Headphones have flooded the market, and it’s difficult to know which ones to pick – especially if you’re a first time buyer. Here, we’ll help you weigh up whether you should buy top-of-the-line, or if a cheaper set will suffice.
While it’s tempting to buy a set of super cheap headphones, it’s worth remembering that they are inexpensive for a reason. But as you’ll see below, getting your hands on a decent pair of headphones doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Especially when you have us to do the digging for you.
To save you the time and effort, we’ve put together this dedicated guide to the best bargains on great-sounding headphones. We constantly monitor major Aussie retailers to bring you the most worthwhile deals on a variety of sets – from in-ear buds to noise-cancelling cans from the most popular brands – so check out our continually updated list below to discover the best current headphones deals in Australia.
- Find great bargains and compare Australian prices on the latest tech at Getprice.
Over- & on-ear headphones
Sony WH-CH710N | AU$219 (RRP AU$349; save AU$130)
Sony’s best known set of headphones are the stellar WH-1000XM3, but they come with a suitably premium price tag. This more affordable offering from Sony has good sound quality and noise-cancelling tech, though they aren’t quite up to scratch with Sony’s top tier offering. That said, if you don’t want to drop AU$350 on a set of headphones, these could make for a worthwhile alternative. Available from The Good Guys with AU$130 saved.View Deal
Sony WF-1000XM3 | from AU$278 (RRP AU$479.95; save up to AU$201.95)
These are Sony’s true wireless ‘buds and they’re just as exceptional as their over-ear siblings. Sony managed to squeeze active noise cancellation and a great battery into these earbuds – no small feat. If you’re ready to cut the cord, the silver set is discounted on Amazon.View Deal
Jabra Elite 65t | from AU$149 (RRP AU$249; save up to AU$100)
These excellent true wireless ‘buds have been discounted on Amazon for a very long time, although they had dropped as low as AU$143 a while back. While this isn’t as great a deal at just a few dollars more than its lowest offer, these ‘buds are a great bargain for the comfortable fit and brilliant bassy sound quality.View Deal
Jabra Elite Active 65t | AU$179 (RRP AU$279; save AU$100)
This is the workout version of the Jabra Elite 65t. With that in mind, these true wireless ‘buds have a built-in motion sensor to track your steps and an IP56 rating which promises to resist sweat while you’re busy getting the blood pumping. These in-ears have great sound quality too, as we’ve come to expect from Jabra.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus | AU$239 (RRP AU$299; save AU$60)
These earbuds get a number of upgrades on their predecessors: a whopping 11-hour battery life, a dual-driver design for improved audio and support for iOS users. The Buds Plus don’t have noise cancellation tech, which could be a dealbreaker for some, but instead they’re offering a price point that goes relatively easy on the wallet. Discount only available in blue.View Deal
Bose QuietControl 30 | AU$299 (RRP AU$449; save AU$150)
Looking for active noise cancellation without feeling the weight of a set of cans on your head? Then Bose’s QC30 Bluetooth ‘buds might be what you’re after. You get the brand’s signature sound quality and a neckband design that offer more security than true wireless headphones. You’ll get up to 10 hours of battery life per charge and save a very decent AU$150 on these premium ‘buds when shopping on Amazon.View Deal
The best deals on our favourite headphones
To help you decide which headphones work best for you, we’ve decided to put together a little buying guide with a list of our favourite recommendations.
The headphones you’ll find here have tons of features to help you to get the most out of your music, or any other form of audio-visual entertainment you prefer, however you like to listen to it.
Our favourite overall headphones (and noise-cancelling too): Sony WH-1000XM3
The cans that can do everything
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 254g | Cable length: 3.94 ft | Frequency response: 4Hz-40,000Hz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Neodymium | Sensitivity: 104.5 dB / mW (1 kHz) | Impedance: 47 ohm | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 10m
The Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones are the best you can buy – for now, anyway. They’re very much in line with what we’ve seen from Sony in the past two years, and with this model the electronics giant has managed to improve on some already fantastic sets. The noise cancellation these headphones have can beat anything Bose has to offer with ease. That’s because Sony has dedicated time to perfecting audio playback and its noise-cancelling technology. However, their crown could soon be handed over, as rumours of a Sony WH-1000XM4 release date have been circling. We’ll see what 2020 brings.
Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM3
Our favourite budget headphones: JBL Tune 750BTNC
Quality noise-cancelling over-ears for a pocket-friendly price
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 220g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 95dB | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: 15 – 22 hours | Wireless range: 30ft (10m) | NFC: No
JBL is a name you’ve probably heard in the affordable audio space. The brand consistently puts out good quality speakers and headphones with an even better price tag to match. Our previous pick on this list was the JBL Live 650BTNC, but there’s now a worthy successor to take their place – the JBL Tune 750BTNC. These noise-cancelling headphones sound great, look great, and they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Maybe some might miss waterproofing and a few minor features but, at this price, it might be foolish to complain.
Read the full review: JBL Tune 750BTNC
Our favourite true wireless earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3
The true wireless headphone jungle has a new noise-cancelling king
Weight: 70g | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dome Type | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (charging case): 18 hours | Wireless range: 30ft | NFC: Yes
It’s still rather rare to get ANC in wired earbuds at all, yet Sony has managed to squeeze best-in-class noise cancellation tech into these ‘buds that have cut the cord – and that’s no small feat to achieve. And then there’s the battery life – Sony has even managed to pack above-average battery life in here, offering up to six hours of playback on a single charge of the ‘buds alone. And then there’s more to go in the charging case as well. While the WF-1000XM3 won’t offer the same level of noise cancellation that you’ll find in their over-ear counterparts mentioned above, they offer a sleek form factor, and an alternative for those who don’t enjoy carrying around full-sized cans.
Read the full review: Sony WF-1000XM3
Our favourite workout earbuds: Beats Powerbeats Pro
Impressive-fitting workout ‘buds from Beats
Weight: N/A | Battery life: 9 hours | Heart rate monitor?: No | On-ear controls?: Yes
If you’re looking to amp up your fitness routine with an energetic soundtrack, our top pick would be the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These true wireless earbuds fit comfortably on and around the ear, thanks to their close-fitting hook design, and they don’t seem to ever fall out – important when you’re in the middle of a workout. They also have an IPX4 sweatproof rating, a long battery life of nine hours on a full charge and sound fantastic whether you’re in the gym or at home. What’s not to love?
Read the full review: Beats PowerBeats Pro
If you're after more information on headphones in different form factors, take a look at some of our other dedicated audio articles:
- Best headphones: Your definitive guide to the latest and greatest audio
- Best earbuds: earphones and in-ear headphones for any budget
- Best on-ear headphones: our pick of the best supra-aural cans
- The best wireless headphones: our pick of the best ways to cut the cord
- Best noise-cancelling headphones: our top picks for travel and commuting