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Sony MDR-RF995RK

Wireless TV headphones with transmitter

34 Reviews | 4 questions - 16 answers

Item # 158MDRF995

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Overview

Our take on the Sony MDR-RF995RK

Customers often tell us that they find TV dialogue too hard to hear and understand. The Sony MDR-RF995RK wireless TV headphones solve this problem, without forcing you to crank up the volume and disturb the household. The wireless transmitter connects right to your TV's headphone jack (or analog audio output).

Sony MDR-RF995RK

The Sony MDR-RF995RK headphones help you hear dialogue and sound effects more clearly, without disturbing others.

A personal solution for better TV sound

Customers often tell us that they find TV dialogue too hard to hear and understand. The Sony MDR-RF995RK wireless TV headphones solve this problem, without forcing you to crank up the volume and disturb the household. The wireless transmitter connects right to your TV's headphone jack (or analog audio output).

I gave this system a try, and the headset made speech so much easier to follow than my TV's built-in speakers. Plus, I was able to enjoy big movie effects in a place where firing up a surround sound system would be a no-no — namely next to my napping two-year-old's bedroom.  

How it works, and what's included

Use the included cable to connect the MDR-RF995RK's transmitter to your TV or audio system. The transmitter sends an audio signal wirelessly to the included headset. Slip the headset over your ears, and you get clear, powerful — and personal — TV sound.

Easy-to-wear headset with on-ear controls

The headset feels incredibly light, so even though it fits over your ears, it is unobtrusive. You'll appreciate that during longer movies and binge-watching sessions. Controls are convenient, too. There's a volume dial on the right ear cup, and below it a "Voice mode" button that brings the dialogue front and center. 

Plenty of wireless range

When I watch TV, I'm rarely able to just veg out on the couch. I'm either cleaning up after the kids, folding clothes, or doing some other chore. The Sony MDR-RF995RK gives you 150 feet of wireless range to move around in. 

This was particularly useful when I watched a weekend afternoon baseball game. My kitchen is right next to my living room, so I could start prepping for dinner while still keeping tabs on my team. When the lazy Sunday crowd erupted into cheers, I knew to head back over to the TV to catch the important play.

Product Highlights:

  • transmits sound wirelessly from a TV or audio system to a set of over-ear headphones
  • Sony's transmission process reduces signal noise for clear wireless reception
Wireless Audio Transmitter:
  • RF wireless transmitter range: up to 150 feet
  • features a 3.5mm stereo minijack input for connecting to your TV
    • 39" stereo mini cable included
  • includes AC adapter for power
  • docking station for charging the wireless headset
  • battery status LED
  • does not offer a digital audio connection to your TV (no HDMI, no optical)
Wireless Headphone Set:
  • over-the-ear, closed-back design helps keep out external noise
  • large 40mm drivers for clear, powerful TV sound
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 20 hours of operation
  • on-ear volume dial and tuning button
    • "Voice mode" button for boosting dialogue
  • turns off automatically when not in use
  • weight: 10 ounces
General Info:

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless over-ear headphones (MDR-RF995R)
  • RF transmitter/charging base (TMR-RF995R)
  • BP-HP800-11 (2.4V 800mAh)
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (DC output: 12V 200mA)
  • 62" Stereo mini cable (3.5mm plugs on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (Eng)
  • Operating Instructions (Fren/Span)
  • Warning/Precautions sheet

Easy to install and sound is excellent.

Ricardo, Mission Viejo, CA

Reviews

Sony MDR-RF995RK Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(34 Reviews)

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Steve from Huber Heights, OH on 12/7/2018

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Good set of headphones for the price. Easy enough to set up (after purchasing an adapter for the 3.5 plug). Only minor complaint is that it takes a long time to recharge after using them for a short amount of time. Arrived on schedule. No problem with directions. Not necessarily a great set for audiophiles, but for my needs, it's great.

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Worked poorly.

Mike from Palm Coast, FL on 9/14/2018

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Would cutout for a second here and there starting on day one. After a few weeks it just cutout permanently. Packed it up beautifully to return it. Any restocking few would be thievery.

Pros: Very nice when it worked.

Cons: Only worked as advertised for a couple of days, then cutout completely.

Crutchfield response on 9/17/2018 Mike contacted our Customer Support specialist, Jalen, and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Crutchfield customer from Maryville, TN on 9/7/2018

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Excellent product. The only negative comment was that you should have included the 2/1 connecting cable.

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Great

Crutchfield customer from Lake Wales, FL on 8/10/2018

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Best TV ears that I've ever had. I can hear and understand really well and they fit perfectly over my ears.

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Crutchfield customer from Newnan, GA on 8/2/2018

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I was able to get it working first try. I have two new sets in drawer. Very happy for 83 year old man.

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Crutchfield customer from Shingletown, CA on 7/23/2018

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This was my 3rd purchase of these headphones. This latest pair is far inferior to the other sets! Quality is poor. I am thinking of returning them & buying another brand!

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NO sound in right side. flimsy (being kind) for SONY and price.

Tracey from new hartford.ct on 7/8/2018

a little to loose, on the cheap made side, and I cannot get sound from the right side. but compared to the many I tried they are great for the price. Sound is good (in the left ear only). Disappointed in SONY quality and like I said only left side have any sound. frustrating.

Pros: given price: distance, clarity,charge all decent

Cons: flimsy quality a disappointment from sony no sound in right side cannot get assistance. disappointed

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Crutchfield customer from Clifton, KS on 7/5/2018

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Nice unit, good weight, sound! Once in awhile the sound cuts out, but in all I would say I am happy with them and am glad I ordered them! My husband can have the sound down low on t.v. Set and I am still able to hear my program!

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Ease of use

Ricardo from Mission Viejo, CA on 6/19/2018

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Easy to install and sound is excellent.

Pros: Easy to put on charger and you don't have to turn off when putting back on charger so once you set the sound level to where you want it you don't have to adjust it every time you use the head phones.

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Hartsdale, NY on 5/30/2018

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Not what I expected and did not impact my Father's hearing issue

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Crutchfield customer from Brooksville, FL on 5/2/2018

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I bought this to replace an older Sony wireless headphone which worked well for several years but finally broke... the plastic snapped. The RF995RK is clearly not as good as the older model (which I don't have in front of me). Two things are notable: the audio quality is definitely not as good as the older Sony wireless headphones. And the range is not as good as the older model. With the older model, I got good reception everywhere in the house and even outside near the house. The new model... signal fades two rooms from where the transmitter is. I am NOT unhappy with Crutchfield... just submitting an honest review of a product. It works well enough for what I use it for, but if you're used to Sony products being top-notch, you'll be somewhat disappointed. I give it two stars.

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Great Sound Quality

Arthur from Corvallis, OR on 4/29/2018

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The sound quality of the headphones is excellent. Dealing with Crutchfield is very pleasant. I had a problem with the original ones that were shipped. All I had to do was call the number provided and was offered to exchange them when I received the replacement. It was easy. You have gained a faithful customer.

Pros: Sound Quality is excellent. Setup was very easy. Exchanging the ones that didn't work well for a new set was a joy.

Cons: Just a bit too tight on my head.

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Crutchfield customer from Englewd Clfs, NJ on 3/22/2018

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Great earphones for a TV watcher when the partner turns on the TV too loud

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Crutchfield customer from Youngstown, OH on 1/24/2018

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Light Weight, Excellent Sound Quality, however, intermittent loss of signal. I am trying different positions for the transmitter.

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Crutchfield customer from Vienna, VA on 1/23/2018

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Followed instructions to the letter, but it would not work. Produced only a humming sound. Really disappointed with this product.

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Crutchfield response on 1/23/2018 We're sorry you're having issues with your headphones. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return/exchange within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Colorado Spgs, CO on 1/22/2018

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Easy to setup and has good sound.

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Crutchfield customer from Whitefish, MT on 1/15/2018

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sound quality is excellent for the price. headphones do cut out occasionally. still in my 60 day purchase trial. may return these headphones because of the audio cutout.

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Crutchfield customer from Thornton, CO on 1/12/2018

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Terrific sound quality, comfortable ears pieces, I love the long range reception. Would recommend them to anyone.

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Clara from Taylorsville, NC on 1/8/2018

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I bought this so that I would not have to turn the volume up on high because of my recent hearing loss. I have been very pleased with the product. The wireless headphones was easy to install on the TV and I have had no problems.

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Linda from New Bethlehem, PA on 1/8/2018

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These headphones really bring the spoken word in well to my 82 year old, very deaf husband! The only problem is when he's got plugged into the AV tuner, then there is no sound from tuner for me to listen also. Not the result we were hoping for. But if he is watching tv alone it works for him. Maybe there is something I don't know about the installation. If anybody can help me out I would appreciate it.

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Crutchfield response on 1/9/2018 Linda, we forwarded your review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. They can see if there might be a fix for your problem or set up a return/exchange within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Harvey E from Smithtown, NY on 12/16/2017

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Sounds great

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good sound but it cuts in and out sometime.

Mary from Missouri on 11/25/2017

Is there anyway to have the headset on and still have someone else here what is being said?

Pros: good sound!

Cons: cuts in and out! Wish there was some way to here the tv while the headset is on'

Crystal Clear Audio

Richard from Pico Rivera, CA on 11/13/2017

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Crystal clear hearing anywhere in my home (1800 sq ft). Comfortable leather like pads for ears. My dear ole mom 86 who has some hearing loss loves em. She can hear the dialog (audio) much better for her evening novela's (Spanish soap opera). Infact, I can hear Jeopardy much better (clearer) with headphones versus the Panasonic TV speaker.

Pros: Clear audio. Great price for quality. Excellent, knowledgable, friendly and available Crutchfield customer service.

Cons: None

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Larry from Bakersfield, CA on 11/5/2017

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The Sony headset for TV listening is very comfortable, easy to hook up. My biggest complaint is the battery takes to long to recharge, and the sound keeps cutting in and out.

Pros: Easy connection.

Cons: Sound cuts in and out.

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Crutchfield customer from Laconia, NH on 10/16/2017

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Very clear to hear and easy to charge the unit.

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Great Product

Tom from Shelburne, VT on 10/11/2017

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Love this product so far. Easy to set up. Great price. I can listen to shows now and not brother my wife. Thanks

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Crutchfield customer from Bethlehem,PA on 10/8/2017

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System works great,I can now watch movies without disturbing my wife when the action parts raise the noise level.Wife is happy,I am happy and Crutchfield is happy it sold me the Sony system.

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Anonymous from Unionville, Virginia on 9/25/2017

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I am ok with the ease of set-up and volume control. There is one issue that I am not happy with. The sound comes and goes as if the earphones are losing the audio signal from the base unit. I am only 12 ft from the base.

Pros: Reasonable price, good for TV viewing.

Cons: Looses audio signal.

As advertised

Crutchfield customer from Milton, FL on 9/15/2017

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Just what I was looking for. Over ears means no outside noise to me. I'm 64 and need to hear the dialogue more clearly than what is produced by TV. Only neg: wish it had a mute button.

Pros: Hear dialogue clearly

Cons: No mute button

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Crutchfield customer from Boise, ID on 8/16/2017

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Works great and very comfortable

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Crutchfield customer from Pittsfield, MA on 8/12/2017

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Works as advertised but does have some slight background hiss. Also, at times, the sound will drop off depending on your head position.

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Crutchfield response on 8/16/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your headphones. If the problem continues, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get them working the way they should, or possibly return for an exchange or refund.

GOOD for TV

JohnS from Hamburg, PA on 8/7/2017

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I kind of expected better from SONY, but for the reduced price they are fine. They sound fine, but I like the sound controls on my older pair of Sony headphones better and they sounded better. All in all I'd rate them a 3 out of 5, they work just fine for listening to the TV and not bothering anyone else. So for that reason they are just fine, not a serious music listening headphone !!!!

Pros: Reasonable price, good for TV viewing.

Cons: Wish the volume controls were buttons on the side of the headphones.

Great sound

Roger from Medina, OH on 8/6/2017

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I am hard of hearing especially with dialog on TV. I have tried TV ears and they just did not do the job. These head phones allow me to hear and understand what is being said on TV much better. The only problem I sometimes have is they cut out and I have to move my head to regain the sound. Tried all 3 channels and it is the same on all of them. Gave 4 star because of sound cutting out.

Pros: Good crisp sound

Cons: Sometimes the sound cuts out.

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Crutchfield customer from Mattapoisett, MA on 7/27/2017

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Had previous model. Like the additional voice enhancement.

Pros: Voice enhancement.

Cons: Headphones too tight against head. Pressure should be adjustable. Ear cover too small.

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Features

Overview: The Sony MDR-RF995RK Wireless Stereo Headphone System lets you enjoy your music, TV shows, games, or movies in private. The headphones operate on radio frequencies (RF), giving you a range of up to 150 feet. The system includes the over-ear headphones, RF transmitter/headphone charging stand, rechargeable battery, and necessary cables.

Drivers/Closed Back Design: The MDR-RF995RK headphones feature large 40mm drivers (1.57"), giving you clear, accurate sound quality over a wide frequency range. The drivers are housed in closed-back ear cups to reduce ambient noise and to keep the audio from leaking out. The ear cups feature soft ear pads for added comfort during long listening sessions. The ear cups swivel and tilt on the head band to provide the best fit.

Voice Mode / Volume Control: If you use the wireless headphones to watch TV or movies, you can enjoy clearer dialog by engaging the Voice Mode. You can easily switch between Voice Mode and Normal playback mode with the slide switch on the right ear cup. The headphones rotary volume control is also located on the right ear cup.

Rechargeable Battery: The MDR-RF995RK is powered by the BP-HP800-11, a 2.4-volt 800mAh Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery. The battery is stored inside the left ear cup, and provides up to 20 hours of playback time. If you place the headphones on the transmitter/charging stand after each use, you can keep the battery "topped off," as it will recharge automatically. A fully-exhausted battery charges in approximately 7 hours. The charger automatically turns off when charging is complete, so there's no need to remove the headphones from the charging stand.

Optional Alkaline Batteries: When the rechargeable battery is exhausted, you can insert two "AAA" alkaline batteries and continue listening. Fresh alkaline batteries provide approximately 24 hours of playback time.

Transmitter / Charging Stand: The TMR-RF995R RF transmitter/charging stand connects to your audio source via a 3.5mm stereo mini cable (supplied). The transmitter operates at 915.5 MHz (channel 1), 916.0 MHz (channel 2), and 916.5 MHz (channel 3). If the headphones are not able to receive a clear audio signal, you can switch between channels on the transmitter base. The headphones will locate the new frequency when the Auto Tuning button (on the right ear cup) is pressed. The transmitter has a range of up to 150 feet.

Noise Reduction: The transmitter takes the audio input signal, compresses it, and converts it to an RF signal. When picked up by the headphones, the signal is decompressed, which reduces the noise level, and improves the signal-to-noise ratio.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Dimensions:
    • Headphones: Ear Cup Width 3-1/8", Height 4", Depth 1-13/16", Headband Width 1-3/8"
    • Transmitter/Charging Base: Width 5-1/8" Height 10-11/16" Depth 6-5/16"
  • Weight:
    • Headphones: 10 ounces
    • Transmitter/Charging Base: 10 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

right price, sony name [ William  Oct 09, 2018 ]
We have a RF-985RK and the 995 is compatible with it so that 2 users can watch TV at the same time. [ Patricia  Jun 26, 2018 ]
This headset was recommend by a friend. [ Lynn  May 19, 2018 ]
recommended by a friend [ CARLOS  May 17, 2018 ]
I have a Sony 60 inch TV I had no problems with it Its ten years old I will never by any thing that is not a Sony Thanks Ronnie Loyd [ Ronnie  Apr 09, 2018 ]
had these before and loved how they work [ Ronald  Mar 30, 2018 ]
Trevor's recommendation. [ David  Mar 21, 2018 ]
RF signal, volume control, brand reputation, and charging stand make this the most desirable choice [ Ann  Feb 08, 2018 ]
I bought this item to replace a Christmas gift from another online site that was useless because of technical issues--streaming device was incompatible with headset. I chose to purchase from Crutchfield because it is a name that I recognize and trust, and one that will provide tech support should I need it. [ Judy  Jan 14, 2018 ]
Open box outlet price, backed by Crutchfield, can not be beat. Purchased open box NAD cd player years ago and am still satisfied. Thank You Bill [ allen  Dec 26, 2017 ]
Past experience with sony [ JV Perez  Dec 22, 2017 ]
Clarity of voice is always a problem with headphones. This model we hope has better clarity. [ Robert  Nov 14, 2017 ]
My brother had purchased one and I liked the sound watching TV. Makes my TV audio clearer. [ David  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Good price [ Gary L.  Sep 15, 2017 ]
Positive reviews and pricing. [ Michael  Aug 18, 2017 ]
I saw it in the Crutchfield magazine and thought I'd give it a try. [ WAYNE R  Aug 05, 2017 ]
I need for home, have a good price, I like the product [ Paula  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Great product for effective noise cancellation. Sleep peacefully when wife is watching her favourite TV channels. [ Ganesan  Jul 19, 2017 ]
found in catalog and one I have is old and worn out [ ALLAN R  Jul 18, 2017 ]
Advisor advice and the low price to replace a similar model, now not working, bought elsewhere a few years ago. [ Herbert  Jul 13, 2017 ]
Already have an older Sony TV headphone unit. Purchased this newer model for voice clarification and variable frequencies. [ ONIL J  Jul 08, 2017 ]

4 questions already asked

I have not experienced this issue with my headphones. [ Michael  Jul 11, 2018 ]
I'M NOT SURE, SORRY. [ GARRY O  Jul 09, 2018 ]
Reposition the the wires into and out of the base. Check connection from base into receiver (source0 CONNECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN DISLODGED IE reposition [ Charles  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Yes, I was able to hook up to my old TV and Tuner and I could adjust the volume without interference from other listeners. However a few weeks ago my TV and tuner died and I had to get new ones and have not been able to get the headphones to work. I bought a Samsung UHDTV Model MU800D and a Sony STR-DH770 AV receiver, hopefully Crutchfield can get back to me with instructions on how to make them work again [ Stephen  Apr 08, 2018 ]
Yes. Just adjust TV volume to their liking. Adjust the headphones to your liking. [ Michael  Apr 07, 2018 ]
Yes [ Gene  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Yes, the headset has its own volume control. You can mute the TV and listen or leave the TV's volume on so others can hear the program. [ David  Apr 06, 2018 ]
No,if it connected to a v receiver [ Larry C.  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Yes. [ BRADLEY  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Absolutely! That's what I like about it. The sound can be on as normal or turned off completely. I have a partial hearing loss that is bothered be background noise. This eliminates that problem when my wife and I are watching together. But if she goes to bed before me I can turn the screen volume to zero. Love it ! [ Dale  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Once you turn the sound down the only person that can hear is the one with the turned on headset. If you don,t turn the sound down/ off everyone can hear. [ Charles  Apr 06, 2018 ]
It only comes with one cable assembly. It depends on how old your TV is. You may need a different cable. Read the on line owners manual it will show you how it hooks to the TV. Compare that to the back of your TV. If all else fails call Crutchfield. [ Karl  Oct 24, 2017 ]
Yes. [ ONIL J  Oct 24, 2017 ]
Yes, after it is charged. Comes with clear instructions. Install the rechargeable battery, plug the transmitter into the AC outlet, set the phones on the transmitter for the initial charge of about 7 hours. It is charged when the red light goes out. Then connect the transmitter to the TV and you're in business. Lee W. [ Lee  Oct 23, 2017 ]
Yes, everything is included [ Donald  Oct 23, 2017 ]
That will ultimately depend on the capabilities of the TV that you're connecting the headphones to. For more information on whether these will work with your specific TV model, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Jun 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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