TV headphones allow you to enjoy movies and shows at full volume without bothering your neighbors or the people around you. Many people prefer wireless headphones so they can comfortably watch movies from the couch without having to worry about tripping over cables and figuring out extension cords.
We've tested over 200 wireless headphones and below are our top recommendations for the best wireless TV headphones of 2019. If you're interested in wired TV headphones, see our recommendations here. See also our article about the best headphone brands.
The best wireless TV headphones we’ve tested so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They’re well-built headphones that come with a great wireless transmitter for a low latency listening experience. Their transmitter has lots of connectivity options for compatibility with various home theatre setups, and you can even mix audio from your smartphone via Bluetooth while remaining connected to your TV.
These headphones sound great, with a well-balanced default sound profile that does an impressive job at reproducing film scores, voices, and sound effects accurately and clearly. If you want to change the way they sound, you can EQ them with the SteelSeries Engine software on PC or even directly on the transmitter, which doubles as a charging station for the headphone’s removable battery.
While these headphones are generally quite comfortable, their fixed metal headband can feel a little tight, especially if you have a larger head. Also, their wireless transmitter can be a little complex to set up since there are so many options. That said, if they fit you well and you find a set-up that works for you, they’re great wireless headphones for TV and are very easy to recommend.
If your TV has a spare USB port and you want something more affordable for watching TV wirelessly, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They don’t have all the connectivity options of the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they still sound very good and are suitable for most home theatre systems. Their wireless USB dongle has both a line in and line out, so if you can plug it into your TV for power, it should work with your existing sound system. If you need RCA support, you’ll want to go for Logitech G933 Wireless, but they feel less well-built and have a bulkier, more gamer-centric design that isn’t as well-suited for just watching TV.
You’ll want to go for the Pro Wireless if you’re looking for a fully-featured headset that has all the bells and whistles and you can afford it. However, if you want something that sounds nearly just as good for a fraction of the price, the Arctis 7 is the way to go.
If you want wireless headphones just for watching TV and don’t like the bulky, gamer-centric design of gaming headphones, then get the Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless. They have an ergonomic design for home theatre use thanks to their RF transmitter stand that doubles as a dedicated spot to charge your headphones when they're not in use.
Their transmitter stand has both optical and RCA inputs for compatibility with most home theatre systems and provides access to automatic or manual level controls, so you can adjust the volume just to your liking. You also have balance controls on the headset to adjust the right/left channels independently. The headphones sound good overall and are quite comfortable too.
Unfortunately, they don’t look or feel as premium as other similarly-priced headsets we’ve tested, especially since they use rechargeable AAA batteries which take a very long time to charge. Also, their open-back design leaks a lot of sound, which isn’t ideal if you want to watch movies at night without disturbing your kids or roommates. If sound leakage isn’t an issue for you, though, they’re decent TV headphones that sound good and are worth considering overall.
If you like the design of dedicated TV headphones but are looking for something less expensive, then get the Sennheiser RS 165 RF. They may not sound as speaker-like or have as many connectivity options as the Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless, but they still sound very good. Instead of balance or level controls, they provide a bass-boost feature that you can toggle directly on the headset or the stand.
These headphones only have line-in, which should be enough if you’re just plugging them directly into your TV but might be inadequate if you have a more elaborate home theatre system. You’ll want to get the RS 185 if you want digital audio via optical or prefer RCA for analog audio, but if you only need a line-in, the RS 186 are a good lower-cost, closed-back alternative.
The best Bluetooth wireless headphones for TV we’ve tested so far are the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016. If your home theatre setup supports Bluetooth aptX-LL, they’re a versatile option for watching TV wirelessly since you can also use them casually with your mobile devices.
They’re less simple to set up than the other picks since they require a specific Bluetooth adapter, but they’re not bad for watching TV once you do. They have good audio reproduction for music and movies with overemphasized bass and an amazing 30-hour battery life that will let you use them for days without having to charge them.
To get the lowest latency the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 can achieve, you’ll likely need to buy a separate Bluetooth dongle that supports aptX-LL, which isn’t necessary with the dedicated TV or gaming headphones on this list. If this isn’t a deal-breaker for you, though, they’re decent TV headphones that are well-rounded enough to be suitable for other uses too.
The most comfortable wireless headphones for TV we’ve reviewed so far are the Dolby Dimension. They’re premium Bluetooth headphones with a luxurious, high-end design. They’re comfortable enough to wear for hours, which makes them great for long movies or binge-watching your favorite TV series.
These headphones feel heavy and sturdy in your hands but surprisingly lightweight once you put them on. Their ear cups and headband are very well-padded and help redistribute pressure evenly without adding any more pressure. They sound alright and isolate a reasonable amount of noise too. Like the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, you’ll want an aptX-LL dongle for the lowest latency possible.
Unfortunately, they only have 10 hours of battery life and show a noticeable amount of latency over aptX-LL, which is rather disappointing for headphones marketed for home entertainment purposes. That said, it’s possible that you may not notice any audio lag, especially considering some apps and devices seem to offer some sort of latency compensation. That said, they’re still a worthwhile option thanks to their remarkably comfortable, easy-to-use design.
If you’re looking for something with a more functional charging stand, then get the Astro A50 Wireless. They’re not quite as comfortable as the Dolby Dimension and they have a bulkier, more gamer-centric design that won’t be for everyone, but their charging station also provides a low-latency wireless connection so you won’t need an additional Bluetooth dongle to set them up with your TV. They sound great and have a sturdy yet ergonomic design, but they’re not the ideal TV headphones since their mic isn’t detachable or retractable.
You’ll want the Dolby Dimension if you’re not too worried about latency being an issue and care most about comfort, but if you don’t mind a bulkier design if it means you get an excellent charging stand that delivers a very low-latency as possible, then get the Astro A50.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the wireless headphones for TVs to buy for most people in each price range. 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 is the list of all our reviews for headphones that are good for home theater use. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones for watching movies. Personal taste, media content, home environment, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you have a lively home or wish to not disturb anyone around you with leakage.