The Best Wireless TV Headphones for 2021 | #television | #elderly | #movies
We’ve tested about 25 systems for this guide. Here are some recent models that may still be available.
MEE Audio Matrix Cinema: We tested these Bluetooth headphones as an option that didn’t require a hub. These headphones have lower latency than other Bluetooth headphones we’ve used, but in our tests the effect was still enough to bother us while we were watching a movie. Plus, these headphones sound worse than many other Bluetooth headphones we’ve tested in this price range—particularly in the low end. If you just want Bluetooth headphones, you’d be better off with one of our wireless headphone picks.
Sennheiser RS 120: Usually available at a moderate price (it was less than $80 at the time of our research), the RS 120 set has a nifty charging cradle in its transmitter base. Unfortunately, we didn’t love these headphones. One panelist pointed out how quickly they started producing hiss (you have to tune them in on the side of the headphones, a spot you can easily bump), another disliked the build quality, and a third found them uncomfortable to wear for long. All of us commented on the sizzling high end of the frequency; every snare hit had a “tss tss” piercing aspect that was unpleasant.
Sennheiser RS 160 and RS 165: Both of these sets are previous top picks that have been discontinued. They were the best-sounding models we tested, and they were easy to set up and use. If you can find them, we still recommend them both.
Sennheiser RS 175: The RS 175 pair was a huge flop with our test panel. Brent summed it up: “These are a mess.” The RS 175 has a bass-boost option, but in our tests, with the bass boost turned off, the overall sound was thin and edgy, lifeless. Piano sounded like a bad digital-keyboard representation of a piano sound. The low end was somewhat pitchless, so hip-hop and intense orchestral soundtracks (like that of The Lord of the Rings) seemed to lose their oomph. Geoff remarked that the highs had a sizzly quality when the volume was turned up.
Sennheiser RS 195: Created in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, the RS 195 pair is designed for people with slight hearing disabilities. Because this model has so many options and settings, we were hoping that it might hit the sweet spot as something that a person with hearing loss and a family member with typical hearing abilities could share. Unfortunately, our able-hearing panelists were exceptionally unhappy with the sound. We realize we’re not who the RS 195 was designed for, though, so it would be unfair for us to criticize this model without taking that into account. We’ll just say it is entirely possible that someone with a particular kind of moderate hearing loss might find the RS 195 sound profile helpful, and leave it at that.
TellyPhones by SleepPhones: This hub system includes Bluetooth headphones built into a soft headband. That headband is definitely comfortable enough to sleep in, but in our tests it struggled to render low and high frequencies, making anything we listened to sound a little compressed. Additionally, regardless of whether you connect the included headphones or other low-latency Bluetooth headphones, the TellyPhones hub renders very noticeable latency. If you just want a pair of Bluetooth headphones you can sleep in, the separately sold SleepPhones might be a good choice. But we don’t think the entire system works well enough for us to recommend it.