Best Wireless Headphones for TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 15, 2020
Headphones have always topped the list of devices that have to be wireless. So it is not surprising that eventually they've become such. In this review we focus on wireless headphones for TV, which will be an indispensable gadget for anyone fond of bedtime television viewing. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
EFFECTIVE RANGE
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
BATTERY LIFE
ADDITIONALLY
Warranty
 
PROS

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. 

CONS

The volume controls could be more sensitive to the touch. 

OUR VERDICT

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 around 100 quid. Plus, the battery lasts for 40 hours, which is pretty insane.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 50 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 40 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Supports 3 types of audio output, Bypass mode, No audio lag (aptX HD and aptX low-latency codecs), Dual-Link technology, Volume control

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The model features a multifunctional transmitter with a fast-charge feature and additional surface mounting. It offers 3 radio frequency presets to avoid noise.

CONS
Radio frequency switch is located way too close to the volume control switch.
OUR VERDICT

The impressive effective range of the Sennheiser RS 120 II will allow you to use these headphones anywhere in your house despite stout walls. You'll be able to enjoy your favourite music everywhere you go.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Circumaural headphones
EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 90 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE
22 Hz - 19.5 kHz
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 20 hours
ADDITIONALLY
Earpiece volume control, Sleep mode, Can be connected with additional compatible headphones for multiple users
Warranty

2 years

PROS

The self-adjusting headband makes these headphones for TV versatile enough and keeps you pretty comfortable through prolonged movie/gaming sessions. The attenuator switch will allow you to reduce the signal power without noticeably distorting its waveform.

CONS

The soft ear pieces wear out fairly quickly. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sony MDR-RF811RK is a relatively well-rounded product that doesn't really have any major flaws but not many particularly discerning characteristics either. The headphones are comfy and overall practical, the sound quality isn't bad at all, and the price is attractive enough.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 100 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 13 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and a power button with an LED indicator, ATT(attenuator) switch, Self-adjusting headband

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The headphones' smooth curves, coupled with these imposing glossy black edges, make these things an attractive addition to just about any desk. The easily accessible controls on the headset will let you adjust the volume and turn the headphones on/off. The plush ear cushions and generously padded headband reduce friction. 

CONS

Maximum volume might cause a screeching sound.

OUR VERDICT

The Thomson WHP3001BK are great budget headphones for TV (and other purposes too). You can use the charging station as a holder. The automatic station search button lets you instantly locate the charging station. The PLL system ensures optimal sound transmission, maintaining frequency stability within the effective range.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 100 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 8 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and power button with LED indicator, Automatic station search, Charging station can be used as a holder

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model offers excellent audio quality thanks to the 40mm HD domelike driver units with a lightweight OFC voice coil. They extend and widen the sound field to replicate a real auditory effect. All of that results in a digital signal that delivers extra bass and a crisp treble performance without any distortions.

CONS

The headphones are a little heavy for our taste. 

OUR VERDICT

We could easily recommend the ARTISTE D1 to casual headphone fans or even some of the more hardcore audiophiles. The model is stylish, comfortable, and practical. But it is the outstanding sound quality that makes it such an attractive option, the quality that you seldom get from mid-range headphones for TV.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 30 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 20 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and power button with an LED indicator, Automatic station search, Charging station can be used as a holder

Warranty

1 year

Avantree HT5009

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 (~50 metres) and still have the headphones blasting the sound through doors and windows like you're right there next to the source.

Review of Avantree HT5009 Wireless Headphones for TV Watching w/Bluetooth Transmitter

LATENCY REDUCED

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 utilise 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 headphones 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 for around 100 quid. 

Avantree HT5009 Wireless Headphones for TV Watching w/Bluetooth Transmitter in the use

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Sennheiser RS 120 II

Following Traditions

Sennheiser has always been famous for the sound output and input devices like headphones, speakers, and microphones. The company was created in 1945 by an engineer fond of inventing new audio gadgets. The products made by the company have become the gold quality standard. Sennheiser was the first company to produce open headphones which shook the world and were a great success.

Many years of creating great headphones have led to a deeper understanding of the production details, and that makes their headphones exceptionally high-quality. Sennheiser headphones have a reputation for mellow tone with deep bass and the Sennheiser RS120 II is no exception.

These full-fledged television headphones have the operation concept different from ordinary wireless headphones. The user sets the radio frequency on the FM transmitter and the headphones catch it. This method allows using more than one pair of headphones for a single input device, which is really comfortable for home use.

The formidable effective range (up to 90 metres) is also worth mentioning. It would be enough to keep the signal stable even in a great mansion with quite thick walls.

Of course, the range will usually decrease when faced with these walls but who needs 90 metres anyway? The point is that you can take these headphones anywhere throughout the house without experiencing any loss.

Review of Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphone for TV

Excellent for Home Use

The RS120 II will satisfy even the most exacting customer. The open, on-ear design makes these headphones especially easy to recharge and to store, using the metal cradle that comes supplied with the headphones.

These things are also quite lightweight, barely reaching 230 grams, so you won't have to worry about feeling uncomfortable when wearing the headphones for hours.

Again, this is Sennheiser we're talking about, so the detailed and balanced sound goes without saying, including ace clarity and deep bass response.

The main advantage of the RS120 II over infrared headphones is that these headphones don't need clear space between the transmitter and the receiver. What's more, the FM transmitter supports multiple output connections - you can buy several earphones and set the radio frequency so that they all receive the same signal.

This can be a handy option if several people in your home need to use headphones and or if you have children and do not want to be disturbed by the sound of the television set while they are playing video games.

Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphone for TV in the use

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Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphones Review
 

Sony MDR-RF811RK

Nuanced and Clear Audio

You can seldom go too wrong with Sony headphones and the MDR-RF811RK model isn't a bad example of that. Considering the price tag that the product comes with, you'd think that these headphones are mid-range at best, with the usual mid-range specs and performance. But that isn't entirely the case here. Sure, the model will unlikely blow your mind, you just don't get that at this price range. But it might just be able to pleasantly surprise you.

For example, you could make a solid argument that the model's 40mm neodymium drivers have no place being present in any headphones below 100 quid. The sound that they are able to deliver is both powerful and balanced, nuanced but deep and dynamic as well.

There's no surround sound here and the model's 20 Hz - 20 kHz frequency response range is nothing we haven't seen before. But the aforementioned drivers make up for just about any shortcomings in the audio department. They won't be able to deliver that live concert experience but the headphones are perfectly capable of immersing you in the on-screen action.

There's no background hum that often follows headphones within this class. You can crank the TV volume level as much as possible and still be able to enjoy high-quality noiseless audio.

Review of Sony MDR-RF811RK Wireless Headphones for TV

Control the Signal

As far as ergonomics and the additional details are concerned, the model leaves mixed impressions. On one hand, the ear pieces here are about as soft and comfortable as they come. They come equipped with a convenient volume control switch and a power button with an LED indicator. On the other hand, they wear out relatively quickly, so you'll likely have to replace them after some time.

The battery life is middling. More often than not, the model will be able to deliver between 10 and 13 hours on a single charge, which isn't bad but we've seen better performance before at a similar price.

On the flip side, the self-adjusting headband is really nice, making these headphones for TV versatile enough and keeping you comfortable through prolonged movie/gaming sessions.

The attenuator switch that the model comes equipped with is another pleasant surprise. With its help, you'll be able to reduce the signal power without noticeably distorting its waveform. This way, you can tinker with the effective range, making sure that the sound quality is always up to par no matter the distance.

To put it differently, the Sony MDR-RF811RK is a relatively well-rounded product that doesn't really have any major flaws but not many particularly discerning characteristics either. The headphones are comfortable and overall practical, the sound quality isn't bad at all, and the price is attractive enough.

Sony MDR-RF811RK Wireless Headphones for TV in the use

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Thomson WHP3001BK

100 Metres is Doable

The Thomson WHP3001BK are great budget headphones. These things sound nice. We don't have any major issues as far as practicality is concerned. The headphones are comfortable and overall convenient.

Sure, there are some flaws. The battery never lasts more than eight hours, which is not necessarily bad but we've seen better numbers within this price range.

Crank the volume to the maximum and you'll see that awful screeching sound that, admittedly, plagues pretty much all headphones within the model's price bracket, so we cannot complain too much about that.

The headphones' effective range is no joke though. These things will have no issues 100 metres away from the sound source in open spaces and 20-30 metres away in closed spaces. There's no distortion even when the headphones and the sound source are on different levels (floors).

Again, these things are as practical as they come. The one-touch Autotune button lets you instantly pair the headphones with the audio device.

Just plug that audio device into the base unit using the supplied 3.5-mm jack-2 RCA connection cable, turn on the headphones as well as the device, press that Autotune button and experience that reliable wireless connection within seconds that you always knew you needed but never had before.

Review of Thomson WHP3001BK Wireless Headphones

Smooth Curves

Of course, the standard 3.5-mm jack secures extensive compatibility across countless modern mobile devices, including different smartphones, iPods, televisions, DVD players, as well as audio amplifiers.

As far as the sound reproduction is concerned, these things are up there with the best budget headphones. The robust drivers produce clear, high-fidelity sound that's great for watching movies and various television programmes.

The model's sensitive frequency range lets these headphones pick up subtle sounds and effects that haven't been previously audible on standard TV speakers, adding that new and exciting dimension to your favourite scenes and dialogues.

The Thomson WHP3001BK look good. Its smooth curves, coupled with these imposing glossy black edges, make the headphones an attractive addition to just about any desk. The easily accessible controls on the headset will let you adjust the volume and turn the headphones on/off. The plush ear cushions and generously padded headband make these things especially comfortable, reducing any friction that usually follows extended wear periods.

In short, the Thomson WHP3001BK are great budget headphones for TV (and other purposes too). You can use the charging station as a holder. The automatic station search button lets you instantly locate the charging station. The PLL system ensures optimal sound transmission, maintaining frequency stability within the effective range.

Thomson WHP3001BK Wireless Headphones in the use

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Thomson WHP3001BK Wireless Headphones - Review
 

ARTISTE D1

Crisp Treble Performance

The ARTISTE D1 is a great pair of headphones for TV for a lot of different reasons. But it all starts with the digital transmitter that incorporates the 2.4GHz technology. What you get out of it is great penetrability, an even greater wireless range, a steady signal transmission and noticeably lower distortion. With its help, you're able to listen to music while walking around your home without any skips and interruptions.

The effective range of 30 metres is nothing we haven't seen before and there are a few models that give you more than that. But, honestly, do you need more than that? Unless you live in a castle, that's more than enough range.

On top of that, the transmitter can connect with two headphones simultaneously, so you and your significant other can both enjoy your favourite telly without any distractions from the outside world.

Describing the sound quality is always difficult given how subjective of a topic it is. That said, the model does incorporate an optical connection and that optical connection gives you high fidelity stereo sound without compromises. It also gives you a lossless sound transmission with a frequency response of 20 Hz - 20 kHz.

That said, the driving force behind the headphone's excellent sound quality is definitely the 40mm HD domelike driver units with a lightweight OFC voice coil. These driver units provide a type of double balance by avoiding the interference of the sound reflected on the diaphragm. This way, the sound field extends and widens to replicate a real auditory effect. All of that results in a digital signal that delivers extra bass and a crisp treble performance without any distortions.

Review of ARTISTE D1 Wireless TV Headphone with 2.4GHz Digital Transmitter and Charging Dock

Plenty of Interfaces

Other than the sound quality, there isn't a whole lot left to cover here. As you can infer from the pictures, these are full-sealed headphones, so it scores high on noise insulation. The headband is adjustable and soft-padded, giving you that customisable fit with a high level of comfort. The NI-MH rechargeable batteries last for about 20 hours on a full charge, a solid performance that falls just a little short compared to its more expensive counterparts.

Finally, the charging station provides many different plugging options. Aside from the aforementioned optical with an SPDIF optical audio cable, you can use a coaxial interface, or turn to audio with a 3.5mm auxiliary or 6.5mm jack.

In conclusion, there are many reasons to recommend the ARTISTE D1 to casual headphone fans or even some of the more hardcore audiophiles. The model is stylish, comfortable, and practical. But it is the outstanding sound quality that makes it such an attractive option, the sound quality that you seldom get from mid-range headphones for TV.

ARTISTE D1 Wireless TV Headphone with 2.4GHz Digital Transmitter and Charging Dock in the use

 

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.

The quality of the image is also very important. In order to get a better user experience, we suggest you consider buying yourself a new 3D TV. Or you could buy an HD projector to fully immerse yourself in the picture. Still, high-quality headphones for TV will be a good addition no matter what product you choose.

What Features to Compare

Specifications

TV headphones are no different from 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 the sound you'll get. It's that simple. The common frequency range is 20 Hz - 20 kHz. You won't be shocked by the sound 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.

People are unable to hear frequencies higher than 20 kHz. That being said, just because you cannot hear them, doesn't mean you cannot hear/feel the impact. Frequencies above 20 kHz provide extra transience and rumble. They're able to make the music feel more impactful, whilst you're able to feel these feeling frequencies coursing through the body. Also, there are harmonics in these frequencies too.

Of course, more often than not, the drivers determine the headphones' sound before anything else. Generally speaking, the drivers' size and aperture dictate the difference between lows, mids, and highs.

Apart from that, the headphones usually incorporate different technologies that may positively affect the sound too. Quite often these days, wireless headphones for TV feature DSEE HX (digital sound enhancement engine HX). More than anything else, this engine is able to render clear audio. Other than that, the instrumental separation the aforementioned tech produces is also usually excellent.

Battery Life

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.

Additional Functions

TV headphones serve to provide comfort while you are watching movies or listening to 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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1. Lewis Skinner How to Buy the Best HeadphonesWhich?

2. Points to Consider When Buying Wireless Headphones for TVeBay. December 30, 2015.

3. Justin Yu Headphone Buying Guide, CNET. November 26, 2013.

4. How Do I Choose the Best Wireless TV Headphones? wiseGEEK.

5. Tara Tuckwiller Wireless Headphone Buying Guide, ConsumerSearch. November 29, 2016. 

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