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Best wireless headphones for TV

Enjoy shows and movies without disturbing others

People watching TV wearing Sennheiser wireless headphones

As TVs get thinner and thinner, so does their sound. There just isn't any room left over for decent speakers. One possible solution? A pair of wireless TV headphones. They're great for getting clear sound with a minimum amount of gear. Plus, they're excellent for when others in your household might not want to hear whatever you're watching.

Transmitter-based wireless headphones

Sennheiser makes the best wireless headphones for TV. They’re easy to set up and use, they're comfortable, and there are different models tailored to different needs.

Unlike Bluetooth headphones, which don't work with most TVs, wireless TV headphones include a transmitter that connects to your TV or stereo system. The transmitter beams TV sound wirelessly to the battery-powered headphones, which have wireless ranges of 100 feet and up. Sennheiser's wireless systems deliver uncompressed audio to preserve all the details in movie and TV soundtracks.

I needed something for after 10 pm TV viewing. They work perfectly. Great sound, easy set up and use. The rest of the house can sleep peacefully without all the TV noise and loud commercials.

Customer review for Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless headphone with transmitter

Thrilling sound for late-night viewing

Sometimes you want to catch a late night ballgame, but loud announcers and crowd chants don’t quite jibe with your family’s sleep schedule. Sennheiser’s RS Over-ear series let you keep an eye on your team or keep up with your shows, without disturbing others. They have oversized padding so you can comfortably binge-watch all night — and hear the excitement clearly.

"What did she say?"

Are you constantly rewinding movies and TV shows so you can catch key conversations? You're not alone. Sennheiser makes wireless TV headphones that target specific hearing issues. In the over-ear series, the RS 195 headphones have special presets for those of us who have trouble understanding shows or movies. On-ear buttons let you boost speech, suppress annoying loud noises, and compensate for quieter television scenes.

I have high frequency hearing loss and bought these so my wife could have the TV volume where she likes it…I've found that I can understand even soft spoken words without having to have the volume loud. I now enjoy watching movies again — even action flicks where the sounds go from very loud to just whispers.”.

Crutchfield Customer review for Sennheiser RS 195 Wireless headphones and transmitter

The more compact Sennheiser SET 840 TV includes an in-ear headset and are a popular choice for folks who have hearing problems. Or you can get the Flex 5000 wireless system, which lets you plug in your own headphones. Both are dialed in to improve the sound of speech and include a large volume dial. They also feature balance controls, so you can adjust the amount of sound delivered to your left or right ear.

Sennheiser SET 840

Sennheiser's SET 840 wireless TV headphones are a great choice for folks who are hard of hearing.

More movie effects and atmosphere, less gear

If you want to hear cinematic sound — whispered dialogue, drama-building musical scores, explosive sound effects — wireless headphones are a cost-effective alternative to a home theater system. Plus, they take up very little space. The Sennheiser RS 175 even offers "surround" modes, for a more immersive listening experience. You can also purchase a separate headset, so two people can enjoy the same movie or show from a single receiver.

Don’t forget the music

We’d be remiss to talk about headphones without mentioning music. When you’re not watching the tube, Sennheiser's wireless TV headphones are great for tunes, too. And with such a large wireless range, you can roam around the house and do chores while you listen. The RS 185 headphones are actually made with music in mind. They feature an open-back design and deliver natural, full-bodied acoustics. We don't recommend these if you're listening in a room with others as the open-back design lets in more external sound.

Single-cable connection

No matter which headphones you choose, you can connect the transmitter to your TV, cable box, or stereo pretty easily. It typically only takes one wire.  All of Sennheiser’s wireless TV headphones include miniplug or RCA connection cables. Most of the RS series transmitters also connect using the included optical digital cable. Check your TV's output connections and manual before buying, or give us a call for one-on-one help from our advisors.

Wireless transmitter connected to TV

Simply connect the included cable to the RS series transmitter’s “Optical in” and the other end to the “Optical out” of your TV, receiver, or stereo

Can you use Bluetooth® headphones to watch TV?

Our customers often ask us how to use wireless Bluetooth headphones to watch TV. The Soundcast VGtx transmitter may be your solution.  It connects to your TV or sound system and sends audio signals wirelessly to your headphones.

We've offered Bluetooth transmitters in the past, and while they got the job done, they had their limitations. What sets the VGtx apart is the improved Bluetooth chipset and larger antenna. You get a much faster, stronger signal with up to 150 feet of wireless range to move around in.

Other Bluetooth headphone solutions

Also, some TVs have built-in Bluetooth transmitting capabilities. They will deliver wireless audio to any pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Another alternative is to use Bluetooth headphones with the latest Apple TV. This is a good choice for "cord-cutters" who watch most of their shows and movies on streaming services rather than traditional cable. 

For more info on Bluetooth headphones, check out our Wireless Bluetooth headphone buying guide.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/5/2018


    Do you have separate speakers? Like a sound bar or home theater setup? If so, check out the SoundCast VGtx Bluetooth transmitter. It has a cool "pass through" feature that lets you hear a show through your Bluetooth headphones, and everyone else will still hear it through the sound bar or speakers.

  • Jerry Howell from Medon

    Posted on 3/5/2018

    Jeff, I want to hook up a system to increase my sound level from my TV, Hisense brand, due to decreased hearing.....but I don't want my wife to loose her sound from the speakers. I have a set of over the ear Bluetooth wireless headphones, but each thing I try don't pair up and/ or loss of total TV sound for other viewers.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/18/2017

    Andrés -- the Apple TV has an HDMI output, so you'll have to connect that to your TV or receiver. Then you can make the optical connection to your RT 195 headphones for audio.

  • Andrés from Bogotá

    Posted on 4/18/2017

    Hi, i have a sennheiser rt 195 wireless headphones and my home theater connected with the headphones via optic cable. I want to purchase the apple tv4. How do I do to use the rt 195 heeadphones? Thanks, Andrés

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2016

    Don, I dove into the owner's manual for your receiver and it looks like the built-in Bluetooth is for playing music wirelessly from your phone or music device. There is no Bluetooth transmitter to send audio to your Bose headphones. Give our Advisors a call at 1-888-955-6000 to see if we can come up with another solution.

  • Don kern from Guyton ga.

    Posted on 12/25/2016

    I bought the marantz 6010 home theater receiver. And Bose quiet comfort 35 headphones. Can't get them to work together.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/14/2015

    Thanks for the feedback Kevin. We currently carry the Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth® wireless TV/headphone adapter

  • Kevin from Tacoma

    Posted on 9/14/2015

    You can always buy a Bluetooth AUDIO Transmitter/Receiver rather cheaply. These plug into the AUDIO OUT on your TV set and then will stream Bluetooth Audio to a pair of Bluetooth headset. Just check the back of your TV as to which type of AUDIO OUTPUT you have, 3.5mm or RCA jack. You can get an adapter Y Cable to conver the White/Red Audio jacks to a 3.5mm to connect to your Transmitter. You can also buy another Transmitter/Receiver of the same kind, which has a 3.5mm Audio Out jack to let you use your own headphones or in ear buds. This allows TV's without built in Bluetooth to still stream your TV's audio to your own pair of headphones/in ear buds. The TV ears type that hangs down I found hurts your ears watching a long movie. Since they are upside down rather then fitting over your head like regular headphones, they pull on your ears and are very uncomfortable. I have not tried the Sennheiser SET 840 TV models but I would recommend going with something similar to the Sennheiser SET 840 S model which let's you use your own Headphones/In Ear buds for your personal comfort.

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