Our Best Wireless Headphones for 2018

Enjoy the superior sound quality and cord-free experience of bluetooth, with our 5 tips for the best wireless headphones in Australia.

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Bose QuietComfort QC35

If you need the best wireless over-ear headphones around then the Bose QuietComfort QC35 headphones might be the ones you’re looking for. These top of the range, noise cancelling, wireless headphones offer amazing optimised sound quality at any volume level that is further enhanced by Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology – turn them on and external noise simply fades away!

Made from glass filled nylon and corrosion resistant stainless steel, they are both lightweight and highly durable while incorporating strong finishing touches that ensure they easily withstand everyday use – whatever you get up to. The headband on QuietComfort QC35 headphones is wrapped in Alcantara which is a material used in high-end yachts and automobiles while the ear cushions are finished in synthetic protein leather for virtually endless comfortable use and also have a silicone beading which provides passive noise reduction.

Bose QuietComfort wireless headphones offer an impressive 20-hours of wireless use from a single charge or 40-hours if you’re using them wired. Bluetooth and NFC pairing make it easy to connect multiple devices to your QC35’s while the volume-optimised equaliser delivers rich, balanced audio at any sound level. If you’re on a call, then your QuietComfort headphones with their noise-rejecting dual microphone system will ensure crystal clear sound quality even if you’re in a windy or noisy place.

QC35 wireless headphones are also compatible with the free Bose Connect app which will give you even more control over your headphones’ settings – it makes connecting and switching between your Bluetooth devices a breeze, lets you personalise and customise your settings and will even keep you updated on software releases and product tips for your wireless headphones.

With the Bose QuietComfort QC35 wireless headphones, the best just got better. Try them for yourself — then try to live without them! These best-in-class wireless headphones from Bose cost $499 and, in our opinion, are worth every cent.

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Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones by Dr. Dre, in partnership with Apple, are award-winning wireless headphones designed you give you optimal sound quality, the convenience of Bluetooth wireless technology and that chic super-cool look that made Beats audio peripherals world famous.

Packed with features, Solo 3 wireless headphones use unique Apple W1 chip technology to enable you to easily pair your Bluetooth devices, switch between them effortlessly and enjoy the convenience of up to 3 hours of battery life via a single 5-minute ‘Fast Fuel’ charge. If that isn’t convenient enough then, on a full charge, Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones will give you up to 40-hours of uninterrupted use.

Other awesome features on offer from your Solo 3’s include integrated call, music, and volume controls, a beam forming mic for optimal call clarity, the noise isolating design and a fully adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups for a continuously comfortable listening experience.

Available in a range of super-cool colours, Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones also include passive playback via the ‘RemoteTalk’ cable which has inline controls, a LED fuel gauge, a branded carry case for convenient storage and a universal USB charging cable. You can join the Beats by Dr. Dre army today when you buy your Beats Solo 3 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones for $399.95.

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Bose SoundLink® Around Ear Wireless Headphones II

Designed to give you incredible sound performance and all the freedom of wireless technology, the Bose SoundLink Around Ear Wireless Headphones II have everything you need to immerse yourself in your favourite media whether that’s a great movie, awesome tunes or you’re just chatting with friends.

These over-ear wireless headphones from Bose are equipped with Active EQ and TriPort technology to deliver reliable crisp, clear audio at any volume level. The multi-function controls on the ear-cup mean that you can adjust the volume or switch tracks without the need to move or reach for your device and when you need to take a call, the advanced Bose microphone in the SoundLink Around Ear Wireless Headphones II will deliver clear voice quality without compromise even if you’re out-and-about. For even more customisation of your headphones‘ settings, there is also a free app available for either iOS or Android to give you ultimate control.

With flawless Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to connect two devices simultaneously, amazing sound quality at any volume level that is enhanced by the noise cancelling design and the peace of mind that you’ll get from Bose through the inclusive 12-month manufacturers warranty, the Bose SoundLink Around Ear Wireless Headphones II at $379 are definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for some new premium quality wireless headphones.

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Sony MDRZX770BNB Bluetooth Headphones

When you invest in Sony MDRZX770BNB Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones you’ll be able to enjoy your music at the touch of a button without everyday distractions thanks to their powerful drivers, low bass frequencies, and their ‘Digital Noise Cancelling’ technology, which reduces a variety of ambient noises whilst your headphones are in use.

Getting your Sony wireless headphones setup is as simple as touching your NFC-enabled device to the N-mark on the headphones or, if you don’t have NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality, then you can just pair your devices via the Bluetooth option. What could be easier?

Once you’re all set up, you’ll not only be able to enjoy crisp, clear calls using the built-in mic and hands-free option but powerful and punchy beats with less distortion, thanks to the integrated ‘Beat Response Control’, are at your fingertips. The soft, wrap-around ear cushions plus the adjustable metal headband on the MDRZX770BNB wireless headphones will ensure you’re comfortable all day long and with a battery life of up to 19 hours from a single charge, you really will be able to immerse yourself in all your favourite tracks – endlessly.

These NFC-enabled, Bluetooth headphones are compatible with most modern devices and include support for popular, high-quality codecs, including AAC for iPhone/iOS users and aptX® for pure wireless sound that doesn’t compromise on audio quality while reducing the size of audio files giving better efficiency.

Sony’s MDRZX770BNB Bluetooth Headphones will give you an awesome wire-free music and audio experience combined with easy controls whether you’re receiving calls or enjoying your music. These feature-packed, premium headphones, which cost $299, are packed with convenience and definitely worth considering as your next wireless headphones purchase.

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Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphones

Lightweight and comfortable, Sennheiser RS 120 II wireless headphones use supra-aural RF technology, which offers an impressive 100-metre range to give you maximum freedom, and optimised audio quality when listening to your favourite media around the house.

With their well-balanced sound and great bass response, Sennheiser RS 120 II wireless headphones are hugely versatile and suitable for listening to a wide range of music, watching movies or for use with your laptop or desktop computer. Presented in an appealing, modern design these RF wireless headphones come with a base transmitter which has a metal cradle for easy storage and recharging of your headphones and is, optionally, wall mountable too.

Additionally, the conveniently positioned controls on these headphones allow for easy operation while the inclusive, rechargeable AAA-sized NiMH batteries will give you up to 20 hours of continuous use.

Your Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphones will empower you to rediscover a world of wireless audio freedom whilst offering simplicity, flexibility, and convenience. These impressive headphones come complete with a Sennheiser 2-year manufacturers warranty for ultimate peace of mind that you’re making a wise choice and cost $299.

 

How To Pick The Best Headphones

 

Headphones used to be a nice to have audio accessory but with smart devices becoming such a dominant force in modern life, headphones have equally risen to being far more than a nice to have – indeed they are now firmly on the must-have audio accessory list.

In truth, you could stick with the inclusive earphones that came with your smart device but the sound you’ll get will be mediocre, at best, so how do you choose the right headphones for your needs with so many options to choose from?

 

Wireless vs Wired

Most headphones and earphones these days are available with both wired and wireless options. The obvious benefit of choosing a wireless solution, if you’re planning to upgrade anyway, is the practicality of not having to worry about those pesky wires!

Also, most wireless headphones these days do come with a backup cable too so if the batteries run low you can simply plug them in, which means you get the best of both worlds!

All of the features highlighted in this article are available in both wired and wireless headphones.  Our advice would be to choose wireless headphones assuming that your budget can accommodate the slightly higher price tag – the flexibility and convenience are well worth it.

 

What about the sound quality?

While wired headphones did once offer better sound quality, recent developments in Bluetooth and other wireless technologies means that the difference in audio quality has, arguably, become negligible. As long as you’re using Bluetooth 4.4 or higher, we’re confident that the sound quality will fulfil the needs of the vast majority of users.

It is worth noting that although Bluetooth tends to dominate the wireless headphone market, other technologies like Sony’s LDAC and Android’s NFC (near field communication) are also available and offer comparable quality and convenience.

 

Wireless Range

It’s also important to consider the range of your new wireless headphones or earphones. If you’re only ever likely to use them with your smart device nearby then this won’t be such an issue but if you’re planning on wandering around the house getting stuff done, the achievable range of your wireless headphones is an important factor to consider.

 

Protecting your hearing

Like so many things, provided they are used with moderation, headphones won’t noticeably damage your hearing.

As a general rule, when you’re using your headphones or earphones, you should still be able to hear a normal conversation from about 1-meter away. If you can’t then the volume might be ear-damagingly loud.

Investing in a good quality pair of headphones or earphones will definitely help to protect your hearing too because the higher-fidelity sound they produce means you don’t need to listen to them at high volumes to enjoy the full detail of the audio.

 

Headphones, Earphones or Earbuds?

Once you’ve decided whether or not to go wireless you also need to choose whether you’ll opt for headphones (that fit over your ears) or earphones/earbuds (that fit inside your ears).

Earphones, which are also sometimes called earbuds, fit inside your ears and offer the convenience of being very lightweight and compact. They won’t give you the audio quality of headphones unless you buy the more expensive noise-canceling ones but they are ideal for regular, everyday use or if you’re into exercising and being active.

Headphones are much bigger and bulkier than earphones and either fit over or around your ears (circum-aural headphones) or they sit on top of your ears (supra-aural) headphones.

Because they limit ambient noise more effectively than earphones, headphones tend to produce much better sound quality and are generally more expensive. On the not so positive side, headphones are heavier so are not as ideal for longer periods of use. They can also get a little sweaty if you’re using them in a warmer climate.

Headphones often also come with a carry case to store them in when you’re not using them.

 

Other features to consider

Audio leakage is where sound escapes the headphones and can be heard by others around you. Supra-aural headphones tend to leak more than Circum-aural models because they are designed to allow more air to circulate through the casing. Some people prefer the airier sound of an on-ear design, while others find the audio isolation of the over-ear models more of a priority.

Headphone efficiency is measured by of the amount of voltage necessary to power your headphones. More efficient models need less power, but might be capable of producing very high volumes that could damage your hearing if used for long periods. Lower efficiency may mean the headphones won’t produce as much volume when used with low-voltage devices.

Wireless headphones can only be used with a compatible wireless-enabled device so be sure that your smart device, hi-fi system or games console is compatible with your chosen model. (i.e. equipped with Bluetooth, LDAC or  Android’s NFC).

Most headphones are equipped with a cable or backup cable that has an industry standard 3.5mm audio jack, however if you are planning to use your headphones with an iPhone 7 you’ll also need a Lightning adapter and won’t be able to charge your phone while using your headphones in wired mode – this is another example of where wireless Bluetooth headphones work better.

 

Conclusion

When it comes to getting great sound quality from your new headphones, more expensive headphones and earphones will, generally, do a better job at producing high-quality sound – you really do get what you pay for – and even the most expensive headphones can’t make wonderful music out of digital files that have been heavily compressed or sampled at a low rate. To get a quality listening experience you need both quality headphones and a good-quality music source.

Headphones or earphones; wired or wireless are very much personal choices that will depend on how and where you intend to use them.

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