The Best Headphones for TV: Build a Home Cinema Without the Speakers

The Best Headphones for TV: Build a Home Cinema Without the Speakers

Do you have an awesome home cinema in your living room, but want to watch TV in bed without waking up your partner? If so, you might be interested in investing in a set of headphones designed to pipe audio directly into your ears while you’re watching TV. In this guide, we’ll give you some information on the best headphones for TV and help you choose the right pair for your lifestyle and budget.

 Why Buy Headphones For Watching TV?

There are some great reasons to buy headphones when you want to watch TV. First, you can listen without bothering your housemates or loved ones with blaring volumes. Second, if you live in an apartment and are tired of hearing other people’s conversations through thin walls, it can be really difficult to hear what is happening on the show.

Finally, many headphone models have noise cancellation capabilities which helps isolate background noises so that you can focus on the show. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for headphones for TV. Start by consulting user reviews on reputable retail sites before buying a new pair of headphones. Some popular brands include Sony, Sennheiser, Bose, Audio Technica and Beats. You will want to take into account not only the sound quality but also how comfortable they are.

What’s more important? Sound quality or comfort? It varies depending on your listening habits but overall sound quality is going to be more important than comfort. If you use them primarily at home while watching TV and listening to music then comfort may be more important than sound quality.

Conversely, if you plan on using them while running or working out then sound quality may matter more than comfort because it will become much easier to tolerate discomfort when you need to pay attention to something else like traffic sounds around you (which we don’t recommend wearing headphones for safety reasons).

 How We Picked

We have reviewed over 10 pairs of headphones specifically built for use with televisions and movies, meaning you won’t have to do any guessing about which ones will be the best for your needs. Below, we’ve included some of our favorite picks that are worth your consideration.

1) Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic

2) Philips SHP9500 Full-Size Open Back Reference Headphone

3) SonarSound Hi-Fi DJ Style Stereo Over-the-ear Wired Headphones with Built-in Microphone

4) Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Wireless Stereo Headset – Black

5) Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Professional Monitoring Headphones

6) Sennheiser HD 4.40 Premium Closed Circumaural Dynamic Stereo Headphones – Red 7) Sennheiser RS 180 Digital Wireless RF Headphones – Silver


9) Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

10) Audio Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

 Our Picks

With home theater systems, often the biggest investment is speakers and screens. Well, these days you can enjoy the theatre experience at home with just a pair of headphones and an HDTV. I’ll highlight some of our favorite brands of over-ear headphones that do great at rendering cinema sound effects as well as dialogue—or any other combination you might want to listen to while watching something on your own in peace.

An added bonus? The solitude they provide while binge-watching something on Netflix (we won’t judge!). Some models from our list also have active noise cancelling technology built in, which will help you block out surrounding noises like a barking dog or crying baby—something we’re sure to all appreciate when trying to unwind after work and get ready for bed.

The Sennheiser RS120s are one of the best pairs in this category, sporting high-quality headband and ear pads that are comfortable for hours on end. They offer impressive sound quality as well as a wide frequency response range, so you can really hear everything during action scenes.

For what it’s worth, these were originally created for use in movie theaters and lounges. If you need something even more powerful than the RS120s but don’t want to spend too much money either, then check out the Audio Technica ATH-M30x or JBL T450pH; both are budget buys with up to 40mm drivers that produce high levels of detail while giving off fantastic bass response too.

 Have your say

For anyone who loves movies and television shows, you’ll agree that having an immersive sound experience is critical. The better your experience sounds, the more you feel like you’re really there with all of the characters on screen. Of course, one way to do this is by investing in pricey speakers that are specifically designed to enhance audio from TVs.

But if that doesn’t seem practical, or you live in an apartment where soundproofing isn’t going to work, then another idea is to invest in good headphones instead. Below we’ve listed five best-selling products on Amazon that are great if you want to build a home cinema without the speakers! 1) Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones – These over-ear headphones have noise cancellation so that no matter what’s happening around you, it won’t affect how much you enjoy your show.

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