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 746 reviews
Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Audio Technica ATH-M50x

4.7  (98)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
Thirsty Gecko
Thirsty GeckoQLD22 posts
  Verified
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
 
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
 
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
$18Bing Lee
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
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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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
 
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
Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO

Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO

4.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
Darren N.
Darren N.Carlton
 
Durable headphonesA durable set of headphones that can take quite a beating. Synthetic leather peels off after heavy usage but it's alright considering how much it costs. These headphones are good for the average user. Works out great for me, would recommend as a starter headphone for those on a budget.

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SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 5

4.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Cass
CassGold Coast6 posts
 
Great gaming headsetSince upgrading from a logitech, my steelseries headset hasn't skipped a beat. incredible sound and bass. its unique design is incredibly comfortable to wear as it is suspended off your head not resting on it.

amazing at eliminating external sounds, microphone quality is good

easily adjusted sound levels, and a button for muting

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Marley Liberate On-Ear EMJH073MI

Marley Liberate On-Ear EMJH073MI

4.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49.95
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Darren B.
Darren B.VIC7 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
Great cans for music and moviesThese phones are great for both music and video. They are Bluetooth and connection is simple. I also use these when I workout or go for walks. They have great sound separation and are made from recycled materials which I find nice as well. Show details
Sennheiser HD 558

Sennheiser HD 558

4.2  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229
  • TypeOver-Ear
jackieduong
jackieduong6 posts
  Verified
Moki ACC-HPHY

Moki ACC-HPHY

3.4  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $29.99
  • TypeOn-Ear
  • Jack Plug3.5mm
Emma
EmmaSydney4 posts
  ACC-HPHYB
Cheap headphones and not worth buyingI like how these headphones come in a variety of colors and they try to make them different and attractive. The quality is another story. Mine were a poor fit and the sounds was awful as well. I did not return them as past the return deadline and did not want the extra hassle.

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Sony MDR-7506

Sony MDR-7506

4.8  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $220
  • TypeOver-Ear
  • Jack Plug2.5mm and 6.3mm
jsljustin
jsljustin245034 posts
  Verified
AKG K 702

AKG K 702

4.8  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $345
  • TypeOver-Ear
Juli
Juli
 
Superb HeadphonesHave impressive sound quality as well bass quality is on top level It is one of the best. The only drawback would be the price. AKG produces some of the best studio headphones,I would recommend this headphone to anyone. Show details

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