The Best Bluetooth Headphones for TV in 2017

By | January 28, 2017



Are you tired of outside noise whilst watching TV or afraid of waking the neighbors? If you are looking for the best Bluetooth headphones for TV viewing, this article will cover the best wireless headphones for 2017 which are compatible with TVs or TV boxes.

Before we get started please ensure your TV or device can transmit and connect via Bluetooth. If your device cannot transmit Bluetooth you will need to buy a Bluetooth transmitter for the headphones that don’t come with a Bluetooth transmitter stand.

A good friend of mine asked if I could review some Bluetooth headphones since he was having difficulties hearing the audio from some programs due to either outside noise or poor audio output.

The 3 headphones I am reviewing are all good brand names. Sure, you can buy cheaper but these headphones offer good value for money and will last forever.

All of them are in the $150 to $300 dollar range.


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How to go wireless

I wanted to cover some options here before heading into the reviews. Some wireless headphones come with a Bluetooth transmitter but some don’t.

For the headphones I am reviewing here, only the Sennheiser ones come with a Bluetooth transmitter stand. This transmitter is connected to your TV and can offer a range of up to 100m.

For the other two headphones I am reviewing you will need to buy a portable transmitter which is also connected to your TV and can be paired with the headphones.

Depending on the brand or type, the range can vary. The aptX Low Latency transmitters offer the best synchronization between transmitter and headphones.

The other way to connect your wireless headphones would be to connect to your TV box if you have one.

Most android TV boxes come with Bluetooth functionality and it’s really simple to connect and pair to your headphones.


Why go wireless for TV?

There are various reasons to go wireless, the obvious one being to get rid of cable. More and more products are switching to wireless technology.

Another reason may be to stop any background noise. Maybe your husband (or wife) is snoring and you can’t hear the TV. Maybe there’s too much outside noise and it’s ruining the audio. Noisy neighbors? I’ve had my share of them over the years.

What about late at night? Maybe you are worried about disturbing your neighbors or waking your kids in bed? Wireless headphones are good for a multitude of reasons.

Plus, these headphones offer a great option to strip away any outside disturbance and really improve your listening and viewing pleasure.

You can even connect more than one device to the transmitter so you and your partner could watch and listen at the same time with 2 sets of headphones. Better than being at the cinema?


# 1: Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphones

Product: Sennheiser RS 175
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 5.9 x 9.3 x 11.6 in
Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Transmitter Stand: Yes
Range: 100m
Color: Black
Guarantee: 2 years
My rating: 9/10


Main Features

  • Bass Boost and Surround Sound Mode
  • Digital Wireless Audio Transmission
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Multi-purpose transmitter stand
  • Main controls on the headphones
  • Around ear design to block out external noise

The Sennheiser RS 175 are a nice lightweight design and are easy to set up with optional listening modes. They come with a quick start leaflet.

They are compatible with optical digital or analog audio output.

The rechargeable batteries offer up to 18 hours listening time.

They can also be used for listening to music in another room with no loss of signal. They are easily comparable with some of the higher end brands but to charge the headphones fully will take you approx. 24 hours.

They are a tight fit around the ears so if you wear glasses you may find a bit discomfort after wearing them for any length of time.

Amazon US rating 4.5 out of 5




# 2: Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Product: Bose SoundLink
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 5.5 x 2.4 x 7.1 in
Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Transmitter Stand: No
Range: 30 feet
Color: Black
Guarantee: 1 year (2 years EU)
My rating: 8/10


Main Features

  • Super lightweight, 40% less than most headphones
  • Rotatable ear cups and adjustable headband
  • Foldable with compact carry case
  • Bose TriPort technology for crisp clear sound
  • Easily intercept a phone call by pressing button on right ear cup
  • Fast charge in only 1.5 hours

Bose headphones have always been my favorite brand. I own Bose QuietComfort noise cancelling headphones and they have been good for the last 5 years.

You are guaranteed high quality and the Bose SoundLink also fold up and can be carried in a neat case.

They come with a 47” long audio cable in case the battery runs out. They also have dual microphones built-in which reduce any background noise.

The rechargeable lithium ion battery is good for 15 hours but if you need a quick charge then a 15 mins charge will give you another 2 hours.

Amazon US rating 4.4 out of 5




#3: Audio Technica ATH-SR5BT Wireless Headphones

Product: Audio Techncia ATH-SR5BT
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 9 x 2 x 9 in
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Transmitter Stand: No
Range: 33 feet
Color: Black
Guarantee: 1 year
My rating: 9/10


Main Features

  • One-touch pairing with NFC (near field communication) technology
  • Long play 38 hours with fully charged battery
  • Built-in mic with volume control on left ear cup
  • Up to 8 devices stored for bluetooth connection
  • LED indicator on ear cup displays status of pairing and charge level
  • Large 45mm drivers for better sound quality

Audio Technica have been producing true 96 kHz/24-bit high-res audio headphones since 1972.

The ATH-SR5BT model offers 38 hours of continuous play from one charge and can last up to 1000 hours in standby mode.

A 3.9 feet smart cable with mic and controls is also provided where bluetooth is prohibited or if the charge is running low.

Charging time for the lithium polymer rechargeable battery is approx. 4 hours. The controls on the ear cup can be used to rewind, fast-forward or skip to next song, if you are listening to music.

Amazon US rating 4.1 out of 5




Wrap Up

I decided to review only 3 brands since these offer the best Bluetooth headphones for TV use or for listening to music.

Any of these options will satisfy the demands of listening to TV and music. All of them are high quality and this is reflected in the price of course. There are other more expensive headphones but these three models are good solid builds at an intermediate price range.

I hope you found one that suits your needs and if you found this article useful please share.

Please leave any comments below.

– Craig, UK TV Services Abroad.

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6 thoughts on “The Best Bluetooth Headphones for TV in 2017

  1. Andy

    Hi Craig – a really informative article – as you say all headphones reviewed are good quality
    I thought I’d go for the Bose I like the brand very much…I also have a great set of Sennheiser in ear phones which are great sounding BUT having read your review I am drawn to the Audio Technicas with their 38 hour charge they really do pick themselves and the large 45mm drivers I am happy.
    Great job with the review thoroughly enjoyed the plain speak and information – I will buy through the Amazon UK link supplied – very easy !

    1. Craig Post author

      Thanks Andy,

      Glad you enjoyed the review. I also like the Audio Technic headphones. It was the 38 hours long play that made my mind up too! Although I own a pair of Bose headphones I think it’s a bit of a no-brainer plumping for the Audio Techs. They offer more than twice the play time compared to the Bose SoundLink or Sennheiser headphones.


      1. Andy

        Hi Craig – I just completed the purchase through Amazon UK – great price and last ones in stock !!!

  2. Patrick

    I have been looking for an upgrade for my cheaper Bluetooth headphones. I am hard of hearing so they really come in handy when watching TV. Otherwise, my family has to put up with the TV blasting at extremely high levels and I try to spare them from that. I also use them when out doing yard work or riding my bike. I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks so an upgrade is due. Do you know if any of the above options are good for outdoor conditions and can they stand up to sweat? I am especially interested in the Audio Technica headphones and like that they have a smart cable option.

    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Patrick, thanks for the feedback. I think they would be okay for simple outdoor use but they are designed for using indoors. The Audio Technica phones are very durable though and probably your best bet if you want to use them outdoors.


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