If you’re like me, your home has become a battleground. It’s no longer everyone on the couch arguing over the remote. These days, everybody has a portable media device in their pocket, and the clash of competing soundtracks is constant.
Well, no more.
When you want to watch your favorite series or a great movie on your big screen TV, and you want a movie theatre-like experience, headphones could be just what you need. They give you control over what you hear and what you don’t, so you can watch without interruptions.
So, let’s take a look at the best wireless headphones for TV currently on the market…
Top 10 Best Wireless Headphones for TV on the Market in 2021 Reviews
1 Amazon Basics Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headset – Best Budget Wireless Headphones for TV
Let’s start with something cheap and cheerful. While many headphones will run you $100 or more, the Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headset from Amazon Basics is half that price. These are over-ear headphones that can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth or wired through a 3.5mm or 1/8” jack cable.
For a wireless connection, they have a range of around 30 feet. That’s fine if you stay in the TV room, but not great if you want to listen to the TV while you move around the house. While these headphones can connect via Bluetooth to many smart TVs, they’re not compatible with all brands.
Without Bluetooth, you will need a separate transmitter to connect. Of course, you can connect through the short AUX cable provided, but you’ll have to be sitting pretty close to the box.
The over-ear design…
Uses 40mm drivers to give you some big sound. Overall, these sound quite good for an inexpensive pair of headphones. The bass is a bit muddy, and the highs can feel somewhat flat, but it’s overall a fairly accurate sound profile.
Without any active noise cancellation, these headphones still do a decent job of blocking out background noise, helping you focus on your soundtrack.
The battery life is not so impressive…
You get only about 10 hours of playback from each three-hour charge, which is pretty low. This doesn’t compare favorably to a lot of other brands, as you will see.
The soft ear cups are pretty comfortable unless you have a bigger head or bigger ears. They’re a bit on the small side and could use more range in the headband to accommodate all. At 10.1 ounces, they’re not too heavy and should be comfortable enough for a few hours of TV.
- Inexpensive with good sound.
- Good passive noise isolation.
- Relatively short battery life.
- May be uncomfortable for larger ears.
2 Artiste ADH300 Wireless TV Headphones – Best Cheap RF Wireless Headphones for TV
Up next, we look at a slightly more expensive set of headphones by Artiste. These are the ADH300 Wireless TV Headphones, the brand’s low-end wireless set. They’re over-ear phones, but this time they come with a charging dock/transmitter, making them ideal headphones for TV.
Let’s talk a bit about that transmitter…
Unlike your now-quite-normal Bluetooth headphones, the ADH300s use RF or radio frequencies to transmit sound. This means they need a transmitter that converts your TV’s signal into RF that can then be beamed to your ears.
In this case, that means the range of these headphones is far greater than you can get with Bluetooth. Here you can get up to 100 feet from your TV and still hear it. The result is some of the best long range wireless headphones for TV.
But why would you do that?
With so many streaming services available, TV is not just about shows and movies. Music channels, news, and more can keep you occupied as you move around the house or even the backyard.
The transmitter here comes with RCA and 3.5mm AUX cables. It also has a digital optical port, but the cable isn’t included. That’s a shame because there is a tiny bit of lag time with the other cables.
As we said above, the transmitter doubles as a charging dock, which just looks like a cool stand for your phones. A single charge with these headphones can let you have up to 20 hours of playback.
How about the sound?
Again, we see 40mm drivers powering these phones. We found the sound clearer than the Amazon Basics set, with resonant bass and a crisp high end. Voices were also really clear with these headphones, which is great for following TV programs.
Like the previous headphones, there’s no ANC (active noise cancellation). However, the over-ear design still does a decent job at blocking out background noise. That said, a pretty good option for the best wireless headphones for TV.
- Good sound for a nice price.
- Good battery life at 20+ hours.
- Great range of 100+ feet.
- Digital optical cable not included.
- Other cable connections may produce a tiny lag between picture and sound.
3 Cowin E7 Pro – Best Low Cost Bluetooth Wireless Headphones for TV
We’ve got two Cowin headphones on our list, and the first is cheaper. It’s the same price as the Artiste phones we just saw.
So how do they compare?
For starters, we’re back to Bluetooth headphones here. The E7 Pros are over-ear headphones that use Bluetooth to connect to various devices, including your TV. Again, if your TV doesn’t use Bluetooth, or it’s just not compatible with these headphones, you might be on the hook for a separate transmitter.
We’re looking at larger, 45mm drivers powering the E7 Pro, and the earcups are bigger. They’ll fit most ears, but instead of being oblong, they’re round. This means they’ll cover more of your head and face and may get hot or uncomfortable for some users.
The ANC on board. This active noise cancellation is tuned to remove low-frequency noises like traffic or the roar of a jet engine and works quite well. While you might not need to use the ANC in your own home while watching TV (unless you live at an airport), these headphones can also pair with your phone or tablet.
That means they’re some of the best portable wireless headphones for TV you can buy. And they’re ready to provide you with a great listening experience, wherever that might be.
How do they sound?
We found the sound powerful, with a decent bass boost. It might even get a bit too loud for movies or programs with a lot of dynamic range. The mids and high ends are crisp, giving these headphones a nicely rounded sound profile. You also get 30 hours of charge here, which is extremely nice.
Speaking of nice, these are some slick-looking headphones. Plus, you can pick them up in one of seven different colors to match your style.
- Effective ANC.
- Good sound for a good price.
- Bluetooth pairing may not be compatible with all TVs.
- Earcups are big.
4 Avantree Audition Pro – Best Battery Life Wireless Headphones for TV
Avantree’s Audition Pros are our third set of headphones at the same price point. We can get into a fair comparison here.
Bluetooth and aptX needed…
These headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 to connect to digital devices. You’ll need a TV with not only Bluetooth but also the aptX codec to take full advantage of their claimed low latency. If not using aptX, either from your TV or an external transmitter, you will very likely notice some audio lag.
The range of these headphones is about 30 feet and lower than that around walls and other obstacles. They have an NFC feature for a 1-tap connection, which is great because there’s a built-in microphone for making and taking calls.
Now get this…
In a normal wireless mode, you can get up to 40 hours of battery life out of the Audition Pros. Therefore these are some of the best wireless headphones with long lasting battery that you will find on the market.
But on the off chance that you run out of battery or forget to charge them, there’s one more option. You can use the AUX cable to plug right into your TV. Although when you do, the mic and volume control buttons won’t work.
You get a voice notification to let you know your pairing status, battery life, or call status. One thing we noticed, though, was the constant notification of “Battery Low” when the battery drops below about 30%. This is distracting and can make the last 30% of battery life unusable.
These guys are lightweight and soft. However, they’re a bit on the small side, so big ears beware. The sound here is nice, warm, and clear. The bass isn’t overpowering, and voices and vocals come through very well.
Best of all, these headphones fold up and fit in a travel case to keep things tidy. So, if you want some of the best wireless travel headphones for TV, these are worth a look.
- Excellent battery life of 40 hours.
- Good sound for a good price.
- Require aptX codec to function properly without lag time.
- Low battery warning can be a big distraction.
5 Cowin E8 – Best Sound to Noise Ratio Wireless Headphones for TV
We’ve already seen the first Cowin headphones in the E7 Pro. Now we’ll take a look at its big brother, the E8. Let’s look at what’s different to justify the roughly $40 difference in price.
Similar, but different…
Both are Bluetooth headphones that connect wirelessly to your TV – if it has Bluetooth connectivity, of course. They both provide easy and stable connections but are limited in range to about 30 feet.
The E8 comes in three colors, Black/Orange, Black/Rose, Black/Gold, and Black/Silver, while the E7 Pro is available in seven colors. While both offer very big earmuffs, the E8 is heavier at 12.5 ounces.
This might make them less comfortable to wear for long periods than the E7. That is surprising since the E7 Pro offers longer-lasting battery life at 30 hours compared to 20+ hours on the E8.
The E8 offers superior sound…
While the E7 Pro has a sound to noise ratio of 75dB, the E8 trumps that with a whopping 100dB margin. This difference means you can get these headphones pumping with strong, bone-rattling bass and no noticeable fuzz or static. The mid-range may sometimes get overpowered by the bass, though. But the high-end stays crisp and clear.
Otherwise, the two sets of headphones are more or less the same. The ANC works equally well on both to block out outside noise. Both come with built-in carrying cases and connection cables. But the E8 adds a ¼” piano connector and airplane connector into the package.
- Solid, strong sound.
- Good ANC.
- A lot more expensive than their cheaper cousins.
- Less battery power (only 20 hours).
6 Sony RF995RK Headphones – Best Sounding RF Wireless Headphones for TV
At a bit over $100, Sony gives us a glimpse at its RF headphone line with its entry model, the RF995RK. These are over-ear headphones with a transmitter and charging dock that connects to any TV. All you need is a headphone jack on the TV to connect with your transmitter.
Like other RF headphones…
These are much more powerful than Bluetooth. The range you get from them is over 100 feet, even with walls in the way. That’s penetration. But just in case you don’t want to use them wirelessly, they do come with a 6-foot cable with a 3.5mm (1/4”) jack so you can plug right in.
That might be something you want to do if you run out of battery. Even though they have a battery life of 20+ hours, if you forget to keep them charged, this could happen. Unfortunately, they also tend to pick up a lot of static if other radio devices are on in your house. In that case, plugging them in isn’t going to be a very acceptable option.
Sound-wise, these are good…
You’re getting solid bass, balanced mids, and crisp highs thanks to the 40mm drivers. Overall, the sound is warm and dynamic. Making them some of the best wireless headphones for movies and TV on the market.
The onboard noise cancellation works well for low-frequency noises like traffic rumbles but doesn’t keep out voices or high-pitched sounds well.
A little disappointing…
The construction quality is questionable. The ear cups are comfortable, with super-soft padding. However, the material covering them is very flimsy and stretchy. We don’t feel it will hold up well, and this is a disappointment from such a well-known brand.
- Good long-range signal.
- Nice warm sound with decent noise cancellation.
- Questionable build quality.
- For this price, battery life could be better.
7 Bowers & Wilkins Pi3 in Ear Wireless Headphones – Best Wireless In Ear Headphones for TV
Next up, and moving up in price, is a very different type of wireless headphones. This pair is from the UK-based Bowers & Wilkins, who’ve made a name for themselves in very high-quality, natural-sounding audio equipment. Let’s see if the Pi3 headphones uphold their reputation.
The first thing to notice…
Unlike all the other headphones in our review, these are not over-ear phones. Instead, they’re in-ear neckband earbuds. Because of this, they’re smaller and way lighter at only 1.06 ounces. If you’re after some of the best lightweight wireless headphones for TV, these might be an option. But if you can’t stand earbuds, look away now.
This headphone set uses Bluetooth with the aptX codec to connect to your devices. Your TV will need to have Bluetooth capabilities, or you’ll need an external transmitter.
But what’s cool about these phones is you can connect to two devices at once. Though you can only have audio from one at a time, you can pause a movie when you take a call from your phone using the same earphones.
Sound-wise, we think these are great…
You get a surprisingly big sound from the two tiny drivers in each earbud. You’ve got a balanced armature for crisp highs and a second dynamic driver for the mids and lows. They’re right in your ear, so they can afford to be small. The bass is powerful, though not what you get from most over-ear phones. Mids and highs are natural and clear as a bell.
One serious drawback is the relatively short eight hours of battery life. Now, if you don’t watch eight hours of TV per day, you might not think that’s an issue. You’ll just have to keep on top of charging. Luckily, a 15-minute quick charge will give you two hours of playback if you need them in a hurry.
With three sizes of ear tips and three sizes of wings or stabilizers, you get some of the best fitting wireless headphones for TV. They’ll stay put when running or working out and feel comfortable coated with silicone and rubber. Plus, there’s a built-in microphone that brings your voice across very clearly.
- Great sound.
- Lightweight and comfortable.
- Short (eight hour) battery life.
- In-ear fit may be off-putting for some consumers.
8 Sennheiser Flex 5000 – Most Convenient Wireless Headphones for TV
The next headphones we’ll look at are from the German brand Sennheiser. Likewise, the next three items on our best wireless headphones for TV list are Sennheiser models. But the Flex 5000 is something different.
Let’s take a look…
These aren’t simple over-ear Bluetooth headphones or RF phones with a transmitter we’ve already seen. You get a charger/transmitter that plugs into your TV, but you also get a small receiver and earbuds that plug into it. Essentially, all the RF components that are built into big over-ear headphones are taken out and put into a remote receiver/control stick.
You can use this transmitter-receiver system with any earphones. So, what Sennheiser has focused on here is that system. It’s powerful, giving you a range of up to 200 feet, so you’re free to move around the house or even the yard while you listen. It clips onto your clothes or slips into your pocket easily and weighs next to nothing.
On the other hand…
The lightweight earbuds that come with the system leave a lot to be desired. Their sound is just OK. The bass is very mediocre, even if the mids and high-end sound quite natural. You’d probably want to swap them for some large over-ear headphones for an improved listening experience, and this adds an extra cost.
However, we can’t deny that the system is convenient. With these earbuds, you’re getting a 12-hour charge, which is middling but functional. You can set the sound level for the left and right buds independently.
There are also audio settings for TV, movies, and music, and a speech enhancement button that brings voices forward. This is a great help for people who have difficulty picking out voices from the background sound.
- Lightweight and powerful transmitter-receiver system.
- Speech enhancement is a great feature.
- Earbuds are very middle-of-the-road and may need replacing.
- Middle-of-the-road battery life of 12 hours.
9 Sennheiser RS175 RF Wireless Headphone System – Best Value for the Money Wireless Headphones for TV
In contrast to the Flex 5000, the RS175 is a return to the RF headphone and transmitter system we’ve seen previously. But these are close to $300, so what justifies that cost?
First of all, the RF power is there. These headphones boast a 330-foot line of sight range, though, of course, obstacles and corners will reduce that somewhat. Essentially, you could be anywhere out on the property and still use these to listen to broadcasts.
No need for a Smart TV…
The transmitter connects to any TV with an RCA or 3.5 mm headphone output, or even better, an optical digital connection. Therefore, these are some of the most versatile wireless headphones for TV you can buy.
Additionally, the transmitter doubles as a charging stand which gives your headphones a place to rest while they power up. They can store up to 18 hours of power when fully charged.
They don’t have ANC. But, the closed-back design does a lot to block out ambient noise and is all you should need even in a busy, noisy household. The headphones fit well over large heads and large ears as well. Smaller-headed folks might find these a bit too big, mind you.
The sound here is powerful, crisp, and clear…
For an immersive movie experience, you can turn on the optional surround sound and bass boost functions. The result is some of the best wireless surround sound headphones for TV currently out there.
Another great feature is that you can buy a second set of headphones, and the system will transmit to both. Each set can have independent settings that are saved by the system.
No more arguing about the volume…
They’re convenient in that you can turn on the headphones, and that will automatically turn on the transmitter as well. This means you can just pick up the headphones from where they’re lying and not have to walk over to the transmitter.
But everything has a downside, right? Here, it’s that the earcup material doesn’t seem to be of the best quality. Nothing’s perfect, right?
- Great sound.
- A convenient and powerful connection.
- Earcup material quality doesn’t match the price.
10 Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless Headphone System – Best Premium Wireless Headphones for TV
We come to the last item on our best wireless headphones for TV list. But since the RS195 is so similar to the RS175, this will be a short review. We’ll only point out where they differ.
The RS195s have the same range, same sound profile, and same battery life as the cheaper RS175s. They do offer a bit more power, but with the same signal-to-noise ratio, this extra boost doesn’t do much. In fact, turning them up full blast will give you more fuzz.
So, what’s the difference?
The additional noise suppression mode for clearer dialogues and superior speech sound. This is a huge bonus for people with hearing difficulties. Especially in picking out voices from background noise, and can enhance the listening experience.
If you want some of the best noise suppressing wireless headphones for TV, these are the ones for you. For those with normal hearing, though, there’s nothing else here to justify the extra cost.
- Great sound and excellent noise suppression mode.
- A convenient and powerful connection.
- Very expensive.
- Earcup material quality doesn’t match the price.
Best Wireless Headphones for TV Buying Guide
Buying wireless headphones for TV isn’t easy. There are thousands of models out there from hundreds of different companies, and each one promises the world. Luckily, we’ve put together this buyer’s guide to point out the major features you should think about so you can get going in the right direction.
Different styles of headphones will make a big difference to your comfort level.
These look like earmuffs and do a good job covering your whole ear with their big ear cups. The benefits of over-ear phones include an immersive experience and great passive noise isolation. They use big drivers and can give you an incredibly full sound. On the downside, they can get hot and uncomfortable for long-term listening.
These are much smaller phones that either sit in your outer ear or stick into your inner ear. They’re generally light and unobtrusive, and they don’t get as hot as over ears. On the downside, they use tiny drivers that can miss out on the big stereo sound that movies need.
Some earphones hook around your ears before putting a bud inside. These are ear hook phones, and many people swear by them. However, if you can’t stand something in your ear for a long period, these and regular earbuds just won’t be your best choice.
Battery life can be critical, depending on how you’re going to use your headphones. If you’re a big TV and movie buff, and you use headphones around the house and beyond, get something that will last as long as you can.
Keep in mind, batteries are heavy. You can get headphones with 40 hours of charge. But they’re going to weigh you down more than a 10-hour pair will. Smaller headphones with a shorter charge may still be okay if you’re not going to watch more than a few hours per day. But remember to be fastidious about charging them.
How you connect to your TV is as important as anything else. If you have a Bluetooth-compatible smart TV, you can try out Bluetooth headphones for their easy connectivity and lower price.
Keep in mind, Bluetooth is generally limited to about a 30-foot range. It’s even less if there are walls and other physical barriers in the way. But if you’re going to just sit in one room and watch TV, Bluetooth is just fine.
RF headphones are a different animal…
These units use radio frequencies to send the sound from a transmitter to your headphones. RF phones can be impressively powerful, with ranges over 300 feet. Walls can reduce this range but have way less of an effect than on Bluetooth signals.
The downside is that other devices operating on radio frequencies in and around your home may cause you some interference. So depending on whether you’re plopped on the sofa or busy-bodying around the house, your needs are going to be quite different.
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What are the Best Wireless Headphones for TV?
There are lots of wireless headphones for TV watching options out there. Some use Bluetooth, and others use radio frequencies. Some are cheap and easy, while others offer superior sound for a serious price.
After lots of consideration, we have to recommend the…
The good battery life, excellent sound, and superior transmitter power make these an ideal choice if you’re serious about enjoying your movies and TV shows.
But many of the other headphones we looked at are great options, too. And if you find one you like, we do hope you enjoy your own private theater experience.
Until next time, happy listening.