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The 5 Best Wireless Headphones for TVs - Winter 2019
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Sometimes you just want to enjoy your movies at full volume without bothering your neighbors or the people around you. Furthermore like most listeners, you may prefer a wireless headset so you can comfortably watch movies from your couch without worrying about range, cables, and extension cords. 

We've tested 117 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.

  1. Best Wireless TV Headphones: Astro A50

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.5
    TV
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best wireless TV headphones are the Astro A50. The A50 have a bunch of features that make them great for gaming but also a good option for watching TV. They have a low latency wireless connection with a good range, a sturdy build quality and a comfortable design with decently breathable pads so that your ears do not get too warm during the longer listening sessions.

    They have a lot of connection options that will work with your TV and home theater system like optical in and out, USB, and line-in so you can use a regular AUX cable plugged into your TV or speaker. They also have dock charging, which makes them a bit more convenient than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or the HyperX Cloud Flight, especially if you want to display them next to your console or TV. 

    Overall, the A50 may not be the ideal choice for all users that just want a wireless TV headset since they have a pretty cumbersome mic that's not detachable or retractable. However, if you only care about getting a good TV watching experience and are also a gamer, then the A50 are the best option for both use cases.

    See our review

  2. Easier-to-use altrnative: Sennheiser RS 185

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Open-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : No
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you strictly need a wireless headphone for watching TV and do not need all the fancy features of a gaming headset like the Astro A50, then get the Sennheiser RS 185. They're not as feature-packed as the Astro A50 and do not look or feel as premium for their price range.

    On the upside, they're much easier-to-use than the gaming headsets on this list. They have a decent amount of connection options, including RCA inputs, and come with an RF transmitter stand that immediately connects with the headphones without requiring a pairing procedure unlike the Bluetooth Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. The stand also acts as a charging dock, so you have a dedicated spot to rest your headphones when they're not in use, which is pretty convenient.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless TV Headphones: SteelSeries Arctis 7

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.4
    TV
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you don't mind using a gaming headset as your TV headphones, then the SteelSeries Arctis 7 are the best wireless headphones for TVs in the mid-range category. They do not come with a base station like the Astro A50, so they do not have as many connection options or dock charging. This means they won't look as nice on your TV stand and they have no optical input or output.

    However, if you mostly care about great latency performance for watching TV with no sync issues, then the SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a great choice. They have a low latency wireless dongle that has an AUX input, which will easily work with your TV. They're also great gaming headphones so if you have a PC or PS4 as your media center, then they're an even better choice since they have full audio and mic support on both platforms and even have more customization options via their app than the Astro A50.

    They won't be the ideal choice if you do not need all the extra features and just want a simple headphone for watching TV. But on the upside, features and options that make them a great gaming headset also make them a good choice for home theater and watching TV.

    See our review

  4. A more affordable RF headphone: Sennheiser RS 165

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : No
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for something cheaper than the Sennheiser RS 185, or if you want a closed-back option so your household doesn’t hear what you’re watching, get the Sennheiser RS 165 instead. They might not sound as speaker-like as the RS 185 and don’t have the multiple connection options of the more high-end RS models, but they sound as good and isolate more ambient noise due to their closed design.

    These headphones also have slightly better latency performance and might be a better option to buy for most users due to their significantly cheaper price tag. They are easy to use, and their stand also acts as a charging dock. Unfortunately, they won’t be versatile for any other use case and you’ll need two AAA rechargeable batteries to use them for 24 hours. Nevertheless, they are a great mid-range option for watching TV without disturbing people around you.

    See our review

  5. More versatile Bluetooth alternative: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you're looking for a versatile headset that will work with your phone and that also has low enough latency for watching movies, then get Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. However, to get the lowest latency these headphones can achieve, you will need to buy a separate Bluetooth dongle which supports the aptX-LL codec, which isn’t necessary with the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or the Sennheiser RS 185.

    On the upside, these headphones have good audio reproduction for music and movies with overemphasized bass. They have one of the best performance-to-price ratios and are versatile for everyday casual use cases. They have an amazing 30-hour battery life that will let you use them for days without having to charge them. Their amazing wireless range will also allow you to watch TV without audio cutting out. They can be used passively with the included audio cable, even if the battery is dead. They’re also well-built headphones with good padding to be comfortable to wear during long sessions.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TurtleBeach Elite 800. A bulky gaming headset with overly sensitive controls but lots of connection options and low latency. See our review
  • Logitech G933. The best alternative to the Sennheiser RS 185 if you have a home theater setup compatible with the USB transmitter. See our review
  • Jaybird X2. Versatile Bluetooth headphones. Strickly Bluetooth design can be limiting for this use case. Relatively high latency. See our review
  • Astro A20. A good wireless gaming option and a cheaper alternative to the Astro A50. However, fewer connection options make them somewhat limited. See our review
  • Plantronics Backbeat Pro. The previous iteration of the Plantronics Backbeat lineup. Versatile headphones for most use cases. Require aptX/aptX-LL enabled Bluetooth transmitter for the best viewing experience. See our review
  • Samsung Level U Pro. One of the few budget headphones with aptX Low Latency. Unfortunately, they have no other connection options so you need the right dongle for them to be suitable to watch TV.  See our review

All Reviews

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 (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.

 

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