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Wireless Headphones for TV

Updated on August 20, 2014

Do You Need Wireless Headphones for TV?

Whether or not you need wireless headphones for your TV really depends on what it is you want. Do you want better sound, do you want to listen without disturbing others, do you want the freedom to move about while enjoying programming? If you do, then maybe you should learn more about these devices.

We'll cover the basics here. What do they offer and what should you consider when shopping for a pair.

What Makes Wireless Headphones for TV Nice?

Wireless headphones offer many of the advantages of traditional wired headphones and a few that such tethered designs don't offer.

Like other headphones, wireless devices allow you to hear your television or stereo better. They are particularly handy if they manage to emphasize speech so that you can hear dialogue with the best quality. They can make peace within the household or perhaps with neighbors if you live in an apartment, duplex, or condo. Simply put, you can increase the volume without disturbing others. They can help to compensate for mild to moderate hearing loss. They give you freedom of movement. Most of these wireless headphones for TV use either infrared, which means you need to stay within line of site of the transmitter, or radio frequency which allows you to leave the room while remaining within a specified distance. Walls and so forth won't interfere greatly with your reception with RF headphones.

Things to Consider When Shopping

If you decide you would like to examine a pair of these headphones a bit more closely, you might want to consider a few key things:

What are your expectations as far as distance? Are you ok with just using them only within the same room as your equipment? If so, infrared devices are ok. However, if your expectation is that you'll be able to wander about the house or perhaps out into the lawn with your headphones on, you'll need to look for a pair with RF transmission while paying attention to the distance requirements. Sound quality. Listening is the best way to determine this, but if you can't do that read customer reviews to get an idea of what others say. You don't want too much interfering noise such as hisses and pops. You want to be sure that the overall sound quality suits your tastes and that the volume adjusts adequately for your needs.Obviously, having volume control on the headphones themselves is much more convenient than having it located only on the transmitter! If you have any hearing loss in one ear, or in one ear more than the other, the ability to adjust volume differently for each ear is obviously critical. Generally speaking wireless headphones using infrared transmission won't get interference from other electronic devices in your home while RF headphones may experience this. (check the frequencies, ideally you can switch among several) The power source and the battery life. This just has to do with convenience and long term costs. Clearly a rechargeable battery can save you money in the long run and headphones that will provide 30-35 hours of listening per charge will be more convenient than ones that need juiced up every 20-25 hours. Of course, headphones that automatically charge each time they're set into the transmitter offer convenience as well. Certainly, having an AC adapter is good too. Comfort. If you watch a great deal of TV you may want to try on any pair you're considering to check comfort. Is the headband adjustable, is it padded, are they ligthweight, are the earphones padded, do they squeeze your ears too tightly, and so forth? If you can't try them on, just be sure you'll be able to return them if you don't like the fit. Wireless headphones for TV tend to be the larger models (rather than earbuds) because they more successfully block outside noise you don't want. If you have a home theater set up, look for compatibility with the appropriate sound formats; for instance Dolby Digital. Be sure you buy everything you'll need. You'll need to buy both the transmitter and the headphones themselves. Some items you see for sale include both items, some don't and you'll have to purchase the items separately. Be sure the base station/transmitter will be able to hook up with your TV (or other equipment you want to use with the headphones). The input/output jacks must be compatible.

A Good Choice

These Sennheiser RS170 wireless headphones provide a dynamic bass and surround sound listening modes. It offers multi-receiver transmission allowing up to 4 people to listen..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a Sony wireless headset. The problem is I have over the ear hearing aids and get feedback. If I remove the hearing aids the sound is muffled at full volume. If the ear pieces were oval that may stop the feedback. I have to turn the aid volume way down, I still get some feedback. It would also help if I could adjust each ear separately.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes and almost every brand.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes you can listen from the headphones and the tv at the same time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Did you get any answers?

      I have the same requirement!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This may seem obvious, but if I use headphones with a volume control, can someone else listen to the TV without headphones at the same time? I see other people asking similar question and don't see any answers. Would appreciate an answer please. Thx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Can I buy ear phones and can my husband still hear tv normal

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can more than one pair of headphones be used at the same time and what brand would that be?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I,ve just seen TV Voice Pro advertised for $299.00 in a Seniors magazine. Have tried to contact with no luck. Do you recognize them as any good?

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      ukprowriter 4 years ago

      One of lifes must haves, but still not got around to buying yet!! Good selection out there and great info on the lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have very bad hearing loss in both ears. I bought tv ears, but I watch so much tv that I only get an hour's worth of listening. Does not matter how long I charge the ears the sound goes very quickly. I have 2 of them, 1 does not work at all, and I had to buy a new battery for the other which at 59.00 is expensive if I have to keep replacing them all the time. Please help!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought the Sony wireless headphones model MDR-IF240RK for my hard of hearing Father-in-law. The only way they work is if we unplug our surround sound. Does anyone have any other suggestions or know of an adapter so that both can be plugged in?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When I plug my Sony wireless headphones into my Sony LCD Digital TV the sound goes off. I hear fine on the headphones but my wife, who can't read lips, is upset. How can I make her happy?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: anybody got an answer

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      dbametrix lm 6 years ago

      Excellent sharing on wireless headphones. It is really useful and keep in mind too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very informative. My husband got some for his birthday and I love them...now the TV does not have to be on so loud :)

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      dollaring 6 years ago

      The standard of wireless headphones for tv is very high today, and you may be quite pleasantly surprised at just how good the sound can be. Again, if you can try before you buy, do so. Otherwise check out user reviews on websites such as Amazon.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      We definitely need a pair of these at home! Nice selections!

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      bchadra lm 6 years ago

      Excellent content mulberry, it beats having to turn up the volume so far as to allow the neighbors to enjoy the program as well. Keep up the good work!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah wow ... now these are the ticket! Now if I can figure out how to hear the sound when mom keeps muting the TV at commercials and other times!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I pick sennheiser rs 130 as the best wireless headset because i own this headset. I buying this headphones few month ago and it's great for listening music and watch movie. Read my review on sennheiser rs 130 wireless headphones here.

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      Amelia77 7 years ago

      Adding wireless headphones to a television is a great way for a family to spend time together when one person wants to watch TV and the other wants to read. You can actually keep the family in the family room. Thanks for all of the great information.

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      agushidayat 7 years ago

      @ThomasC: Nice sharing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Just bought a wireless Energy Headset. Has anyone ever heard of this company?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Can i use the wireless headphones while others are also listening to the tv?

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look great. In some ways I would like a pair, but I still like to enjoy listening through speakers. Still, if the sound was going to disturb the neighbors, or my hearing went... 5***** for a very nice lens.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      These are some nice looking Wireless Headphones for TV! Great job on the lens!

      ThomasC