Our Picks For The Top Headphones/Headsets For Watching Television.

Headphones for watching TV? You bet, these are great for when you need to be quiet but you still want to watch a movie, catch up on your favourite TV show, or play a video game on a console. The best part is that the ones listed below are all wireless, so you don’t need to worry about being tied to your TV by a too-short cord. A good quality pair of headphones can be almost as good as surround sound!

Sennheiser really is the top of the game when it comes to wireless headphones for television so you’ll see a few models at different price points listed below.

#1 Sennheiser RS 165

Sennheiser RS 165

The Sennheiser RS 165 wireless headphones provide reliable wireless audio transmission and a quality listening experience. Their closed-back design allows for good attenuation of outside noise and less sound leakage to those around you.

While they aren’t the most or least expensive on the list, the RS 165 headphones provide great value when compared with other models listed here.

A quick note about the wireless frequency range: this system uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band so you may experience interference when using the transmitter in close proximity to WiFi routers or repeaters using the same channel(s).

Pros:

  • great sound quality with low background noise due to the closed-back design
  • bass boost
  • able to add a second set of headphones to the system

Cons:

  • analog input only (no digital audio input)
  • 30-meter range is shorter than some of the other headphones on this list but should be adequate for most in-room listening applications
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#2 Sennheiser RS 175

Sennheiser RS 175

The Sennheiser RS 175 wireless headphone system comes in with the highest price point on this list, providing you with several additional features when compared to the RS 165 model. They feature some great upgrades like virtual surround sound mode, 100-meter line-of-sight reception range, and slight increase in the audio frequency response of the headphones.

But here’s why they rank second on this list. While the RS 175 provides exceptional sound quality and some useful features, the average user may experience trouble with connecting the optical digital audio input. It should be noted that many users could require a converter to change any true surround sound encoded digital signals to 2-channel stereo digital audio in order to work with the RS 175 base station. If your TV, receiver, or other audio source already puts out a 2-channel optical signal, then you’ll be fine, but any surround sound system users should expect to add a converter to their setup.

Outside of that, these headphones feature great audio and solid construction.

And another quick reminder about the wireless frequency range: this system uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band so you may experience interference when using it in close proximity to WiFi routers or repeaters using the same channel(s).

Pros:

  • great sound quality
  • 100-meter range
  • two virtual surround sound modes
  • optical digital audio input
  • analog audio input
  • bass boost
  • able to add a second set of headphones to the system

Cons:

  • optical digital audio input only decodes 2-channel stereo audio
  • charging cradle only allows for once set of headphones to charge at one time
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#3 Power Acoustik HP-902 RFT

Power Acoustik HP-902

If you want to use wireless headphones in the car, RV, or other portable use environments, the Power Acoustik HP902 RFT wireless headphones will work just fine. You’ll receive two sets of headphones and a dual stereo audio input transmitter with this package. The ear cups swivel, which are a great feature for storing them in the included compact case when not in use, and the 30-meter reception range using the 900 MHz frequency band is suitable for most mobile or around-the-house uses.

One important thing to note: this headphone system does not come with a power supply. You’ll need to purchase a separate converter for home use, or use a 12-volt adapter for mobile use.

Pros:

  • dual stereo inputs
  • two wireless headphones included
  • 900 MHz frequency band
  • hard case
  • swivel ear cups

Cons:

  • does not come with a power supply
  • lower quality audio compared to other headphones in this list
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#4 Sennheiser RS 120

Sennheiser RS 120

These wireless headphones feature great 100-meter reception range, a handy charging cradle, and the convenience of being able to use a total of 4 headsets with each base transmitter.

The biggest issue with these headphones, and why they are featured last on this list, is due to the limited channel selection in the FM frequency range. Some users with other nearby wireless electronics (like baby monitors or intercom stations) may find that the headphones pick up interference and even audible hiss when used in crowded frequency spaces.

Overall, these are a good, lightweight set of headphones with decent range.

Pros:

  • good reception range for the price
  • lightweight
  • open-back design
  • up to 4 headsets can be used with one transmitter
  • common analog audio adapters included

Cons:

  • may be prone to FM frequency interference and hiss
  • cheaper feeling build quality than other Sennheiser models on this list
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