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ObsceneJesster 08-24-2012 06:57 PM

I am looking for a Wireless Headphone option so I can watch TV in bed while my wife sleeps. Right now I am using a cheap $10 pair of wireless headphones I got from Best Buy. They are those as scene on TV ones which are static ridden.

I was thinking about purchasing a Bluetooth adapter but the ones I have found so far appear to give a delay in audio transmission. Some reviews state that the audio is not in sync with the TV show which makes everything you watch look like a voiced over Kung Foo movie. This is one thing I cannot stand. Part of me wonder though if this has to do with human error of if this is just the nature of the beast when dealing with Bluetooth transmitters. I wonder if people have this hooked up to the audio out on the TV rather than the actual cable box.

Here are the two Bluetooth transmitters I'm looking at. Both of them have reviews with people stating that the audio is out of sync.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Two-Way-Bluetooth-Adapter-Players/dp/B000P9CEV4

http://www.amazon.com/SOUNDS-Stereo-Transmitter-Bluetooth-Dongle/dp/B004T0CEBK/ref=pd_cp_e_2

In the end, should I just stick to using a Wireless RF system, a IR system or should I go Bluetooth. Has anyone used one of these Bluetooth transmitters with success or any other product with success?

MarkHotchkiss 08-24-2012 08:59 PM

Hi ObsceneJesster,

I have a pair of these BlueAnt Headphones. They do have a slight delay that I can choose to ignore. So the delay must not be too bad, or maybe I'm rather forgiving. I don't use them much.

But I would like to make two points about Bluetooth:

First, Bluetooth is low bandwidth, so it uses a pretty lossy codec (SBC). Still, I am amazed at how well it does with such a low bandwidth, and it should sound fine for TV. I stopped using mine for music, which is what I bought them for, because the loss is noticeable with music.

Second, a delay would be inherent. The analog audio first needs to be coded into digital. Then it needs to be packetized and transmitted, and then it needs to be decoded and converted back to analog. Each of these three steps takes some time. No getting around it.

The only way to totally avoid the delay would be to use an analog setup, like the IR or RF systems that you mentioned.

Now that those disclosures are out of the way, I can say that I had good luck with the headphones that I linked to above. They are also a lot cheaper than when I bought them.

Kingcarcas 08-25-2012 03:48 AM

How far do they have to go? Good headphones come with pretty long cords and some are even replaceable. IDK what kind of quality you are getting with wireless headphones mate, but i do think Sennheiser make some that cost quite a bit.

ObsceneJesster 08-25-2012 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Kingcarcas View Post

How far do they have to go? Good headphones come with pretty long cords and some are even replaceable. IDK what kind of quality you are getting with wireless headphones mate, but i do think Sennheiser make some that cost quite a bit.

I am only about 10 feet away from my TV while in bed and I do have a decent pair of wired headphones but my wife doesn't want a wire running across the bed so I think wireless is my only option. I've pretty much rulled Bluetooth out due to the inherant delay in audio so now I am looking at IR or RF options. I have looked at the Sennheiser Wireless options and I would like to stay under $150. The sound quality does not need to be amazing as these are only for watching TV late at night while my wife is sleeping. Now I just need to figure out if IR or RF will be better. I am leaning more towards IR since I've heard they sound clearer and do not carry any static. There only downfall is line of site which should not be a problem. I am in front of my TV while laying in bed and I do not need to hear the TV anywhere else in the house except when I'm right infront of it.

Anyone have any good RF or IR headphone recommendations?

amirm 08-25-2012 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by ObsceneJesster View Post

Anyone have any good RF or IR headphone recommendations?
I happen to be in the market for the same thing but a different application. I wanted a low-latency wireless headphone for my metal detector. They make one for my unit but it is quite expensive ($250). I found out that people were using a TDK headphone with Kleer wireless technology that has very low latenecy. Here is a review of it: http://stereos.about.com/od/reviewsandrecommendations/fr/Review-Of-Tdk-Wr700-Wireless-Stereo-Headphones.htm

It uses proprietary technology from Kleer which has cool features like multiple people listening at once.

Unfortunately the unit is discontinued and the few that exist out there have gone up in price. I just ordered one for $150. I will post here how it sounds if there is interest.

Wayne A. Pflughaupt 08-26-2012 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by ObsceneJesster View Post

I am only about 10 feet away from my TV while in bed and I do have a decent pair of wired headphones but my wife doesn't want a wire running across the bed...

The sound quality does not need to be amazing as these are only for watching TV late at night while my wife is sleeping.


Why is someone who’s sleeping concerned about a cable running across the bed? mooooh.gif

But if she is, ask her if she really wants you to spend $150 for a wireless rig when you can accomplish the same thing with a 10’ headphone extension cable for under $10. The extension cable would also allow you to run the cable around the bed on the floor (i.e., keep it off the bed), so win-win. Take her out to a nice restaurant with the money saved. t.gif

Regards,
Wayne A. Pflughaupt



548728610a 11-06-2013 11:29 AM

I would like to buy a system that will allow me to buy headphones that I can fall asleep with and are wireless. I am not too worried about the cost. 

 

Any suggestions?


Ratman 11-06-2013 01:13 PM

https://www.google.com/search?q=comfortable+wireless+headphones&oq=comfortable+wireless&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.14263j0j8&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

snpanago 11-11-2013 08:41 AM

Love this one for years......Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphone

Sorry, I just read your post about budget below 150 after posting.


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