Total non-techie here, needing some shopping assistance if you please.
I’m hoping to find some wireless headphones as a present for my husband. Well, he’ll be wearing them but they’re really to save my sanity as it seems that his need to watch murder, explosion, and mayhem generally coincides with my need for a little peace and quiet.
We have a Vizio, model VO32L I believe. I have no idea if it’s already set up for such a thing, or if I’d need a bluetooth? type device also.
Price is not much of an object, but I assume I can get good quality for $150 or so.
I’ve done a bit of googling, but only succeeded in confuzzling myself even more.
I have a pair of basic wireless headphones that use a standard headphone plug, and can be used with anything that has a standard headphone jack. My TV has a standard headphone jack, and they work quite well together.
From a pure cost to performance standpoint, it might be worth figuring out a way to run an actual headphone audio cable over to where your husband sits. If it can be done discretely, you’ll have way more options and higher quality. You can even get “surround sound” headphones with discrete drivers for positional audio.
Because the headphones need to connect wirelessly to something. That something is the unit that you plug into the TV audio output jacks. Most televisions do not come with bluetooth configurations for wireless headphones. So you have to connect something to your TV for this to work.
I tried wireless headphones for a while but was annoyed with the, well, annoyances. There was a hiss and the pair I had also needed “tuning”: it would drift off frequency and I’d have to play with the controls to get it back. I decided to go low tech and have never regretted it. I got a 25 foot headphone extension cord and a good set of headphones and I love it. No hiss. No charging or replacing batteries. If the cord or the headphones fail, I can easily replace either one. I can upgrade the headphone quality much more easily, since there are so many more corded headphones than cordless.
To explain further, the wireless connection is not built in to my TV. Rather, I have a completely separate wireless transmitter (about the size of a paperback book) that I can connect to a TV, amplifier, MP3 player, computer or anything else that has a standard headphone jack. I plug the transmitter into the headphone jack, and it broadcasts (wirelessly) to the headphones.
And, like several others in this thread, I actually prefer a good pair of headphones with a really long cord.
I think probably the best sets of these things sell to gamers - but you can use them for regular TV watching, just flip the microphone up and disconnect the cable meant to go from the headphones to the controller. One I know is good with full 7.1 surround in a wireless package is: http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/xbox-gaming-headsets/ear-force-x41.aspx
Connect the audio out on your TV to these, I believe it supports both optical outputs, and analog in the form of RCA (red/white) or headphone jack. Note for any headset that RCA can be converted to 3.5mm headphone jack, and almost all TVs have RCA audio out.