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Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:13 pm
by mikehende
Sorry guys if this topic should not belong on this forum so any Mod can please delete with my apologies?

I am seeking a good economically priced Headphone for TV listening. I want one which will help block out the sound from nearby TV's and music around me coming from the other rooms in this house. I will use a headphone only for when watching a 2-3 hour movie.

I am 10' away from my TV so I am thinking best to get a wireless but corded can work, any recommendations please? This TV has RCA and USB inputs.

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:59 pm
by blinddrew
A cheapish set of closed back headphones (AKG K72?) and an extension cord will probably be your simplest option - assuming the TV has a standard 3.5mm headphone socket?

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:16 pm
by mikehende
Thanks. No headphone socket. Just spoke with Samsung support, looks like either an optical jack adapter or headphone with optical connector as only options.

Just found this thread with some options I can look into:

http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-232 ... hones.html

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:27 pm
by mikehende
Hmnn, wondering if an adapter like this can work:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/iMeshbean-Pr ... thena=true

along with a 3.5mm [from the headphone] to dual RCA adapter?

https://www.amazon.com/30S1-01260-Stere ... B000I23TTE

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:18 pm
by Wonks
That optical to RCA box isn't designed to drive headphones directly, so you'll need a separate headphone amp for wired headphones, or wireless headphones where the transmitter connects to those RCAs.

What is the model of TV you've got? it will help us to know as we may find more solutions for you.

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:24 pm
by Mike Stranks
The problem you'll have if you use the optical output straight to headphones is that you'll be unable to control the volume unless the headphones have their own volume control. It's at a fixed level independent of the TV sound volume control.

Before we go chasing off on all sorts of possible schemes, can you tell us the model number of the TV. Then we can see what sockets it has got and work out the best approach from there.

And also... what's the budget for the headphones?

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:36 pm
by mikehende
Oh I see, it's a Samsung Model UN32J4000AF, this is a pic of the back sockets

https://i.postimg.cc/Qd5gG52N/IMAG0335- ... 107530.jpg

and would something like this work?

https://www.amazon.com/Rechargeable-Hea ... ones&psc=1

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:59 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
mikehende wrote:and would something like this work?

https://www.amazon.com/Rechargeable-Hea ... ones&psc=1

Yes, in theory.

The only available sound output from the TV is the S/PDIF digital optical output, so you'll need to connect that to something with an S/PDIF digital optical input... which those headphones appear to have.

Otherwise, you'd have to connect it to a home theatre of hi-fi system with an S/PDIF digital optical input.

One word of warning, though, you may well need to check the settings in the sound menu of the TV to make sure that the optical output is set to send 'PCM stereo audio' at all times. Some Panasonic sets will default to sending Dolby AC3 surround sound on the HD channels, and if that happens you won't get any sound in your headphones!

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Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:08 pm
by Wonks
Yes, you've only got the optical out for audio.

Yes, that wireless headphone you linked to would be a solution, though it's probably not great quality for that price. I'm sure there are similar units around that will offer better quality and also a longer battery life. That '10 hours' is going to depend on how loud you listen, and 10 hours will probably be achieved at a very low sound level. But you'll need
a unit with a transmitter that accepts an optical input.

If you already have a set of closed back headphones (not open back or semi-open), this is one option that gives you a headphone output from the optical out, in one unit.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-SPDIF-DA ... B007W2RFKC

Get a 3m optical cable for it and it will then be near enough for you to plug headphones in without needing extension cables.

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:12 pm
by mikehende
Thanks. That Sharper image reviews is not great but the Avantree series has some better reviews for low price with no audio lag time, comfort, great sound and battery life with volume control on the headphone itself, only missing a review on how well it can block out background noise:

https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Wireles ... dition+pro

Re: Any good Headphone options for TV ?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:29 pm
by Wonks
A good set of closed-back headphones can provide up to about 28dB of sound isolation/exterior sound isolation. That's normally enough to block out all but the loudest external sounds when you are listening to something. But it does depend on how solidly the headphones are built - the thickness of the plastic casing etc.