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

 techradar.com  1/20/2019 11:56:00 PM  16  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 ~$318

The price of these ever-popular noise-cancelling cans has been fluctuating on Amazon lately, but it's back to an all-time law of about $318 a pop. So if you've been craving one of these excellent over-ear wireless headphones, now would be a good time to snag one in any of the three colour options.View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones| usually $499 now $398

Sony’s brand-new noise-cancelling wireless cans have been going for $399 for a while now, but VideoPro is giving you the chance to save a dollar more in case you missed the original offer. And the offer is available on both the black and the platinum silver colour sets.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

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Jabra Elite 65t | usually $299 now from $228

By far one of the most balanced sounding true wireless headphones available today, the Jabra Elite 65t is also earpods you can personalise via an accompanying app. And while it does come with a premium price tag, you can save about $70 on Amazon right now on all three colour options.View Deal

Sony WI-1000X noise-cancelling headphones | usually $449 now $307.04

Sony does noise cancelling well, and its in-ear ‘buds are just as good as cans, but without the discomfort of having something big around your head. So if you’re after a premium set of ‘buds to shut the world out during your daily commute, the WI-1000X will offer digital noise cancelling, now at a relatively affordable price of $307 on Amazon. That’s over $140 cheaper than Sony’s own price tag.View Deal

Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 | usually $199 now $149

If you're after a no-frills wireless in-ear headphones that gives you a decent amount of listening time, then the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 is a good option. There's a 10-hour battery life with dual mode active noise cancelling well. And it's $50 off at JB Hi-Fi.View Deal

Jaybird Tarah | usually $149 now $129

It might be just a $20 discount at JB Hi-Fi, but these are the latest wireless sports 'buds from Jaybird. They're sweat- and waterproof, offers up to six hours of playtime and is affordable.View Deal

B&O BeoPlay E8 | usually $449 now $373

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 $373 a pop, saving you $76 on the premium product. These earphones are available in black and grey.View Deal

Sony WF-1000XN | usually $399 now $261

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 $138 when shopping from Appliances Online. This offer is available only on the 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.

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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