Audio Visual reviews: Headphones, TVs and speakers tested and rated

A good quality pair of headphones or speakers can completely change how you feel about a piece of music. It can transform a decent movie into a masterpiece.

A 4K TV can blow you away with its HDR capability, turning a standard video game into an immersive adventure.

While high-end audio visual products can stretch into the tens of thousands of dollars, you can also buy incredible products at a fraction of the cost.

To help you find the ideal AV products for your needs, we extensively test all kinds of audio and visual products to see how they perform in real world environments.

We’ve been rating TVs, speakers and headphones for over two decades, from the early days of the iPod and beyond.

Here are our latest reviews. You can sort by date or score, and filter between headphones and speakers.

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1 Close up of the Shokz OpenRun Pro
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Shokz Openrun Pro review

The Shokz OpenRun Pro use bone conduction for a respectable sound and improved safety, but why are they still using proprietary charging cables in 2024?
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.3
Clear your ears
The Shokz OpenRun Pro use bone conduction for a respectable sound and improved safety, but why are they still using proprietary charging cables in 2024?
Design
8
Performance
8.5
PROS:
  • Comfortable, secure fit
  • Plenty of bass for bone conduction
  • Fast charging
CONS:
  • Proprietary charger
  • Bone conduction doesn’t sound as good
  • Sound leaks at higher volume
2 Anker Soundcore Aerofit Pro review
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Anker Soundcore Aerofit Pro review

The Anker Soundcore Aerofit Pro is designed to let ambient sound through while you listen to music, but it fails to deliver on the quality front.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
7
I find its lack of bass disturbing
The Anker Soundcore Aerofit Pro is designed to let ambient sound through while you listen to music, but it fails to deliver on the quality front.
Design
7
Performance
7
PROS:
  • Great battery life
  • Relatively comfortable design
  • Free neck cable
CONS:
  • Average sound quality
  • Bulky design
  • Spatial audio doesn’t work well
Editor choice 3 CLose up of the Shokz Openfit
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Shokz Openfit review

The Shokz Openfit sound are some of the most comfortable earbuds I’ve reviewed, hearing your surrounds while listening to high-quality music.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Comfort and quality
The Shokz Openfit sound are some of the most comfortable earbuds I’ve ever tested offering the ability to hear your surrounds while also listening to high-quality music.
Design
9.5
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Really comfortable
  • Solid audio quality
  • Clearly hear your surroundings
CONS:
  • Sound leakage
  • Controls are limited
  • Lack of advanced features
4 Samsung HW-Q990D Q-Series soundbar hands on review
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Samsung HW-Q990D Q-Series soundbar hands on review

Samsung’s HW-Q990D soundbar solution delivers incredibly crisp, detailed sound from all directions, immersing you in sound.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
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5 Samsung QN900D Neo QLED 8K Smart TV hands on review
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Samsung QN900D Neo QLED 8K Smart TV hands on review

I went hands on with Samsung’s new flagship TV, but can AI make 8K resolutions worth considering?
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
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Editor choice 6 The DJI Mic 2 in the charging case
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DJI Mic 2 review

We review the DJI Mic 2, a fantastic companion for content creators looking to deliver high quality audio from any number of devices.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Strong sounds
The DJI Mic 2 is a fantastic companion for content creators looking to deliver high quality audio from any number of devices. It’s powerful and reasonably easy to use, once you learn the ropes.
Design
9.5
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Incredibly compact and intelligent design
  • Easy to use, eventually
  • Audio quality is fantastic
CONS:
  • Noise cancelling doesn’t do as much as expected
  • Reasonably steep learning curve
  • Bluetooth connection to iPhone not ideal
7 Oppo enco buds 2 pro case
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OPPO Enco Buds 2 Pro review

The OPPO Enco Buds 2 Pro may be cheap, but that comes at the expense of audio quality. When you’re shopping for earphones, is that sacrifice even worth considering?
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
6.5
You get what you pay for
The OPPO Enco Buds 2 Pro may be cheap, but that comes at the expense of audio quality. When you’re shopping for earphones, is that sacrifice even worth considering?
Design
7
Performance
6
PROS:
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Under $100
  • Compact and lightweight
CONS:
  • Audio quality is tinny and washed out
  • Not a secure fit
  • EQ settings are buried on OPPO phones
Editor choice 8 The Move 2 in a bathroom
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Sonos Move 2 review

The BTTR review of the Sonos Move 2 finds a speaker that builds on the things that made the first gen great, but is best suited to Sonos fans.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Not overly portable, but plenty of power
The Sonos Move 2 builds on the things that made the first generation great, and fixes some of the challenges. But this is still a device best suited to those with a house full of Sonos speakers.
Design
9
Performace
9.5
PROS:
  • Fantastic sound
  • Huge battery life
  • Easy to setup and use
CONS:
  • Sonos Voice control could be better
  • Not truly portable, but mobile
  • Best suited to those already in the Sonos ecosystem
9 BlueAnt Soundblade closeup
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Blueant Soundblade review

The BlueAnt Soundblade delivers a solid audio improvement to your computer, with easy connections and a stylish design.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.8
Sound booster
The BlueAnt Soundblade delivers a solid audio improvement to your computer, with easy connections and a stylish design.
Design
9.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Looks fantastic with functional design
  • Easy connections
  • Sounds much better than your laptop
CONS:
  • Sound quality isn’t fantastic
  • Only 3 EQ settings
  • Voice announce gets annoying
Hall of Fame 10 Sonos Roam hall of fame
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Sonos Roam review

It may be three years old, but we review the Sonos Roam, which is still one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in Australia.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
10
Pocket powerhouse
It may be three years old, but the Sonos Roam is still one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy in Australia.
Design
10
Performance
10
PROS:
  • Exceptional sound
  • Robust body, stylish design
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi playback
  • Good battery life
CONS:
  • Power button can be hard to press
  • Sound swap transfers music instead of grouping
Editor choice 11 EPOS Impact 1000
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EPOS Impact 1000 review

We review the EPOS Impact 1000, an impressive Bluetooth headset for the office, with noise cancellation and a stylish charging stand.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.5
EPOS Impact 1000 Bluetooth headset review: Impressive audio
The EPOS Impact 1000 looks great, sounds better and costs more than that. If money is no object it’s a great option, though the desktop software may frustrate Mac users.
Design
10
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Truly fantastic call quality
  • Comfortable design can be worn either way
  • Charging stand means great battery life
CONS:
  • EPOS Connect software for Mac is extremely buggy
  • Can put pressure on glasses with extended wear
  • It’s quite pricey
12 Amazon Echo Auto (2nd gen) installed in a Hyundai Santa Fe
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Amazon Echo Auto (2nd Gen) review

The Amazon Echo Auto (2nd Gen) brings Alexa to the car with a simple setup, but doesn’t really answer the fundamental question: “Why?”
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
6.8
Amazon Echo Auto (2nd Gen) review:
The Amazon Echo Auto (2nd Gen) brings Alexa to the car with a simple setup, but doesn’t really answer the fundamental question: “Why?”
Design
8
Performance
5.5
PROS:
  • Simple plug and play design
  • Relatively affordable
  • Microphone picks up Alexa keyword easily
CONS:
  • Does nothing better than Siri or Google Assistant
  • Navigation requires activation on your phone, so it’s not hands-free
  • Callers found it hard to hear when using the mic while driving
Hall of Fame 13 The LG G3 TV set up on the stand for review with the Hall of Fame badge overlaid.
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LG G3 OLED review

We’ve spent the past few weeks with the 65-inch LG G3 OLED and we have one word to describe the experience: Glorious.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.8
LG G3 65-inch OLED TV review: Glorious, glorious, glorious
The LG G3 is a showcase of everything that makes OLED TVs great, while also overcoming many of the historical challenges of the technology.
Design
10
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Truly spectacular image quality
  • Impressive brightness for OLED
  • WebOS interface is clean and simple
  • Sleek, stylish design
CONS:
  • Audio quality lacks depth
  • Stand isn’t included in the box
  • Stand puts TV on an angle
14 The Amazon Echo Pop on a pile of books on a lamp table in a reading room
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Amazon Echo Pop review

The Amazon Echo Pop is a bargain speaker for just $79, though the microphone struggles to pickup commands with lots of background noise.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.8
Amazon Echo Pop review: Surprising Sound
The Amazon Echo Pop is a bargain at just $79, with remarkably full sound for such a little speaker, though the microphone struggles in noisy environments.
Design
9.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Solid sound for such a little speaker
  • Bargain price
  • Looks great
CONS:
  • Microphone struggles in noisy areas
  • Alexa can still be hit and miss
15 LG Tone Free T90 in the case on a concrete table
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LG Tone Free T90 review

The LG Tone Free T90Q offers plenty of impressive tech specs, but doesn’t quite deliver as well in the real world in our review.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8
LG Tone Free T90Q review: Not quite bang for your puck
LG has stuffed these true wireless earbuds full of high-end technology, but the overall experience is left lacking.
Design
8.5
Performance
7.5
PROS:
  • Case makes any 3.5mm jack a Bluetooth source
  • Dolby Atmos works well with a good source
  • Nice sound on Immersive EQ preset
CONS:
  • Virtual Atmos setting on stereo music sounds bad
  • Microphones pick up wind noise too easily
  • Connectivity issues
16 The Belkin Soundform Immerse
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Belkin Soundform Immerse review

The Belkin Soundform Immerse is packed with potential, but despite its flagship features, can’t compete with better offerings at its price.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
7
Belkin Soundform Immerse review: Never lose your earbuds again
The Belkin Soundform Immerse is packed with potential, but despite its flagship features, can’t compete with better offerings at its price.
Design
7
Performance
7
PROS:
  • Find My feature works well
  • Secure fit
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Case is bulky and feels fragile
  • Audio quality is middle of the road
  • Passthrough audio doesn’t really work
17 Google Pixel Buds Pro review
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Google Pixel Buds Pro review

Google’s Pixel buds Pro add active noise cancellation and transparency modes, but trouble with fitting and unexceptional audio disappoint.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
7.3
Google Pixel Buds Pro review: Not pro enough
Google’s pro-grade earbuds add active noise cancellation and transparancy modes, but trouble with fitting and unexceptional audio quality disappoint.
Design
7
Performance
7.5
PROS:
  • Noise cancellation works well
  • Good battery life
  • Amazing for Google Translate
CONS:
  • Hard to get a good fit
  • Slippery design
  • Limited control customisation
Editor choice 18 LG's CS OLED showing ads for shows in WebOS
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LG CS Series 4K OLED TV

The LG CS OLED TV works exceptionally well for watching TV, movies, and playing video games, and excels when displaying 4K content.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
LG CS 65 inch 4K OLED TV review: Hybrid excellence
The compromise of the C2 processor and a standard OLED panel results in a TV that is more affordable, without making massive sacrifices in TV performance. It works exceptionally well for watching TV and movies, and excels when displaying 4K content.
Design
9
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Incredible picture
  • Impressive response time for gaming
  • Excellent colour and black levels
CONS:
  • Base makes it difficult to use a soundbar
  • TV’s audio is lacking
19 Apple AirPods Pro 2019 review
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Apple Airpods Pro (2019) review

The Apple AirPods Pro 2019 offer noise cancellation, support for spatial audio, and are still great despite their age we say in this review.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.3
Apple AirPods Pro (2019) review: Still great value
Apple’s first generation of pro-grade AirPods offer noise cancellation, customisable ear tips and support for spatial audio, and are still worth consideration despite the launch of the second generation.
Design
8.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Seamless integration with Apple ecosystem
  • Good audio quality
  • Spatial audio sounds great
  • Solid noise cancellation
CONS:
  • Not ideal for non-Apple users
  • Price, particularly with newer generation
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Looking for your next speaker or headphones?

AV products have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. While Stereo was the standard for decades, these days we get to experience immersive spatial audio through wireless headphones and simple soundbar setups.

TVs, meanwhile have transformed from massive boxes to massive flat panels over 100 inches on the diagonal.

To help you find the best audio visual products for your home, we have pulled together a range of guides on the best audio products in Australia.

These guides use our own detailed reviews, as well as extensive research from leading review sites to come up with a list of recommended products.

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    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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