With a good pair of wireless TV headphones, you can crank up the volume of that epic TV show, especially late into the night, without disturbing other family members. Alternatively, you can use headphones to block out ambient noise around you when watching TV. If you already own a Bluetooth-enabled TV, connecting wireless headphones is pretty straight forward. But you will need a Bluetooth audio transmitter to enjoy wireless audio from TVs without Bluetooth technology. So which are the best wireless TV headphones? Here is our list of the very best.
Block out all ambient noises
The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are among the best ANC headphones with incredible comfort and high-res sound —a perfect fit for anyone who takes audio quality seriously. They are fitted with an HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1, that completely blocks out ambient noise without compromising sound quality. Sony uses the LDAC codec to transmit data over it's Bluetooth 5.0, which is as good as a dedicated wired connection. With an impressive 40m indoor range, a lightweight design, and super soft ergonomic earpads, these cans offer a comfortable fit for listening hours on end.
Headphones and transmitter set
If your TV is not Bluetooth enabled, you can still enjoy wireless audio connectivity via Sennheiser's RS series. The powerful RS 175 unit comes with a pair of wireless headphones and a transmitter that connects to the TV's 3.5mm jack or optical output — the transmitter doubles up as a charging dock. With zero audio dropouts within a 100m range and up to 18 hours of listening, you will enjoy precise and reliable audio transmission. These over-ear closed-back cans offer an impressive bass boost (not jaw rattling) and surround sound options for a more spatial and livelier listening experience.
Reliable mid-range headphones
The Cowin E7 Active offers just about everything you could want in a pair of mid-grade wireless TV headphones. For the price, the headphones stand out with excellent sound quality, reliable active noise cancellation, and 30 hours of battery life. The headphones support Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connection options and are superlight with professional protein earpads for all-day comfort. Fitted with 40mm speaker drivers, you will enjoy deep and powerful sound from the movies and music you love.
From sound to silence and back
At the touch of a button, you can switch between ANC and open-listening mode in case you want to hear conversations around you. The Backbeat Pro 2 headphones feature exceptional sound quality with crisp high notes, natural mid-tones, and deep bass for the bass heads. The headphones offer undetectable low latency (30-40ms), so you don't have to worry about audio delay over a wireless connection. Besides, the cans last up to 24 hours on a single charge, and they are super comfortable for prolonged listening.
True to the term plug and play
You don't have to be a techie to set up this headphone and transmitter system. True to the term plug and play, the Avantree HT4189 headphones automatically connect to the transmitter once turned on. The set supports RCA, 3.5mm/AUX, and optical audio output options, which translates to 99% compatibility with TVs on the market. For maximum comfort for extended periods, these over-ear wireless TV headphones come with an adjustable headband and super soft earpads for a customized fit. The sound quality is excellent, with zero audio lag.
The most important things to look out for when buying wireless TV headphones are comfort, range, sound quality, and connection options. Our top pick, the Sony WH-1000XM3 (opens in new tab) headphones are an absolute hit if you own a Bluetooth enabled TV. These over-ear closed cans offer excellent comfort, active noise cancellation with minimal sound leakage, reliable wireless range, and remarkable battery life. Bass heads will be happy since the sound quality leans more on the bass.
Sennheiser's RS 175 (opens in new tab) offer exceptional wireless audio transmission making them an excellent choice for TVs without Bluetooth technology. These closed circumaural headphones come with a transmitter that doubles up as a charging station and connects to both 3.5mm jack and Optical audio outputs. The headband and earpads feature an ergonomic design with the right amount snug so you can have them on for a prolonged period.
All headphones on the list are equally good and best suited for various listening needs and price points. Grab one and take your home entertainment to a whole new level.