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The 5 Best Wireless Headphones for TVs - Fall 2018
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Best Wireless TV Headphones
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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 2018. 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 a more affordable alternative to the Sennheiser RS 185, get the Sennheiser RS 165. They have less soundstage than the open-back RS 185, they also have less connection and customization options compared to the more high-end models of the RS line up.

    On the upside, thanks to their closed design, they leak a little less so you can play your movies at higher volumes and not distract the people around you as much. They also have a slightly better latency performance and they're much more affordable than the RS185, which will be a better value for most.

    However like most RF headphones specifically made for home theater and TV watching, they won't be versatile enough for anything else. They're bulky, cumbersome and need their base to work. If you just need a straightforward and easy to use wireless TV headphone, then the RS 165 are a good mid-range option.

    See our review

  5. A 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. Unfortunately, you will need to purchase an external Bluetooth dongle with aptX low latency if you want the best experience when watching videos, unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or Sennheiser RS 185. On the upside, the Plantronics are one of the more versatile wireless over-ears we've tested, especially for their price to performance ratio, which makes them a great choice for most use cases and even watching TV.

    They're sturdy, comfortable, easy-to-use and deliver a sound that's good for both movies and music. They also have an excellent wireless range, a great 30-hour battery life that you won't have to charge as often as the other recommendations on this list, and you can use them wired completely passively when the battery dies, which is pretty convenient.

    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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