Best Wireless Headphones for TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 21, 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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CONS
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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 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

PROS

You can choose between wired (3.5-mm audio jack) and wireless (Bluetooth) connection options. The touch controls on the right earcup will let you adjust the volume, make quit calls, skip songs, and more. 

CONS

The effective range is not great (~10 metres). 

OUR VERDICT

The Mpow H7 work with TVs, smartphones, tablets, music players, and more. The headphones are relatively compact, plenty comfortable, and pretty good from longevity and battery life perspectives. Whilst its audio quality is quite pedestrian, the CSR chip adds a nice kick to the bass output.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 10 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 KHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 25 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and power switch with LED indicator, Built-in microphone with CVC6.0 noise-suppression technology  

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The headphones rest quite comfortably on the head, providing a secure grip but without causing discomfort with prolonged use. The protein earpads will feel nice when wearing it, and the swivelling earcups let you customise their positioning for the most comfortable use. 

CONS

The sound is a little edgy on the treble.

OUR VERDICT

The Boltune BT-BH010S Active Noise Cancelling Headphones provide a great balance in all aspects of their use, delivering excellent sound quality, great noise-reduction capabilities, ample comfort, and even great battery life.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 20 metres (Bluetooth 5.0)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 KHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 30 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and power switch with LED indicator, Built-in microphone with CVC6.0 noise-suppression technology, Foldable design (storage pouch included)  

Warranty

1 year (18 more months for product registration)

PROS

The headphones' smooth curves, coupled with these imposing glossy black edges, make these things an attractive addition to just about any desk. 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

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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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Last updated price £99.99
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ASIN B07MKBGH2V

 

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, 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 Headphone for TV

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 Headphone for TV in the use
Last updated price $0.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B01N6C5LH4

 

Mpow H7

Comfort and Sound Isolation

The Mpow H7 sit at the mid-range table. They're pretty good general-use headphones but nothing that stands out from the norm.

Design-wise, these headphones are a little more compact than what we usually get from over-ear models. The cups have been reduced, and the padding has been slimmed down. Furthermore, the earcups are closed, preventing ambient noise from penetrating these 'phones. Closing out the 'cups, the model prevents the audio from bleeding out into the surrounding environment, potentially bothering the people around you. Of course, the sound isolation that this approach provides is nothing to write home about, but it is noticeable and quite significant.

Internally, the 40-millimetre drivers that these headphones are using are also a bit more compact than the 50-millimetre alternative that dominates the market at the moment. There's a stainless steel slider that lets you adjust the fit, accommodating a wide user variety.

On the right cup at the bottom, the headphones house touch controls. These include a volume console and a phone call down beneath the console. Adjacent to these controls, there's an LED that indicates the battery status and a 3.5-millimetre audio jack.

They're pretty comfortable headphones, not pressing against the ears or the ear canal like on-ear and in-ear headphones respectively and not squeezing the head like pilot headsets. The memory foam inside the 'muffs is quite dense, and the faux leather that hides the foam is smooth and pleasant to the touch. Also, it is fairly easy to wipe down.

Review of Mpow H7 Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones for TV

A Little Extra Kick to the Bass

Despite featuring CVC6.0 noise-suppression tech, the mic here is not great, earning a passing grade but not much more than that. The battery life's alright, usually delivering between 20 and 25 hours, which is more than we've come to expect from value-oriented headphones.

Examining the audio quality, this model leaves mixed feelings. The integrated CSR chip contributes quite a lot, giving the audio a little extra kick to its bass. But the space perception these 'phones are offering feels off. Still, at this price bracket, the audio is primarily software-driven, so the source will determine the experience more than the drivers inside these headphones.

To sum up, we like that the headphones come equipped with both wired and wireless connection options (the aforementioned 3.5-millimetre audio jack and the obligatory Bluetooth module). We're like how comfortable they are. We're fine with the mic and the sound quality and we can tolerate the middling BT range.

Mpow H7 Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones for TV in the use

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Last updated price £15.19
Stock In stock
ASIN B07BLQLG9S

 

Boltune BT-BH010S

Perfectly Balanced

Reading through the various pros and cons of many of the various noise-canceling headsets that are available will quickly reveal that when it comes to such headsets, there is almost always some kind of trade-off that you need to deal with. Many that have great sound reproduction and noise-canceling capabilities may be uncomfortable to wear, whereas those that are comfortable may not be able to compete with others in regards to their audio capabilities. Of course, this isn't true of all noise-canceling headphones, and the Boltune BT-BH010S Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great example of this. These headphones provide a great balance in all aspects of their use, delivering excellent sound quality, great noise-reduction capabilities, ample comfort, and even great battery life.

First things first, most people probably want to know how these work in regards to sound quality and noise-canceling. We are pleased to report that both of these aspects are fabulous. The headphones provide excelling Hi-Fi sound thanks to the high-performance stereo codec that is integrated into the unit. Along with this, the noise cancellation works excellent, actively working to reduce all outside non-musical noise that may interfere with the enjoyment of your music. Should you prefer to be more aware of your surroundings while using these headphones, though, there is the option to turn off the noise cancellation, giving you a choice of when and when not to use this feature.

Review of Boltune BT-BH010S Active Noise Cancelling Headphones for TV (Bluetooth 5.0)

Fast Charging

With wireless headphones, one of the most important aspects to consider is the battery life, and with this model you will definitely not be disappointed. In fact, the battery life and charging features of this model really help set it apart from other headphones. Providing up to 30 hours of battery life, which is at least on-par with most of the other top models, what will really amaze people is how fast they charge. You can charge up the headphones to full battery capacity in less than an hour, letting you use them for quite a long time without having to wait forever for them to charge. Even more, though, is the fast-charging feature, which lets you charge it for only 5 minutes, which will give you up to 2 hours of use should you need to use them immediately.

What about the comfort of these headphones? Again, there won't be anything here to disappoint you. The headphones rest quite comfortably on the head, providing a secure grip but without causing discomfort with prolonged use. The protein earpads will feel nice when wearing it, and the swivelling earcups let you customise their positioning for the most comfortable use. The only complaint we can find with this set is that the carry case that comes with the headset is rather bulky, but this is really a minor complaint. All things considered, these headphones provide the perfect balance of functionality and comfort.

Boltune BT-BH010S Active Noise Cancelling Headphones for TV (Bluetooth 5.0) in the use

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Last updated price £34.39
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ASIN B07XC9XCGC

 

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 for TV

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.

Thomson WHP3001BK look good. The 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, 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 for TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £37.99
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ASIN B0057LWOPG

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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.

Sources:

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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