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Avantree HT5009 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 14, 2022 at 10:30 am
Avantree HT5009 Wireless Picture
5.6
Neutral Sound
6.0
Commute/Travel
6.6
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
6.0
Wireless Gaming
6.3
Wired Gaming
5.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Avantree HT5009 Wireless are budget-friendly TV headphones. They come with a wireless transmitter, which helps ensure that your audio and visuals stay in sync. Their sound is uniquely designed for TV and movies, so they may not be the best choice if you also want to use them to listen to music. They have a few unique features, though. You can use the headphones to receive audio while simultaneously playing audio from your soundbar, which is great if you need a different volume compared to others. You can also connect another pair of Bluetooth headphones to the transmitter if someone wants to listen in.

Our Verdict

5.6 Neutral Sound

The Avantree HT5009 aren't intended for neutral sound, and you're going to be very disappointed if you're looking for balance. A lot of their sound profile is overemphasized, so mixes have intense thump, punch, and boom. Vocals and instruments are also harsh, while sibilants like cymbals are piercing. There's a massive dip in their low-mids too. While this is meant to help reduce bass bloat, it also thins out and nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Unfortunately, there's static present in our unit, and they have some issues localizing sound effects correctly.

Pros
  • Over 34 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • No sound customization features available.
  • Very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.0 Commute/Travel

It's not ideal to use the Avantree HT5009 for commute and travel. While they have a lightweight design, they don't block out much background noise and are plasticky in design. They also can't fold into a more compact format to be more easily transportable. On the upside, their battery lasts over 34 hours continuously.

Pros
  • Over 34 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
6.6 Sports/Fitness

The Avantree HT5009 aren't designed for sports and fitness. They're TV headphones and can easily fall off your head with moderate physical movement. They also have a plasticky build, making them more susceptible to damage over time, and they don't have an IP rating for water resistance, which is normal from over-ear headphones.

Pros
  • Over 34 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • Can fall off your head with moderate movement.
5.7 Office

The Avantree HT5009 aren't the best choice for office use. They don't block much background noise, which can be frustrating if you're surrounded by a lot of chatty Kathys. If you need to take the occasional call or online meeting, their integrated mic is also pretty disappointing, and others may have trouble hearing you clearly. On the upside, they have over 34 hours of continuous playback time and a fairly lightweight fit.

Pros
  • Over 34 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Low latency via wireless transmitter.
Cons
  • Mic has a disappointing overall performance.
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
6.0 Wireless Gaming

The Avantree HT5009 aren't the best choice for wireless gaming, though their wireless transmitter ensures a low latency connection that keeps your audio and visuals in sync. Unfortunately, their boomy sound is pretty intense, and while it can help bring out sound effects like footsteps in gameplay, dialogue and instruments are balanced out by being harsh and piercing. They lack sound customization features, so you can't adjust their sound. While they have an integrated mic, it doesn't work on consoles.

Pros
  • Low latency via wireless transmitter.
Cons
  • No sound customization features available.
  • Very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.3 Wired Gaming

The Avantree HT5009 aren't designed with wired gaming in mind, but you can connect them directly to your PC or console via their 1/8" TRS cable. However, you can't use their mic. They also lack sound customization features, and if you don't like their boomy, harsh sound, you can't adjust it. On the upside, they have a fairly comfortable fit that's lightweight.

Pros
  • Okay build quality.
Cons
  • No sound customization features available.
5.2 Phone Calls

The Avantree HT5009 won't be your go-to phone call headphones. If you need to answer the occasional call while watching TV, that's one thing, but their integrated mic has a disappointing overall performance. That means your voice can be difficult to hear clearly, even if you're talking in a quiet environment. On the upside, the headphones have a fairly comfortable fit with over 34 hours of continuous battery life.

Pros
  • Okay build quality.
Cons
  • Mic has a disappointing overall performance.
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • 5.6 Neutral Sound
  • 6.0 Commute/Travel
  • 6.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.7 Office
  • 6.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.3 Wired Gaming
  • 5.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Sep 22, 2022: We have changed the Base/Dock subtest RCA Input from 'No' to 'Yes'. Even though there isn't an input on the transmitter, there's a 1/8" TRS to RCA cable included in the box.
  2. Updated Sep 14, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 09, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Avantree HT5009, on their own, are somewhat retro-looking headphones. They have a mostly black design with brown accents on the ear cup and stitching on the headband. The manufacturer's logo is on both ear cups. They come in only one color variant: 'Black'.

These headphones also come with a wireless transmitter. It has one antenna and a glossy interface that lights up to tell you which codec you're using.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.44 lbs
Clamping Force
0.7 lbs

The Avantree HT5009 are fairly comfortable. They're very lightweight and don't clamp tightly on your head. However, the ear cup padding isn't very wide or deep, so your ears can touch the driver housing. If you have a small head, it can also be hard to achieve a good seal as there can be gaps that form on the top and bottom of the ear cups.

6.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Multi function

The Avantree HT5009 have fair controls. There are only three physical buttons that provide clicky feedback: volume up, volume down, and a power button. You can also hold the volume up button to skip a track forward, while holding the volume down skips your track backward. Pressing the power button when on allows you to play and pause audio. Unfortunately, only the default volume and power controls work when connected to the dock, so you can't skip tracks or play and pause audio if you're listening to audio from your smartphone. There are chimes when you've reached min and max volumes and voice prompts for turning the headphones on and off and connecting them to devices.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.3" (18.5 cm)
W 7.1" (18.1 cm)
H 3.0" (7.7 cm)
Volume 157.34 inยณ (2,578.30 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The Avantree HT5009 aren't designed to be portable. Their design can't swivel or fold to save space. However, their footprint won't be too much of an issue if you're placing them on your console or coffee table when not in use.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
6.5
Design
Build Quality

These headphones are fairly well-built. They're mostly made of plastic, with aluminum hinges and faux leather padding. You can remove the ear cup padding, but it can be hard to put it back in place. Unfortunately, they feel like somewhat cheap headphones and don't seem very sturdy or durable.

6.5
Design
Stability

If you tend to move your head around while watching TV, these headphones can move around or even fall off your head. However, they're not designed for use during physical activity, so this won't be an issue if you're relaxing on your couch or armchair.

Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Avantree BTHS-AS9S headphones
  • Bluetooth Wireless transmitter
  • 1/8" TRS to RCA cable
  • 1/8" TRS to 1/8" TRS cable
  • 2x Micro-USB to USB-A charging cables
  • Optical cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.13 dB
Treble Amount
1.43 dB

The Avantree HT5009 have a very unique sound profile optimized for TV and movie content, not music. They have extra thump, punch, and boom, which can help make sound effects like explosions sound more exciting. While this can bloat dialogue and instruments, the steep dip in the low-mid is meant to reduce overall muddiness. Since the rest of the mid and treble ranges are also overemphasized to help balance the extra bass, vocals and instruments are very crisp, but sibilants like S and T sounds are whistle-like and piercing. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features.

5.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.6 dB

The Avantree HT5009's frequency response consistency is disappointing. These headphones are very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, depending on fit, positioning, and seal. If you have thick hair or wear glasses, these elements can rupture the ear cups' seal, resulting in a lack of bass.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.3 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
13.54 Hz
Low-Bass
4.66 dB
Mid-Bass
6.73 dB
High-Bass
8.49 dB

The Avantree HT5009's bass accuracy is passable. It's overemphasized across the range, so mixes have intense thump, rumble, and boom. It's especially beneficial if you like to watch action flicks like Die Hard, as scenes with gunfire and explosions sound especially prominent.

4.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.2 dB
Low-Mid
-3.37 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.12 dB
High-Mid
4.49 dB

These headphones have poor mid accuracy. Following the overemphasis in the bass range, the low-mid takes a deep dip in an effort to reduce bass bloat and clutter affecting the mids. However, this also means that dialogue and instruments are a bit thin and nudged to the back of your mix. The overemphasized high-mid makes these same sounds pretty harsh though.

5.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.84 dB
Low-Treble
4.41 dB
Mid-Treble
8 dB
High-Treble
-6.21 dB

The Avantree HT5009's treble accuracy is disappointing. There's overemphasis from the mid-range that enters the treble range. As a result, vocals and lead instruments are harsh. Sibilants are also piercing, so if you're watching dialogue-centric content like the news, speech with S and T sounds is piercing.

4.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
3.31 dB
Dips
4.27 dB

The Avantree HT5009's peaks and dips performance is poor. A peak in the high-bass adds extra boom to mixes, while a severe dip in the low-mid thins out the muddiness as well as vocals and instruments. Another peak in the high-mid makes these sounds harsh. A big peak in the mid-treble turns sibilants like cymbals piercing.

6.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.45
Weighted Phase Mismatch
25.41
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.07
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.36

The Avantree HT5009's imaging performance is okay. This brand isn't very well-known in the headphones landscape, but it's not surprising that this product has mismatched drivers due to their cheap build quality. While our unit's L/R drivers are matched in amplitude and group delay, they display high mismatch in phase response. Audio from the low-mid onwards skews to the right, and sound objects like voices aren't placed correctly in the stereo image. Imaging can vary between units, though, as it can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

5.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.96 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.02 dB
PRTF Distance
4.09 dB
Openness
7.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.6

These headphones have a disappointing passive soundstage. They have a closed-back design, and while it doesn't feel spacious, it still feels somewhat open. It also feels unnatural and as if sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.286
WHD @ 100
0.313

The Avantree HT5009 have a satisfactory weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a peak from the high-bass to the low-mid at high volumes, which can be a bit distracting. However, it can be hard to hear in real-life content.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Avantree HT5009. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
3.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.43 dB
Bass
0.64 dB
Mid
-4.7 dB
Treble
-24.53 dB

These headphones have a poor noise isolation performance. They're not designed to block out background noise, so you'll hear ambient chatter as well as traffic if you have your window open. That said, they can cut down some of the whirs of standing fans.

6.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
44.75 dB

The Avantree HT5009's leakage performance is mediocre at best. Audio bleed is mostly concentrated in the low-mid to mid-treble, which sounds somewhat full. If you like to listen to your favorite shows at a high volume, others around you will hear it, even if there's a lot of background sound present.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.47 dB
HFE
3,620.39 Hz
Weighted THD
5.651
Gain
7.35 dB

The integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality. Your voice sounds thin and dark, making it challenging for others to hear you clearly.

5.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
1.57 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has a disappointing noise handling performance. If you're taking a call with a lot of ambient noise around you, speech can easily be drowned out. Background sound can also become distorted.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
34.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
34.3 hrs
Charge Time
3.7 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The Avantree HT5009 have an excellent battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last 40 hours continuously when used at 60% volume. However, we measured over 34 hours at a much higher volume. That said, battery life can vary depending on usage. Luckily, they go into standby mode to help conserve battery life when not in use.

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Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
7.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
273.29 ft (83.30 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
117 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
77 ms
Android Latency
84 ms

The Avantree HT5009 have satisfactory Bluetooth connectivity. The manufacturer advertises them to support SBC codec as well as FastStream, which is a proprietary codec that allows you to use the mic while still receiving audio. However, the included transmitter supports SBC, aptX, aptX-LL, and FastStream. You can also connect these headphones and another pair of Bluetooth headphones to the transmitter to share the same audio source.

They have fairly low latency via PC, iOS, and Android. However, keep in mind that they're intended for use with a TV. Latency can also vary depending on the device.

8.0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
211.61 ft (64.50 m)
Non-BT Latency
66 ms

When using the wireless transmitter with your TV via optical, these headphones have a great latency performance. They have somewhat low audio lag, so your audio and visuals will stay in sync while streaming video. However, keep in mind that while the transmitter supports multiple codecs, the headphones support only SBC and FastStream codecs.

If you want to use the transmitter via AUX connection, their latency is slightly higher, but it still falls within good levels, reducing the risk of lipsync issues.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 3.28 ft (1.00 m)
Connection
1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Avantree HT5009 come with several audio cables that you can use to connect the wireless transmitter to your TV. The optical cable is the best way to hook them up with your TV, but you can also use the 1/8" TRS to RCA cable, AUX cable, or even one of the micro-USB to USB-A charging cables if your TV supports it.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio Only
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio Only

These headphones are fully compatible with PCs via Bluetooth. However, if you want to use them with their wireless transmitter, you'll only receive audio.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio Only
PS5 Analog
Audio Only
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Avantree HT5009 can only receive audio when connected to your PlayStation console via analog. You can connect the headphones to your PS4 via optical and only receive audio. However, the PS5 doesn't support an optical connection.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

The Avantree HT5009 are compatible with Xbox consoles via analog, but you can only receive audio. However, you can only use the wireless transmitter on Xbox One as the Xbox Series X/S doesn't support optical.

5.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
Yes
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The Avantree HT5009 come with a wireless transmitter. It allows you to connect up to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones to your TV and receive audio simultaneously. Depending on what codec your headphones support, the transmitter will switch to their default codec. The included Avantree headphones will use SBC or FastStream, which is a codec adapted from SBC codec. However, if you want to use headphones like the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless, which support aptX, those headphones will connect to the transmitter using that codec. You can also connect the wireless transmitter to your TV via optical or use the 1/8" TRS to RCA cable.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Avantree HT5009 come in one variant: 'Black', and you can see our model's label here. The HT5009 model is the bundled variant that includes the wireless transmitter. If you only want to buy the headphones, they're called the Avantree BTHS-AS9S. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Avantree HT5009 are headphones designed for TVs. Like other dedicated home theatre headphones like the Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless, they come with a wireless transmitter, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync. However, the headphones only support SBC codec as well as FastStream, which is a proprietary codec by Avantree, while the transmitter supports SBC, FastStream, aptX, and aptX-LL. As a result, the transmitter selects either SBC or FastStream with these headphones. If you have headphones that support other codecs, like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 Wireless, you can take advantage of the transmitter's wide support. Also, these headphones have a unique sound designed specifically for TV content. They deliver intense thump and boom while vocals and instruments are crisp. However, this sound can be very overwhelming for musical content as sibilants like cymbals are piercing.

Looking for more headphones? Check out our recommendations for the best TV headphones and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, if your TV supports Bluetooth. If you're looking for a low latency experience and don't mind their design, it's worth checking out the picks from our best wireless gaming headsets article. 

Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless

The Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless are better TV headphones than the Avantree HT 5009 Wireless. The Sennheiser headphones are more comfortable, better built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have lower latency. However, the Avantree are Bluetooth headphones with better battery performance. They also have a mic, meaning you can answer calls.

Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless

The Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless are better TV headphones than the Avantree HT5009 Wireless. The Sennheiser headphones are more comfortable, better built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. However, the Avantree are Bluetooth headphones with better battery life and lower latency. They have a mic, so you answer calls while watching TV. 

Sony WH-CH710N Wireless

If you're looking for more versatile headphones that you can still use for watching TV, then the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless are better than the Avantree HT5009 Wireless. The Sony headphones are more comfortable, better built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have ANC to help block out some background noise. However, if you only want to watch TV shows, the Avantree headphones have lower latency and better battery life.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are better headphones for watching TV (if your TV supports aptX-LL codec) than the Avantree HT5009 Wireless. The Sennheiser headphones are more comfortable, better-built, have a significantly more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they have ANC to help block out background noise. With aptX-LL codec, they have very low latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync. However, the Avantree headphones come with a wireless transmitter, which makes it easy to connect the headphones to your TV. You can also connect an additional pair of Bluetooth headphones to the transmitter if you want to share audio with others.

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