He’s starting to lose his hearing & listening to the nightly news at 100 decibels is not your idea of a relaxing evening. Or you want to catch the highlights on ESPN while lying in bed, but keeping her up makes her cranky in the morning. Of all the things couples can argue about, the TV volume shouldn’t be one of them.
Wireless TV headphones provide a simple, practical solution, but there are so many different brands to choose from. Some brands are available for $20-$30 and others can cost 100’s of dollars. Our staff recently tested & reviewed two of the most popular brands in the market: the TV Ears & the TV Listener J3.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing which Wireless TV Headphones are best for you.:
Price: When choosing electronics, we want to get the best quality possible without breaking the bank. Both the TV Listener & the TV Ears are economically priced and provide very similar levels of technology. The suggested retail for the TV Listener is $49.99, while TV Ears is available for $99.99.
Infrared Signal vs Radio Frequency Signal: Wireless headphones that utilize a radio frequency signal have been around for a while. This technology has the advantage of being able to listen from another room. The only problem is that most of the other devices in your home use a similar frequency and will usually cause a great deal of interference, such as static or buzzing.
Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears models utilize Infrared Technology, the same as your remote control. With infrared, there is no interference from other sources which gives the listener a much cleaner & crisper sound. Obviously, this does not allow you to travel into different rooms to listen. So, you will need to be within site of the receiver that is plugged into the device (TV, computer, radio, etc.)
Coverage: Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears will provide clear reception within a range of approximately 600 square feet (or a 30-foot x 20-foot room).
Independence: Some wireless headphones give you the option of only listening with or without the headphones. This isn’t a problem if you’re the only one needing to listen. If this is what you need, you can usually find them for $20-$30 at a local Radio Shack or Best Buy.
Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears allow you to listen to the TV independently. This means that your spouse and/or kids can watch the TV at one volume and you can control your own volume with the headphones.
Will It Work With My TV: Again, no difference between the TV Listener & the TV Ears. Both will work with any TV, computer or audio device, including Digital & Plasma televisions, as long as you have an audio output.
Hearing Aids: Here is the only big difference between the two. The TV Listener J3 model uses an “over-the-ear” cushioned headphone, as opposed to an “in-the-ear” headphone bud. This feature makes the TV Listener compatible to use WITH hearing aids. TV Ears uses the “in-the-ear” headphone bud. So, hearing aids need to be removed. To make up for this, the TV Ears does provide a higher decibel level for those with hearing difficulties.
Battery Life: Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears operate with a re-chargeable headset that lasts approximately 15 hours when fully charged.
Extra Headsets: Both offer additional headsets that can operate on the same receiver & operate independently of the other. The TV Listener J3 extra headset retails for $29.99, whereas TV Ears offers additional headsets starting at $69.99.
Warranty: Both models offer a 90-day full manufacturer’s warranty.
Both the TV Ears and the TV Listener J3 tested very well for quality. Both are very easy to use & set up as well. It will only take you 5 minutes to set up either one. Just plug the receiver into your TV’s audio output, charge the headphones for a little while and you’ll be ready to listen.