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The 6 Best TV Headphones - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best TV Headphones

Headphones can be a great addition to your home theater, whether you're looking to simplify your setup or if you want to enjoy movies and TV shows without disturbing those around you. Unlike many headphones designed for casual use, dedicated TV headphones tend to offer audio settings like surround sound and bass control to help you get the most out of your content. They also usually have wireless designs to eliminate audio cables running from the couch to your TV. While Bluetooth wireless headphones can have high audio lag, which can cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync with one another, many dedicated TV headphones use specialized docks and transmitters to ensure low latency and reduce annoying lip-sync issues.

We've tested over 680 pairs of headphones, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best home theater headphones. See our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best audiophile headphones, and the best wired headphones.


  1. Best TV Headphones

    The best wireless headphones for TV that we've tested are the Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless. These dedicated home theater headphones have a specialized receiver dock that directly plugs into most TVs and lets you use them wirelessly with low audio latency. Their control scheme also sets them apart from most other picks on this list. They have a few buttons on their ear cup that allow you to easily adjust their volume and toggle between music and speech modes to help improve audio quality. They also have 'Personal Hearing' profiles that the manufacturer advertises to enhance your listening experience by matching your personal preferences. Although some users may find their sound profile is a bit bass-heavy by default, it doesn't completely overwhelm dialogue. Their extra thump and rumble can also help make sound effects in action sequences seem more immersive. They're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, though, and you may experience a drop in bass if you wear glasses or have thick hair.

    These over-ears have a comfortable fit, but they don't distribute pressure well, which can cause parts of your head, like below your earlobe, to get slightly sore. On the upside, they're well-built, and their stand acts as a charger when you're not using these headphones. They last around 19 hours continuously, and they use rechargeable AAA batteries. However, they take more than eight hours to charge fully, which can be a deal-breaker if you want to use the headphones again after a few hours. 

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range TV Headphones

    The best TV headphones in the upper mid-range we've tested are the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. While it may be unusual to see a pair of gaming headphones on a list like this, these kinds of over-ears can offer a low latency performance similar to dedicated home theater headphones like our top pick. They come with a wireless base station that you can connect to your TV, and thanks to this connection, your audio and visuals stay in sync during your favorite movies or shows. Their boom mic isn't detachable, and they're a bit more unwieldy than other headphones on this list. However, Even if you're wearing them for hours at a time, their headband does a great job distributing their weight, making them more comfortable than our top pick.

    Thanks to their over 17 hours of continuous playback time, you don't need to worry about recharging them during a long movie marathon. Their well-balanced sound profile is suitable for a variety of audio content too. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers customization features you can save to the EQ preset button. They have a fairly open and natural passive soundstage, but sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. That said, they won't block background sound, so if you're watching TV near an open window or in a shared space, you'll hear noise around you.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range TV Headphones

    The best mid-range TV headphones we've tested are the Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless. These headphones are part of the same lineup as the Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless but offer similar performance at a lower price point. Like their sibling model, they have a bass-heavy sound profile well-suited for watching action-packed movies and TV shows. They also come with a receiver dock that you can easily plug into your TV, which ensures that your audio and visuals stay in sync. However, the trade-off is that they aren't as well-built and lack extra features like 'Personal Hearing' profiles. Instead, they have a physical button for adding more bass or activating surround sound.

    While they have a sub-par overall noise isolation performance, they still do a decent job of cutting down ambient chatter and the hum of AC units around you. Thanks to their two rechargeable AAA batteries, they also last roughly 24 hours continuously. Unfortunately, replenishing their battery can take more than eight hours, and unlike our upper mid-range pick, you can't use them wired in a pinch. They're also prone to a lot more inconsistencies in audio delivery than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range TV Headphones

    The best lower mid-range TV headphones we've tested are the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. If you have a compatible TV, these Bluetooth headphones are a solid choice if you don't want to sacrifice wireless compatibility for price. They won't offer better performance than our top Bluetooth pick, though, since they only support SBC codec, which is the default Bluetooth codec. Their latency is high and worse than the Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless, which use a wireless transmitter base to help lower lip sync issues.

    Out of the box, these over-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom to audio, which can help immerse you in content with lots of action scenes. That said, if you're a fan of dramas or other genres with lots of dialogue and instruments, these sounds are still clear and present throughout the audio. They have a comfortable fit suitable for long movie marathons and last over 29 hours continuously. You can also use them wired in a pinch, thanks to their 1/8" TRS cable, but the cable isn't very long if you want to sit on the couch while watching TV.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV Headphones

    The best headphones for watching TV under $100 that we've tested is the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset. These gaming headphones have a gamer-centric design out of the box, but you can detach their boom mic to make them look more casual. Unlike our lower mid pick, you can only use them wired, but this design eliminates audio latency, so you don't experience your audio and visuals falling out of sync. However, since they're budget headphones, their low price point is reflected in their very limited control scheme as they only have an inline volume wheel. Their ear cup padding is also prone to wear and tear over time, but luckily, they come with another set of pads that you can swap in.

    These headphones have a significantly more neutral sound profile than the Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless, and although they lack a thumpy low-bass, there's a bump in high-bass to add warmth to your audio. The mid-range is exceptionally neutral, so dialogue and instruments sound present and natural. Unfortunately, they're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit, positioning, and seal each time you wear them.

    See our review

  6. Best Bluetooth TV Headphones

    The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are the best Bluetooth headphones for TV we've tested. Although Bluetooth headphones like the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless tend to have high audio lag, one way of countering this issue is using a different Bluetooth codec than the standard SBC. Not all headphones have additional codec support, though. Enter the PXC 550-II: they support aptX-LL, a low latency codec that helps ensure that your audio and visuals stay in sync while watching your favorite shows. However, you'll need to ensure you have a Bluetooth adapter or transmitter that supports this codec. They have over 21 hours of continuous battery life, and you can use them while charging, which is handy in a pinch.

    These comfortable over-ears support multi-device pairing, so you can have them connected to your TV and smartphone at the same time. Thanks to their ANC system, you can also block ambient sound, like chatty roommates for those living in a shared space. Their bright sound profile is well-suited for vocal-centric and dialogue-heavy content too. Their treble delivery is sensitive to the headphones' position and fit on your head. Since they also have a closed-back design, their passive soundstage doesn't seem very immersive or spacious.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have a less gamer-centric design than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and support Bluetooth, which is nice if you want to connect to your TV and smartphone at the same time. However, they aren't as comfortable as the Astro. See our review
  • Shure AONIC 50 Wireless: The Shure AONIC 50 Wireless are Bluetooth headphones with aptX-LL codec support. They're a viable alternative to the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, although their ANC doesn't block as much ambient noise. See our review
  • Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are Bluetooth headphones that support aptX-LL codec for low latency. However, their continuous battery life is shorter than the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless, and their sound profile is more bass-heavy. See our review
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless: The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are casual-use headphones that you can connect to compatible Sony TVs via Bluetooth. They're comfortable, well-built, and have a powerful ANC system to help block out background noise, but they have high latency, which can result in lip sync issues. See our review
  • Philips SHP9500: If you're looking for open-back headphones for a more immersive audio experience, the Philips SHP9500 have a very comfortable fit and a wired design that eliminates lip-syncing issues. However, their design means they won't block out any background noise, and they leak audio, which can bother others around you. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 17, 2022: We've rehauled this article to improve its quality. We've added the following picks: the Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless, which are often compared to the Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless, and the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless, which are more affordable Bluetooth headphones that work well if you have a newer Sony TV. We've also updated our Notable Mentions and removed old and out-of-date picks.

  2. Apr 26, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  3. Feb 25, 2022: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Dec 21, 2021: Replaced the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016 with the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless as the Sennheiser offer better value to users. Moved the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Oct 22, 2021: Replaced the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless with the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 as the Astro have lower non-Bluetooth latency and are more comfortable.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones for movies and TV for most people to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here are all our headphone reviews, sorted by their latency with aptX-LL. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones for watching movies or TV shows. Personal taste, media content, home environment, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you have a lively home or wish not to disturb anyone around you with leakage.

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