Cut the cord and let Bluetooth free your music with the best wireless headphones in Australia

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Whether you use them to listen to music, watch movies quietly or immerse yourself in the latest video game, the best wireless headphones in Australia today will deliver incredible sound.

Removing the cable from your headphones can completely change your listening experience. Suddenly you can move around. You can go for a walk or a run, or quickly duck into the kitchen for a snack.

The biggest problem you face when shopping for Bluetooth headphones is the sheer number of options.

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a pair of headphones. If you aren’t sure what you’re after, we have guides for the best wireless earbuds, the best noise cancelling headphones and the best gaming headphones.

We also track the best headphones in Australia.

Of course, it’s important to remember that everybody’s needs are different. What we’ve listed as best here may not be right for you.

The best wireless headphones you can buy in Australia today

Sony WH-1000XM5

Recommended by 100% of review sites

There’s no doubt about it – the Sony WH-1000XM5 are the best pair of wireless headphones you can buy in Australia right now.

Building on Sony’s pedigree of incredible audio quality, the XM5s feature phenomenal noise cancellation technology, impressive battery life and a comfortable design for all day listening.

Plus, not only to these headphones sit at the top of this list, they also top our lists for the best headphones in Australia and the best noise cancelling headphones.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless

Recommended by 60% of review sites

Sennheiser completely redesigned its flagship pair of Bluetooth headphones for the Momentum 4 wireless.

The end result’s position in this list shows that the improvements were for the best.

With a big improvement in comfort over the Momentum 3 Wireless, plus better audio quality and noise cancellation, these headphones are a fantastic offering for music lovers.

Apple AirPods Max

Apple Airpods Max

Recommended by 60% of review sites

The Apple AirPod lineup may have begun with true wireless earbuds, but it quickly expanded to include the impressive AirPods Max.

Bringing all the same technical advancements to a more traditional AirPods design, the AirPods Max offers a comfortable fit and impressive noise cancellation.

Like the AirPods Pro, they shine with features like spatial audio for a 3D soundstage.

They are definitely more on the expensive side though, so make sure your budget accommodates them before hitting “Buy”.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Recommended by 40% of review sites

Technically, the AirPods Pro 2 are earbuds rather than headphones, and they sit comfortably on top of our list of the best wireless earbuds.

But they were still included in six out of the 10 guides we referenced for this list, so we felt it important to include them here too.

There’s plenty of reason to consider them. Impressive noise cancellation and seamless Bluetooth connection with Apple devices, along with spatial audio playback and great audio quality.

If you’re happy with a pair of wireless earbuds instead of a pair of over-the-head headphones, these are a great choice.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra

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Recommended by 30% of review sites

Bose’s long history making noise cancelling headphones is on show here with the QuietComfort Ultra.

You get impressive audio quality in these folding headphones, with plenty of punch and clarity across the board. The noise cancellation is as exceptional as you would expect from a premium pair of Bose headphones.

They are pricey, but you won’t be disappointed with the quality.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Noise Cancelling headphones 700

Recommended by 30% of review sites

Bose built its brand on the strength of its wireless, noise-cancelling headphones, so it’s not a surprise to find it placed on this list.

The Noise Cancelling headphones 700 are an iconic pair, offering supreme comfort and performance.

The noise cancellation isn’t quite at the same level of the newer Sony WH-1000XM5 or the AirPods Max, but it’s still exceptional.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT

Recommended by 30% of review sites

Sitting in a much more affordable price bracket, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT punch well above their weight when it comes to performance.

You get impressive audio quality, solid battery life, and a wired listening option. All at a price less than half of that of some if their competitors in this list.

The design is perhaps a little on the bulky side, and these headphones don’t fold down, but those sacrifices make these great headphones more affordable. It’s a fine balance, and one that Audio-Technica pulls off well.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH1000XM4

Recommended by 30% of review sites

After disappearing for a month, Sony’s previous generation of wireless headphones has returned to this list.

While the 1000XM5 offer a superior experience overall, the fact that you can still get these earbuds at a discounted rate makes them much more attractive.

And the reality is that Sony’s previous-generation of noise cancellation and audio quality is still better than many competitors’ current generation of tech.


How we chose the best wireless headphones

Review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So to try and counter the fact that every best guide on the internet has a different opinion of what is best, we approached our list by combining the results of some of the top sites recommending wireless headphones on the market today.

To determine this list, we followed the same journey most consumers would follow: we went to Google.

We searched for “Best wireless headphones” and identified the top 10 results. It’s important to note that Google results can change often, so the full list of sites we referenced is outlined below.

Referenced guides

We then listed out all of the wireless headphones listed on each site. Any differences in spelling for aligned for consistency.

We calculated the frequency in which each product was mentioned within those 10 guides. The more frequently a product is mentioned, the more agreement there is between experts reviewing these products.

Before we created this page though, we went through the list to tidy it up. Products that are either unavailable or difficult to find in Australia were removed.

We also set a minimum of three mentions across all 10 guides to be eligible for inclusion here.

In some cases, we also leveraged our own experience with products. This is to ensure that we aren’t recommending any product that doesn’t deliver.


What to look for when choosing the best wireless headphones

Older lady wearing a pair of wireless bluetooth headphones

Whether you’re after one of the models listed above or something completely different, the decision factors you need to consider when buying wireless headphones is the same.

Sound quality

The most important aspect when considering a pair of Bluetooth headphones is the sound quality.

Bluetooth isn’t the best technology for sound quality. Buying a cheap pair of headphones could mean your music doesn’t sound very good.

The good news is that most of the brands you’ve heard of before have really good sound quality.

Comfort

You’re going to want your headphones to feel good on your head. There are no hard and fast rules on how that works by the way. It’s very much a case of personal preference.

Consider whether you would prefer the ear cups to sit on your ear or around it (for headphones) or if you like having things jammed in your ears (for in-ear models). That may help get you started.

Features and functions

A lot of the premium wireless headphones on the market will feature things like noise cancellation and surround sound.

Others let you plug in via a cable to listen even when the battery runs out.

Some offer quick charging, while others have a dedicated app to personalise your playback experience.

Make sure that your headphones offer any of the features you want by reading reviews.

Battery life

At a bare minimum, you’ll want your wireless headphones to have enough battery for a full 24 hours. If you can get longer, that’s great.

Look for the ability to plug in a cable to keep listening when the battery runs out (which is essential on long-haul flights). Also consider how quickly you can recharge the battery in a pinch.

Price

You can pick up wireless headphones for anywhere between $50 and $1,000. Obviously the performance between those two models probably won’t be very similar.

Always consider your budget and buy the best product you can afford.


Update history
  • 1 February 2023 – First Published
  • 3 April 2023 – Updated number of recommendations for products.
  • 5 June 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 7 August 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Lowered the minimum number of recommendations to 3. Added the Bose QuietComfort 45,Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 and Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT.
  • 12 October 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Added Sony WH-1000XM4. Removed Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT and Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2.
  • 15 December 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Added Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT and Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 and Bose QuietComfort Ultra. Removed Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 and Bose QuietComfort 45.
  • 16 February 2024 –  Updated recommendation count. Removed Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2.

Author

  • Nick Broughall

    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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