Looking for a good set of headphones? A traditional wired pair, or something of the wireless headphones variety? We've tested in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones, but consider the below points before diving into our data.
Our expert testers give every set of headphones a thorough workout to help find the models that:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which headphones are foldable, and which have built-in remote controls for iOS and Android.
Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
In $AUD as supplied by manufacturers.
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We recommend headphones with an overall score of 70% and above.
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Most wireless headphones use Bluetooth to make a wireless connection between your smartphone and headphones. If the headphone has wireless support but doesn't support Bluetooth, it uses a digital wireless transmitter that is connected to your audio system or TV at home. The range is usually much better than Bluetooth.
Earphones fit at least part-way inside the ear canal, sometimes also clipping onto the ear. They're commonly called earbuds or in-ear models and are most likely the type you’ll find in your smartphone box. Over ear (circumaural) headphones completely surround your ear, and may provide added passive noise-cancelling properties. On ear (supra-aural) are usually smaller and more compact as they rest on the outside of your ear.
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Made up of sound quality (55%), comfort and durability (35%) and audio enhancements (10%).
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50% of the overall score. Includes scores for speech, jazz, rock, pop and classical music.
Includes comfort when wearing spectacles, noise if the cable is moved, cable tangling and assessment of the materials used in manufacture.
Includes leakage and passive noise-cancelling as well as wireless interference.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.