Things To Consider

Multi-Transmitter / Receiver

RS170_multi-receiverSome transmitters allow you to have more than one headphone device tuned in at the same time. This means that you can have more than one person hearing the same audio as yourself.

This is the ultimate when it comes to watching a movie because it means that the entire family is capable of listen at the same time.

Most multi-transmission devices allow up to 4 people to listen at one time.

Transmitter Type Infrared, Bluetooth, Radio Frequency

To understand what type of transmitter you need depends largely upon how and where you might be thinking of using your wireless headphones.

Some people only want to use their headphones directly in front of the television, while others like to walk around the house with there’s or even listen to audio in a completely different room.Sony_Infrared-Wireless-Headphones

If you think that you’ll only use your headphones while watch tv (i.e.) directly in front of the television then an infrared model would be all you’ll ever need, and you won’t have to worry about interference with other wireless devices, like phones, ipads or laptops.

On the other hand if you want to be able to watch tv, and listen to music in another room or even outside, then you are going to need a stronger radio frequency. Most RF wireless headphones operate between 100 and 350 feet from the transmitter, which means you’ll more than enough listening range available.

Docking Station Charging

docking stationObviously the last thing that you want to do is put on your headphones only to find that it the batteries have run out. The easiest solution is to purchase wireless headphones that come with a docking station. This way when you lay your headphones down for the day or night it charges automatically.

Instead of just laying your headphones anywhere in your house and always having to remember where you last put them down, a docking station gives you a good reason to place your headphones on, because it allows you to charge them up.

If you get used to putting your headphones on a docking station, then you’ll always know where to find them.

Battery Life

sennheiser batteryThe longer the battery life the longer you can listen to audio without having to charge it up, however the longer the battery life the more expensive the headphones are – usually. But it’s not necessary to have the longest lasting battery, because it’s diificult to listen to 20 hours of audio in one sitting.

Most headphones come with rechargable batteries that start charging once you put them on the docking station. And as I said before, the majority last for up to 20 hours of listening.

20 hours is more than adequate for most users.

Operating Range

WiFiUnderstanding where you might listen to audio (i.e.) in the garden, around the house, directly in front of your TV matters, because not all wireless headphones have the operating range. The different forms of transmitters adds to the cost. But knowing how you want to listen to the audio the majority of the time will help you make the right choice for you.

For example: if you’re only using your wireless headphones directly in front of your tv, then an infrared model would be sufficient. This can lower costs considerably.

But, if you want to be able to walk outside your house, go into bedrooms and kitchen etc, then you will need to think about RF or bluetooth wireless headphones, because these transimitters can transmitter through walks and up to a range of 350 feet.

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