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Best noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds in Australia

Our expert team spent hundreds of hours testing headphones to find the best noise-cancelling options in Australia for every budget.


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The best noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds in Australia

How did we pick this list?

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

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

Read more detail on our methodology below.

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

  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Can be paired with two devices at the same time
  • Not cheap
  • Not water-resistant

Price (RRP): $549.95

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Why we chose it

Our pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones that money can buy is Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones, which we also included on our list of the best Bluetooth headphones.

They sound fantastic and have some of the best noise cancellation in the market, with two microphones on each ear cup that detect sound for noise-cancelling. 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

  • Adjustable levels of noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
  • Expensive
  • Charger not included

Price (RRP): $599.95

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Why we chose it

If you prefer Bose to Sony, we recommend the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 as our runner up for the best overall noise-cancelling headphones. 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.

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

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

Best noise-cancelling earbuds: Sony WF-1000MX3

  • Long battery life
  • 10-minute quick charge
  • Large charging case
  • No water resistance

Price (RRP): $298

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Why we chose it

Sony is also responsible for the best noise-cancelling earbuds, the Sony WF-1000MX3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones. In addition to having excellent audio for such a small set of earbuds, the WF-1000MX3s 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 with 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. Find out more in our full review of the Sony WF-1000MX3 wireless earbuds.

Runner up best noise-cancelling earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro

  • Active noise cancelling
  • Fast pairing with iOS devices
  • Expensive
  • Doesn't include a wall charger

Price (RRP): $399

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Why we chose it

The Apple AirPods Pro are our pick for the runner-up best noise-cancelling earbuds. 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.

The AirPods Pro offer up to 24 hours of listening 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

  • Good battery life
  • Light and compact for travellers
  • Touch controls are fiddly
  • App changes require reconnections

Price (RRP): $379

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Why we chose it

Our pick for the best value noise-cancelling headphones are the Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ear headphones. They 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 review of the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.

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

  • Customers praise the comfortable design
  • On-ear detection automatically pauses music when you take them off
  • Doesn’t offer the same level of noise cancellation as premium options
  • Some customers experience connectivity issues

Price (RRP): $299

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Why we chose it

If you're looking for decent noise cancellation on a $300 budget, we recommend the Jabra Elite 85H over-ear headphones.

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 WHCH710N

  • Comfortable, lightweight design
  • Decent battery life
  • 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

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Why we chose it

If your budget is under $200, Sony's WHCH710N over-ear headphones offer the best bang for your buck.

The WHCH710N 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 MDRZX110NC

  • Extremely affordable
  • Long battery life
  • Wired listening only
  • Noise cancellation requires AAA battery

Price (RRP): $59

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Why we chose it

Our pick for the best cheap noise-cancelling headphones you can get are Sony's ZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones. These on-ear headphones have a 4.1 out of 5-star average rating from more than 3,900 Amazon customers.

For headphones that cost just over $50, they offer a decent level of noise cancellation. However, they 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. Because the noise cancellation uses a separate battery as a power source, the headphones have a very long 80-hour battery life.

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

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

  • Up to 60 hours of battery life
  • Three noise cancellation levels
  • Touch and swipe controls are hard to use
  • High price tag

Price (RRP): $499

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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 60-hour wired battery life with active noise cancellation. They take around five and a half hours to fully recharge.

They offer three levels of noise cancellation that you can adjust using the Connect app. The ATH-ANC900BT's offer excellent audio quality, but they're not the most comfortable set of over-ear headphones we've tested, especially for those with smaller heads.

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


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  • Our editorial team has 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 are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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