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How To Connect Your Headphones To TV

by Lisa Hayden
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There is a way to make your TV viewing more personal and much more immersive. This is by connecting your headphones to your TV. 

Connecting your headphones to the TV can make your viewing more discreet too, so if you want to stay up late to watch a film or enjoy a televised music concert, you can do this without disturbing the peaceful slumber of your partner or anyone else trying to sleep in your house.

The first thing to do is to check is whether your TV has Bluetooth connectivity. If it does, this makes the task of hooking up your wireless headphones much simpler. 

However, if you don't have wireless headphones or your TV doesn't support Bluetooth, then there are other options you can try to connect them together, which we will discuss here.

How To Connect Wireless Headphones To A TV

Have you ever wondered "Can I use wireless headphones with my TV?"

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By far, the easiest way to connect your wireless headphones is by using the built-in Bluetooth functionality. Most modern LED and smart TVs will come with Bluetooth that enables you to connect wirelessly.

Sometimes the Bluetooth connectivity option is not obvious, and you may need to dig around to discover where it is hidden. If you still have the service manual from when you first purchased your TV, there should be a section included about how to use it. If not, then you can Google for some technical guidelines for your TV make and model. 

Once you have all this information at hand, it will be simple to follow the instructions to effortlessly pair your headphones with your TV so you can enjoy your wireless connectivity with great ease.

Using A Bluetooth Audio Transmitter 

If you have an older model of TV that doesn't come with any Bluetooth functionality, then you can bypass this by using a device known as a Bluetooth audio transmitter.

This is a device that can be connected directly to your TV through the 3.5 mm audio jack on your TV set. The Transmitter will act as a proxy to add Bluetooth functionality between the TV and your headphones.

These transmitters are quite easy to come by and don't cost much money so using one of these could be one of the most cost-effective ways to convert your TV rather than going to the expense of buying a new TV set that has Bluetooth functionality built-in.

How can I listen to my TV through Bluetooth headphones?

If you have a TV that's Bluetooth compatible, you would need to pair it with your wireless Bluetooth headphones. Most modern phones and TVs have an easy connection guide, where you essentially discover the other device and "pair" both of them. Once you pair your headphone and your TV, you can connect headphones to it by merely selecting Bluetooth audio on your TV, available on the main TV Settings page.

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The one big issue, although pretty rare, with using this method of Bluetooth connection is the latency. If either your TV or your Bluetooth headphone is of cheaper make and model, there can be a bit of lag with the transmission from the TV to your Bluetooth headphones. While it doesn't really matter if you are only listening to music through your headphones, it may become a little irritating when trying to watch a film or a show on TV where the speech and sound effects will be a little out of sequence. 

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Using Wired Headphones With Your TV

Should you have a pair of wired headphones that you want to connect to your TV, then connecting them can be more problematic because a lot of modern TV's don't come with a built-in headphone jack. 

If your TV does have a headphone jack, then you would also need a pair of headphones with a very long cable that will reach your sofa or armchair with comfort. 

Using Adapters

To use an adapter for your wired headphones, you will need to establish what kind of audio output your TV has. This is usually easy to do by looking for the audio output connection on your TV. 

Old TV makes, and models will typically have a standard 3.5mm headphone socket, which means that it is simplicity itself to plug in, and away you go!

If your TV carries Left/Right RCA audio outputs, then you will need to use an RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter. Again, these adapters are quite inexpensive to buy and offer a simple solution without having to break the bank.

No Analogue Support?

A lot of the latest TV makes, and models can throw up a problem for connecting your headphones because most TV manufacturers are now phasing out analogue outputs. Instead, they are going all out for digital optical production.

To connect your wired headphones, you will need to buy a digital audio-to-analogue audio adapter. This adapter can be plugged into the TV through the socket that looks like a red-framed, square-shaped door. This adapter will allow you to plug in a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it will convert the audio output into the correct form for your headphones.

You would also need to buy a headphone extension cable that is long enough to allow you to sit a comfortable distance from the TV.

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Connect Wired Headphones via A Streaming device

You can also try to connect your wired headphones to your TV through plugging it into the remote control of a TV streaming device. If you have a streaming box such as a Roku Ultra, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV, for example, check the remote control for the device to see if it has a headphone jack.

You can check any external audio devices that you own because most will have a place to plug in your wired headphones. Most commonly available A/V receivers will have a small (quarter-inch) built-in headphone jack. You can buy an inexpensive adapter and plug in your headphones this way. 

Wireless Headphone Connection via A Streaming device

You can connect your wireless pair of headphones via Bluetooth through a streaming device. You would need to place your headphones in pairing mode and then simply follow the on-screen instructions to pair them correctly. 

Do remember though that when you pair your headphones with your streaming device, you will only be able to use them to listen to the content supplied by the device. This means that your headphones won't work on other TV channels not provided by your particular set-top-box. 

Using RF Headphones

Radio Frequency (RF) headphones from companies like Sennheiser can be used to connect to your TV. The base charging station will be wired to either your TV or another output device; however, you will need to match up the connection types of your TV and base charging station. 

Check the connection type as it may be possible that you will need an adapter to create a link. Having said that, using RF headphones is a great way to connect your headphones wirelessly and can be a better option due to there being far less latency than with Bluetooth connected headphones.

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