(Last Updated On: June 18, 2019)

Other than upgrading your home theater system, having a good pair of wireless TV headphones can bring your TV watching experience to the next level.

Best wireless headphones for tv
ModelConnectionRangeBattery LifePlug-and-playEQPrice
Sennheiser RS 175
(🏆Best Overall)
RF328ft18hrsYNBuy
Avantree HT5009
(💰Best Budget)
Bluetooth100ft40hrYNBuy
Artiste Wireless TV HeadphonesRF100ft20hrsYNBuy
Noontec Hammo
(🍿Best for Binge-watching)
Bluetooth32ft50hrsYNBuy
Sennheiser RS 195
(🔊Best Sound Detail)
RF328ft18hrsYYBuy
Sony MDRRF995RKRF150ft20hrsYNBuy
Dolby Dimension
(🕺Most Versatile)
Bluetooth100ft10-15hrsNYBuy
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“I can’t hear the dialogs properly amidst all the background sound effect!”

“I can’t turn up the volume because I live with other people who are fast asleep”

“I have some level of hearing loss but I wish to be able to watch and listen to my shows properly”

Does any of the above scenarios strike a chord with you? If it does, all you need is a good pair of wireless TV headphones. Unfortunately, not all wireless headphones work well with TV and vice versa. 

Depending on the level of detail you need, the budget you have and the types of shows you watch, we have compiled a list of best wireless headphones for TV that is available on the market right now.

Quick Question: Can your wireless headphones connect to the TV?

Sony RF995RK
Sony RF995RK sitting pretty on the console

Not all TV comes with the ability to connect to wireless headphones. It will be really frustrating to buy a brand new pair of headphones only to find it incompatible to your TV.

  • Do you know what are the available audio outputs on your TV?
  • Do you know the difference between Radio Frequency (RF) and Bluetooth connection?
  • Does your TV support Bluetooth?
  • How do you get sound from both your TV and the wireless headphones at the same time?

If you are unsure of the answers to the above questions, you are strongly recommended to read this definitive guide on “How to Connect Wireless Headphones to Your TV ” before proceeding to the rest of the buyer’s guide.


The Content


Best Overall Wireless TV Headphones: Sennheiser RS 175

Sennheiser RS 175

“The Sennheiser RS 175 is our overall favorite pair of wireless TV headphones. At sub-$200, the RS 175 offers us great features without hurting the pocket.”

Key Features:

  • Plug-and-play setup
  • Support up to 2 headphones simultaneously
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Bass Boost mode
  • Intuitively-designed controls on the ear cups
  • Cable-free charging

The RF headphones can run for a very decent 18hrs of playback time. As with all headphones that come with an external transmitter, the setup is plug-and-play. Just plug the transmitter into the TV and you are ready for some movie magic!

Multi-device transmission

If you are easily shaken by jump scare scenes but still remains a sucker for horror films, it is best advised to watch it together with someone else.

from The Walking Dead GIFs via Gfycat

The transmitter for RS 175 supports simultaneous connection of up to 2 headphones. You can get another pair of RS 175 without the transmitter at a lower cost.

Great Sound Quality

With a brand name like Sennheiser, you know you are going to get quality sound from your headphones. The RS 175 sound is detailed and has a neutral sound signature. You can pick up voices and background effects that you might normally miss from the TV speakers or soundbars.

Sound equalizer presets

Another feature that we like about the RS 175 is the preset EQs. It has:

  1. Bass Boost mode
  2. Two Surround Sound modes.

The Bass Boost mode amplifies the bass response. This is great for action shows where you want to get an extra kick out of the sound effects. The two surround mode adjusts the spatial sound effect and gives you a more immersive experience.

The transmitter has light indicators on the front to tell you what current mode you are on. You can tell Sennheiser had put in the effort to reduce the need for a user to take off their headphones unnecessarily.

Intuitive controls

You can conveniently switch between the different modes just with a press of the button controls on the right ear cups. The button controls design is often under-appreciated and over-looked. We don’t just want controls, we want easy-to-use controls. The RF 175 delivers on the latter.

Each button has a reasonably-large enough surface area and only has one specific function. It also has raised signs so that you can feel and recognize the sign without taking out the headphones.

Cable-free charging

The transmitter also doubled up as both a docking station and a charger. Place the headphones back on the docking station and it will automatically start charging. A completely cable-free charging experience.

Sennheiser RF 175
Sennheiser RF 175

What could be better

  • No RCA audio Input: It only has 1 x 3.5mm stereo and 1 x optical digital TOSLINK audio input. There are no RCA jack and no RCA adapters provided either. This is slightly disappointing, given that the Sennheiser could have easily gotten more cookie points with a simple inclusion of a 3.5mm to RCA adapter.
  • Shedding ear pads: There are users who complained that the ear pads start to shed after a couple of years of usage. This is common among ear pads that use leatherette material. If you are living in a humid place, it is best to keep the headphones away from the open air when it is not in use. You can also get the replacement ear pads here.

Technical Specifications

  • Connection: RF
  • Range: 328ft (~100m)
  • Battery life: 18hrs

Best Budget Wireless TV Headphones: Avantree HT5009

Avantree HT5009

“The Avantree HT5009 has the best performance-to-price ratio”

Key Features:

  • Sub-$100
  • Plug-and-play setup
  • Class 1 Bluetooth transmitter
  • Support aptX HD and aptX Low Latency codec
  • Support up to 2 headphones simultaneously
  • Bypass mode: Play sound from wireless headphones and a wired speaker at the same time
  • 40 hrs of playback time

Selecting the best budget headphones turns out to be harder than expected. There are plenty of options in the sub-$100 range but most of them don’t quite live up to expectations. In the end, we chose the Avantree HT5009 as the best budget wireless TV headphones for its performance-to-price ratio.

The Avantree HT5009 has a plug-and-play setup. Just plug in the transmitter to the TV and it will pair with your headphones automatically. The transmitter is a Class 1 Bluetooth device. This means its range is 3x further than Noontec Hammo TV at around 100ft (~30m).

High-quality codec support

The Bluetooth headphones support two high-quality codecs that you will normally find in higher-end wireless headphones – aptX HD and aptX Low Latency. This ensures that latency is kept to its minimum.

The HT5009 is also suitable for people who want to watch their shows wirelessly together. You can buy an additional pair of headphones and pair it together with the original transmitter.

Bypass Mode

The last feature that no other headphones on the list offer are the Bypass mode. The Bypass mode allows their wireless headphones and a wired speaker to be used at the same time. This is really useful for families that have members that suffer from some level of hearing loss. He/She can use the wireless headphones while the rest of the family can enjoy the shows from a soundbar without turning up the volume.

What could be better

  • No charging and hanging dock: Same as Noontec Hammo TV. There is no convenient charging dock like the Sennheiser RS175. There is not even a dock for you to hang the headphones. You will need to get a separate headphone stand or headphone case to store your headphones.
  • More controls on the ear cups: It will be great to have more controls on the ear cups. It only has volume control.

Technical Specifications

  • Connection: Bluetooth Class 2 (headphones), Bluetooth Class 1 (Transmitter)
  • Supported Codec: SBC, aptX HD, aptX LL
  • Range: 100ft (~30m)
  • Battery life: 40hrs

Notable Mention

Artiste ADH300
Artiste ADH300
  • Artiste ADH300: If you want something cheaper and are not interested in the Bypass mode, the Artiste ADH300 will be a right fit for you. This RF headphones can transmit up to 100ft (~30m) and the battery can last up to 20hrs. It also comes with a nice charging dock. The audio input jack supports only 3.5mm and RCA. You can get an optical to 3.5mm cable for that for optical support.

Best Wireless TV Headphones for Binge-watching: Noontec Hammo TV Headphone

Noontec Hammo TV Headphone

“With the Noontec Hammo TV, you can binge-watch every episode of “Breaking Bad” and still have enough juice left to watch one season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.”

Key Features:

  • Insane 50 hrs of playback time
  • Support aptX codec
  • Plug-and-play setup
  • Great sound quality

Binge-watching is the act of watching multiple episodes of a show in quick succession. This is not something new as the trend had started with DVDs first. However, it has become even more popular with the growth of on-demand television platforms like Netflix and Hulu where episodes are released in bulk, unlike traditional TV platform.

Insane Battery Life

With the Noontec Hammo TV, you can binge-watch every episode of “Breaking Bad” (~38 hrs runtime) and still have enough juice left to watch one season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Apart from the impressive battery life, it’s a huge bonus that Noontec is using the aptX codec for Bluetooth audio transmission. This ensures latency is unnoticeable while maintaining great sound quality.

The Noontec Hammo TV comes with a docking station/transmitter but you can do without the transmitter all together. The headphones themselves are Bluetooth headphones hence, it can connect to any Bluetooth transmitting devices like PC and smartphones. However, if you choose to not connect via the provided transmitter, the aptX codec will not guarantee to be used.

What could be better

  • No charging dock: Unlike the RS175, the docking station will not charge the headphones. You have to charge it with a 3.5mm cable that runs from the back of the transmitter.
  • Average build quality: The build quality of the Noontec Hammo is not as good as the Sennheiser RS175. It is made of mainly plastic and is squeaky when you bend it.

Technical Specifications

  • Connection: Bluetooth Class 2
  • Supported Codec: SBC, aptX
  • Range: 32ft (~10m)
  • Battery life: 50hrs

Best Wireless TV headphones for Sound Detail: Sennheiser RS 195

Key Features:

  • Great sound quality
  • 7 different EQ presets
  • Speech Mode: Suppress background noise and enhance voice intelligibility
  • Music Mode: Increase dynamic range of music
  • Left/Right volume balance control
  • Support up to 2 headphones simultaneously
  • Charging dock

Detailed sound reproduction is very important for shows with chaotic scenes and are dialogue-heavy. Game of Thrones springs into mind. Users with some amount of hearing loss will find it hard to catch up with such shows too.

from Game Of Thrones GIFs via Gfycat

Collaboration with hearing aid company

The Sennheiser RS 195 is the product of the collaboration between Sennheiser and Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT). IDMT specializes in hearing aid technology for consumer electronics.

Audiophile sound quality

The result of the collaboration is evident in its features. The RS 195 has the trademark Sennheiser’s audiophile sound quality while having configurable features that are useful for people with hearing loss.

Configure to your hearing content

Firstly, you have a generous choice of 7 different EQ presets to choose from.

Next, there are two hearing boost modes – Speech Mode and Music Mode that you can toggle with a touch of the button on the ear cup. The speech mode is useful for scenes where you want the voice of the characters to be enhanced while suppressing all the background noises.

The amount of hearing loss is not equal in both ears, so why should the volume be? The RS 195 allows you to adjust the L/R volume balance with a knob on the transmitter.

Multi-user support

The RS 195 supports up to 2 headphones at one time. You can get an individual pair of headphones here.

What could be better

  • Expensive: The RS 195 is expensive. Costing at around half a grand, it is one of the highest-end models you can get for your TV. But if you are one who needs this level of detailedness in your sound quality, the technology that comes with it is well worth the price tag.
  • Leatherette ear pads: Leatherette ear pads tend to peel after years of usage, especially in humid condition. Get yourself genuine ear pads replacement here.

Technical Specifications

  • Connection: RF
  • Range: 328 ft (~100m)
  • Battery life: 18hrs

Notable Mention

Sony RF995RK
Sony RF995RK
  • Sony RF995RK: If the RS 195 is way out of the budget, you should take a look at the Sony RF995RK. This RF headphone has a “Voice Mode” that can improve voice clarity so that you can actually hear what the characters are muttering about.

The Most Versatile Wireless TV Headphones: Dolby Dimension

Dolby Dimension

“You can easily go from movie watching on the TV to gaming on the PC and finally to music listening on your smartphone without taking off your headphones.”

Key Features:

  • “Virtual Surround” sound
  • Head Tracking
  • Dolby LifeMix: Able to adjust the level of active noise cancellation
  • Pair and switch between 3 different Bluetooth device
  • Support aptX LL and AAC
  • Comes with software support: Dolby Dimension app
  • Magnetic charging dock
  • Fast charging: 20 min of charging gets you two hours of playback.

Dolby is a household brand name for home theater system. Its entry into the headphones market should come as no surprise, albeit slightly late. They did make up for it with a feature-packed headphone – the Dolby Dimension. These features are useful for home entertainment, gaming and music-listening. We find this to be the most versatile wireless TV headphones on our list.

Virtualization mode

Virtualization mode is a fancy name for virtual surround sound. It mimics the surround sound effect of a multi-speakers setup with just two speakers, hence the word “virtual”. This mode provides an immersive experience for movies and gaming but not so much for music. If you switch it off, it defaults back to stereo mode.

Head Tracking

This is another feature of the Dolby Dimension that aims to improve the immersive-ness. It is supposed to track your head movement such that if you turn your head away from the TV, the sound will adjust accordingly. Personally, this is more a gimmick than being actually useful.

Adjustable active noise cancellation

All the headphones that we had listed so far are closed-back headphones. This means that once you put on the headphones, the external sound will be canceled out passively. With Dolby LifeMix, you can adjust the amount of external sound coming into your headphones. This is useful if you want to be aware of your surrounding while watching your shows or gaming.

High-quality audio codec

The Dolby Dimension supports both aptX LL and AAC. This ensures low transmission latency between the Bluetooth devices.

Easy switch between 3 Bluetooth devices

The Dolby Dimension can pair up to 3 Bluetooth-enabled devices. For example, you can connect your headphones to your TV, PC, and smartphone. With just a touch of a button situated on the ear cups, you can switch between each of them.

You can easily go from movie watching on the TV to gaming on the PC and finally to music listening on your smartphone without taking off your headphones.

What could be better

  • Not plug-and-play: Dolby Dimension does not come with an external transmitter. The only way to connect to the TV is to pair with a Bluetooth-enabled TV.
  • Expensive: The versatility of the headphones comes with a price.
  • Cannot full utilize Class 1 Bluetooth transmission range: The Dolby Dimension uses Class 1 Bluetooth. But since it does not come with an external transmitter, the maximum transmission range has to depend on the Bluetooth Class of the onboard transmitter in the TV.

Technical Specifications

  • Connection: Bluetooth Class 1 (Headphones)
  • Supported Codec: SBC, AAC, aptX LL
  • Range: 100ft (~30m)
  • Battery life: 10 – 15hrs (Depends on the usage of Virtualisation and LifeMix)

How to Pick a Pair of Wireless Headphones for TV

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Here are several factors to take into consideration while shopping for a pair of wireless TV headphones.

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Latency is the delay between the point where the audio was played on the TV to the point where the sound was received by the headphones.

When the connection between the transmitting and receiving device turns bad, you will experience latency. So when does the connection turn bad?

Well, it can be environmental, such as interfering RF devices or insufficient line-of-sight coverage with the TV.

The other factor is hardware-related where factors like transmission range, codec, quality of the headphones and transmitter come into play.

Not all TVs are created equal. Most TVs have multiple audio output jack but there are cases where it only has one audio output like the RCA jack. Wireless headphones that require Bluetooth transmitter have their own set of jack too.

This creates a scenario where you will require additional adapters to convert the connectors to the right one.

Wireless headphones that come with a transmitter that has multiple audio input jacks will mitigate the setup hell. Some manufacturers will even throw in the adapters for free since adapters are way cheaper than having built-in support.

The sound quality assessment of the TV headphones focus less on the musicality but more on the details and clarity of the audio. A good pair of TV headphones can pick up details like background sound, messy dialogues or any sound effect that you will normally miss in an open environment.

Depending on the position of your TV in the living room, the transmission range can be a crucial factor. Bluetooth headphones have a much shorter range than RF headphones. Connection quality is the best when you are well within the maximum transmission range allowed.

Having a good line-of-sight is important. If there are too many physical blockages between the headphones and TV, the effective transmission range will be greatly reduced.
If you are looking at Bluetooth headphones, you will need this section. But if you are looking for RF headphones, you can skip it.

Codec (Coder-decoder) is a program that compresses the audio file for faster file transmission.

There are a few codecs concerning Bluetooth audio that we should be aware of:

  • Low Complexity Subband Coding (SBC)
  • Advanced audio codec (AAC)
  • LDAC
  • aptX
  • aptX Low Latency

All Bluetooth devices support SBC. That’s the baseline codec for transmitting Bluetooth audio. However, it is known to have the worst compression algorithm in terms of quality and bandwidth but they have the highest adoption rate since they are free.

There are other high-quality proprietary codecs (translation: manufacturers need to pay) like Apple’s AAC, Sony’s LDAC and Qualcomm’s aptX codecs that can deliver superior wireless audio.

You will need both the transmitter and receiver to support the same codec in order for the compression and decompression to work correctly. If it is not compatible, it will fallback to SBC

Comfort

A comfortable pair of TV headphones is so important. If you are used to bingeing through Netflix originals for a couple of hours, having a pair of comfortable wireless TV headphones will do you wonders.

Look out for:

  • Plushy ear cups (but not too thick, they will trap heat)
  • Headband cushion support
  • Reasonable clamping force
As with all things wireless, battery life is a top concern. The longer the battery life, the less you need to worry about dead headphones in the middle of your show.

Other than having a high capacity battery, the charging speed is important. Some headphones with fast-charging capability can give you an hour of playtime for just 15 mins of charging time. You can watch at least 2 episodes of Kim’s Convenience with that!