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 159 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 comfortable, well-built headphones that have a low-latency connection thanks to their great wireless transmitter. They can also be used with Bluetooth, so you can mix audio from your smartphone while remaining connected to your TV.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have a great, well-balanced sound. They do an impressive job at reproducing film scores, voices, and sound effects accurately and clearly. The Arctis Pro Wireless come with a versatile wireless transmitter that can be set up with a range of home theatre systems and doubles as a charging station for the headphone’s removable battery.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have a fixed metal headband that is large enough to accommodate most head shapes and sizes but can feel a little tight on those with larger heads. In addition, their wireless transmitter can be a little complex to set up. However, 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 you want wireless headphones just for watching TV and don’t need all the fancy features of a gaming headset, then get the Sennheiser RS 185. They're not as feature-packed as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they're easier to set up with most home theatre systems. Their RF transmitter stand has not only line-in but also RCA inputs and also acts as a dedicated spot to charge your headphones when they're not in use, which is pretty convenient.
Unfortunately, the Sennheiser RS 185 don’t look or feel as high-end as other similarly priced wireless headphones. They use rechargeable AAA batteries which take a very long time to charge and lose effectiveness over time. They’re also open-back headphones, which means they leak 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.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable option, get the Astro A50. They’re not as versatile as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and they’re not as easy-to-use as the Sennheiser RS 185, but they have a sturdy, comfortable design with breathable ear pads and an ergonomic, adaptable fit. They sound great, have a reasonable battery life of 13 hours and are all-around good TV headphones.
The Astro A50 may not be the ideal choice for those who just want a wireless TV headset, since they have a pretty cumbersome mic that's not detachable or retractable. However, if you’re also a gamer and want a comfortable, well-built headset for gaming and watching TV, then the A50 are a solid choice.
If you like the design of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless but find them too expensive, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They don’t come with a base transmitter, so they don’t have as many connection options, but they’re still compatible with most TVs and are a decent option overall.
The Arctis 7 have outstandingly low latency, which means they have virtually no audio lag. They’re also great gaming headphones, so if your home theatre system is set up around a PC or PS4, then you can take advantage of their full audio and mic support on both platforms. They sound very good and have a great 25-hour battery life, which is perfect for weekend movie marathons.
Like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, the Arctis 7 2019 Edition might not be the ideal choice if you prefer more simple headphones for watching TV. However, the features and options that make them great for gaming also make them a good choice for home theater and watching TV.
If you’re looking for something cheaper than the Sennheiser RS 185, or if you want a closed-back option so you don’t disturb others around you, get the Sennheiser RS 165. They might not sound as speaker-like as the RS 185 or have as many connection options, but they reproduce audio just as well and they isolate more ambient noise.
Unfortunately, they’re not very useful for many other options besides watching TV or movies at home. They’re also powered by AAA batteries, like the Sennheiser RS 185. Nevertheless, they are a great mid-range option for watching TV without disturbing people around you.
If you're looking for more versatile headphones that have low enough latency for watching movies but will also work with your phone, then get Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They’re less simple to set up than the Sennheiser RS 165 or the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition since they’re Bluetooth headphones, but with the right adapter, they’re not bad for watching TV. 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.
However, to get the lowest latency the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 can achieve, you need to buy a separate Bluetooth dongle that supports the aptX-LL codec, which isn’t necessary with the other headphones on this list. If this isn’t a deal-breaker for you, they’re decent multipurpose headphones.
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.