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List of brands we tested in this review.
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In $AUD as supplied by manufacturers.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 79 and 899
Type of fit
Refers to the way the headphone sits in, on or around your ear/ear canal. The design can also have an effect on noise reduction/cancellation.
Wired headphones connect to your device or stereo via a cable. Wireless headphones connect via WiFi or Bluetooth, but have a band or cable connecting each can/bud. True wireless headphones connect via WiFi or Bluetooth and do not have a cable connecting each earbud (such as the Apple AirPods.
Sound quality score
This score is an assessment by a listening panel of the audio quality of the headphones when reproducing music, regardless of the noise-cancelling or isolation effectiveness.
enter value/s in increments of i between 14 and 96
Battery life (hours)
Measured in hours. Note, turning off noise cancellation can increase battery life in some models.
enter value/s in increments of i between 2 and 80
Listening score with NC on
We test the headphone's sound isolation effect with noise cancelling feature turned on.
enter value/s in increments of i between 13 and 100
Takes into account placing in or on ear, removing from ear, potential to accidentally fall out of ear, restrictiveness of the wire, suitability for left-handed users as well as those with weak grip, limited sight, limited hearing and colour-blindness.
enter value/s in increments of i between 35 and 80
Adapter for aeroplane use
Can be used to take mobile calls
Whether the models on test can take a phone call, either through wireless Bluetooth or via a cable connection.
Has controls on headphone or cable
Control on the cable or headphone for volume, pause/play, stop or taking a phone call.
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.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Listening quality score
- Listening score with NC on
- Listening score with NC off
- Battery life
- Good points
- Bad points
- Type of fit
- Wired or wireless
- Detachable cable
- Has controls on headphone or cable
- Type of controls
- Can be used to take mobile calls
- Supports mobile assistant
- Headphones fold
- USB charging cable supplied
- Adapter for airplane use
- Transport bag
- Battery type
- Cable length (cm)
- Weight (g)