Australia's best cheap headphones, discounts and deals in November 2018

 techradar.com  11/8/2018 12:16:00 AM  12  Sharmishta Sarkar

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.

Bose QC 35 II | usually $499 now $368

Bose’s best noise cancelling headphones can usually be found for just over the $400 mark at various retailers, but you can snag either the black or the silver pair from Amazon right now for the lowest price we've seen so far. If you fancy something new, the QC35 II now also comes in a Midnight Blue colour option.View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones| usually $499 now $389

Sony’s brand-new noise-cancelling wireless cans have been going for $399 for a while now, but if you don't mind the black colour option, you can save a tad more and snag a set from Billy Guyatts for $398.

If, however, you'd prefer the Silver Platinum colour option, you can head to Harvey Norman, but you'll be paying $399 for it.View Deal

Sennheiser PXC550 | usually $499 now $399

While Sony and Bose both have excellent noise cancelling headphones, Sennheiser’s PXC550 wireless cans are another great option, and they’re currently cheaper than its competition at David Jones, with a saving of $100. These cans are travel friendly with great sound and a comfortable fit, with 20% off the RRP.View Deal

JBL Everest Elite 750 | usually $429 now $343

It's not a massive discount, but we don't usually see JBL's excellent and very premium Everest Elite 750 over-ear headphones go on sale. However, you can snag an $86 discount from VideoPro on three colour options – the silver, blue and gun metal.View Deal

Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless | usually $449 now $338

Apple is about to announce the 2018 range of products, and Beats and Apple are a match made in Cupertino heaven. So if you plan on upgrading to the new range of Apple handsets, get yourself the Studio3 Wireless headphones to match, available for the bargain price of just $338 apiece in a whole colour palette, including Matte Black, White, Shadow Grey, Porcelain Rose, Blue and RedView Deal

B&O BeoPlay E8 | usually $449 now $383

Everyone's cutting the cords, so you should too. And why not get a touch of luxury while you're at it? B&O's first true-wireless 'buds are on sale at VideoPro for $383 a pop, saving you $66 on the premium product. These earphones are available in black and grey.View Deal

JBL Free | usually $229 now $198

Going completely cable free usually comes at a price, but JBL has managed to keep the cost down with its Free true wireless 'buds that give you up to 4 hours of continuous playback and an additional 20 hours in the charging case. Now available for a very affordable $198.View Deal

Sony WF-1000XN | usually $399 now $239

Looking for noise-cancelling 'buds? Sony's premium offering comes in the form of the WF-1000XN, which is about $400 a pop, but you can save a cool $160 on Amazon on both the black and gold pair.View Deal

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.

1. Sony WH-1000XM2

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 23g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 4Hz-40kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 9m | NFC: Yes

Excellent noise cancellation

Best sound performance money can buy

Long battery life

A touch fragile

For the most part, when shopping for noise cancellation headphones we've gotten used to making a compromise between shutting the world out and wanting great sound performance. But no longer. Sony's WH-1000XM2 cans are a great redesign of the already-excellent MDR-1000X and offer not just perfect noise cancellation but also score top marks in sound quality. These headphones easily outclass Bose's flagship QC35 II in terms of both soundscape and feature set.

Read more: Sony WH-1000XM2 review

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24g | Cable length: 1.2m | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Battery life: up to 40 hours | Wireless range: 9m | NFC: Yes

Broad soundscape

Excellent noise cancellation

Active EQ not for everyone

The very popular and excellent Bose QC35s underwent an upgrade and now come with Google Assistant at your beck and call. For a premium price, not only do you get Bose's world class noise cancellation and good sound quality, you also get a personal butler and an incredibly comfortable set of cans. And with up to 40 hours of battery life, you'll get through any long-haul flight.

Read more: Bose QuietComfort 35 II review

1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones

Acoustic design: Closed | Cable type: Y | Driver type: Dynamic | Frequency: 20Hz-4kHz | Mic: Inline | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Lush sound

Beautifully designed

Excellent value for money

Plastic remote looks cheap

For a little over $100, it's hard to recommend a better sounding pair of 'buds than the 1More Triple Driver in-ears. It's hard to fault the headphones, if you can put up with the rubber cable and the plastic remote. Even that is just us nitpicking. For the price, it's our top recommendation of in-ear headphones if your phone still has a headphone jack or you don't mind using an adaptor.

Read more: 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones review

4. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 289g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 24 hours | Wireless range: 100m | NFC: No

Incredible all-day battery life

Multi-point Bluetooth

Good sound quality

Design may not suit everyone

If you're a frequent flyer, or commute long distances daily, you'll understand the need for a great pair of noise cancelling headphones. Unfortunately, most of them cost a pretty penny. But not the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. These headphones offer not just good sound and shut the world out, but do it at pretty much half the cost of the usual suspects of Sony, Bose and Beats. They also have a useful feature that turns the headphones off when you're not wearing them, saving battery. And did we mention you can pair two devices at once as well? If that isn't great value, then we don't know what else is.

Read more: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review

5. Jabra Elite 65t

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 6.5g + 5.8g | Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz | Drivers: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Battery life: 4.5 hours (15 hours with charging case) | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Understated design

Balanced soundscape

Pleasure to use

Limited ear tips

With headphone jacks fast disappearing from flagship handsets, wireless headphones is the way to go. But not everyone likes the feel of a set of cans on their head and cables, no matter how small, can get annoying. If that's describing you, then true wireless 'buds are the answer to your prayers. While most of them compromise on sound quality, the Jabra Elite 65t not only sound good but offer ambient noise isolation as well. They're an excellent substitute if you aren't too keen on the other-worldly look of Apple's AirPods.

Read more: Jabra Elite 65t review

6.Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 15.5g | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 29m | NFC: No

Impressive sound quality

Multiple ear tips

Practical design

Can't listen one-eared

It's hard to find the Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 wireless 'buds, but if you're after a set of no-frills headphones that don't compromise on sound quality, you'll want to look for these. They do an excellent job of isolating sound when in a noisy environment and boast up to 10 hours of battery. And with a 15-minute quick charge, you'll get an additional two hours of playback out of them.

Read more: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 review

If you're after more information on headphones in different form factors, take a look at some of our other dedicated audio articles:

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