Combining wireless headphones TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite shows, movies, and games without disturbing people living – and it can also make content sound better than ever.
In addition to watching TV in peace, using a pair of headphones instead of relying on the TV’s built-in speakers means you can simulate a home theater speaker system without soundbar, subwoofer and rear speakers.
If creating a movie theater system is your goal, you need the right pair headphones to work – read the guide the best headphones for watching tv to our best – but in theory, all decent wireless headphones work great if the goal is simply to watch TV without disturbing others.
However, connecting headphones via Bluetooth raises some issues: you may notice a delay between the action on the screen and the sound from the headphones. To avoid this, choose wireless headphones with the latest Bluetooth technology and support for delay-reducing technologies such as Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive codec.
Also, not all TVs support Bluetooth – although you can work around this problem if you have a compatible streaming device, such as Amazon Fire TV stickor by purchasing an external Bluetooth transmitter for your TV.
If you’re really worried about latency issues, you might want to use headphones specifically designed to connect to your TV. Such headphones are divided into two main camps: models that communicate with the Bluetooth transmitter you set up on the TV, and models that communicate with a TV (audio frequency) base station that is connected to the TV’s headphone port.
Whichever option you choose, connecting headphones to your TV is easy – here’s everything you need to know.
Connect wireless headphones to the TV via Bluetooth
If your TV has built-in Bluetooth, it’s easy to use a wireless headset to watch TV – just switch the headset to pairing mode and turn on the TV’s Bluetooth feature.
Samsung TVs make connecting a Bluetooth headset (or speaker) to your TV pretty easy – and they’re especially good for remembering connected devices and reconnecting them when they’re turned on. Here’s what you need to do to connect headphones to Samsung TVs using your company’s current TV operating system.
Press the Home button on the remote control and select Settings> General> External Device Manager> Input Device Management> Bluetooth Device List. This sets the TV to search for Bluetooth devices in pairing mode.
Make sure the wireless headset or Bluetooth speaker is in pairing mode, and then it will appear in the Bluetooth device list section of the TV menu. Select the headset, and a message appears asking if you want to pair the two devices. Confirm, and you’re good to go.
From the moment you turn on the headphones while the TV is on, you will receive a notification in the right corner of the pop-up screen asking if you want to connect audio to the headphones. This mutes the TV speakers and directs all the sound to the device of your choice.
If you ever want to delete a Bluetooth device, return to the Bluetooth Device List section, hover over the headset, click Edit, and delete it.
We found that connecting a Bluetooth headset (and other Bluetooth devices) a Sony TV may take some time, so some patience is needed. First, press the Home button on the Sony remote control and enter the settings – marked with the gear logo. Here, the instructions may vary slightly depending on the model, but you may want to scroll down until you find the Bluetooth Settings option, which is sometimes located in the Network and Accessories section of the menu.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and then click Add a device. Make sure the device you are connecting to is in pairing mode. this is usually detected by some kind of flashing light.
Don’t worry if it takes a few minutes to find the headphones on your Sony TV – it took about four minutes before the Sony KD-49XE8396 recognized the device during the test. The headset should appear on the right side of the screen. just select those pairing headphones to your Sony TV.
Unfortunately, not all Philips TVs supports Bluetooth headsets or speakers. As such, check your TV’s user guide to see if your model has a Bluetooth connection.
If this happens, turn on the wireless headphones and set them to pairing mode. Then scroll to All Settings on your TV and press OK. Select Wireless & networks> Bluetooth> Bluetooth device> OK.
Then follow the on-screen instructions to connect the headphones to the TV. Select the device type (headphones, subwoofer, etc.), press Next and then OK. If your TV does not have a Bluetooth connection, you will either need to use a pair of wired headphones (as long as there is a 3.5 mm audio jack on the back), or purchase an external Bluetooth transmitter to connect to the monitor.
Connecting wireless headphones LG television is relatively simple, and the simplicity of the webOS platform makes it even easier. Go to Settings (LG Magic remote control tooth icon)> Audio output (no audio mode)> Bluetooth device.
Press down to select the device list and the TV will start searching for Bluetooth devices – so make sure the headset you selected is in pairing mode. Once connected, the sound should come through nicely, and you will see a small Bluetooth icon on the screen when you turn the volume up or down.
There’s also a Bluetooth device + TV speaker option for those who want an extra headset alongside their series of built-in controllers, although this is more important for those who connect a soundbar than a single person’s headphones.
Most Panasonic TVs supports Bluetooth pairing. To start the process, press the Menu button on the remote control and then go to Settings> Bluetooth Settings> Devices. Next, click the Bluetooth pairing button on the wireless headphones to make sure they are ready to connect to the TV.
The headset should now appear in the TV’s Device List. Click OK – you should see the status switch connected.
A lot of Panasonic TVs allow you to connect multiple audio devices at once so that sound can be heard from both the soundbar and your headphones. To do this, select Settings> Bluetooth settings> Bluetooth audio settings> Audio output. Keep in mind that if you select this route, you will not be able to adjust the headphone volume with the TV remote control just by using the headphone’s built-in controls.
Unlike the other models in this list, there is no simple menu that allows you to sync your Bluetooth wireless headset to your A device. TCL-TV – but luckily there is another lesser known way that is almost as easy.
If your TCL TV uses Roku TV, download the free Roku app from either Google Play or the Apple App Store, then go to the Devices tab and find your TCL TV in the list. Once you’ve connected it to your phone, tap the headset button on the UI, and the TV sound should play through your phone’s speakers. Connect your phone via Bluetooth to your favorite pair of wireless headphones and voila! You should now be able to hear all the TV sounds through headphones using the Roku app.
If TCL TV uses Android TV – there aren’t many – then follow the instructions for the Sony TV models listed above. First, press the Home button on the Sony remote control and enter the settings.
A Hisense TV, Connecting a Bluetooth headset is easy. Click the remote control menu and go to Settings> System> Bluetooth> Manage devices. Next, grab the Bluetooth headset and enable its pairing mode. Go back to the TV and the Bluetooth headset should appear on the screen. Use them with the remote control and you are paired.
The next time you turn on your Hisense TV, it will take a second or two (if they are on) for the audio to transfer from the default audio source to the headphones. If the headphones are not on, the sound will be output through the default output until the next time you turn it on.
On the other hand, if you use the headphones and then turn them off, the TV automatically switches back to the default audio playback.
Connecting wireless headphones to streaming devices
If you have a streaming device such as Amazon Fire TV or a smart TV which uses the Fire TV platform – you can connect Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, game controllers and headphones.
Just open the Settings menu> Drivers and Bluetooth devices> Other devices> Add new device. Then put the wireless headphones in pairing mode; they should appear on the screen. Once you have selected them, the TV sound will come from the headphones.
For Android TV and Google TV, whether it’s a smart TV or a streaming device like TiVo Stream 4K, go to Settings> Remote control and accessories> Add accessory. Put the headphones in pairing mode and select them when they appear on the screen.
For Roku televisions and streaming devices, it’s a little more complicated because they don’t have built-in Bluetooth. However, you can use a feature called Private Listening that streams TV audio to your smartphone or tablet through the Roku app, after which you can connect a pair of wired headphones to your device.
Some Roku devices have a remote control with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which means you can connect headphones to use for private listening without a smartphone.
Using dedicated headphones for the TV
If you are serious about avoiding latency issues and want cinematic sound, the best option is probably to choose a pair of headphones specifically designed for use with your TV.
Such models do not have built-in Bluetooth, but rely on a transmitter that connects to the TV and communicates with the headset via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
Connecting headphones via radio frequency rather than Bluetooth allows you to listen in longer wireless areas (over 300 feet) and results in less delay between audio and screen.
If you crave headphones for watching movies, you can’t do much better than the JVC XP-EXT1. Compatible Dolby Atmos and DTS: X with surround sound technologies, the JVC XP-EXT1 brings a 7.1.4 channel home theater system in your head.
The most important technology in this work is Exofield, JVC’s own processing algorithms that create a 3D sound field between two ear cups. JVC XP-EXT1 cans can also scale stereo or 5.1 audio into immersive multi-channel audio and connect to a digital processor box via a 5 GHz radio frequency; the box itself connects to the TV via HDMI.
If you plan to use headphones for gaming, you may want to look for models that have a detachable microphone for voice chat, such as Creative SXFI Theater.
Those who want to use headphones only to watch TV occasionally can use a pair of standard wireless headphones – although we recommend choosing models that support low-delay codecs, such as Bowers & Wilkins PX7, so there is no annoying delay between your voice and what happens on the screen.
Using a Bluetooth transmitter
If your TV or streaming device does not directly support Bluetooth, you can purchase a Bluetooth transmitter to bridge the gap between your wireless headset and your TV. These devices are usually quite cheap and can be plugged into the back of the TV.
Some Bluetooth transmitters connect to the TV’s 3.5 mm audio output, although not all TVs have this connection. You’re probably better off choosing a model that connects via the TV’s optical input because it provides a stable digital signal and is compatible with most monitors.