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.

209 listings

Best Wired Headphone

Audio Technica ATH-M50x
4.7 from 97 reviews
TypeOver-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm

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

Price (RRP) $279.00

  • Build Quality
    4.6 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (10)
  • Sound Quality
    4.8 (10)
  • Bass
    4.5 (10)
  • Comfort
    4.6 (10)
  • FeaturesGaming Headset
  • Colour / FinishBlack, White
  • Frequency Response15Hz - 28kHz
  • Cord Length3 m
2nd Best Wired Headphone
Bose QuietComfort 20 QC20
4.3 from 95 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (10)
  • Sound Quality
    4.7 (10)
  • Bass
    4.6 (9)
  • Comfort
    4.5 (10)
  • FeaturesMicrophone Included and Noise Cancelling
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Cord Length0.3 m
3rd Best Wired Headphone
HyperX Cloud II
4.4 from 58 reviews
TypeOver-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $139.00

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (13)
  • Sound Quality
    4.7 (13)
  • Bass
    4.3 (12)
  • Comfort
    4.5 (13)
  • FeaturesGaming Headset, Microphone Included and Noise Cancelling
  • Colour / FinishRed, Gun Metal
  • Cord Length1 m
Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser Momentum

 · includes 4 listings
4.5 from 46 reviews
TypeOver-Ear and On-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm and USB

Price (RRP) $299.00 to $799.00

Price $599.95 Bing Lee

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Sony MDR-ZX110NC
4.0 from 133 reviews
TypeOn-Ear

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Apple EarPods
4.0 from 84 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $45.00

Price from $45 Bing Lee

Audio Technica ATH-M40x
4.6 from 31 reviews
TypeOver-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm

Price (RRP) $169.00

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
4.5 from 31 reviews
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Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm

Price (RRP) $199.95

Sony MDR-XB550AP

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 · includes 5 listings
4.2 from 25 reviews
TypeOn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $89.95

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4.0 from 29 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $169.95

Beats EP
4.2 from 19 reviews
TypeOn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $129.95

Sennheiser Momentum M2

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4.5 from 14 reviews
TypeOver-Ear and On-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $349.00

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO
4.8 from 12 reviews
TypeOver-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm

Price (RRP) $279.00

Shure SE215
3.8 from 19 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

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Price (RRP) $89.00

Sennheiser HD25-1 II
4.5 from 12 reviews
TypeOn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm

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Sony MDR-ZX110B
4.3 from 13 reviews
TypeOn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm
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 · includes 2 listings
4.4 from 12 reviews
TypeOver-Ear
Jack Plug6.3mm and 3.5mm

Price (RRP) $259.00

Sony MDR-EX15AP EX Monitor
3.5 from 21 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $29.95

Price from $29.95 Bing Lee

Marley Smile Jamaica
3.5 from 21 reviews
TypeIn-Ear
Jack Plug3.5mm

Price (RRP) $34.95

Razer Kraken 7.1
3.8 from 16 reviews
TypeOn-Ear

Price (RRP) $115.00

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