Hello and welcome to our wireless tv headphones review. In this rundown of the best models, we’re going to take a look at what really makes a great buy to watch all your movies and favorite shows. Because these wireless tv headphones generally represent hefty investments, you will want them to do many things: perform right, be durable, look good, own all the necessary features, and finally quite simply immerse yourself in your media as much as possible. It’s important to choose the right company when it comes to these products, because you certainly don’t want any problems to arise, and our selection are just about the ones with the best trackrecords out there. If problems would ever occur though, you would have to check what the warranty covers and for how long. Still, try to spend only what you can afford to lose in a way, because physical damages can always occur to headphones you can wear anywhere with no wires. So without further ado, let’s start our rundown. We’ve chosen models from the four companies with the best reputation out there.
Sennheiser vs. Bose vs. Sony v.s Razer
- Sennheiser RS 160 Wireless Headphones
- Frequency response (headphones): 18 Hz - 21,000 Hz
- 2 x AAA size NiMH rechargeable batteries
- Run time: Up to 24 hours per charge
- Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones
- Frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
- 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Run time: 7 hours
- Sennheiser RS 180 Wireless Headphone
- Frequency response: 18 Hz - 21,000 Hz
- 2 x AAA size NiMH rechargeable batteries
- Run time: 24 hours
(you can also check our another review: RS 220 vs. DS 7500 vs. Parrot Zik)
The offering from Sennheiser for TV headphones mainly comes in the form of the RS series. This series offers several models at different price ranges that aim to do a very similar thing, give you a complete TV experience that’s worth paying for. Our best picks would be the RS 160 and RS 180, depending on how much you’re willing to pay. Both models come with a base that’s responsible from emitting the signal from the TV to your ears. That sound is uncompressed and powered by the acclaimed digital transmission technology by Kleer, and you can even choose if you want the sound to be surround or standard right from a button on your ear cup. You will never be forced to stand up, as sound can be adjusted simply by reaching your ear with your hand. The only time you will have to stand up is to place the headphones on the emitter, because that’s where the charging takes place. Another interesting fact is that you could in fact walk around the living room or even the kitchen to get something to eat if it’s in the line of sight, and the sound would still keep going crystal-clear. These can maintain the sound up to 20 meters with the RS 160 and 100 meters on the RS 180, so you will never experience a problem with length. So, when it comes to the differences between the RS 160 and RS 180 models, the specs are a little bit improved all around. Besides the length we just mentioned, the RS 180 has a slight boost in the specs such as the sound pressure level to provide better isolation, but the difference is mainly felt in the comfort and build quality of the headset. The 180s feel lighter and more secure on your head – it just feels like a more luxurious experience, and that’s probably why you pay around $100 more anyway. Overall, we recommend the RS 180 if you can afford them, but you can choose any other pair in the RS line and will be satisfied, be it the RS 160 or another. The prices in this product line go down pretty low. We were happy to learn that you can get a taste of the Sennheiser experience even under $100, which isn’t always the case with high-end companies such as this one. Warranty on those RS models is mostly 2 years.
Bose is another company that you simply can’t skip on the topic, and we were curious to head into the wireless section of their website to then order and try out of few pairs. Everyone has heard about their QuietComfort models, sold all around the world through paid commercials and ads, but we were wondering if their main best wireless tv model, the AE2w Bluetooth headphones, would be up to the task. Our tests were concluding. Just like the QCs, the AE2ws provide absolutely unbeatable noise-cancelling in a very lightweight and comfortable format. The main difference is the little device that’s attached to an ear cup and that allows the adjustment of different settings. Customers report that this headset is simply one of the best around for wireless tv, and we must say that we think so as well. Finally, the main drawback on this model is perhaps the fact that it wasn’t really built for video games with its Bluetooth technology. But on the good side, it’s a pair that you can easily put on to enjoy media on a mobile device, which will totally welcome your Bluetooth signal. The AE2w work great with tablets and smartphones, and that’s often on what we play video games nowadays anyway. The charge is USB on this model and works well. In the looks department, we were first worrying that the control module on the side of the ear cup would affect our appearance when wearing them in public, but we found the design to be just as trendy as other models. We would’ve certainly expected a carrying case with a high-end pair like this one, but it looks like Bose considered that a pair more normally used for TV didn’t make that a necessity. Compared to the RS 180 we reviewed earlier, the AE2w’s price is around $250 (check the latest price) , but we think this one right here is more worth the money. The whole package is more high-end for the price. It’s pretty powerful at 93dB and will mostly please people who which to have a pair that performs across all different types of sound, like for rock and pop. We can’t say the bass was out of this world, but it doesn’t look like it was designed for that purpose. And finally, Bose only grants a one-year warranty, which is a bit unfortunate for the price asked.
Then, there’s Sony we can also throw in the competition for best wireless tv headphones. We took their Wireless Surround Digital Headphones (MDR-DS6500) model to compare with our other picks as it’s around the same price at $200 and comes with a nice base to charge. It’s compatible with all the audio formats you expect: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix and DTS-ES discrete. Its reach is 100 meters, and includes decent sound isolation. When it comes to wireless tv surround sound, Sony is just about the best and the 7.1 sound in these headphones is especially great. If you own a 3D TV or anything that can deliver quality sound, the MDR-DS6500 will be great. When it comes to the latest technology, nobody is on top of things like Sony and these Wireless Surround Digital Headphones prove just that. Note the model number so that you can find it easily. Definitely a favorite on Amazon.
This might sound like a surprising pick to some, but Razer has been expanding outside their gaming niche for a while to show up with some quality products for all kinds of purposes. Their latest effort to do exactly that is called the Adaro. Being presented outside of their standard gaming products as a “lifestyle line”, the Adaro series contains several products, but it’s the Adaro that is of interest to us. These headphones, which are less flashly than Razer’s other models, come with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for total freedom is your living room. Despite being a new line, the Adaros are obviously inspired for their gaming products, as they’re very lightweight and can be worn for a very long time. If you want “headphones you can barely feel”, these are about as close as it gets. For sound and specs fanatics, the Adaro is obviously great because it delivers some of the latest technology for wireless tv. For them, the goal was to deliver “CD quality audio” over wireless technology, and they claim to have done exactly that. Aside from the aptX technology on the Bluetooth, you get the “custom-tuned 40mm dynamic drivers” which are the main advantage the Adaros have over the competition.
In conclusion, what are the best wireless headphones for tv? If we had to choose a favorite, the competition would definitely be between the AE2w from Bose and the RS line from Sennheiser. If you can afford the Bose AE2ws, by all means go for them, but if you need a little more flexibility when it comes to the price, the RS models are a lot more likely to make you feel satisfied about your purchase since you will have put up exactly the price you intended to. The RS 180 performed great in our tests, but Sennheiser doesn’t show much compromise on quality even if you downgrade in their lines, so you can look to save without much worry. The Sony and Razer models were also very interesting, but the Sony were a little expensive for what they delivered, and the Adaro still represent a company’s first effort in the everyday wireless tv headphones market, although its around $150 price might be interesting to some.
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