Best Wireless Headphones for TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 27, 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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
EFFECTIVE RANGE
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
BATTERY LIFE
ADDITIONALLY
Warranty
 
PROS

The capacious battery of these wireless headphones allows using them up to 35 hours without any interruptions. What is more, by using the quick charge feature you will be able to recharge the battery in a matter of several hours (10-minute charge will last for an hour). 

CONS

The headphones are quite bulky. 

OUR VERDICT

Though wireless headphones for TV first and foremost, you can use these things as travel headphones and even as a studio monitor. With an NFC system coupled with the exclusive Sony DSEE™ software, you will be able to connect to any wireless device and listen to your favourite tracks without any loss of sound quality. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 10 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz 

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 35 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Swivelling design, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), Microphone, NFC™ one-touch connection, Charging cable and 3.5-mm cable included

Warranty

1 year

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 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

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

Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK come equipped with this pretty good built-in microphone, so you'll be able to use these headphones for gaming too. The NFC™ one-touch connection tech will let you quickly put these things to good use without tinkering with the settings. 

CONS

The battery doesn't last as long as advertised. 

OUR VERDICT

These wireless headphones for TV are about as comfortable and impressive performance-wise as headphones within this price bracket come. The 40-mm large-aperture drivers work wonders producing impactful bass, precise treble, and loud mid-tones, separating the mids from lows and highs. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 10 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 40 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Bass Boost Mode, aptX™ Low Latency technology, Microphone, NFC™ one-touch connection, Hard storage case, Charging cable and 3.5-mm cable included

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The genuine protein earpads give you that zero-pressure wearing experience that reduces the friction to your ear and makes these headphones practically undetectable. These things offer the softest, nicest tactile impression. The ANC tech lets you enjoy your favourite tracks with no ambient noise. 

CONS

The case is relatively small. 

OUR VERDICT

Mpow H17 are up there with the most versatile and overall impressive headphones in the <50-quid price range. You can wear these things anywhere. You can always take these headphones with you and feel comfortable wherever you go.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 10 metres (Bluetooth 4.1)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

~20 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 30 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Built-in CVC noise-cancelling microphone, built-in control panel, ANC technology, foldable construction, charging cable and storage pouch included

Warranty

2 years

Sony WH-CH700N

No Compression

An issue that plagues most modern music is the one of compression. Compression is something that is done in audio recordings where the natural volume is made to be louder while compressing the audio signal, which in turn adds a harshness to the sound that can be a painful experience for many people. Along with that, much digital music uses compression as a means of reducing the size of a file, which tends to lessen the accuracy of the audio reproduction and remove some of the more subtle sounds in recorded music, causing the overall quality to be lower than it should be.

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones help remedy this problem by providing EQ settings along with DSEE technology that let you adjust the audio settings to provide the most accurate and pleasant sounding audio playback possible, making your listening experience much more enjoyable. These work in conjunction with the AINC noise cancelling technology that works to cancel out ambient background noises, giving you just the audio you want to hear without any outside interference. This lets you enjoy high-quality music in peace without unpleasant distractions, something that is paramount to the listening experience of any headphones.

Review of Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

One Touch Use

We would be remiss to leave out any mention of the wireless capabilities of these headphones. This model uses Bluetooth for wireless connectivity, providing you an easy way to pair the headphone with any Bluetooth capable music source with just the touch of a button. Despite the fact that many Bluetooth headphones tend to provide a sub-par listening experience, these headphones are an exception, giving you just as clear of a listening experience wirelessly as they would when using a wired connection.

The headphones contain minimal controls on the earpieces, giving you controls for power, Bluetooth pairing, and a standard audio jack for wired connectivity, but they really shine when used wirelessly in conjunction with the Headphones Connect App for Android and iOS devices, which let you customise the EQ settings to your preferred taste. You only need to do this once, as the headphones will then remember those same EQ settings afterwards. The headphones also include a built-in microphone that lets you answer phone calls or even control the headphones using the Google Assistant voice assistance technology. In short, these feature-packed headphones will provide you with an audio experience that is unlike anything else.

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

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 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 (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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK

Ultra-Low Latency

The Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK are surprisingly inexpensive considering that the headphones' performance matches most mid-range models across the entire board, whilst the product's price is closer to budget headphones.

First things first, the company's 40-mm large-aperture drivers will be able to produce excellent bass, precise and deep treble, and clear mid-tones, separating the mids from highs and lows. The lows usually come out surprisingly rich too.

At the same time, the Bass Boost Mode can be used to tailor/modify the entire audio experience, making the music sound way and movies/games completely different from that. Of course, we've seen these modes before but this one will be able to give the bass excellent impact and ace extension.

Many customers still overlook wireless headphones for TV watching because there's a noticeable delay. That's not the case here. These headphones, incorporating aptX™ Low Latency tech, minimise the latency as much as possible, considering the headphones' wireless nature and price tag.

Generally speaking, wireless headphones have somewhere around 200 milliseconds delay between the content and them. Here, when used with aptX-LL certified Bluetooth transmitters, the device drops the latency to 40 milliseconds, which is pretty much undetectable.

Review of Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK Wireless Headphones for TV Watching

Soft Earpads

Of course, you'll be wearing these headphones for hours, so they ought to be comfortable before anything else. That's where the extra-soft earpads come in, keeping the ears nice and snug. Meanwhile, the easily adjustable headband will provide long-term comfort and that customised fit that often separates good mid-range headphones from cheap budget models.

The weight matters too though. Sometimes, these headphones are too heavy/bulky to be comfortable long-term. The opposite's the case here. These headphones are so lightweight (less than 200 grams) that you'll forget you're wearing them in the first place.

The manufacturers claim that the battery will last for 40 hours. That's seldom the case though. Even when the volume is kept to a minimum, the headphones will rarely last more than 30 hours, which is still great but, needless to say, quite different from the advertised numbers.

On the bright side, the headphones are surprisingly sturdy and the materials do not feel cheap at all.

Long story short, you'll be able to comfortably wear the Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK for hours and you will want to wear them for hours because the headphones' performance is that good.

Avantree BTHS-AS9P-BLK Wireless Headphones for TV Watching in the use

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Mpow H17

Screw the Noise

The Mpow H17 are as much headphones for TV as these things are for work, travel, and other purposes. In fact, as far as we're concerned, the model is much more suitable for travel and everyday use outside. One could make an argument that the biggest contributor here is the headphones' built-in CVC noise-cancelling microphone.

Incorporating CVC 6.0 noise reduction tech, the microphone is excellent for travelling, outdoor get-togethers, business trips, etc. The headphones in general are great for these things. They're foldable, rotatable, durable, and adjustable headphones.

The ANC (active noise cancelling) technology makes sure that the microphone isn't the only part that minimises the surrounding noise and its impact. Filtering out ambient noise, the tech lets you enjoy favourite tracks in the noisiest, most crowded environments, from aeroplanes' cabins to loud offices, city traffic, and packed coffee shops.

The sound is always what matters the most though and that's not where the headphones disappoint too. The 40-mm neodymium drivers deliver excellent Hi-Fi sound. They're able to produce deep and resonant bass that makes the music feel much more impactful.

Review of Mpow H17 Noise Cancelling Headphones

30 Hours Straight

The Mpow H17 excel in the battery life department. These things are able to blast music for 30 hours straight. You'll likely be wearing them for hours, so ergonomics are extremely important here too.

Fortunately, the model is no slouch on that front. The genuine protein earpads give you that zero-pressure wearing experience that reduces the friction to your ear and makes these headphones practically undetectable. These things offer the softest, nicest tactile impression.

The swivelling ear cups and the model's adjustable headband will let you configure these headphones to make sure they fit your head's shape to a tee.

Of course, the product is far from flawless, there are no budget/mid-range headphones that can make that claim. The storage pouch that comes supplied with these headphones is relatively small, so you might face occasional issues stuffing these things inside the pouch (even folded).

The effective range compared to every other model on the list is pretty limited too. That being said, the 10 metres that the Bluetooth 4.1 tech offers is plenty for travel purposes and, more often than not, enough for watching TV.

All things considered, the Mpow H17 are up there with the most versatile and overall impressive headphones in the <50-quid price range. You can wear these things anywhere. You can always take these headphones with you and feel comfortable wherever you go.

Mpow H17 Noise Cancelling Headphones in the use

 

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 if 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 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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