Headphones are a top-seller in South Africa, after phones. Good cans will certainly add some thrills to your music. Here’s how we chose the best-value headphones in South Africa.
- We test the main features, like sound quality across all music types, long term comfort and ease of use.
- We check the build quality using durable materials and smart design.
- Finally we consider the price compared with its competitors.
- That’s FEATURES + BUILD + PRICE = VALUE.
We wear each pair continuously for several hours and listen to a wide variety of audio from hifi, PC and smartphone. We also consider how the headphones’ portability, and the reputation of the manufacturer.
Need more guidance? Read our guide How to buy headphones in South Africa.
1. Sony WH-1000XM3
The technoverse agrees with us that these are the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, but they wouldn’t top our list if they didn’t sound absolutely brilliant too. They adapt their sound to your environment, are light for travelling and fold into a small compact shape. FULL REVIEW
Over-ear, Bluetooth, active noise canceling, R6 000
2. 1More E1020BT Spearhead VR
With a unique high-tech dual driver system, these produced an exciting and detailed, yet balanced, sound. The buds were supremely comfortable, as was the soft-touch neckband, and we found the controls positioned just right for easy operation.
3. Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Wireless
The flexible plastic collar makes these easy to wear, and they also roll up into a pocketable size. The sound punches well above its weight for entry-level buds, and the large buttons have good tactile feedback. FULL REVIEW
In-ear, Bluetooth, R600
4. Sennheiser HD 300
These lightweight, over-ear phones are fantastically comfortable, with well padded cups and headband. The trademark sound is perfectly balanced, but still exciting. We especially like the compact, pocketable shape they fold down into. These are simply exceptional value for money. FULL REVIEW
5. Astrum ET300 Wireless earbuds
The new wave of earbuds is completely cordless: You place one bud in each ear to listen. These sounded better and connected more reliably than some competitors costing far more. A light carry case doubles as a battery-powered charging dock. FULL REVIEW
In-ear, Bluetooth, R750