The 10 Best Wireless Headphones For TV
It was a viable arrangement, and on the few nights when we went to bed at the same time, I would just suffer for 30 of 60 minutes until she was out.
My girlfriend is not the best sleeper. For whatever reason, she requires audio-visual stimulation to help her get off to sleep, which certainly complicates things when bedtime rolls around, as the light and sound of a television is something that’s guaranteed to keep me awake.
For the most part, this wasn’t much of a problem, as I’m also a bit more of the night owl, so she could fall asleep before me with something on television, and I could turn it off once she was out and comfortably get to sleep myself. It was a viable arrangement, and on the few nights when we went to bed at the same time, I would just suffer for 30 of 60 minutes until she was out.
Then I got a gig that had me waking up extremely early in the morning, and I had to turn in early as a result. The thought of sleeping separately was too depressing to entertain, so we set out to find a solution. What we found was a wireless headphone set for the television. Now, when my girl wants to get some sleep, but I’m already off to the land of nod, she can enjoy a show in the background without waking me.
Of course, you may be wondering how I dealt with the light coming off of the TV. The headphones took care of the sound, but even with the screen settings turned way down low, I could still experience that blue glow permeating my eyelids. So, I got myself a nice, expensive, handwoven silk sleep mask to block the light.
These devices are incredibly easy to set up, and they’re designed to be as comfortable as possible on your ears, so you can use them for hours of binge watching. They’re especially useful in other situations where the volume of your television might be a problem. If, for example, your apartment or house has particularly thin walls, and you want to watch something loud (or, perhaps, you want to watch a guilty pleasure), you won’t have to worry about your neighbors or family members being disturbed by the sound. That will also let you watch movies and shows that contain adult themes and language, even if you have a child in the next room.
The Right Wireless TV Headphones For You
When evaluating the various wireless headphones for TV on the market, it may seem as though one option is as good as the next. There are some important differences, however, that could make or break your watching experience, especially if you’re someone whose willing suspension of disbelief is easily shattered.
To that point in particular, you want to investigate one specific feature of a headphone set, which is its ability to minimize latency.
To that point in particular, you want to investigate one specific feature of a headphone set, which is its ability to minimize latency. Because the audio signal has to travel from your TV to a Bluetooth transmitter, then travel through the air to the receiver built into your headphones, there’s bound to be a minuscule lag between the audio as it would normally emit from your TV speakers and the sound that comes through your cans. As a result, some of the less outstanding headphones on the market might not provide you with audio that clearly syncs with the image on your television. That can be extremely distracting for some viewers, especially if what they’re watching is dialogue-heavy, or if they watch a lot of horror films whose jump scares lose a lot of their punch when the audio is out of sync. You’re liable to experience the lowest amount of latency if you go with a model from a recognizable brand like Sennheiser or Sony, rather than a more obscure brand.
From a comfort standpoint, you have two primary styles to choose from: on-ear and over-the-ear. On-ear headphones, as the name implies, sit on top of your ears without fully encompassing them. These are usually a little lighter and smaller than over-the-ear models, and they’re ideal for warm climates or users who don’t want their ears to perspire after a few hours of television watching. The downside to them is that they offer little-to-no noise isolation, as part of the external ear is still exposed, preventing a seal from forming to the outside world.
Over-the-ear headphones completely engulf the ear itself, and in doing so, even models without active noise cancellation can do a decent job blocking out external sounds. Unless you have extraordinarily large ears, these are usually considered to be the more comfortable option, as they won’t compress your outer ear against your head. Many of these can get kind of hot thanks to the seal they create, however, so they’re best suited for shorter viewing sessions or for wintertime use.
A final point of importance to investigate is the set of controls available to you. Some models incorporate mute buttons and even equalization profiles on the headphones themselves, while others offer such controls only on the base, and still others no real control at all beyond whatever your TV provides. Depending on how finicky you get with your sound quality, you might want more or less control without having to get up.
A Brief History Of Headphones
The earliest headphones, used around the start of the 20th century, were big, unreliable and dangerous. They were initially designed for military use, and many operators would receive an electrical shock if they touched the wrong component at the wrong time.
They were initially designed for military use, and many operators would receive an electrical shock if they touched the wrong component at the wrong time.
As the telephone made its way into more homes and businesses, phone operators took to wearing the devices. The music industry, with its long, close relationship to the telephonics industry, took to using headphones in recording studios.
After World War II, a slow and steady movement toward home entertainment included an increase in the size and capabilities of home stereos, and by the 1960s and 1970s, audiophiles all had their own sets of high-end headphones complete with coiled cords.
Later that decade, Sony unveiled its Walkman cassette player, along with the now iconic headphones it included in the packaging. These made headphones a common household item, and their style and function would remain largely unchanged for nearly 30 years, when Apple came out with its first iPod. Those little buds sparked another listening revolution that’s lead to the bevy of great choices we have today.