Headphones Buying Guide

Can't decide between Beats or Sennheiser? Plantronics or Skullcandy? Check out the Headphones Buying Guide and take the hard work out of Headphones shopping. Still stuck? Look through the many headphones reviews on the Officeworks website.


Types of Headphones


Earphones, a.k.a. in-ear headphones, earpods or earbuds, are the most basic type of headphones, often coming complete with a smartphone or MP3 player. Originally basic in sound producing ability, earphones are now capable of fantastic audio with many features.

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Noise-Cancelling Headphones

A must for true audiophiles, noise cancelling headphones help create an immersive audio experience by cutting out outside interference and noise. Cushioned ear cups and headbands make these type of headphones perfect for long periods of use like flying, commuting and gaming.

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On-Ear Headphones

On-ear headphones seek to provide a comfortable, deep audio experience. Our wide range of on-ear headphone styles come from a number of top audio brands, such as Sennheiser, Beats by Dre and Skullcandy, and are ideally suited for customers who desire a rich, high-quality sound. If you’re looking for a commuting headphone, keep in mind that your fellow commuters may appreciate this style less as the design can result in sound leakage.

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Over-Ear Headphones

Over-ear headphones are more adept at blocking outside noise than on-ear headphones, as they actually cover the ear and leave little room for ambient noise to interfere. By not sitting on the ear, over-ear headphones provide a superior comfort to other types of headphones, making these headsets ideal for gaming purposes and for use at work.

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Wireless Headphones

If versatility is a priority, look no further than our wide range of wireless headphones. The most common technology used to connect wirelessly is Bluetooth, meaning you can keep your phone or MP3 player in your pocket while listening to music and not have to worry about pesky cords.

You’ll also have the ability to pair up your headphones to Bluetooth speakers. Top of the range Bluetooth headphones additionally include built-in mics, meaning you can answer calls wirelessly and speak through your headphones.

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Sports Headphones

Music is a key motivator for many people when it comes to exercising. However, most people will by now be aware of how incompatible everyday headphones are with exercise. With a pair of sports headphones, which are specifically designed for this type of use, your headphones will remain secure despite strenuous exercise.

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Kids Headphones

With bright colours and sturdy designs, the range of headphones for kids at Officeworks is ideal to keep the little ones happy. Additional features, such as an inbuilt volume limit, are ideal to protect little ears.

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There are some features to look out for to help you get the most out of your new headphones.


Bluetooth or wireless headphones allow you to forego the need for cables to enjoy your audio. The majority of headphones use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly and can connect at ranges of up to 10 metres, making them perfect for listening to music on Bluetooth speakers.

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Built-In Microphone

If you intend to use your headphones with your smartphone, a built-in mic is a great feature. Instead of having to disconnect your headphones and answer a call, a built-in mic will allow you to answer calls through your headset at the touch of a button.

Remote Control

If your headphones have a built-in mic, they usually come with a remote control too. This enables you to skip, pause, play and rewind whatever you’re listening to.


Many sports headphones are made with waterproof materials to prevent sweat and water from causing wear and tear to your headphones.

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Battery Life

If you are investing in a pair of wireless or Bluetooth headphones, battery life is important to consider. Some headphones rely on batteries for power, whereas others need to be charged regularly. Depending on how and when you intend to use your headphones, a long battery life may be a significant factor in your buying decision.

Cord Length and Type

Most headphones come with a cable of standard length, but for uses such as disk jockeying or recording, a longer cable length may be more appropriate. These days cables also tend to come in two different types: the standard shape we’re used to and the more modern ‘noodle’ shape. The latter style is designed to prevent headphones from getting tangled up when stored in your bag.


Accessories to Consider

The following headphones accessories can help to ensure a better listening experience.

Bluetooth Speakers

Whether enjoying music at a party, or listening through the privacy of your own headphones, Bluetooth Speakers produce fantastic sound quality whatever the occasion.

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Check out the superb range of Apple iPods and listen to your music collection with your new headphones.

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Audio Cables

Shop for audio cables to improve your listening experience. Shop for longer, more stylish audio cables to go with your headphones.

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