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Sony MDR-RF995RK

Wireless TV headphones with transmitter

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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

Sony MDR-RF995RK Reviews

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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.


  • 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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Customer Q&A

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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 ]

5 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