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Sony WH-RF400

Wireless TV headphones with transmitter

Item # 158WHRF400

A household-friendly solution to one of TV's most common problems: speech and dialogue can be too hard to hear.

A household-friendly solution to one of TV's most common problems: speech and dialogue can be too hard to hear.

Item # 158WHRF400

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About the Sony WH-RF400

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 others. The wireless transmitter connects to your TV's analog RCA audio outputs or headphone jack. (Please note: there are no HDMI, optical, or other digital connection options.
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 others. The wireless transmitter connects to your TV's analog RCA audio outputs or headphone jack. (Please note: there are no HDMI, optical, or other digital connection options.

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.

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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
  • Please check your TV's connections:
    • does not offer a digital audio connection to your TV (no HDMI, no optical)
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
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:

Fit FactorsSM

  • Lightweight
  • Relaxed fit
  • Good for TV watching

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)

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Features

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.

Specifications:

  • 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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Customer Q&A

25 questions already asked

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Is there a differ between the WH-RF400, and the WH-RF400R battery?
[ Albert  Nov 21, 2020 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Nov 24, 2020 ]  Staff
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im getting static on sony 400 is there something i can do ?
[ Linda  Oct 19, 2020 ]
2 answers
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I've gotten static also. USUALLY stops after a full charge.
[ Susan  Oct 20, 2020 ]
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I guess my first choice would be to contact Crutchfield tech support. I don't have that problem with mine but maybe you have more electronic gear in your home. Sometimes other wireless appliances interfere with each other.
[ ROBERT  Oct 19, 2020 ]
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Where can I get new earpad covers for my MDR-RF 985 R Headphones. The black coating on the earpads is flaking off?
[ Roger  Sep 16, 2020 ]
1 answer
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Oct 08, 2020 ]  Staff
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When I would use the Sony headphones , would it turn off the speakers so nobody watching could hear program , or can other people watching could hear it also ?
[ John  Sep 15, 2020 ]
2 answers
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It turns off the speakers so no one else can hear.
[ Robert L.  Sep 16, 2020 ]
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No. The headset has its own volume control and others can still watch tv using their own separate volume control. I might add, the sound on these is incredible, like sitting in a movie theater so you may want your own!
[ KAREN L  Sep 15, 2020 ]
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I have a unilateral hearing loss - only the left ear is non-functioning. Can I get both audio channels (R&L) in only my right ear?
[ Jay  Sep 10, 2020 ]
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You can look for a Y-cable that takes both channels of the audio output and combines them to a single cable to plug it into your headphone base unit.
[ Timothy  Sep 25, 2020 ]
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You can get a stereo to mono "Y" adapter to get both channels combined. Just look for one that matches the jacks on your TV output side. Hope that helps!
[ Ron  Sep 24, 2020 ]
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I can't answer this since I purchased the Sony ears for my sister who has bilateral hearing loss . She loves the product and I can recommend it highly.
[ Mary  Sep 24, 2020 ]
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I do not believe so They do help a lot Also With hearing lost in left ear.
[ Tom  Sep 24, 2020 ]
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How do you install the headphones into the TV?
[ Irene  Aug 27, 2020 ]
1 answer
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Just plug into the A/V jack (red and white) from back of TV audio out to headphone stand. The headphones come with the appropriate wire.
[ Russell  Aug 27, 2020 ]
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Can unit be connected directly to cable box red/white audio output?
[ Steve  Jun 18, 2020 ]
1 answer
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I plug mine into my AV receiver using the standard headphone jack. For me it was the easiest approach. Didn't try going into my cable box.
[ ROBERT  Jun 18, 2020 ]
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We have the wh-rf400 headset and charging stand. Plugged into sound bar aux. the sound is not the channel displayed on tv. How do i remedy this? Different channel
[ Sprdav  Jun 15, 2020 ]
1 answer
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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  Jun 24, 2020 ]  Staff
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how do you connect the wireless tv headphone to the tv?
[ Rosalinda  Apr 19, 2020 ]
3 answers
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Plug it into the AUDIO OUT jack on the TV.
[ Wayne  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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The base station (the stand the headset is setting on) connects via Bluetooth to the head phones. The station is connected via RCA (red & white) to the TV's audio output. Plug the power cord to the base station & allow it to charge up along with a fresh battery in the headset.
[ Cynthia  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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These are radio frequency rf and you plug the red and the white to your tvs audio out and the other end the female end into the headphone male cable. I am pretty sure.
[ Craig  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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does sound come from both headphones?
[ ken  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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Yes.
[ LAWRENCE A  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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I couldn't use the Headphones, as my TV doesn't have a "HDMI Audio Output".
[ Patrick  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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Can I use any wireless headphones with this unit?
[ Ross  Dec 23, 2019 ]
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I would like to know the answer to this also.
[ Tom  Dec 23, 2019 ]
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I don't know. I have older ones on another tv but haven't tried them on this unit. I bought these because it has a setting that enhances dialogue. Very satisfied
[ ROBERT  Dec 23, 2019 ]
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Can I use any wireless headphones with this unit?
[ Ross  Dec 23, 2019 ]
3 answers
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No that transmitter uses a specific RF signal that is paired to those specific Sony headphones. If you want to use your own headphones you probably want a Bluetooth transmitter that can pair with any Bluetooth headphones or speaker. The Soundcast VGtx would be a great example: https://www.crutchfield.com/I-rET1c290/p_751VGTX/Soundcast-VGtx.html
[ Cosmo  Jan 05, 2020 ]  Staff
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Sorry, but I cannot answer this question. It involves technical information. The Product Advisors will most likely have information and can give a valid answer for this question.
[ THEODORE  Jan 03, 2020 ]
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I'm not sure I understand your question. The unit comes with wireless headphones. If you mean using some other brand of headphones I doubt that that is possible.
[ Alan J.  Dec 23, 2019 ]
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I have these headphone and I can only get the left side to work yes?
[ Terry  Dec 16, 2019 ]
1 answer
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The same is true of mine. I had to place a toothpick to the right of the volume control to maintain pressure between it and the hard plastic.
[ Susan  Oct 20, 2020 ]
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Can another person listen to the TV speakers at their desired volume at the same time one is using the headphones?
[ Jerry B.  May 09, 2019 ]
3 answers
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Yes
[ paul  May 18, 2019 ]
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Based on Several customer reviews, and the information I found regarding the functionality, the headphones can be used in tandem with the TV speakers at differing volumes!
[ Calvin  May 17, 2019 ]  Staff
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yes and if tv is muted you can still listen on speakers
[ DAVID  May 15, 2019 ]
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Can I connect this headphones to my harmon & kardon 3490 model stereo receiver?
[ Harry A.  May 04, 2019 ]
1 answer
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We recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Jess  May 12, 2019 ]  Staff
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is there a way to plug sony wh-rf400 into my tv digital optical jack?
[ judy  Apr 24, 2019 ]
2 answers
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There is no digital input on the Sony transmitter. You could use a digital to analog converter to convert the optical digital input out of your TV into an analog signal you can feed into the transmitter. Here is a basic Metra DAC that would do the job https://bit.ly/2ZU6JQ5
[ Cosmo  May 03, 2019 ]  Staff
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to. Get sound on both TV and ear phones we had to plug one into our cable box. Hope this helps.we are happy with your productl
[ Mary  May 03, 2019 ]
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Can I buy just the transmitter for another TV ?
[ Allen  Jan 12, 2019 ]
2 answers
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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 ]
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I would think so, but I don't know for sure.
[ ROSS  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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Can multiple headsets be used on same docking station/transmitter? I mean can different headsets be used for listening simultaneously using the same transmitter?
[ Al  Dec 29, 2018 ]
2 answers
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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 ]
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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 ]
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The headset charges for 15 seconds then the red light goes off - any others having this issue?
[ b37mm  Nov 23, 2018 ]
1 answer
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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
Q
Is there a noticeable delay in the sound coming out from the headphones, as compared with the sound coming from the TV speakers - due to the signal processing?
[ aussie43  Nov 16, 2018 ]
3 answers
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If you plug headphones into the TV, and you have a home theater system, you will have a delay.
[ Wayne  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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There is no such delay on my headset.
[ LUTHER T  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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Nope. It's right on.
[ PETER  Nov 16, 2018 ]
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Does Stereo Mini Plug come with Unit?
[ Rick  Nov 06, 2018 ]
2 answers
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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 ]
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no
[ Gerald  Nov 06, 2018 ]
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