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Sony WH-RF400

Wireless TV headphones with transmitter

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Our take on the Sony WH-RF400

Customers often tell us that they find TV dialogue too hard to hear and understand. The Sony WH-RF400 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 analog RCA audio outputs or headphone jack. 

Man wearing Sony WH-RF400 TV headphones

The Sony WH-RF400 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 WH-RF400 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 analog RCA audio outputs or headphone jack. 

I've tested an earlier version of this system, 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 one the included cables to connect the WH-RF400'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 WH-RF400 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
  • includes two cables:
    • 63" cable with stereo mini output
    • 9" cable with stereo RCA outputs
  • 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 AAA 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: 9.7 ounces
General Info:

What's in the Box:

  • WH-RF400R Over-ear RF wireless headphones
  • TMR-RF400 Transmitter/charging base
  • AC adapter with 6' DC output cord (DC output: 12V 200mA)
  • BP-HP800-11Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (2.4V 800mAh)
  • 63" Audio cable (3.5mm plugs on both ends)
  • 9" Audio adapter (female 3.5mm jack on one end and stereo RCA plugs on other end)
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (Fren/Span)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Warning (for AC adapter)

The Sony WH-RF400 wireless headphones have been a welcome addition to our television viewing and listening. My wife doesn't hear as well as I do, so she likes the volume loud. When she wears the headphones, I can listen at a comfortable volume.

Wayne, Coldspring, TX


Sony WH-RF400 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Sony WH-RF400

Crutchfield customer from Jacksonville, FL on 1/21/2019

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Product works great. Easy to set up,and adjust In all ways. Well built and comfortable. Whole experience buying was a breeze. Could not be more pleased!

Pros: Well built, great sound, and easy to set up on tv and adjust.


The Headphones Work Great for Us

Wayne from Coldspring, TX on 1/20/2019

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The Sony WH-RF400 wireless headphones have been a welcome addition to our television viewing and listening. My wife doesn't hear as well as I do, so she likes the volume loud. When she wears the headphones, I can listen at a comfortable volume.

Pros: Great sound quality, lightweight

Cons: None

Sony WH-RF400

Crutchfield customer from Springfield, IL on 1/6/2019

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Exactly what I wanted and battery life for headset is awesome! Great sound!!



Sony WH-RF400

Crutchfield customer from Brookfield, WI on 12/26/2018

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Love it. My mom and aunt have the sabe and they convinced me this was the best.



Great sound

Craig from Sacramento, CA on 12/17/2018

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With the lights out, you think you are at the theater, good price, good service. You get all the sound and miss nothing. Oh and they are extremely comfortable to wear. Thank You

Pros: Easy to hook up, great sound, good price and comfortable over the ear headphones.

Cons: Still looking, have not found anything I didn't want.

Sony WH-RF400

Crutchfield customer from Loveland, CO on 12/2/2018

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My wife doesn't like listening to TV programs I am watching so these wireless headphones work perfectly. I can hear all the dialog now that I miss due to my slight hearing loss and tinnitus.



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Crutchfield customer from Princeton Jct, NJ on 11/20/2018

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I love my ear phones. I have been struggling to hear the TV for years. If I can hear it then it is too loud for the rest of my family. Now, I can watch and listen to the program without worrying about it being too loud. I am in heaven!!! Thanks.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Sony WH-RF400 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 connecting cables.

Drivers/Closed Back Design: The WH-RF400 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 WH-RF400 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-RF400 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.


  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Dimensions:
    • Headphones: Ear Cup Width 3.144", Height 3.997", Depth 1.827", Headband Width 1.345"
    • Transmitter/Charging Base: Width 5.116" Height 10.688" Depth 6.29"
  • Weight:
    • Headphones: 9.7 ounces (w/battery)
    • Transmitter/Charging Base: 9.5 ounces

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

This has a volume control and the 20 rechargeable battery [ Marsha  Dec 22, 2018 ]
Sleeping purposes only. Not having to hear tv while trying to sleep or read. [ vernon  Dec 18, 2018 ]
Hoping they will be simple and loud so my dad can blast the TV without blasting my mom. [ ANDREW  Dec 17, 2018 ]
Highly referred [ THOMAS  Dec 14, 2018 ]
Recommended by Drew on chat. [ Charles  Dec 13, 2018 ]
After looking at other sources and being totally confused by their descriptions I really appreciated the straight forward, easy to understand description. Made choosing the product we bought appear to be a fit. Can't wait for it tonarrive. [ Karel  Nov 30, 2018 ]
Good price [ Eric  Nov 29, 2018 ]
Best bang for the buck. For my father in law. Easy to setup. [ Russell  Nov 21, 2018 ]
We already have two of them, like them, and are getting as a gift. [ James  Nov 19, 2018 ]

5 questions already asked

I'm just a customer and don't know the answer, so I suggest asking Crutchfield. We are pleased with the headphones. [ Wayne  Jan 12, 2019 ]
I would think so, but I don't know for sure. [ ROSS  Jan 12, 2019 ]
It would have to be paired with the transmitter. This headset has 3 settings to use to get a clear reception. This is what my husband said do tell you. He loves it!!! [ Jane  Jan 02, 2019 ]
I would think that a second headset would operate only if it works in the same frequency range as the original headset. If not then it probably would not respond to the transmitter. [ LUTHER T  Dec 31, 2018 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy  Nov 28, 2018 ]  Staff
Yes there is a 4-5 foot cord with a stereo mini plug on each end. One end is inserted into the transmitter/charger unit and the other end is connected to the headphone jack on the tv. This disables the speakers on the tv and you only have sound through the headphones. There is also a y-adaptor that comes in the box and instead of connecting to the headphone jack you connect to the adaptor and there are two RCA type phono plugs that insert into the speaker jacks on the back of the tv or the speaker jacks on a stereo receiver. This does not disable the speakers and you have sound through the headphones and through the speakers. Headphones are great! [ LUTHER T  Nov 07, 2018 ]
no [ Gerald  Nov 06, 2018 ]

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