Imagine this. You’re all set to view your favorite show on your brand new, state of the art fancy TV but you want to watch it using headphones. What headphones do you use?
It wouldn’t make sense to use a $10 pair of headphones with your expensive TV, right?
You’d need truly great quality wireless headphones for your TV in order to really enjoy the viewing experience!
In this article, we’ve rounded up and reviewed the best Wireless headphones for TV. The headphones included on this list come from top audio contenders such as Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, and a few other new brands on the scene.
Best Wireless Headphones for TV of 2020 – Quick Look
(Click on the name of any TV headphones to read their in-depth review)
|Sennheiser RS 120 |
|300 Feet||20 Hours|
|Sennheiser RS 175|
|300 Feet||18 Hours|
|Sennheiser RS 185||320 Feet||24 Hours|
Sound Link 2
|30 Feet||15 Hours|
|150 Feet||25 Hours|
|Sennheiser SET840||100 Feet||9 Hours|
|Avantree TV Headphones||100 Feet||40 Hours|
|Sennheiser RS 165||100 Feet||18 Hours|
|Tv Ears Headphones||100 Feet||10 Hours|
|Simolio TV Headphones||100 Feet||7 Hours|
1. Sennheiser RS 120 – Best Overall TV Headphones
When it comes to TV headphones, Sennheiser is probably the best in the business. And the RS120 – from their entry-level series – is truly exceptional in every way.
Don’t let the price tag fool you either! Intense testing proves these TV headphones to be pretty darn good.
Low cost, powerful specifications, and great out of the box design – all of these excellent features have earned these headphones the first spot on this list.
We think these can be perfect for anyone looking for a budget-oriented pair of TV headphones.
Our In-Depth Review:
These headphones certainly give you a bang for your buck in our opinion. Equipped with powerful features all that comes at an affordable price tag, makes them the best choice for customers.
In terms of build functionality, the right ear-cup slides out providing access to the battery area for the battery that comes with the headphones. That is the very first thing you need to do when you get them.
A total of 3 functions are present on the ear-cups themselves. On the left, you have them on and off switch, while on the right, you get two options: one to adjust the volume and the second one to tune in the transmission.
The sides of the headphones are adjustable with an ample amount of comfortable padding on top. The covering on the ear-cups is also very smooth and feels comfortable on the ears.
The charging mechanism for the headphones is pretty interesting. You just need to place the headphones on the top of the transmitter and it would start charging. When not charging or in use, you can use the transmitter as a docking station.
These are open-back headphones, a design that allows the sounds to pass freely and surrounding sounds are easily identifiable. While we can’t refer to it as ambient sound technology, it does create a good balance between external and internal sounds.
Above all, the headphones are very lightweight, barely allowing you to feel that you’ve got something on.
The Sennheiser RS120 also comes with a multi-connectivity option that allows users to connect up to 100 headphones (HDR 120) to the transmitter for simultaneous listening. Now, this is something that truly blows our minds. While there are indeed other headphones with a similar feature (most of the TV headphones from Sennheiser allow multiple connectivities), the option to connect up to 100 headphones is only presently offered by the RS120.
The transmitter that comes along with the Sennheiser RS120 is compatible with all devices that come with analog input. These include televisions, laptops, tablets, computers and cell phones with a standard 3.5mm jack or 6.5mm headphone sockets or RCA jacks. This implies that you can easily use these headphones with your mobile, laptop, and tablet.
- Multiple headphones connectivity up to a total of 100 headphones.
- Insane connectivity range of 300 meters.
- Comfortable padding on both the band and ear-cups.
- Detailed sound reproduction.
- Flat cushion covering on earcups.
The RS120 can most certainly save you a few bucks if you decide to go for it. From battery life to connectivity range, to the exclusive multiple connectivity option, the RS120 makes it clear why it is the top contender on this list!
2. Sennheiser RS 175 - With Bass Boost Mode
Sennheiser RS175 headphones are another great addition to the RS series in the form of a closed-back over the ear, circumaural headphones with some brilliant features and great build quality.
If you are in the market for a pair of extraordinary or advanced headphones, these headphones come highly recommended by us.
The RS series is the premium line from Sennheiser that comes jam-packed with some really advanced features.
Each model in the RS series is quite different from each other and we ultimately chose this model because we believe it has the best combination of sound, performance, specifications, and cost.
Our In-Depth Review:
Sennheiser started with the RS110 and went up higher both in terms of features and quality. At the end of the line, we do have the RS185 but we recommend the RS175 over them as we find the RS175 to be more superior when compared to the RS185 and the RS165 in terms of overall performance.
The RS series from Sennheiser is the best series of wireless TV headphones available, and the RS175 is a great addition to it.
With a high connectivity range on these TV headphones, you can easily enjoy your entertainment at a comfortable distance from the TV. Want to listen to music while lying in bed? Not a problem with the RS175 as you get 300 feet of connectivity range on them.
The headphones sport a few new options not present on the RS120 model mentioned above. With the RS175, you now have the options to change virtual surround modes and bass controls, with the dedicated buttons present on the driver itself allowing you to turn on the features when you need to.
They are multi-purpose headphones that can be used with any device having an analog output [Left, Right RCA or 3.55 audio port], which makes them super compatible with smartphones and tablets.
The design on the RS175 is closed back and over the ear, which ensures absolutely no sound leakage from the headphones, which is a plus when you’re surrounded by other people and do not want to disturb them. The over the ear design also works great for noise isolation, ensuring you are not bothered by external noises as well.
The headphones would come as treat to all the bass heads. Surround sound options don't make a lot of difference, but once you turn on the bass boost, you get a whole new audio experience.
Not just the bass, the overall audio experience is good too. The action scenes sound brilliant and dialogues come out very clear. This excellent audio quality is backed up by strong and innovative RF wireless technology.
- Up to 100m of Connectivity/Delivery range.
- Control buttons.
- Superior comfort and sound quality.
- Excellent bass response.
- Audio sometimes cut out for a fraction of second.
The price tag on the RS175 is little on the higher end, but still it is a really good investment, considering the power-packed nature of the headphones. You can purchase them either as a solo pair or as a pack of 2 depending on your needs and preferences. The overall sound and bass performance on these is extraordinary and the ability to control the different audio modes through physical buttons is certainly another plus point.
3. Sennheiser RS 185 - Best Open Back TV headphones
Sennheiser’s RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System provides an exceptional digital wireless audio transmission to its user.
Broadcasting up to a range of 30 meters, it avails the user a comfortable and enjoyable time listening to music or watching a movie without the intrusion of surrounding noise.
It’s the perfect headphone system for a noisy neighborhood and many more.
The headphone works on the same RF technology as any of the other RS headphones that make them compatible with all devices featuring Analog and RAC inputs.
Our In-Depth Review:
An upgrade from the Sennheiser RS 165, the Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System are comfortable and easy to use the headphones with a better audio quality compared to that of the Sennheiser RS 165.
They are slightly different in design from the Sennheiser 165 and comes with considerably more quality. But it would seem that the manufacturer Sennheiser has no intention of reducing the bulk and the noise intrusion.
On the plus side though, it has a reduced latency connection and still maintains its simple yet functional design (upgraded).
The Sennheiser RS 185 is indeed an upgrade from much older editions, especially in design. It comes with better ear paddings that are laced with soft material to give a cozy feeling to the sensitive ears.
With the difference in color tone, you can be sure to rid yourself of the monotonous choice of color used in the Sennheiser's other headphones. Its redesign further included shedding a bit of bulk.
With the introduction of new control buttons, the Sennheiser RS 185 offers the user better control compared to the Sennheiser RS 165. Although the new buttons offer limited control, it’s a worthy start nonetheless.
It is still relatively bulky and that causes ache. Although the Sennheiser RS 185 has been redesigned to shed a bit of weight, it is still bulky and as such weighs heavy on the ears. Coupled with its uneven distribution of pressure, there is bound to be earaches after prolonged use.
- Analog and Digital Inputs.
- Automatic audio level control.
- Excellent and premium design along with great comfort quality.
- Long Battery life of up to one whole day.
- No Noise isolation because of the open back structure.
The Sennheiser RS 185 is a worthwhile upgrade and comes with a considerable number of perks. Its sound quality is still very much one of the best. Not many headphones in the market offer the amount of value a person would get from them. Watching movies and listening to music with this headphone indoors comes with ease, comfort, and low noise intrusion. It’s indeed a win.
4. Bose Sound Link 2 -Best Bluetooth Headphones For TV
Bose is synonymous with great sound quality and product build.
The Sound Link 2, while a little on the expensive side, is to put it plainly, perfect. Deep immersive sound, best in class EQ, and a neat design tick all the right checkboxes.
Use it with your TV or with your phone; the advanced Bluetooth technology makes it easy to use these headphones with all presently available music devices.
Bose has been a giant in the market for a very long time and is well known for producing excellent products such as headphones and speakers and while their products do tend to run on the more expensive side, comparing the quality to the cost makes for an agreeable investment that is absolutely worth it.
Our In-Depth Review:
The Bose Sound Link II simply cannot be compared with most of the other headphones on our list, since the base technology that these headphones run on is completely different from the other wireless TV headphones.
The Bose Sound Link II doesn't feature RF transmission and that is its plus point, allowing it easy connectivity to Smart TVs and other electronics that support Bluetooth.
Remember that these headphones could only be connected with TV's that have inbuilt Bluetooth or ones that have the Bluetooth transmitter installed. Please do not buy them if your TV doesn't have Bluetooth.
The Sound Link II features intense, immersive and improved EQ that all build-up to the best-in-class performance.
The headphones also come with the multi-connectivity option, which means you can connect the headphones to two different devices at the same time. Also, it is very easy to switch between multiple connected devices such as your phone and your TV.
The drivers on these headphones sport buttons that allow you to control volume, switch devices and play music on various Apple, Samsung and Android devices. There is also a connectivity icon and a small LED to monitor the battery percentage.
When it comes to the battery life of these headphones, while most Bluetooth headphones tend to have a battery life of between 10 - 13 hours, the Bose Sound Link has ventured ahead. You get an approximate battery life of around 2 hours on 15 minutes of charge and 15 hours of playback time on 3 hours of full charge.
Now let's talk about the most important thing, the sound quality. If you’ve ever used Bose headphones in the past then you’ve certainly got great expectations. The sound quality on the Sound Link II is pretty much perfect in every aspect.
- Unsurpassed Crisp Sound.
- Convenient Physical controls over drivers for seamless switching of devices.
- It also comes with NFC.
- Extremely comfortable and one of the lightest headphones in the market.
- Bass is not great.
- The connectivity range is less for TVs in some cases.
While the pricing on this headphone is a bit higher than average, coming from a leading brand, it is certainly justifiable. The headphones are packed with amazing, robust features including great bass and the best in the class equalizer. If you’re on the lookout for a multi-purpose pair of headphones to use with your TV as well as other Bluetooth enabled devices, then these would be an excellent choice.
5. Sony MDRRF985RK - With Noise Reduction Technology
Sony has been on the market for a very long time and needless to say, it is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to audio devices. Whether it is headphones, speakers or music systems on smartphones, the quality is always excellent.
Today we are reviewing the great MDRRF985RK, which is one of the best and most cost-effective wireless headphones for TV from Sony.
For a lot of people, these might be the best TV headphones while for others it may not be quite the right choice. With that said, let's dive right into the specifications.
Our In-Depth Review:
If noise reduction is your utmost priority, then these wireless TV headphones would work great, but if you‘re looking for all-round perfection, you might come away from a little disappointed.
The build quality on the headphones is certainly not the best around although the matte black finish does give them a great look. However, looking at the price tag, this single minor issue can be easy to overlook.
The headphones offer up an excellent connectivity range of 50m/150feet, with zero interference issues. Setting it up with any TV or FM radio is dead easy, plus the 900 MHz frequency offers up great clarity and quality of sound. It really is quite difficult to have anything negative to say about that aspect.
If you’ve had trouble with battery life on your previous headphones, it most certainly is not going to be an issue here as the average battery life on these is about 24 hours, which is pretty great.
Moving onto controls, you get various physical controls on the bottom of both the drivers. There is an on and off switch and on the right driver and tuning and volume controls on the left.
The good thing about the volume controller is that it also comes with fixed different levels from 1 to 10, so In case you have some preferred volume level you can set that up right away.
And finally, last but most certainly not least, the sound quality is excellent. The bass is great and is clearly felt while watching movies, especially if an action scene kicks in.
- Expressive sound system and bass quality.
- Automatic tuning for the optimum signal reception.
- Superior Noise Reduction technology.
- Excellent battery life of up to 25 hours on a single charge.
- Could be a little bit bulky for a few users.
- Not the best overall build quality.
These headphones are one of the lowest-priced wireless TV headphones from Sony and perform really well in all the technical aspects. So if you’re on the hunt for a pair that doesn’t compromise in terms of features and would also like to stay under your budget, then there would be a great deal for you with the amazing sound quality and great battery life.
6. Sennheiser SET840 - Best In-Ear TV Headphones
The Sennheiser SET820 TV headphones are a little bit different from what we have seen so far in the RS series from Sennheiser, the major difference being these are in-ear headphones.
The headphones are ideally built for Home listening and can only be connected to RAC points with the help of an RF transmitter that comes with them.
Ergonomic controls and the quick visual response of operations makes this pair easy to use.
The devices that are compatible with these headphones are TV, Hi-Fi system or Radio.
Now let's have a look at all the specifications of the SET840:
Our In-Depth Review:
Since these headsets are slightly different from the RS series, we think a brief introduction is in order. Straight out of the box, you get a pair of headphones and a base. The battery on the headset is removable and is expected to last at least 9 hours.
Since they are in-ear headphones, the design is obviously quite different from the other headphones. You get a small transmitter/charging dock and two hard wired earbuds attached to a receiver. The body is not heavy and would cause strain.
The battery can be charged by placing the headphone on the base. If you suspect you will be using the headphones for long hours or if they are to be shared, you can always purchase another battery to keep charged as a spare. This way, you’ll rarely find yourself with a dead headset.
The headphones come with an easy to understand user manual, which will help you hook up the headphones to your TV accurately.
The connectivity, as expected, is excellent and the headphones offer a connectivity range of up to 100 feet, while the battery range is up to 9 hours on a single charge.
Being in-ear headphones does make a very big impact on the overall weight and build of the headphones making them very comfortable to wear.
- In-ear design with great isolation.
- Comfortable and Lightweight.
- Optimizes speech for better hearing.
- Robust wireless connection.
- Average Battery range.
The SET840 are completely different from the RS Series or any other TV headphones in terms of design. They are in-ear lightweight headphones that offer up excellent features such as a high connectivity range, and ergonomic controls. The sound quality produced is amazing with absolutely no negative connotations in that aspect.
7. Avantree Headphones – With Bluetooth Transmitter
If a high name brand is not an absolute must and you’re willing to trade name brand for amazing features, then these just might the headphones for you.
These headphones from Avantree are by far the best Bluetooth headphones for the TV that you will find under the low mid-budget segment.
This claim does not arise simply due to the low price tag or simply great sound quality, instead, our conclusion is backed up by several other pointers which we are going to list below.
These headphones from Avantree don't work on RF technology, instead, they work on Bluetooth technology.
This is great for TVs with built-in Bluetooth capability but what happens when your TV does not support Bluetooth? No worries! These headphones come with an Avantree transmitter that when plugged into a TV, converts that TV into a Bluetooth integrated device and creates a seamless wireless connection between the TV and the Avantree TV headphones.
Our In-Depth Review:
A few days ago, we did a roundup for the Best Wireless Headphones and the top contender was a pair of headphones from Avantree.
Apart from the great sound quality, amazing wireless connectivity range, and other fantastic features, what really sold it and allowed it to gain the number one position was the insane battery life that it sported.
Now, while we won’t go quite as far as to say that the Bluetooth transmitter headphones are better than the traditional RF headphones for TV - RF headphones are the best technology you could ever have in any TV headphones, period! - but still, Bluetooth as a technology for TV headphones is pretty great. Especially on these headphones.
Have you ever seen any Bluetooth headphones with a connectivity range of 100 feet? Well, we’ve got one for you right here. The Avantree TV headphones, despite running on wireless Bluetooth technology, has a connectivity range of up to 100 feet.
The sound quality is amazing and the ear-cups are decently big enough to cover all sizes of ears comfortably. Also, since it runs on Bluetooth, you can create a direct connection to your cell phone, tablet or laptop.
Another great thing about these headphones is that in case the battery is dead and you still want to use them, you do have the option to use it with the 3.55mm audio cable that comes with it.
- The high connectivity of up to 100 feet.
- No Audio Lag.
- Perfect for TV, Cell phones or any other device.
- Ideal TV headphones for gamers.
- No Cons.
Do not think twice about getting these if you’re looking for a solid pair of headphones that not only work with the TV but also with other devices andcomes at a low budget! These wireless headphones from Avantree are absolute beasts and have all the essentials of a great set of headphones. The 40 hour battery life is something that cannot be found in any other TV headphones.
8. Sennheiser RS 165 - With Bass Boost Mode
As is apparent from this list, Sennheiser is by far the most popular brand when it comes to wireless TV headphones and it is absolutely ruling the market when it comes down to RF technology.
Sennheiser’s RS 165 serves as one of the best digital wireless headphone systems in the market. It is ideal for tuning out surrounding noise whilst watching a movie or listening to music.
Coupled with its comfy design, it fits perfectly with the ears such that you get to really focus and enjoy what you’re watching or listening to.
Overall, these are the most power-packed TV wireless headphones by Sennheiser which we believe is definitely worth your time.
Our In-Depth Review:
The Sennheiser RS 165 serves well as a home theatre headphone with a nice surround quality. With a transmitter stand that connects smoothly with the headphone within a 30 meters range, you are guaranteed to have no statics or breaks.
That means you get to listen to music or hear the audio output of a movie without interruption. But, it’s not all rosy for the RS 165. As uninterrupted as it may seem, it does not entirely cut out surround noise (especially the louder ones).
Although having a seemingly simple design and some worth cheap-looking ear muffs, the Sennheiser RS 165 does not clamp down on the ears, making them feel stuck. Rather, the simple design allows for ease in using and comfort in putting on. Your ears are guaranteed a bit of space with this headphone.
Although it is simplistic in style, you might get that slight distaste at its cheap look. The ear paddings, in particular, do not come off as stylish. And for such a price, it definitely needs a redesign to stand it out amongst other brands of headphone systems.
- Comfortable earmuffs and head padding.
- Excellent Bass Response
- Multi-use charging cradle.
- Excellent battery range of 18 hours.
- Slightly heavy for continuos long usage.
The Sennheiser RS 165 is a decent headphone that will give you a nice time indoors. Any use outside the cozy confines of your house or room might result in a lot of noise intrusion (not to mention the need for a bag to carry it around in). If you’re a person who is concerned about flaunting the latest of gadgets, this might come off as looking cheap and too simple. Overall, it will serve well in terms of audio quality, runtime and durability.
9. TV Ears Wireless Headphones System - With 2X Maximum Volume
According to the company TV Ears, these headphones are recommended by Doctors and have helped millions of people hear better audio quality without any complaints of loud volume or the need to buy any type of hearing aids.
These headphones are very similar to the one from Simolio, despite the fact that they run on a different technology.
With that said, let's have a look at all the features of these headphones.
Our In-Depth Review:
The TV Ears Original Wireless headphones are a solid pair of headphones with exclusive technology build especially keeping hearing impaired people in mind.
Headphones from TV Ears come with their proprietary voice clarifying circuitry that automatically balances the audio curve to enhance the quality of television audio and decrease the volume of all background sounds such as music. This allows words and speech to stand out, making even quiet whispers audible.
With tech like dialogue sound enhancement, TV Ears headphones have twice the power when compared to other headphones, which results in twice the maximum volume.
The design of the headphones is the same as the Sennheiser Set840. Two wired earbuds attached to the receiver, that has a volume rotatory adjuster and a tone adjuster. The earbuds come with background noises reducing foam that makes the audio feel even louder.
Although they are ultra-lightweight, they are not the most comfortable pair of headphones around. Also, the battery range on them could have been better.
Since they are in-ear headphones, the fit is perfect. It creates a good seal in the ears creating good noise isolation. The audio feels detailed and the dialogues pop up quite well.
The connectivity for these headphones is similar to any other RF headphones. You just need to connect the red and white cables of the transmitter to RCA audio output and start using them. You also get a 3.55mm audio output connection.
- Ideally, build of hearing-impaired people.
- Functionality to mute a TV.
- 2X maximum volume.
- Advanced Dialogue enhancement technology.
- Not the most comfortable build.
- Short Battery range.
We would probably only suggest these headphones if you are buying them for someone who is hearing impaired. They are specially built for people who have a problem with hearing and works just fine for that cause. Apart from this, they do not sport any special or unique features and there’s not much else to talk about. If you do not face hearing issues, then it wouldn’t make much sense to get these headphones.
10. Simolio Wireless TV Headsets - For Hearing Impaired People
Next up are the wireless headsets from Simolio.
Though not a very popular pair among customers, they are really a good choice for audio; something that is an absolute value for money.
The headsets from Simolio work on quite a different technology as compared to other headphones/headsets, and as stated by the manufacturer, this technology is better than the normal RS, and 2.4 GHz technology.
The technology integrated into these Simolio headsets is referred to as 2.4 GHz digital FHSS (Frequency hopping spread spectrum), and is completely free of any kind of interruption, providing great connectivity range.
Our In-Depth Review:
These headphones from Simolio have got so much going on for them! They combine great audio quality and advanced audio balance with excellent connectivity range making for a pair of headphones with barely any negatives to talk about.
The headphones are ideally built for users who have hearing problems. These would be especially very helpful for the senior citizens who usually have a hearing problem. The headphones produce louder sound as compared to any other normal headphones, which is why hearing-impaired users find them helpful.
The Simolio TV headphones are compatible with any device that comes with analog RCA Audio Outputs.
Sudden loud sounds or jerks on the screen can lead to annoying and painful hits of sound to the ears. With the Simolio TV headphones, you don't have to worry about that at all as it comes with an auto signal control which automatically balances the sound whenever there is a sudden kind of bump.
The headphones come with features to switch the wireless headphones to a personal sound amplifier by pressing the mic button which would temporarily help hearing-impaired people to hear other people while watching TV. You can press the mic again to switch back to the TV.
- Auto turns off when ideal for 3 minutes.
- Perfect for hearing impaired users.
- The auto sound balance system.
- Up to 100 feet of connectivity range.
- Short battery range.
The headphones are pretty good in terms of sound quality and with the new connectivity technology, you will get interruption free connectivity. Though the battery life is quite low when compared to other TV headphones, considering the price you pay, they are a pretty good choice.
Wireless Headphones for TV - Buyer's Guide
What are wireless TV Headphones?
Wireless TV Headphones are not a whole lot different when compared to other wireless headphones, they just run on a different sort of technology.
TV headphones come with an analog RF transmitter that needs to be connected to the TV before you can enjoy listening to them.
However, you do get TV headphones that use Bluetooth and are super easy to connect and usually come at a lower price.
However, Bluetooth headphones have their own share of drawbacks due to the lower frequency range that results in the breakdown of sounds at intervals whereas transmitter based headphones have an average range of 100 meters.
Wireless Vs Wired: Which Type of Headphones are Better?
Except for the obvious difference that is the cable, there are several other differences between them.
Although ultimately, it depends on your needs, we are going to list all the major differences below for your consideration.
In general, we believe that when it comes to buying headphones for TV, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to get the wired kind.
The TV is usually enjoyed from a distance thus making a wired headphone pretty annoying to deal with.
From what we have observed so far, wired headphones in most cases are better than wireless ones in terms of sound quality.
The differences though are tiny and only a true audio aficionado would be able to pick out on those differences. Layman users would not particularly notice them.
Back in the day, there was definitely a more discernible difference between wired and wireless headphones, but thanks to big brands like Sennheiser and Sony, there is hardly any difference in sound quality now.
Furthermore, in some cases, you will find that wireless headphones are better than the wired ones.
It's obvious that wired headphones don't need a battery to work, which means you can use them for as much time as you want, whenever and wherever.
Wireless headphones, on the other hand, require a battery that needs to be charged at regular intervals.
But, keep in mind, most wireless headphones today come with a battery life of approx. 12-20 hours making them an excellent choice for daily use.
Now, this is something a lot of people can agree upon.
Wireless headphones surely are more expensive than the wired kind.
A pair of good wired headphones can be bought for under $100, while a pair of good wireless headphones would cost you around $150 - $200 and even more than that in some cases.
On-Ear V/S Over-Ear Headphones
Sound experience on both over-ear and on-ear is quite different.
The sound on the on-ear headphones feels less loud as compared to over-ear headphones.
The main advantage over-ear headphones have over on-ear headphones is the presence of noise isolation. The over-ear cups create a good seal between the cushion and your ears, preventing the external noises to enter and overall getting a better audio experience.
But, over-ear headphones have some disadvantages too.
Since the over-ear headphones create a tight seal, your ears might get warm after some time. There could be some sweating as well.
On-ear headphones on the other hand simply rest on your ears putting no kind of pressure.
Choosing one of the others is a personal preference.
There is no doubt that over-ear TV headphones provide an overall better sound experience, but that with few headphones comes at a price of slight heating.
In-Ear TV Headphones
In-ear design on TV headphones is very rare.
The In-ear design is common for hearing aided headphones, but for normal headphones, you would not see that very often.
The only normal In-ear Tv headphones on our list are Sennheiser Set 840.
We have always said that in-ear headphones sound better than over-ear and on-ear headphones. They provide a good seal in-ears, which results in decent noise isolation.
In-ear TV headphones are also good if you don't want to feel any type of weight on your head.
Open Back or Closed Back
Open-back headphones are the ones where on the earcups there is an opening in the form of a grill, while on closed-back headphones the earcups are completely sealed.
We can not say that one is better than the other. Both types have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Open-back headphones are mainly preferred by music professionals as they serve good as studio headphones.
Open-back headphones allow the air to pass through them, there aren't little echoes inside them, which makes them feel sound more natural and clear.
But that also means that ambient noise reduction is none.
So if you planning to get a pair of open-back headphones and use them in an outer environment that is noisy, drop off that idea.
Instead, get a pair of closed-back headphones.
Closed-back headphones are much louder and create good noise isolation as compared to open back.
In the case of TV headphones, there are only a few open-back headphones available.
Different Types of Wireless Headphones for TV
In general, when it comes to wireless headphones, Bluetooth technology is most commonly used. But, things are different in case of wireless headphones specifically built for TV.
The Most popular and best TV headphones use RF technology for connectivity and that's because with RF there is no interference issue, you get a long connectivity range and with some TV headphones, the RF signals easily pass through the walls.
RF Technology vs Bluetooth Technology
Talking about the comparison, the first thing that comes to our mind is the connectivity range.
RF headphones are far ahead of Bluetooth headphones in terms of connectivity range.
A Bluetooth headphone usually comes with a connectivity range of 33 feet, while the RF headphones come with a connectivity range of 300 feet.
But Bluetooth connectivity is more secure.
Bluetooth for connectivity uses radio signals that are 1000 times stronger than signals used by mobile phones. There is no interference and no one can listen in.
In terms of connectivity strength, RF headphones are better than Bluetooth headphones. They easily hold connection through walls and other obstructions.
How to connect your Wireless TV headphones to your TV?
The connectivity process totally depends on the type of TV you are having, and also the type of headphones you are having.
If you have a smart TV with Bluetooth enabled then you will be able to quickly connect your Bluetooth headphones with it and to use the RF headphones with it, you would have to follow the installation process added below.
If you don't have a Bluetooth enabled TV, you can still use the Bluetooth headphones with it by installing the Bluetooth module. The process of installing Rf headphones on such TV's would be the same as Smart TVs.
Process of installing RF Headphones
The process of installing RF headphones could be a little more complicated.
RF headphones come with their own separate transmitter which needs to be connected to the TV for everything to work fine.
The transmitter also works as a charging station for the headphones.
- To connect the headphones to your TV, you have to first plug in the audio cables coming out of the transmitter into TV audio outputs ( Red and white audio output jacks ) that are usually found on the back of the TV.
- Then you would have to plug in the transmitter into a power source. Once the power is supplied and the audio cables are connected properly, you will see some kind of indication of the transmitter.
Remember, your TV might have different colored audio output jacks and you might need to do some experiment over there.
Your ultimate goal is to see if the transmitter is indicating some kind of audio source connectivity. If it does, then the only thing you have to do is turn on your headphones and start enjoying your Favourite TV series without bothering anyone else.
Features to be Considered while buying Wireless Headphones for TV:
Before you buy a pair of wireless TV headphones, you need to take a few points into consideration.
In order to get the most out of your investment, the headphones should fulfill all of your needs.
Below, you get to see some of the most important points which should be considered -
We don't recommend using normal Bluetooth headphones with TV.
Most wireless headphones for TV that come with base stations work on RF technology rather than infrared or Bluetooth.
The reason being RF offers a better connectivity range.
Most of the RF headphones mentioned on our list do have a connectivity range up to 100 meters or 300 feet making them the best option to go with.
Some of the Bluetooth headphones do come with up to 100 feet of battery range. Avantree TV headphones on our list are a good example of this.
With wireless technology, audio interference is a very common issue that leads to sound cuts and similar audio issues.
Some headphones may have a better connection when compared to others.
Some headphones are louder but not loud enough to block surrounding sounds and that's why we recommend reading carefully precisely through their review before you decide on a headset.
The sound is affected by a lot of factors including the distance of headphones from the receiver and any solid structure in between.
The presence of any solid structure between your headphones and the transmitter would affect the audio performance in some way. A good pair of headphones would show the least effect in this case.
When going for a pair of headphones, make sure that the headphones are loud enough for your use, have some kind of bass in them, and sound natural.
If you are looking to buy headphones for a hearing-impaired person then make sure you are buying wireless TV headphones ideally built for that purpose.
Battery life is an important issue for any wireless device.
Higher quality headphones provide 20 or more hours of wireless listening and these are the headphones we would generally recommend.
Luckily, on our list, most of the recommended TV headphones do come with a battery life of more than 20 hours and a few with a battery life of 15 hours+ which is a great backup time for any TV headphones.
And if the headphones support quick charging, then that would be even better.
Comfort is an important deciding factor for any type of headphones.
You do generally wear your headphones for no less than 30 minutes at a time and if they aren’t soft and cushy and/or if they are heavy then it would lead to an unpleasant experience.
There are a lot of things that decide the overall comfort level of headphones.
How tight is the headband?
Is it suitable for large heads?
Is the headband comfortable?
Are the earcups soft?
These are questions you need to ask and research before buying a pair of headphones.
Make sure the size of the headband is large enough to fit your head. If you have a large head, you need to take extra precautions on this.
Usually, the best bet is to go with the headphones that have an adjustable headband.
Other things that could cause discomfort are the cushion padding on the earcups. Most of the headphones come with memory foam covering that feels very soft and comfortable.
Some headphones also come with protein earpads, which are slightly better than the memory cushions.Latency is the name given to the sound synchronization issue on wireless headphones.
The short delay between the time audio is transmitted and reaches your headphones is called latency.
Sometime you would have been in a situation where audio and video don't synchronize with each other, that is the issue about which we are talking here.
The degree of latency depends on your headphones. Better the hardware and software of the headphones, low would be the latency.
The aptX technology present in some of the Bluetooth headphones helps in reducing latency to a large extent. If you are going to get a pair of Bluetooth TV headphones, try to get ones that come with aptX or aptX HD technology.
But, there must not be any sound leakage.
Sound leakage from headphones could cause disturbance among all other people in the area.
if you want to enjoy your favorite movie without disturbing others, make sure the headphones you are choosing leak very little to no sound.
Can I use my RF headphones with Mobile phone & Laptops?
RF headphones could not be used with Mobile phones and laptops since those devices do not have RCA outputs.
The transmitter/dock station of RF headphones could only be connected to the devices that offer RCA outputs. For example, TV, home theater system, etc.
If you are looking to get a pair of headphones that would work with both Mobile phones and TV, then we would recommend you to checkout Avantree TV headphones on our list.
Avantree TV headphones run on Bluetooth and come with a transmitter for TV connectivity. This makes them compatible with all the devices.
Wireless TV Headphones for Hearing Impaired users
If you have any hearing problems, you must go for a pair of TV headphones that are specifically built for users with hearing difficulties.
These headphones are actually really helpful for people with hearing difficulties.
They provide clear voice, precise bass, and treble, and put extra emphasis on the dialogues.
The noise-canceling and voice clarifying technology reduces the TV background sound and make the dialogues stand out.
The installation for the aided headphones is no different than other TV headphones. You just plugin in the transmitter into the TV, and start using the headphones right away.
Some FAQ'S regarding Wireless Headphones for TV
Do Wireless Headphones work with Smart TV?
Since smart TV's have Bluetooth connectivity option, you can connect your wireless headphones to them. Other than that, you can also connect RF headphones to them by connecting the transmitter through RCA outputs.
Can I add Bluetooth to my TV?
Yes, you can add Bluetooth to your Normal TV. There are a lot of Bluetooth transmitters available in the market that can add Bluetooth connectivity to any TV. A good example of this would be the Avantree transmitter. You just have to connect the Bluetooth transmitter to your TV through RCA outputs, and then you would be able to connect any Bluetooth headphones to them.
Is RF better than Bluetooth?
RF is better than Bluetooth in few aspects. First of all, RF headphones provide an average connectivity range of 300 feet as compared to 33 feet in Bluetooth headphones. Signals from RF headphones are quite stronger as compared to Bluetooth headphones. RF headphones also sound better as compared to Bluetooth headphones when used with the TV.
How do I connect my Wired Headphones to TV?
First of all, until and unless you have a 6m cord, we don't recommend using wired headphones with TV. As you would be too close to the TV, and that could affect your eyes. Secondly, connecting wired headphones with TV is very uncommon. Not a lot of TV's have ports/jacks for wired headphones for connectivity. But if your TV has it, then the process would be as same as you do with your mobile phone. Just plug and play.
Can I connect wireless headphones to my Samsung TV?
Samsung has been producing smart TV for quite a time now. And all those smart TVs generally come with Bluetooth pre-installed in them, which means you easily connect your existing Bluetooth headphones with them. And if you want to use RF headphones with your Samsung TV then that shouldn't be a problem too. Both the new and old Samsung TVs come with RCA output that is used for connecting the RF headphones.
Are Wireless TV headphones noise canceling ones?
You can buy some high end noise-canceling wireless headphones, connect it to your Smart TV via Bluetooth, and experience the sound with ANC. But if you are trying to get noise cancelation on RF headphones, then you could be disappointed with that. We haven't come across any RF headphones that have active noise cancelation technology built-in. We also think that there is no need for the TV headphones to have noise cancelation since they are built for indoor use.
Do I have to sit close to the TV to get the best sound quality?
With standard Bluetooth headphones you might have to sit close to TV since they usually have a connectivity range of 10feet. RF headphones, on the other hand, have connectivity of around 300 feet, which gives you a lot of freedom to move around without any connection break.
These were the reviews for the 10 best wireless headphones according to us in 2020.
If you don't want to spend much then Sennheiser RS 120 would be your best bet.
They are not just affordable, but also one of the most popular TV headphones in the market.
Sennheiser RS 175 is the best RF headphones in the high-budget range.
If you are looking to get Bluetooth TV headphones, then Bose Sound Link 2 would be your best bet.
And if you are looking for TV headphones ideally made for hearing impaired people, then Simolio headset are the headphones you should be looking at.