View Full Version : wireless headphone system?

08-05-2018, 05:16 PM
What do I need to do this (inexpensively!)?

I want to hear my TV/stereo/DVDs using headphones - without running long wires or cables. Even cranking up volume from the usual 26 to over 70 sometimes doesn't help.

Here's what I want to do:

- Plug some type of wireless "broadcaster" unit into my stereo amp's headphone output jack.

- Wear headphones or pods to listen to the audio while in any room within 50 feet of the "broadcaster". Headphones could have wireless built in, or just plug into a wireless receiver.

I'm frustrated at many TV shows and DVD movies, where the dialogue seems to be a contest about who can speak softest. And CC text on the screen isn't very reliable.

Tom M.

Alfred E. Neuman
08-05-2018, 07:24 PM
Something like this?


08-05-2018, 07:28 PM
Tom- I don't know anything about these devices but a quick check of Amazon shows there are plenty of bluetooth transmitters that plug into your non-bluetooth equipment and then you can use bluetooth headsets.
The first linked item is only $17

This is an Amazon Choice item...

John Turney
08-05-2018, 07:57 PM
I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0757F93LV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I don't use it with a headset, but with outdoor speakers. Been working great.

08-05-2018, 09:23 PM
The problem with using most Bluetooth headphone transmitter/receiver setups for TV watching is latency, i.e. the delay between what goes in and what comes out.

When you use Bluetooth only for listening to your steaming device you can't tell there's a delay. But when the sound is supposed to sync with the picture on the screen the delay can be extremely annoying.

If you do go Bluetooth, choose a setup that specifically says it's designed for low latency.

Otherwise you can use an analog setup, either IR or RF. (I prefer IR, analog RF systems tend to have interference issues.)

08-05-2018, 11:18 PM

08-06-2018, 06:32 AM
Thanks gents. I had no idea about the latency issue with Bluetooth. As I plan to use the system for TV/DVD, that's good to know.

Tom M.

08-06-2018, 08:58 AM
My mother (who has similar issues) uses a budget version of this:


they are designed for use for a TV and park beside it. I think there is even a version you can buy in one of those "as seen on TV" stores.

08-17-2018, 07:58 AM
They work!


Plug transmitter into audio out of TV, amp, etc. Headset gets the audio to me anywhere in the house. For $20, now I can understand movie dialogue, even when the a/c is running full blast and the neighbor is revving his hotrod for hours on end.


Thanks for all the suggestions!
Tom M.

08-17-2018, 09:12 AM
good news - now the real challenge!