The Bass Boost and the Surround Sound listening modes will provide some extra low-frequency power and improved soundstage that enhances the overall TV listening experience. The 328-feet effective range won't limit your options.
The battery life isn't particularly impressive.
These headphones for TV from Sennheiser will prove to be a perfect addition to your home entertainment system. The outstanding sound quality and the ergonomically sound design should be enough to satisfy even the most demanding audiophiles.
17 Hz - 22 kHz
Up to 328 feet
Up to 18 hours
2 listening modes (Bass Boost and Surround Sound), Digital control both on the transmitter and headphones, Multi-receiver transmission (up to 2 pairs of headphones simultaneously)
The Voice mode will make dialogues much easier to recognize in those movies where the sound effects are too loud compared to the actors' lines. The 1.57-inch drivers work wonders clearly reproducing everything from thunderous blasts to soft whispers.
The earpads are somewhat stiff.
The Sony RF995RK come at the most reasonable price considering the sound quality that punches way above its weight. The bass has an outstanding impact and decent extension. The connection's unusually stable even compared to Sony headphones.
10 Hz - 22 kHz
Up to 150 feet
Up to 20 hours
Noise reduction system, Built-in automatic tuning, Voice mode, Volume control
The company's Dual-Link tech lets you connect and use two devices at the same time. The headphones support aptX HD and aptX Low Latency codecs. These codecs make sure that the latency is kept to an absolute minimum. The Bypass mode lets you use the headphones and any wired speaker at the same time.
The volume controls could be more sensitive to the touch.
The Avantree HT5009 are budget headphones that noticeably outclass the product's competition within its price bracket. These things are much more practical and functional than anything you can buy for less than $100. Plus, the battery lasts for 40 hours, which is pretty insane.
20 Hz - 20 kHz
Up to 164 feet
Up to 40 hours
Supports 3 types of audio output, No audio lag, Dual-Link technology, Volume control
The 2.4GHz RF transmitter ensures far better penetrability, lower distortion, and a much steadier signal transmission. Thanks to this device, you will be able to walk around the house while listening to music without the usual skips and interruptions.
The design makes it a bit difficult to put headphones on the charger.
The ARTISTE 2018TVH03 is one of the more well-balanced products. The headset is great for watching TV at night. The price is right. Plus, the headphones are perfectly compatible laptops, iPads, tablets, desktop computers, and just about any device out there.
25 Hz - 20 kHz
Up to 100 feet
Up to 20 hours
Adjustable volume on the headphones, Multi-receiver transmission (multiple headphones simultaneously)
The battery lasts for 40 hours and it takes no more than 3 hours for it to fully recharge. The transmitter requires no pairing and the headphones will automatically reconnect to it the moment you turn it on. The 40 ms latency ensures virtually zero lip-sync delay.
The effective range diminishes if there're any obstacles in the way.
There's a lot to like about the Avantree HT3189. The response time is great. The Bluetooth transmitter is a lot more compact and convenient than your usual deal. The battery life is remarkable and the headphones themselves are quite comfortable.
20 Hz -20 kHz
Up to 100 feet
Up to 40 hours
Adjustable volume on the headphones, Multi-receiver transmission (up to 2 pairs of headphones simultaneously)
Sennheiser RS 175
Improved Listening Experience
Some people refer to the Sennheiser company as the king of headphones. And while we're not necessarily willing to go there, we can certainly see their point. There are other companies out there that can duplicate their level of quality and others that occupy the same price segment. But very few will give you the same quality for the same price as Sennheiser.
Now, we're not saying that Sennheiser RS 175 are cheap. But we'd say that the price is right given what you get in return.
What we have here is a pair of wireless headphones. But unlike most cordless headphones, the sound quality here could rival even some of the more expensive wired headphones.
We particularly liked the addition of Bass Boost and the Surround Sound listening modes. These modes provide some extra low-frequency power and improved soundstage that enhances the overall TV listening experience.
In terms of design, the model in question is the closed-back, around-ear type of headphones. They're as comfortable as the next closed headphones to wear. And, as it usually is the case, the product is exceptionally good at reducing ambient noise. This way, you will be able to disregard the environment, be it noisy neighbors or your roommate playing Call of Duty in the next room, and immerse yourself in the entertainment.
Having said all of that, we would say that the best part about this device is its effective range. Capable of extending up to 328 feet, the model puts the "wireless" into the "wireless headphones". Some might say that this sort of range is unnecessary. But we would retort that argument by saying that there's no such thing as too high of a signal range and you could always find some use for it.
Among other things, this range makes the device perfect not just for watching TV in bed but also roaming around the house without losing the audio signal.
Convenient Control Panel
Of course, these headphones for TV aren't without their flaws. If we had to point out one, that would have to be the 18-hour battery life. It's not that much of a difference compared to your standard ~20 hours of battery life but we expected a bit more from Sennheiser.
By the way, the aforementioned listening modes, along with the ability to add or subtract volume, can be accessed via the convenient control panel located on one of the ears. As per usual, the model comes with a transmitter that acts both as a charging and docking station. And, to no one's surprise, this is a multi-receiver transmitter, meaning that it will allow you to connect 2 pairs of headphones at the same time.
All in all, these headphones for TV from Sennheiser will prove to be a perfect addition to your home entertainment system. The outstanding sound quality and the ergonomically sound design should be enough to satisfy even the most demanding audiophiles.
What customers say about this product
Size & Weight
Sleek yet Unassuming
The Sony RF995RK are big-time headphones.
We dig these things' sleek yet simple and unassuming profile. The matte plastic build is surprisingly sturdy. The oval earcups are large and, for the most part, really comfortable.
The earpads are somewhat stiff though. Sure, the padding's an inch thick, meaning that there should be enough cushioning there, but the foam's pretty basic and relatively firm, so we wouldn't necessarily laud the product's comfort department.
We will, however, praise the headphones' connectivity and functionality aspects. The people behind this product peg the connection range at ~150 feet and we haven't been able to confirm the contrary.
More importantly, these wireless headphones for TV rarely cope well with thick concrete walls but these things handle them with ease.
More Oomph than You'd Expect
The controls are inconsistent. The Voice Effect switch makes the sound somewhat thin. The auto-tuning tech works surprisingly well adjusting the sound based on the input though.
These critiques don't necessarily go in line with our earlier statement suggesting that these are big-time headphones. That's where the sound quality comes in. Needless to say, sound quality is easily the most important aspect when it comes to headphones and this is where these things do not disappoint in the slightest.
The 'phones sensitivity reaches 100 dB, while the impedance caps at 32, pretty impressive numbers as far as mid-range headphones are concerned.
These things provide much more oomph than you'd expect, keeping the sound robust yet surprisingly detailed at the same time.
The 1.57-inch drivers work wonders clearly reproducing everything from thunderous blasts to soft whispers.
The sound feels spacious and deep, with bright tones and magnetic output.
Setting the sound aside, there's not much separating these headphones from its mid-range peers. The 20-hour battery life is pretty good but nothing we haven't seen before. The 'phones are pretty good at reducing ambient noise though.
Right, there's also the Voice mode. Though sometimes gimmicky, the mode will make dialogues much easier to recognize in those movies where the sound effects are too loud compared to the actors' lines.
Long story short, the Sony RF995RK come at the most reasonable price considering the sound quality that punches way above its weight. The bass has an outstanding impact and decent extension. The connection's unusually stable even compared to Sony headphones.
Second Headphones are Welcome
The Avantree HT5009 are budget headphones with mid-range performance. First things first, these things sound pretty good. Sure, you can't expect the same crispness and clarity from these headphones that you get from $300+ 'phones but, again, considering the price, the product does not disappoint on this front.
Besides, it's not really the performance that sells these headphones but the overall package. For starters, the Bluetooth transmitter comes fitted with an auxiliary, optical, and RCA ports, meaning that you'll be able to connect any device to the transmitter. And you probably will want to connect a second pair of headphones to this transmitter because the company's Dual-Link tech lets you connect and use two devices at the same time.
Plus, you won't need any tech knowledge to set everything up. You turn on the transmitter, then the headphones, the latter will automatically connect to the former, so you won't even have to pair them. The transmitter's range will let you walk away from the setup 160 feet and still have the headphones blasting the sound through doors and windows like you're right there next to the source.
Again, the transmitter sells these headphones as much as the 'phones themselves. There's an LED indicator that lights up when the headphones are paired with the station. You can hold the Voice button for seven seconds to activate and utilize voice commands.
Other than that, these headphones support two high-quality codecs that are usually reserved for higher-end wireless 'phones – aptX HD and aptX Low Latency. These codecs make sure that the latency is kept to an absolute minimum. Reducing audio delay to <40 ms, these headphones sync the sound with the on-screen action, ensuring basically zero lip-sync delay.
The Avantree HT5009 incorporate pass-through support via the Bypass mode. Again, normally reserved for high-end wireless headphones for TV, the mode enables the headphones and any wired speaker to be used at the same time.
As you would imagine, the feature will prove especially useful for families where some family members suffer from hearing loss. That person will be able to use the headphones and watch the movie/series/whatever with everyone, while everyone else can listen to the soundbar without cranking up the volume.
In closing, to repeat the point we've made earlier, the Avantree HT5009 are affordable headphones that noticeably outclass the product's competition within its price bracket. These things are much more practical and functional than anything you can buy for less than $100.
The ARTISTE 2018TVH03 occupies a particularly comfortable spot in the budget segment of the headphones market. They don't cost much and that is always a plus. But they're also devoid of the majority of downsides that often entail these budget devices.
We would say that the best part of this TV headset is not actually the headphones themselves but the transmitter that comes with them. To be a bit more precise, a particularly impressive 2.4GHz RF transmitter.
A device like that provides far better penetrability, lower distortion, and a much steadier signal transmission. Thanks to this part of the package, you will be able to walk around the house while listening to music without the usual skips and interruptions. And, with the 100-feet effective range of the transmitter, you won't be limited to the confinements of a single room.
Crisp Treble Performance
As far as sound quality goes, the model is actually no slouch either. Considering the frequency response of 25 Hz - 20 kHz, you'll be able to enjoy a high fidelity stereo sound without any particular compromises.
Now, we can't say that the sound quality will leave you ecstatic as there are limits to what you can get for that kind of price. But the sound will be clear. They'll also add some extra bass and a crisp treble performance without any major distortions.
As you can see on the picture, the headset is what people in the industry refer to as closed-back, around-ear headphones. They're great for watching TV at night since they minimize sound leakage and reduce the ambient noise. Plus, the adjustable soft-padded headband makes them a bit more versatile and comfortable than your average pair of headphones for TV.
Connect a Multitude of Headphones
As you could've inferred from the tone, the headphones have left quite a positive impression on us. And, in general, we could say the same about the transmitter. But we do have one quarrel with the latter and it is the device's design.
The fact that it looks a bit weird is one thing. But it is also quite a bit less convenient than your typical vertical docking station. It's not much but it can be difficult to put the headphones on the charger from time to time.
That said, the transmitter will allow you to connect multiple pairs of headphones, making it a great choice for some of the more gadget-crazy families.
All things considered, we would say that the ARTISTE 2018TVH03 is one of the more well-balanced products. The headset is great for watching TV at night. The price is right. And, on top of that, these headphones are perfectly compatible with laptops, iPads, tablets, desktop computers, and just about any device out there.
A Better Transmitter
The Avantree HT3189 presents a slightly different take on the usual wireless headphones for TV design. Most of these headsets come with a cumbersome transmitter that acts both as a charging and a docking station.
Now, this model does include a Bluetooth transmitter too. But instead of a huge docking station that takes up a lot of space, the manufacturers have designed a small circular device.
And we must say that we like it a lot more than the usual deal. Aside from the compact design, the transmitter comes equipped with a simple ON/OFF switch.
You just need to plug it in and the headphones will automatically reconnect with the transmitter, so you won't have to bother pairing the two for the nth time.
On top of that, the transmitter features 3.5mm AUX, RCA, and PC USB Digital Audio interfaces, making it compatible with a whole array of different devices.
Zero Lip-Sync Delay
Of course, we're not saying that the transmitter doesn't have its downsides. The biggest issue we have with it is that the otherwise impressive 100-feet effective range of the signal significantly diminishes even with some of the smaller objects in its way.
Naturally, that's a problem that plagues wireless connections in general, but there are quite a few transmitters out there that deal with this issue better than this one.
But, as a tandem, the headphones and the transmitter work great. What we liked most is probably the 40 ms audio response time. With it, you will be able to enjoy virtually zero lip-sync delay. And, just like most transmitters, this one will allow you to connect a second pair of headphones. Just plug them in and enjoy a nice movie session with your significant other without any outside distractions.
40 Hours of Battery Life
As far as the headphones themselves are concerned, there isn't much here that we can say about audio quality. It is neither exceedingly impressive nor something you'd want to complain about. The sound is clear and sharp but it probably won't leave you in tears.
The headband is easily adjustable, so you'll be able to make a comfortable, customized fit. The earpads are also quite comfortable, which is important if you're planning on using the headphones for prolonged periods of time. There's a small control panel on one of the ears that you can use to adjust the volume.
And before we wrap this thing up, we would like to mention the second best thing about these headphones for TV - the battery life. Where most wireless headphones won't give you more than 20 hours on a single charge, these will last for up to 40 hours. And despite the ridiculous battery life, it takes no more than 3 hours for the device to fully recharge.
In short, there's a lot to like about the Avantree HT3189. The response time is great. The Bluetooth transmitter is a lot more compact and convenient than your usual deal. The battery life is remarkable and the headphones themselves are quite comfortable.
What Are Headphones for TV?
Wireless headphones for TV are the device to transmit the sound from your TV directly to your ears without any cables. Watching your favorite TV-shows and movies has never been so comfortable! The quality of sound these headphones offer is equal to the cabled ones, so if you don't have a special stereo receiver, the sound in the headphones will be even better than the TV speaker can offer! The wireless transmitter provides an excellent effective range without creating clutter for other devices. The signal easily penetrates thick walls without quality losses.
Sure, more often than not, wireless headphones suffer from lip-sync delay. But the headphones we've added to this list keep the latency so low that you won't be able to tell the difference between these Bluetooth headphones and wired models.
A perfect image is also very important. In order to get better user experience we suggest you pay attention to our best 3D TV and smart TVs review. Or maybe you want to maximize your impressions and dive into the movie with help of the home theater projector? Either way, high-quality headphones will make a huge difference!
What Features to Compare
The TV headphones are no different from the ordinary headphones when it comes to the specs. The frequency response is still the key element which defines the sound quality. The wider this range is the better and deeper sound you'll get. It's that simple. The common spec for frequency range is 20 Hz - 20 kHz. You won't be shocked by the sounding of such headphones, but it won't astonish you as well. If you want to get extremely cool bass sound, try looking for the device with a lower first number in the frequency response.
Wireless headphones run on battery power, so it is rather important to check their battery life. Common accumulator batteries run from 10 to 30 hours, and this is quite a wide range. The wireless transmitter can also run on batteries, but its operation time is always longer than the headphones have. Some models offer an opportunity to connect headphones to the USB connector and charge it while using. This option allows using the headphones regardless of the batteries.
The TV headphones serve to provide comfort while you are watching movies or listening to the music. This is why various additional features and options are rather important for this type of headphones. Special control buttons on the earpieces, radio frequency presets, smart mute, effective range and other useful options should be considered on the same basis as specifications and battery life.
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