Best Wireless Headphones for TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 21, 2019
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
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
EFFECTIVE RANGE
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
BATTERY LIFE
ADDITIONALLY
Warranty
 
PROS
Multifunctional transmitter with fast charge feature and additional surface mounting. 3 radio frequency presets to avoid noise.
CONS
Radio frequency switch is located way too close to the volume control switch.
OUR VERDICT
An impressive effective range will allow you to use these headphones anywhere in your house despite stout walls. Enjoy your favorite music everywhere!
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

Equipped with a Qualcomm chipset technology, the model reduces audio lag to levels that are virtually undetectable by the human ear. Thanks to this technology, you'll finally be able to enjoy your favourite telly with no lip sync delay. The super-soft skin-friendly earpads are particularly comfortable. 

CONS

The maximum volume is relatively low. 

OUR VERDICT

We're thoroughly impressed with the Avantree HT4189. Though advertised as headphones for TV, this is a versatile model that a lot of different devices could benefit from. It gives you the most immersive audio experience and its battery life is nothing short of ridiculous.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 30 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 40 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and power button with an LED indicator, Automatic station search, Bluetooth-transmitter with aptX™ technology

Warranty

2 years

PROS

PLL system ensures optimal sound transmission by maintaining frequency stability within the effective range.

CONS

Maximum volume might cause a screeching sound.

OUR VERDICT

Due to high-quality performance specs and ergonomic padded headband, your listening experience will always be a pleasure. Plus, these Thomson headphones come at a very attractive price.

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 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 will allow you to reduce the signal power without noticeably distorting its waveform. 

CONS

The soft ear pieces wear out fairly quickly. 

OUR VERDICT

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.

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

Even when there are walls and ceilings in the way, the transmission distance doesn't decrease, enabling you to use the headphones from a 100-metre range. The model comes equipped with an auto-tuning switch and supplied with a neat 2-in-1 apparatus that is both a transmitter's cradle and a battery charger.

CONS

The headphones are relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S might just be able to take your movie nights to a whole new level. At the very least, the model can maintain a respectable audio quality but make it more convenient for you with its powerful battery and excellent effective range.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 100 metres

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

18 Hz -22 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 20 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and a power button with an LED indicator, Surround-sound system, Auto-tuning switch, 2-in-1 transmitter's cradle and battery charger included

Warranty

1 year

Sennheiser RS 120 II

Following Traditions

Sennheiser has always been famous for the sound output and input devices like headphones, speakers, and microphones. Many years of creating great headphones have lead 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 is also worth mentioning. It would be enough to keep the signal stable even in a great mansion with quite thick walls.

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Interesting to know

Sennheiser company was created in 1945 by an engineer fond of inventing new audio gadgets. The products made by the company has become the gold quality standard. Sennheiser was the first company to produce open headphones which shook the world and were a great success. Try Sennheiser headphones at least once and you'll become their dedicated fan for many years!

Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphone for TV in the use

Best for Home Use

The RS120 II will satisfy even the most exacting customer. The effective range of these earphones is rather big, so you will be able to use them everywhere you want without any quality losses. Their main advantage over the infrared headphones is that these headphones don't need clear space between the transmitter and the receiver. By the way, the FM transmitter supports multiple output connections. You can buy several earphones and set the radio frequency so they would all receive the same signal. This is an excellent option if several people need to use headphones 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.

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Avantree HT4189

Sharing is Caring

One thing that we really like in our headphones is versatility. Sure, you may be looking strictly for headphones for TV and you don't really need a pair of headphones for anything else. But that would be more of an outlier case. More often than not, there's a plethora of devices that can work with a pair of headphones and there are just as many devices that could benefit from a decent pair of wireless headphones.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the Avantree HT4189. If we had to describe the model in one word, that word would be "versatile", "flexible", or something along those lines. First of all, you don't have to be a tech wiz to use these headphones. Just turn on the headphones and the transmitter and the two will automatically connect to each other, no pairing required.

The aforementioned transmitter supports an optical, 3.5 mm/AUX, and an RCA audio output, as well as the usual USB interface. It is compatible with the vast majority of modern-day television sets and a good chunk of legacy panels, so you won't have to bother with an adapter and you won't have a clutter of extra wires getting in your way. You can hook the model up to your computer and enjoy that remote audio experience.

By the way, not dissimilar to the previous entry on our list, these headphones include a dual-link support, so you'll get to use that multiple connections option to effortlessly share your wireless TV or movie experience with a friend.

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Ridiculous Battery Life

Of course, versatility that stems from an array of ports is nice, but there's an issue that always plagued wireless headphones and that issue is none other than his Majesty Delay the Third. Alright, maybe it isn't that dramatic, but Bluetooth headphones almost always suffer from a considerable lip sync delay.

Fortunately, that really isn't an issue here. Equipped with a Qualcomm chipset technology, the model reduces that annoying audio lag to levels that are virtually undetectable by the human ear. Thanks to this technology, you'll finally be able to enjoy a quality audio experience in a perfect synch.

You're very particular about your headphones and you can seldom find the right fit? No worries. Aside from the super-soft skin-friendly earpads that couldn't be more comfortable, you get a nice adjustable headband that gives you a convenient customised fit.

Truth be told, the only thing we actually dislike about these headphones for TV is their maximum volume. It won't bother your average consumer but there are a few audiophiles out there that will be disappointed by this slight limitation.

That said, nobody will be disappointed with the ridiculous battery life of these headphones. Where most of its competition caps at 20 hours on a full charge at best, the model in question can last for 40 hours straight, a ridiculous battery life that you won't get even from the most expensive headphones that the electroacoustic market has to offer.

Long story short, we're thoroughly impressed with the Avantree HT4189. Though advertised as headphones for TV, this is a versatile model that a lot of different devices could benefit from. It gives you the most immersive audio experience and the longest battery life in its price range.

Avantree HT4189 Wireless Headphones for TV Watching in the use

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Thomson WHP3001BK

Get More Than You Expect

We dare suppose that it often takes you a lot of time to find the very thing you want. Although the market is full of various products, we can’t always pick the one to meet quality and cost requirements at the same time. Luckily, the Thomson WHP3001BK headphones boast the best price-quality ratio! The headphones work within 100-metre range and provide excellent sound without quality loss, even if you listen to music or TV programme from another room. 

Besides headphones’ specifications and their long range, the design is also worth your attention since their padded headband and soft ear cups ensure comfy use for hours. And charging station which also acts as a holder performs a double function: it prolongs battery life when it’s necessary, and provides headphones' storage when they are not in use. Moreover, the headphones don’t take up much space in such a position. Opt for the Thomson WHP3001BK headphones, and you’ll get even more than you expect for the price.

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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.

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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, 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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Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S

Detail and Spaciousness

The people behind Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S advertise it as a product that ticks all the boxes. Well, we're not sure about all of them but we can definitely say that the model is able to deliver where it matters most.

First, let's start with the headphones' 18 Hz -22 kHz frequency response. Needless to say, the ability to operate within so many different frequencies makes a huge difference.

Sure, reaching the latter part of this frequency spectrum, your average individual will unlikely be able to hear the difference. However, you will be able to feel the difference, especially in the transience and rumble departments.

Higher frequencies make your favourite songs feel more impactful because it makes the music more audibly spacious, practically shooting these frequencies directly through your body.

What's more, different tracks sometimes have harmonics in the super high frequency range, another element that adds detail and spaciousness to the music. Again, you might not be able to hear the difference but there's a very good chance you'll be able to feel it.

You'll definitely not fail to hear and feel the surround-sound system that these headphones for TV come equipped with. Thanks to the system, the model is able to deliver a dynamic, deep, and immersive audio, perfect for movie nights intense gaming sessions.

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Effective Range

Though the sound quality here is nothing to complain about, you could make an argument that it really isn't what sells the product. For one, the 20-hour battery life is definitely not a bad selling point. It's just so comfortable and convenient when you don't have to recharge your headphones every few hours and just able to marathon your favourite TV series without worrying about the battery dying on you.

The model's effective range is another aspect that doesn't fail to deliver. Even when there are walls and ceilings in the way, the transmission distance doesn't decrease and you can perfectly use the headphones from a 100-metre range.

Other than that, it's the relatively smaller details, like the auto-tuning switch and the fact that the model comes with this neat 2-in-1 apparatus that is both a transmitter's cradle and a battery charger.

In short, Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S might just be able to take your movie nights to a whole new level. At the very least, the model can maintain a respectable audio quality but make it more convenient for you with its powerful battery and excellent effective range.

Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S Wireless Headphones for TV in the use

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What Are Headphones for TV?

Wireless headphones for TV are used to transmit the sound from your TV right to your ears without using any cables so you can watch your favourite TV shows with greater comfort and convenience. Generally speaking, the biggest qualm people have with these headphones is that the sound quality isn't always up to par. But that's not the case with these models. Here, the audio part that these products offer is not that different from that of cabled models, which means that even you do not have a stereo receiver, the sound will be good. A wireless transmitter provides a wide range and ensures that the signal can easily travel across the room penetrating thick walls without quality losses.

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 the 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 sound you'll get. It's that simple. The common spec for frequency range is 20 Hz - 20 kHz. You won't be shocked by the sounding 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.

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

The TV headphones serve to provide comfort while you are watching movies or listening to the 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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