Best wireless headphones in NZ: buying guide

In this guide, we'll walk you through the best wireless headphones available in NZ, helping you to find the ideal set.

Last updated: 17 November 2023

Picture this: You're out for a walk, phone safely tucked away, and yet your music plays on, seamlessly. That's the magic of Bluetooth headphones. No cords to worry about, just the freedom to move, chat hands-free, and enjoy your tunes. But with so many options out there, how do you pick the perfect pair for your ears? In this guide, we'll walk you through the ins and outs of wireless headphones, helping you find the ideal set to improve your auditory adventures.

Types of wireless headphones

Whether you're always on the move or working from home, the type of wireless headphones you pick will make all the difference. It's all about finding what suits you best. Here are your options:

Wireless earbuds

More and more people are loving the compact size and snug fit of wireless earbuds. Thanks to advancements in technology, they mean you don’t have to compromise on impressive sound quality or a hassle-free experience. To top it off, they now come with features like noise cancellation and touch controls, further improving the listening experience.

Explore our range of wireless earbuds here. 

Over-ear headphones

When you want to immerse yourself in a world of sound, over-ear headphones are your best friends. They cocoon your ears, shutting out the noise around. It's like having a personal concert, making them perfect for deep dives into music, noisy flights, or movies at home.

See all over-ear headphones here.

Gaming headphones

Gaming sessions deserve the best audio experience. With surround sound, noise cancellation, and a built-in microphone for tactical team talk, these headphones are specifically designed for the immersive world of gaming, making sure every move and sound is crystal clear.

Browse gaming headphones here.

Noise-cancelling headphones

Block out the world and sink into an oasis of sound with noise-cancelling headphones. They use clever tech to hush ambient noise, making them a must-have for travellers or office workers needing tranquillity (or focus) amidst the hustle and bustle.

Find noise-cancelling headphones here.

Best brands for wireless headphones in NZ

Each brand has its strengths — some are great with how the music sounds, while others focus on how comfy they feel. Knowing what you like helps you choose a brand that matches. Here are our favourites brands to choose from:

1. Sony

Sony wireless headphones have earned a sterling reputation, for good reason. They blend cutting-edge technology with exceptional comfort, giving you an unparalleled audio experience. Not to mention, their sleek design and extra-long battery life (up to 50 hours), make them ideal for long journeys or daily commutes. 

Browse Sony wireless headphones here. 

2. Apple AirPods

Apple's AirPods have taken the world by storm, and it’s easy to see why. These headphones offer a powerful, high-end audio experience, coupled with unmatched functionality. While they come with a hefty price tag, we think the industry-leading sound and seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem justify the investment.

See all Apple AirPod listings here. 

3. Bose

Bose headphones use cutting-edge noise-cancelling technology giving the ultimate listening experience. The sound quality is exceptional, and of course, comfort is paramount, making them perfect for long stretches of use. When you choose Bose, you're getting top-notch innovation, comfort, versatility, and audio quality all in one.

Find Bose wireless headphones here. 

4. Sennheiser

Sennheiser's claim to the throne is thanks to their exceptional durability. Crafted with precision and built to last, these headphones are engineered to weather the rigours of daily life. A testament to Sennheiser's commitment to long-lasting, reliable performance.

Check out Sennheiser wireless headphones here. 

5. Skullcandy

Skullcandy has a knack for combining style with powerful performance. They've carved a niche by delivering dynamic sound quality alongside bold designs. They also offer a range of models to suit different budgets, making them affordable, without compromising on quality. 

Find Skullcandy wireless headphones here.

6. Beats

Beats headphones have soared in popularity thanks to their emphasis on bass-heavy sound profiles. In other words, they give a thumping audio experience that music lovers crave. And their sleek, stylish designs have become somewhat iconic, appealing to the more fashion-conscious. 

Browse Beats wireless headphones here. 

7. JBL

JBL's commitment to innovation and cutting-edge technology sets them apart in the industry. From deep bass to crisp highs, this brand knows how to make music pop. For wireless headphones, they offer a diverse range of models, catering to most preferences and budgets. 

Shop JBL wireless headphones here. 

Things to consider

Once you’ve chosen the type and brand, it’s time to consider a few other things before making the big purchase:

Price range

Brand-new wireless headphones come with a wide price range, typically ranging from NZ$50 to NZ$1000. There are excellent options available even in the mid-range and going for a used pair will make them even more affordable. 

Comfort and design

Wireless headphones are meant for extended wear, so comfort is key. Strike a balance between sturdiness and comfort based on your usage. Pay attention to clamping force and material choice.

Device compatibility

Make sure your headphones are compatible with the device you use for streaming. This includes support for voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa.

Noise cancellation

Are ambient sound controls important to you? If so, check the level of active noise cancellation provided by the headphones.

Touch controls

Modern wireless headphones often come with touch controls. Consider what functions you'd like to control through touch and choose headphones that match.

Battery life

If you're frequently on the go, you don’t want your wireless headphones to be constantly running out of juice. Most over-ear headphones offer around 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, but some offer up to 50 hours, so make sure to double-check.

New vs. used

Now, the million-dollar question: should you go for brand-spanking-new or opt for a pre-loved pair? It really depends on your budget and preferences. New headphones come with the latest features and warranties, while used ones can be a more budget-friendly option without sacrificing quality. 

Luckily, on Trade Me, you'll find heaps of options of both new and used wireless headphones to suit your needs.

Time to turn up the volume

With no more cords to tie you down, your audio experience will be so much more enjoyable. Whether you're after bass-heavy beats, sleek designs, or top-notch comfort, the perfect wireless headphones are out there waiting for you. So, get shopping and start dancing.

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