Whether you are looking for Bluetooth or RF wireless models, this article will give you in depth insight into the best wireless headphones for TV. Factors include price, sound quality, wearing comfort, features, battery life, and ease of installation and setup. Let’s jump right in.
Top 5 Wireless Headphones for TV Reviewed
|1. Avantree||Avantree AptX Low Latency Bluetooth Headphoness||$$|
|2. Sony||Sony – RF995RK Wireless On-Ear Headphones||$$$|
|3. Sennheiser||Sennheiser RS 135-9 RF Wireless Headphone System||$$$|
|4. Bose||Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II||$$$|
|5. Sennheiser||Sennheiser RS 195||$$$$|
Avantree AptX Low Latency Bluetooth Headphones – Audition Pro ($$)
A great budget choice is this pair from Avantree. This set requires that you have a Bluetooth enabled TV, otherwise you will have to buy an external Bluetooth transmitter, for example the Avantree Prival II available for $49.99.
With an aptX low latency technology compatible TV, there is near perfect synch between the TV and audio, with latency of only 32 to 42ms (milliseconds).
This model has excellent sound considering its price range and includes a built in bass boost which can be turned on and off depending on your preference. Perhaps the most impressive feature is its 40 hours of battery life. There is also a built in microphone which you can use to give voice commands to voice enabled phone apps. You can also use the headphones as wired headphones via the included 3.5mm cable. This has the advantage of not using battery power. The buttons and built in microphone do not work, however, when used in wired mode.
The headphones are incredibly light and feel great, with soft pads and adjustable headband. You can wear these for hours without fatigue. If another person wants to listen along with you, a second headset can connect simultaneously.
Connection is easy. First, make sure the headset is off. Next, hold down the MFB button on the headphones for about 5 seconds until the LED indicator flashes blue and red alternately. In your TVs system settings, turn on Bluetooth and select “Avantree Audition Pro” to connect. Then you are paired! It’s that simple. Once you are paired, your settings will be remembered.
If you’re looking for a great bargain pair of wireless headphones, this is an excellent choice.
Sony – RF995RK Wireless On-Ear Headphones – Black ($$$)
This offering from Sony is an ideal budget set. Using radio frequency technology the RF995RK headphones transmits wirelessly up to 150 feet.
The included transmitter is connected to your TV either through your TV’s analog outs or headphone jack, making installation easy. Install the batteries, turn the transmitter and phones on and the transmitter automatically pairs with the headphones. This device will not work directly with digital outs. If you want to use your digital optical outs you will have to buy an external digital to analog converter.
I bought a pair of these for my dad and he loves them. He can watch TV late at night without disturbing others. He is not tech savvy but has no problems operating these headphones.
The headphones have a 20 hour battery life which is excellent for this price range. The transmitter doubles as a recharging station. You don’t even have to turn the headphones off to recharge. Setting them on the base automatically turns them off and the charging begins. It doesn’t get much simpler.
Additional features include a volume control directly on the headphones and a voice mode which allows you to better hear dialog. The headphones are well padded and comfortable to wear for hours on end.
Overall, this is a great RF type set and a great choice for people with older TVs that do not have Bluetooth compatibility. It’s also great for those who are not tech savvy and want an easy to install and use system.
Sennheiser RS 135-9 RF Wireless Headphone System ($$$)
Sennheiser’s RS 135-9 is a top rated wireless headphone system with high fidelity and superior performance.
The headphones not only sound great, with incredible bass response, but are comfortable to wear as well. The wireless system offers an incredible 330 feet of wireless range, even through walls and ceilings.
Installation is easy. Simply plug the transmitter into your TV’s RCA outs (the red and white audio outputs) or use your TV’s headphone jack. The transmitter doubles as an easy charging station. Just set the headphones on the base and charging begins. Three selectable frequencies allow you to choose an interference free channel. You can also use multiple headphones on one transmitter. Controls for on/off and volume are located right on the headphones, making adjustment easy.
The RS-135-9 is perfect for those who are less tech savvy due to its ease of installation and simplicity of use. The sound quality, however, is excellent, with the fidelity Sennheiser is known for.
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II – Black ($$$$)
The Bose Soundlink headphones sound amazing. Bose’s TriPort technology and active EQ make for a nice sounding set of Bluetooth headphones.
Setup is easy thanks to a free smartphone app for both Android and iPhone which makes pairing your headphones to numerous devices a breeze.
They have a full, rich sound which is surprisingly detailed even at the lowest volumes. With the touch of a button you can switch between two paired devices. For example, you can watch TV and then if a call comes in on your smartphone, switch over to the smartphone and take the call. A built in microphone allows you to take calls and give commands to voice controlled apps. Controls on the headphones allow you to pair, adjust volume, and pair to NFC compatible devices.
These are also well made headphones. With impact resistant materials, glass filled nylon and corrosion resistant stainless steel, they are durable and able to stand up to the life on the go. They’re also comfortable to wear, with micro suede Alcantara cushioning that distributes weight evenly and gives the headphones a well-balanced feel.
The ear cups are soft and comfortable for many hours of continuous listening. Also includes a drawstring bag, a wired cable which you can use when you don’t want to use battery power, and a USB charging cable. A three hour charge gives you 15 hours of play time. There is also a 15 minute quick charge feature which gives you 2 hours of play time. I found this to be a handy feature. If you’re low on batteries or the charge runs out, you can be back up and running in 15 minutes.
Sennheiser RS 195 ($$$$$)
The RS 195 can be completely customized to your needs, with various profiles which help you hear more detail than ever before. You can also adjust the left and right phones independently. This is a great feature for those with hearing loss. If your left ear is fine, for example, but you don’t hear well out of your right ear, you can turn up the right ear to compensate, while leaving the left ear unaffected.
There are voice and music modes, allowing you to hear each with extreme detail. Additional settings were designed for people with hearing loss, allowing them to hear audio at its best.
The headphones have the highest quality components, with unsurpassed fidelity and rich, detailed sound. They are also comfortable to wear for hours on end. On/off and volume are on the headphones for additional convenience. The signal range is about 100 meters (328 feet) and can travel through walls and ceilings.
Installation is easy and unlike most transmitters, this one accepts both analog and digital inputs. The transmitter also doubles as a handy charging station. Just set the headphones on the base and charging automatically begins. Operating time on a full charge is about 18 hours.
If you’re looking for world class audio and a reliable system on par with the best wired headphones, this is the set for you. They are simply incredible.