It’s been three years since Apple literally cut the cord by removing the 3.5mm audio jacks with the release of the iPhone 7 back in 2016 and interest, both from consumers and manufacturers, in the once-niche wireless audio devices have grown significantly.
This is both bad news, and good news.
The good news is that, there’s so much more competition than ever before. Competition breeds innovation. In the end, it’s the consumers, like us, that benefit from a higher level of competition the most. But, the problem here is, buying wireless TV headphones is different from buying traditional headphones.
There are so many more things to consider from buying wireless headphones.
From the battery life to how to connect wireless headphones to TV, your phone, and how differently each model works, there’s a lot to understand when it comes to wireless headphones.
Below, we take the time to sort out one of these differences. Specifically, we’ll discuss what the difference is between wireless headphones for TV and for music. We also threw in a few things to consider when selecting wireless headphones for each specific use and purpose.
1. Battery Life
Wireless headphones don’t just get their power from nowhere -- they get their power from their built-in rechargeable batteries. This means that their power is limited. You’ll have to re-charge them at some point.
Over-ear wireless headphones typically have more a battery life good for at least 12 hours. Aim for headphones with a battery life of at least 20, or ideally, 30. But, if you prefer wireless earbuds, don’t expect to get more than 8 hours of use in-between charges.
Ideally, when watching TV and casually listening to music, over-ear wireless headphones make for a better audio experience.
This is due to the combination of a more optimal design for sound quality, comfort, and a significantly longer battery life.
Speaking of battery life, keep in mind that volume levels have a negative effect on the battery life of a wireless headphone. The battery life will be significantly shorter if you turn the volume up. This means that you shouldn’t really expect to get as much out of your headphone’s battery life as stated on the spec sheets.
While Bluetooth is supported in all modern mobile devices, the same can’t be said for televisions, especially slightly older models.
In these situations, you’ll have to use wireless headphones that support either infrared or radio frequency technology. You’ll need to buy a separate transmitter for both as well. This significantly limits your choices if you plan on using wireless headphones to watch your favourite TV shows.
Thankfully, modern TV sets manufactured in recent years feature native Bluetooth support.
You can check if yours does. If it doesn’t, you can also purchase a separate Bluetooth transmitter or dongle.
On the other hand, the majority of mobile devices on the market support Bluetooth. You’d most likely have a harder time finding one that doesn’t support Bluetooth.
3. Form Factor and Size
Wireless headphones come in many forms and sizes.
Over-ear wireless headphones are more common, but ear-fitting wireless in-ear earphones also exist.
For a truly wireless experience, wireless in-ear earbuds are an excellent choice. Some don’t even come with a wire at all, just like Apple’s airpods. This means that you’ll just have to place them inside your ears and you’ll be able to listen to music or your TV.
Unfortunately, you’d have to sacrifice battery life and audio quality, because in-ear earbuds don’t offer the same level of noise-cancellation compared to over-ear headphones.
If you’re going to be using the wireless headphones exclusively for watching TV, over-ear headphones are the best.
Not only do they offer better audio quality, resulting in a more immersive listening experience, but they also have longer battery lives as well, and perhaps more importantly, you’ll have more options to choose from as well.
Wireless Headphones are the Future
The future of audio is here.
Gone are the days where wireless headphones were significantly inferior compared to their wired counterparts. In fact, the case could be made that wireless headphones are already better than wired headphones these days, especially for the average user.
So, regardless of whether you’re going to use wireless headphones to watch TV or listen to music, you’ve already made the right choice by wanting to buy one.
Convenient, affordable, and constantly improving, there’s truly no better time to go wireless than today.