPOS Sennheiser GAME ONE

5.0  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $369.95
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Allan
AllanAdelaide4 posts
 
Top of the marketI bought these headphones to listen to music loudly, to play games and to talk to my friends. It does all of these perfectly. I can listen to the music and hear things that lesser headphones cant hear, can hear people behind me and talk to my friends like im talking to people in person.

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Shure SE425

Shure SE425

4.0  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $378
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Joe
JoeQueensland4 posts
 
Sound is good but Quality is dismalHave had nothing but problems with Shure earphones, earphone cables and Bluetooth cables for my Shure 425 earphones. Cables fray and wire pokes through, Bluetooth cable just stopped working and now the body of one 425 has split at the glue in the seam.
These earphones are not cheap +$300 AUD
I am going back to Sennheiser earphones.
German quality. Show details
SoundMAGIC E10C

SoundMAGIC E10C

4.3  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $64.99
  • TypeIn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Ian
IanSA
 
HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger

4.8  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Bec26W
Bec26W6 posts
  Verified
Use them all day for workGood sound quality, ability to flip the microphone up and mute is amazing for leaving the room in a meeting. Not run out of battery had for a few months, only downside a little bulky. Show details
Sennheiser HD 203

Sennheiser HD 203

4.2  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79.95
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug6.3mm
jmk
jmk13 posts
 
good, dependable headphones. Not the most balancd soundThese are good, dependable headphones. But they do not the most balanced sound. If you are just using them casually and you are after a cheap set of headphones that will last then they are worth a look. You can get spare cushion covers quite cheap on Ebay to get more life out of them.

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Moki ACC-HPNCBK

Moki ACC-HPNCBK

2.7  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $119.99
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Joel C.
Joel C.WA2 posts
 
Very poorGot these through work. Plugged them in and got no sound after using two different jacks. Noise cancellation poor. Zipped them back up and stored in desk. Show details

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