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
Parrot Zik 2.0 over-ear Bluetooth headphones for $199 (was $499): Featuring a bold design by Phillipe Starck, Parrot’s Zik 2.0 cans offers a promise of good sound, but will not work without its companion app. That said, both hardware and software work well together and this is perhaps the cheapest we’ve seen the cans selling for. You can snag a yellow pair (are you bold enough?) from eBay for just $199, saving a whopping $300 on the Parrot Zik 2.0 Bluetooth headphones. They’re out of stock on Parrot’s online storefront where they retail for $299 a pop when on sale.
BlueAnt Pump Soul wireless over-ear headphones for $99.99 (was $169): Aussie manufacturer BlueAnt has been making waves with some of their budget-friendly and excellent quality headphones, and the Pump Soul cans promise to not be the exception to the rule. There’s a promise of deep bass to keep your beats pumping for up to 24 hours of play. Plus they’re IP54 certified, so sweat on them and they won’t mind. Head to eBay and you can score yourself a pair of the Pump Soul cans for just $99.99 in white,saving you $70 on the usual RRP of $169. You can also get a pair in black/teal or in full black if you want.
BlueAnt Pump Zone wireless over-ear headphones for $149 (was $189): With Siri and Google Assistant integration, plus an IP54 sweatproof certification means these cans can go everywhere with you. You’ve got controls on one earcup and BlueAnt’s promise of great sound. Plus you can snag a pair of BlueAnt Pump Zone Bluetooth cans for $149 on eBay, one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen for them. That’s a saving of $40.
Best in-ear headphone deals this week
Jaybird X3 wireless in-ear headphones for $119 (was $199): Jaybird has some excellent sports buds and the X3 wireless in-ears are no exception. With up to 8 hours of playback, a sweatproof design and multiple eartips and wings for a great fit, these buds deliver great sound for everyday use and gym workouts. They retail for $199 a pop, but head to Catch.com.au and a the green pair of Jaybird X3 wireless buds can be yours for just $119.
BlueAnt Pump Mini2 Bluetooth sports headphones for $61.48 (was $129): If you’re looking for a comfortable set of sports buds that will not only perform well in the gym with you, but also won’t let you down on sound quality without breaking the bank, you could consider the BlueAnt Pump Mini2 wireless buds. They’re comfortable and promise up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge. Plus the Pump Mini2 wireless sports buds are just over $61 on eBay, available in teal and purple. That’s about 52% off on the usual RRP of $129.
JBL Everest 100 Bluetooth in-ear headphones for $89.99 (was $169): With JBL’s signature sound and up to 8 hours of battery life, the Everest 100 wireless buds promise a comfortable fit and a built-in microphone. Plus they JBL Everest 100 buds are just $90 on eBay, if you’re after a white set. That’s $79 off on a pair.
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.
If you’re after more information on headphones in different form factors, take a look at some of our other dedicated audio articles:
- The best earbuds available today
- The best on-ear headphones
- The best wireless headphones of 2017
- The best noise-cancelling headphones