Best noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds in Australia

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The best noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds in Australia


There are lots of noise-cancelling headphone options out there, including in-ear and over-ear models, wired or wireless. Finding the right pair is an important decision, as noise-cancelling headphones tend to come with a premium price tag.

Our team tested dozens of pairs of headphones with noise cancellation and read through user reviews to come up with this list of products that we can happily recommend.


How did we pick this list?

Finder's team of experts spent hundreds of hours testing and reviewing headphones. For each pair, we considered the design, performance, battery life and overall value for money.

Our editorial team selected the noise-cancelling headphones on this list based on the results from our testing as well as real customer reviews and key product features.

Read more about our methodology below.


Best overall noise-cancelling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4


Pros

  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Can be paired with two devices at the same time

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Not water-resistant

Price (RRP): $549.95

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Why we chose it

These headphones were also included on our list of the best Bluetooth headphones. They sound fantastic and have some of the best noise cancellation on the market, with two microphones on each ear cup that detect sound and cancel it out.

They also have a sensor that captures ambient noise extremely effectively and can automatically adjust how much ambient noise to let in based on your location.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones have on-ear controls and offer up to 30 hours of battery life with noise cancellation switched on. They can also pair to two devices at the same time.

Find out more in our full review of the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones.


Runner up best noise-cancelling headphones: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700


Pros

  • Adjustable levels of noise cancellation
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Charger not included
Price (RRP): $599.95
Amazon Price: From $330.00
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Why we chose it

If you prefer Bose to Sony, we recommend the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. The Bose 700s offer 11 different levels of noise cancellation so you can control how much ambient noise you want to hear.

The highest level of cancellation blocks out an impressive amount of noise, even if you're not listening to anything. They also offer 20 hours of battery life and have a quick charge feature that gives you 3.5 more hours of listening after a 15-minute charge.

These over-ear headphones have an extremely comfortable, lightweight design and come with a slim travel case.

For more information, check out our full review of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.


Best noise-cancelling earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3


Pros

  • Long battery life
  • 10-minute quick charge

Cons

  • Large charging case
  • No water resistance
Price (RRP): $298
Amazon Price: From $193.77
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Why we chose it

Sony is also responsible for the best noise-cancelling earbuds. In addition to having excellent audio for such a small set of earbuds, the WF-1000XM3s use external microphones to measure noise and automatically adjust to the ideal level of noise cancellation for your environment.

They offer up to 24 hours of listening time with noise cancellation and up to 32 hours of listening time without noise cancellation. They also have an extra 10-minute quick charge for 90 additional minutes of playtime.

They have a recommended retail price of $298, but you can find them at several retailers for less. They are also our pick for the best wireless earbuds in Australia.

Find out more in our full review of the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds.


Runner up noise-cancelling earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro


Pros

  • Active noise cancelling
  • Fast pairing with iOS devices

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Wall charger not included
Price (RRP): $399
Amazon Price: From $339.99
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Why we chose it

With active noise cancellation (ANC) and silicone ear tips that offer added noise isolation, the AirPods Pro are worth considering, despite their high price tag. They are definitely the best choice for Apple-branded wireless earbuds if you want to keep your purchase within the Apple ecosystem.

The AirPods Pro offer up to 24 hours of listening time with around 4 hours of playtime on a single charge.

They were released in 2019, so you can now find them at several retailers for less than Apple's $399 asking price.

For more information, check out our full review of the Apple AirPods Pro.


Best value noise-cancelling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3


Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Light and compact for travellers

Cons

  • Touch controls are fiddly
  • App changes require reconnection
Price (RRP): $379
Amazon Price: From $259.00
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Why we chose it

The Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ear headphones were released in 2018, so you can now get them at most retailers for much cheaper than their original asking price of $499.95. At the time of writing, they were selling for $379 from Sony, and even less from other retailers.

Despite being a few years old, they offer excellent noise cancellation. If you don't always want to listen with the highest level of noise cancellation, you can use the Sony app to adjust the audio settings and let in more ambient noise.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones have a battery life of up to 30 hours with noise cancellation enabled and can be used wirelessly or with an attached cable.

Read more in our full review of the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.


Best noise-cancelling headphones under $300: Jabra Elite 85H

Pros

  • Customers praise the comfortable design
  • On-ear detection automatically pauses music when you take them off

Cons

  • They don't offer the same level of noise cancellation as premium options
  • Some customers experience connectivity issues
Price (RRP): $299
Amazon Price: From $229.00
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Why we chose it

The 85Hs use smart active noise cancellation to detect background noise and adjust your audio based on your environment. You can also adjust your noise-cancellation preferences using the Jabra Sound+ app.

They offer up to 36 hours of listening with noise cancellation turned on.


Best noise-cancelling headphones under $200: Sony WH-CH710N

Pros

  • Comfortable, lightweight design
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Audio quality isn’t as good at Sony’s premium options
  • Some customers say the ear cup material feels cheap and stiff
Price (RRP): $198
Amazon Price: From $295.99
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Why we chose it

The WH-CH710N headphones use two external microphones to detect ambient sound and block out distracting noise. While they don't offer the level of noise cancellation of Sony's higher-priced options, they still block out a decent amount of sound.

They offer up to 35 hours of listening on a single charge and a 10-minute quick charge gives you an extra hour of playtime.


Best noise-cancelling headphones under $100: Sony MDR-ZX110NC

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Wired listening only
  • Noise cancellation requires AAA battery
Price (RRP): $59
Amazon Price: From $42.00
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Why we chose it

These on-ear headphones have an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from more than 3,900 customers on Amazon. For headphones that cost just over $50, they offer a decent level of noise cancellation.

Because the noise cancellation uses a separate battery as its power source, the headphones have a very long 80-hour battery life. However, they do require a AAA battery. If you run out of battery on the go and don't have a spare, you'll have to listen with significantly reduced audio quality.

These headphones come with wires that connect to both ear cups and they can't be used wirelessly.

Some customers mentioned that the ear cushioning isn't very durable and starts to peel after extended use. They also don't offer any in-line controls, so you'll need to use your mobile phone or another audio source to adjust the volume and play and pause your music.


Best noise-cancelling headphones for battery life: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT


Pros

  • Up to 60 hours of battery life
  • Three noise cancellation levels

Cons

  • Touch and swipe controls are hard to use
  • High price tag
Price (RRP): $499
Amazon Price: From $222.10
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Why we chose it

Audio Technica's ATH-ANC900BT over-ear noise-cancelling headphones boast an impressive 35-hour wireless battery life and a 60-hour wired battery life with active noise cancellation. They take around 5.5 hours to fully recharge.

They offer three levels of noise cancellation that you can adjust using the Connect app.

They have excellent audio quality, but they're not the most comfortable set of over-ear headphones that we've tested, especially for those with smaller heads.

Read more in our full review of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones.


Amazon prices last updated on 23 June, 2021 at 12:01 am

Methodology

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  • Our editorial team spent hundreds of hours testing and reviewing headphones.
  • We based our top picks on our own reviews, plus reviews from real customers (as of September 2020) and key product features.
  • The products on this list were chosen by our editorial team and were not selected based on commercial relationships.

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