Best Wireless Headphones for TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 6, 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

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 auto shut-off feature automatically turns these things off after 3 minutes without any input signal. The drivers' 0.5% harmonic distortion gives you immersive, deep, and the most resonant bass experience that modest money can buy.

CONS

The on/off button is flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

Artiste ADH300 are great headphones for the price. There aren't too many headphones in this price bracket that are able to match the model's sound and practically none that are able to beat it. Plus, these things are plenty comfortable and practical enough.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Circumaural headphones

EFFECTIVE RANGE

Up to 30 metres (2.4 GHz)

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

25 Hz - 20 kHz

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 20 hours

ADDITIONALLY

Earpiece volume control and a power button with an LED indicator, ATT(attenuator) switch, adjustable headband, auto shut-off feature (3 minutes without input signal)

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

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

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 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

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.

Review of Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphone for TV

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, allowing you to use them comfortably virtually everywhere without any quality losses. 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.

Detailed review of Sennheiser RS 120 II Wireless Headphone for TV

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ARTISTE ADH300

Very Little Harmonic Distortion

The Artiste ADH300 aren't the most overall impressive headphones on the market right now but the model is definitely up there with the best headphones within this price range. There aren't really that many details that separate the product from its competition but the details that are present are very much notable.

Of course, with headphones in general, it is all about the sound quality first and foremost. These pieces do not disappoint on that front. The relatively massive 40-mm high-resolution drivers deliver especially accurate sound with superior clarity. The drivers' 0.5% harmonic distortion gives you immersive, deep, and the most resonant bass experience that modest money can buy.

Setting the sound aside, the design implements and solution that make you more comfortable in the headphones is what really sells the product. On that front, the model incorporates several neat features that should not be taken for granted.

The leather earmuffs are really soft and pleasant to the touch. The adjustable headband makes these headphones suitable and equally comfortable for different head shapes. The pad is pretty snug too, so you'll be able to wear these things for hours without experiencing any discomfort/fatigue.

Review of ARTISTE ADH300 Wireless TV Headphones

Not Lagging Behind

As far as the technical specs are concerned, the model is neither lagging behind its competition nor necessarily speeding ahead. The effective range is limited to 30 metres, which is not impressive on paper since some headphones for TV go as high as 90 metres but these numbers are useless given that nobody watches TV 90 metres away from the TV set.

On the other hand, the 2.4 GHz transmitter means there's practically no audio delay, making the headphones about as practical in that department as the model's wired counterparts.

The battery life is great. The headphones are usually able to last for 20 hours on a single charge.

The functionality part here is mostly about the auto shut-off feature that automatically turns these things off after 3 minutes without any input signal.

Other than that, it is the little details like the model's earpiece volume control and a power button with an LED indicator that make the headphones more sleek and convenient.

Bottom line, the Artiste ADH300 are great headphones for the price. There aren't too many headphones in this price bracket that are able to match the model's sound and practically none that are able to beat it. Plus, these things are plenty comfortable and practical enough.

ARTISTE ADH300 Wireless TV Headphones in the use

 

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

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.

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, 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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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.

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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 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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