UPDATE: There’s plenty to choose from this week, thanks to a massive sale on eBay for Valentine’s Day. So if you can’t find the headphones you’re after in our list of great deals, you could head on over to the online shopping site and take a gander at all the headphones on offer.
With headphones of all types, colours and styles flooding the market, it’s hard knowing which ones to pick – do you go for the premium model you’ve always wanted, or are you better off just grabbing a cheap set from the discount bin?
Well, it’s worth remembering that cheap headphones are cheap for a reason, so even if saving money is priority we can’t recommend those $2 discount-bin variety that you find all over the world. And, as you’ll find out below, you don’t always have spend a lot of dosh to snag a great set of headphones either.
To save you the time and effort, we’ve put together this dedicated guide to the best bargains on great-sounding headphone. We constantly monitor major Aussie retailers and go a-huntin’ to bring you the most worthwhile deals on a variety of sets – from in-ear buds to noise-cancelling cans – so check out our continually updated list below to discover the best current headphones deals in Australia.
Best over-ear headphone deals this week
Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $351.59 in gold (was $499.95): Sony has developed these headphones to cater to the frequent flyers thanks to optimisation of atmospheric pressure when you’re 35,000 feet in the air. These noise-cancelling cans retail for a blitzing $500 a pop, but you can snag a pair from eBay for VideoPro for just $351.59 provided you use the code PRESENT20 at checkout. That’s the cheapest price we’ve seen for these excellent cans.
Sony XB650BT Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones for $139 (was $279.95): Need a pair of wireless cans that sound great and fit comfortably? Sony’s Extra Bass lineup promises punchy bass and the XB650BT headphones feature both Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for wireless listening. The black set is on sale for a low $139 on Sony’s website, saving you a cool $149. That’s less than half price!
Sony h.ear on 2 WH-H900N wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $236 (usually $399.95): Lightweight and ergonomic, with foldable ear cups, Sony’s second iteration of the h.ear on range is Hi-Res Audio and active noise cancellation so you can enjoy your favourite tunes better. And they’re already marked down on eBay, but use the code PRESENT20 at checkout and a pair of the h.ear on 2 cans will cost you just $236 until February 12. That’s a saving of over $160 on a great set of headphones.
Sennheiser PXC550 noise-cancelling wireless headphones for $368 (was $499): Touch-sensitive ear cups keep you in control of your environment and promise comfort and great sound, along with noise cancellation to shut the world out. You can even let some ambient noise in by switching off the noise cancellation whenever you want. These premium cans retail for $499, but you can get yourself a pair from Addicted to Audio for $368. That’s more than 25% off on the usual RRP.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-cancelling over-ear headphones for $368 (usually $499): The second-generation Bose QC35s come with support for Google Assistant built in. The same great noise-cancelling headphones, but this time with something extra. They cost the same as the original, but you can get 20% off the regular RRP when shopping at eBay until February 12. Just be sure to apply the code PRESENT20 at checkout and a pair of the Bose QC35s can be yours for just $368 in black.
Beats Studio3 wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones for $335.99 (usually $449.95): The new W1 chip in the Beats Studio3 wireless headphones means you can now use it not just with your smartphone, but also with the latest Apple Watch Series 3 to take calls and listen to your favourite tunes streaming on Apple Music. And this is your chance to grab these premium noise-cancelling cans for just $336 from eBay in different colour options. Just be sure to use the code PRESENT20 at checkout. Sale ends February 12.
Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones for $239.20 (usually $399): There aren’t too many wireless cans that can match Beats’ promise of up to 40 hours of battery life for the Solo3. Plus, a quick five-minute fast charge gives you three extra hours of playback. So save yourself some money and carry on listening with a Solo3 that will cost you just over $239 as long as you use the code PRESENT20 at checkout until February 12.View Deal
Best in-ear headphone deals this week
Sony WF-1000X true wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $285.90 (usually $399.95): Sony’s cut wires and ambient noise from the WF-1000X by adding noise cancelling to into a compact form factor that gives you the freedom to move around without getting entangled or tickled by cables. And this a darn good price for a great set of premium true wireless ‘buds. Head to eBay, pop in the code PRESENT20 at checkout and a pair of the WF-1000X ‘buds can be yours for just $285.90, saving you over $100 on the deal.
Samsung Gear IconX for $207.99 (usually $299): If you’re after a fitness focused true wireless ‘buds, you could try the Gear IconX from Samsung. It will track your activities and play your music for up to 7 hours before needing a charge. And it’s the first time we’ve seen these ‘buds go on sale. So head on over to eBay, apply the code PRESENT20 at checkout and treat yourself to something that will keep you healthy for just $208, saving you $91 on the RRP.
Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones for $134 (was $169): These are one of our favourite in-ear headphones when it comes to sound quality. If you’re not too hassled by a cable, the Sennheisser Momentum ‘buds are a great option that look good too. And you save a little as well, when shopping at Addicted to Audio, where the ‘buds are on sale (for both Apple and Samsung devices ) for $134.
Bose QuietControl 30 noise-cancelling wireless headphones for $320.30 (usually $449): For a pair of in-ear headphones, the QC 30 has a level of noise cancellation that matches any of Bose’s over-ear cans, and that’s very impressive given its size. And to save plenty on these premium ‘buds, head to eBay and apply the code PRESENT20 at checkout and you can snag them for $320.30 by February 12.
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.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose has brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it’s done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights. They’re super comfortable, and despite the fact that they don’t use the AptX Bluetooth standard, the wireless doesn’t harm their sound quality one bit.
Priced at AU$499 a pop, the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now, then you can’t get any better. And they can be bought at a great price, too.
Bose QuietControl 30
For a pair of in-ear headphones, the QC 30 has a level of noise cancellation that matches any of Bose’s over-ear cans, and that’s very impressive given its size. In fact, the level of noise cancellation can be adjusted to suit your environment via the in-line remote.
But the effective noise-cancelling comes at the cost of sound quality. The QC 30 isn’t the best-sounding headphones in the world, but if you’re not an audio connoisseur, these are still a pretty good set of headphones to get, especially for those who don’t particularly enjoy the feel of cans on their ears.
Bose QuietComfort 25
The QC 25 are just as good as Bose’s premium cans, but without the premium price tag. They’re still expensive at $399 a piece, but they achieve top performance per dollar and definitely worth your hard-earned dosh.
With exemplary sound quality and equally excellent ambient noise cancellation, the QC 25 will suit the serious or the casual listener, providing a wonderfully immersive experience when watching movies or TV shows, playing games or just listening to your favourite beats.
Bose QuietComfort 20
For a pair of tethered in-ear headphones that cost you $369, you’d expect only the best from Bose, and the QC 20 does not disappoint. If you have the spare change and want incredible noise-cancelling combined with comfort and amazing sound quality, you really ought to get the QuietComfort 20.
The silicone ear tips are designed for a perfect fit while sealing the ear canal and the power for noise-cancellation comes from a lithium-ion battery. This makes the battery pack a tad unwieldy, but you’ll figure out how best to stow it as you go along. But all in all, these are one of the best headphones we’ve put through the paces.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless on-ear headphones
These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but the cans don’t come cheap. However, if you’re an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.
Stainless-steel arms and leather finishes gives the headphones a rugged look, while the ball-jointed swivelling earcups provide ample movement and comfort. Battery-savers will find the wired option to be convenient, but you can also turn the headphones on to activate active noise cancellation.
Read our review of the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless over-ear headphones.
The Oppo PM-3 is a truly stunning pair of headphones. Make no mistake, we’ve reviewed a lot of headphones over the years but none have we become more fond of than the PM-3.
They’re equally comfortable being plugged into a headphone amp at home as they are commuting through the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, and they stand head and shoulders above rival products from bigger brands. We really can’t recommend them highly enough, they’re just amazing.
Sennheiser Momentum In-ear headphones
With the appealing candy apple detailing, Sennheiser gets you in the door. But once you’re in, you’ll stay for the killer sound quality that comes from the Momentum In-Ear earphones. And you won’t have a problem that it’s tethered.
Capable of providing booming, tight bass straight to your ear canal, the Momentum In-ear buds will have you foot-tapping to practically every tune you listen to. And for a low-cost set of in-ears, they’re as fine as they come.
Read our review of the Sennheiser Momentum In-ear headphones.
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