The best wireless earbuds in Australia 2024: Our top picks for any budget

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The best wireless earbuds in Australia make it easy to enjoy your favorite music, movies, podcasts and more. There are more models than ever vying for our attention, and while Apple's AirPods are synonymous with the category, there are plenty of great-sounding alternative options to choose from. 

Some of the premium models here are loaded with useful audio tech and also make the grade as one of the top models on our best noise-cancelling earbuds that isolate you from noisy surroundings, but we’ve also included our favourite mid-range and low cost earbuds models that are often less well specified in terms of features. 

Ready to cut yourself free from the wires? Keep reading through our picks of the best wireless earbuds and you’re sure to find a pair that fits your needs.

While this buying guide also brings together great advice on what to consider when looking for the best wireless earbuds, don't forget you'll find lots more info in our in-depth standalone test reviews. There we cover design and comfort, features, ANC performance (where applicable), real-world battery life, sound quality across all kinds of media, as well as how well each model performs when taking and making calls. 

Just follow the link at the end of each product summary or tap the product name next to the star rating to discover everything you need to know about the best wireless earbuds available to buy today. With prices starting below $60 up to $300, there's something for everyone. 

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Top 3 best wireless earbuds

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Best sound overall: NuraTrue Pro
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Best sound overall: NuraTrue Pro
These are the best-sounding earbuds we've heard, plus they have the best feature set of any pair of earbuds right now — think multipoint connectivity and support for Bluetooth Lossless audio from compatible devices. ANC performance isn't the strongest, but this 'pro' model presents one of the most immersive listening experience from a pair of earbuds, period. 

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Best value: Sennheiser CX Plus
These are great value at the AU$260 RRP, but you can regularly pick them up for less, especially if you don't mind which colour you get. At the time of publishing, the black pair can be picked up for AU$246 from Amazon, but if you're happy with white, you can grab a pair for AU$149. With Sennheiser's high-quality house sound, effective ANC, and dependable connectivity, the CX Plus earbuds are an enticing package for less.

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Best overall for iOS users: Apple AirPods Pro 2
The AirPods Pro 2 are Apple's flagship ANC earbuds taken to the next level with better overall performance, including 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. Not only are the earbuds IPX4-rated, but the wirelessly chargeable case is too, and has a built-in microphone that helps you find it when it’s lost. 

Best wireless earbuds overall

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Best-in-class sound, improved noise cancelation in a smaller and lighter design

Specifications

Size: Not specified
Weight: 5.9g (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 8 hours (ANC on), 24 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth range: >30 feet
ANC: Yes
Water resistance: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding sound quality
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Strong noise cancelation
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Exceptional functionality
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Excellent level of control

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller earbud size affects eartip seal and fit
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Battery life remains the same as predecessor

The Sony WF-1000XM5 wireless earbuds had incredibly big shoes to fill, as the previous XM4 were long considered one of best pairs of earbuds money could buy. Fortunately, the XM5 offer improvements across the board. They're smaller and lighter, yet offer a much stronger performance. Their sound is perhaps the most dynamic and engaging we've yet heard, and noise-cancellation is on par with that of the Bose and Apple pairs above. 

We would have liked to have seen an improvement in battery life, but considering they've shrunk a fair amount, the fact Sony has managed to keep it the same is still commendable. You also get LDAC support for higher-quality music, adaptive listening model, support for Google and Alexa voice assistants and a high level of EQ customisation. Call quality has thankfully improved, too. 

It was never going to be an easy feat, but the Sony WF-1000XM5 wireless earbuds are by far the best Sony has ever produced. 

Read our full Sony WF-1000XM5 review.

Best wireless earbuds for value

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Big-brand experience and superb noise canceling for $119

Specifications

Size: Not specified
Weight: 4.6g (per bud), 31g (charging case)
Battery life (rated): 7.5 hours (ANC on); 10 hours (ANC off); 24 hours (charging case with ANC on); 28 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Bluetooth range: >30 feet
ANC: Yes
Water resistant: Yes (IPX4)

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant, detailed sound
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Superb noise cancellation and call quality
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Comes with most signature Sony features
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Very attractive design
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Optimal comfort and fit

Reasons to avoid

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No aptX or LDAC support

Regarded as a budget alternative to the Sony WF-1000XM4, the WF-C700N build on the entry-level WF-C500 (one of the best cheap wireless earbuds out there) by adding effective active noise cancellation (ANC). The aesthetic upgrades to the buds and charging case give them a luxe appearance, and the boost to battery life make them a sweet pickup for brand enthusiasts. Sound quality is powerful with Sony’s bass-heavy sound signature at the forefront, alongside proprietary technologies like 360 Reality Audio and DSEE Extreme. 

The adaptive ANC technology built in to the WF-C700N is remarkable at the price. It learns your behaviour and tweaks noise cancellation depending on your environment. Call quality is good and the mics silence most background interference for clear-sounding phone conversations, making these a versatile option that have few rivals even as the most affordable model in this roundup.

Read our full Sony WF-C700N review.

Best wireless earbuds for iPhone owners

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The ultimate ANC earbuds for iPhone users

Specifications

Size: 30.9 x 21.8 x 24 mm (per bud); 45.2 x 60.6 x 21.7 mm (charging case)
Weight: 5.3g (per bud); 50.8g ounces (charging case)
Battery life (rated) : 6 hours; 30 hours (charging case)
Bluetooth range: Not specified
ANC: Yes
Water resistance: Yes (IPX4 rated)

Reasons to buy

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World-class noise cancellation
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Volume controls right on the stem
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Dolby Atmos spatial audio
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Battery life improved over original model

Reasons to avoid

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Lacklustre call quality
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Lanyard costs extra

We were blown away by the AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) when Apple launched them in September 2022, and there are plenty of reasons why they continue to beat all other wireless earbuds. They are without doubt the best ANC earbuds for iPhone users, and the most versatile model for all kinds of lifestyles. This next-gen model brings significant upgrades to the popular original AirPods Pro to take performance to the next level. Externally, they look pretty similar to the first generation, but battery life has been increased to offer 6 hours on a single charge from the earbuds and a further 30 hours from the wireless charging case. 

Designed for iPhone owners looking for a more tailored listening experience, we think the AirPods Pro 2 are the pinnacle of Apple technology. While testing them out for all kinds of active lifestyle activities, we found that the fit had been improved to the point where they're a viable option for the best sports headphones, and suitable for runners and gym workouts alike. Not only are the earbuds IPX4-rated for protection from sweat and light showers, but now too is the case itself. 

On the audio front, Apple has included a new H2 chip with custom amp and driver that delivers better lower and higher frequencies, and you can use the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to create a personalised spatial audio sound to listen to some of the best Dolby Atmos sound in any pair of earbuds. Noise cancellation is double what the original AirPods Pro offered, and is among the best we’ve yet to experience. 

Read our full Apple AirPods Pro 2 review.  

Best wireless earbuds for noise cancelation

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The best-ever wireless earbuds for noise cancellation

Specifications

Size: 17.2 x 30.5 x 22.4 mm (per bud), 59.4 x 66.3 x 26.7 mm (charging case)
Weight: 6.24g (per bud), 59.8g (charging case)
Battery life (rated): 6 hours; 24 hours (charging case)
Bluetooth range: 30 feet
ANC: Yes
Water resistant: Yes (IPX4 rated)

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable noise cancellation
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Refined and well-balanced sound
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Excellent call quality
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Great customisation settings
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More compact and stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life bettered by rivals
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Poor comfort levels
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Finicky touch controls and app connectivity

As the market’s best noise-cancelling earbuds overall, Bose’s latest flagship introduced several upgrades such as adaptive active noise cancellation (ANC), Bluetooth 5.3, and sound calibration technology for improved sound quality. In our review, we loved the fact that Bose made the new version one-third smaller than the original QuietComfort Earbuds, while also developing new ear-tips to help achieve optimal wear for more users.

The next-gen buds build on traditional Bose hallmarks, but we feel battery life, special features, and touch controls could be bettered at the price. Despite these shortcomings, though, we found their ANC and sound quality performance continue to make the QuietComfort Earbuds 2 one of the best pairs of wireless earbuds. The sound quality of Sony's pair does trump them, but only just. This next-gen flagship model are highly recommended for anyone seeking the ultimate ANC experience from a pair of earbuds.

Read our full Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 review.

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