Many of us share our entertainment area with other members of our household. Maybe someone is napping on the couch while a movie is on. Or maybe you just want to watch the season finale of your favorite show, but the kids are doing their schoolwork in the same room.
No worries. Wireless headphones let you listen to the TV audio of your favorite program without disturbing others—or being disturbed yourself.
What should you look for in wireless TV headphones?
Depending on how you watch television, the type of set you have, and the budget you’re working with, there are several options for wireless TV headphones at your disposal.
Wireless headphone kits allow for cord-free listening.
Wireless headphone kits come with one or more pairs of headphones as well as a transmitter and/or a headphone charger. Because you need to charge wireless headphones, a charging station could come in handy. The transmitter connects to your television and then to your headphones via Bluetooth.
Streaming devices offer Bluetooth capability if your TV does not.
It’s possible to use your existing streaming device (such as a Roku or an Apple TV box) for wireless TV listening. The latest versions of these devices offer Bluetooth connectivity for headphones.
Connect headphones directly to your Bluetooth-enabled TV.
Some of the newer smart TVs are Bluetooth enabled. It’s worth determining if your TV has Bluetooth capabilities before you invest in a particular type of wireless headphone.
What wireless TV headphones are available?
Now that you have an idea of what kinds of wireless headphones to look for, here are several different setups for wireless TV listening.
Assuming your TV is Bluetooth enabled, some of the highest-rated wireless headphones and earbuds on the market are the Jabra Elite Active 75t earbuds and the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. Both allow for audio customization and can connect directly to your smart TV or Bluetooth-enabled streaming device with no additional equipment.
Another good option for listening to TV audio while not disturbing others is the Poly BackBeat Pro 2. This model features on-demand active noise cancelling, a rich immersive audio experience and 24-hour battery life. This pair is also a great option for seamlessly switching between outdoor and indoor use.
What kind of wireless TV headphones should you buy?
Use headphones you already own for a budget-friendly option.
If you’re on a tight budget, check to see if your current television is Bluetooth enabled. If so, then using a pair of existing Bluetooth headphones or earbuds might do the trick. You can also easily buy a pair of inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds for as little as $50.
Purchase dedicated wireless TV headphones for more flexibility.
If you want to avoid the hassle of misplacing your headphones because they have multiple purposes, then buying a dedicated wireless listening system is the perfect solution. If you have a higher budget to play with, a model like the Sennheiser RS 185 is an excellent choice, as it provides unparalleled sound quality as well as a convenient charging base, all for about $300.
Pair wireless headphones with a TV soundbar for the ultimate TV-watching experience.
Bose offers their Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 with 11 levels of noise cancellation and several different audio levels. You can even pair these headphones with a Bose Soundbar (500 or 700) to take advantage of Bose SimpleSync. With this system you can lower the volume on your TV soundbar, or even mute it, while keeping your headphones as loud as you want.
No matter which device you choose, listening to your favorite TV shows while not disturbing others is not only thoughtful, it’s shows you’re technically savvy as well.