Best OVER-EAR Headphones under $400 in 2019

Moderators at OzBargain have decided to run yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. The polls will end once the year is over.


What is the best Over-Ear Headphones under $400 in 2019?

Results from last year shows that most of you voted for the Sony WH-1000MX2, then followed by the Bose QuietComfort II.

Over-ear headphones are bulkier than their in-ear or on-ear counterparts, but the benefit of having headphones sitting over, rather than on or inside your ears means they're much more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Some of the things you need to look out for in a pair of headphones apart from their sound quality:

  • Open back or closed headphone types
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional detachable Wired connection cable
  • Built in microphones for smartphone usage
  • Active Noise Cancelling features
  • Sizing of the earcups and their materials (affecting comfort)
  • Will they require a headphone amplifier to sound good?

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Poll Options Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:00

  • 43
    Sony WH-1000XM3
  • 18
    Bose QuietComfort 35 II
  • 7
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
  • 0
    Audio Technica ATH-M50XBT
  • 0
    Sennheiser PXC 550
  • 0
    Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless



    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Ive only had them a short while and they sound amazing compared to my old Bose QC25, my JDS labs Atom Amp hasn't arrived yet so am just using my Motherboards on board sound and they still sound better.


    I owe a pair of Sony XM2 and bought a pair of XM3 for my father. I actually liked the XM 2's better. They feel more sturdy and i dont like the subtle gold details on the new version.

  • +3 votes

    I think its best to have Bluetooth as a separate poll.

    • +1 vote

      Agree, it's really weird to have wired and wireless together in a poll asking what is the "best". Well that depends if best means least wires or highest quality sound.


    Sony. Best ANC, Best battery life. Great sound quality.

  • +1 vote

    This is going to be a two horse race.


    I love Nuraphones which are sometimes $399 but they're a controversial product because of the peculiar design and comfort implications and the sound processing technology.


    wireless headphones are disgusting


    XM3 any day, NC is really great, sound quality is quite good for me, USB-C with quick charge and long day battery; only call quality is so bad i rather not use it.
    Saw lots of ads about Nuraphone, if any tried both before, is it comparable with Sony in both NC and sound quality?


    Sorry, I didnt see “over ear” in topic. I would delete my post but can’t find button.