Wireless Headphones for TV Listening: Comparing TV Ears & the TV Listener J3

There are many reasons that we might need to purchase a set of wireless headphones. One of us may be starting to lose our hearing & “arguing over the TV volume” is no way to spend an evening. Or, we want to watch TV in bed, but don’t want to disturb our spouse who needs to get up early the next morning. Whatever the reason, both the TV Ears & the TV Listener J3 passed the quality test.

But, here are 10 things to consider when choosing which wireless headphones are the right choice for you:

Price: When choosing electronics, we want to get the best quality possible without breaking the bank. Both of these models retail reasonably for under $100, but the Unisar TV Listener is slightly more affordable with a suggested retail of $49.99.

Infrared Signal vs RF Signal: Other wireless headphones that utilize a radio frequency signal provide the advantage of being able to listen from another room. The only problem is that most of the other devices in your home (stereo, microwave, wireless phones) may use the same signal and will usually cause a great deal of interference, causing 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. This will provide 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 plugged into the device (TV, computer, radio, etc.)

Coverage: The range of clear reception for both the TV Listener J3 & the TV are approximately the same. Each will cover 600 square feet (or a 30-foot x 20-foot room). This should be adequate, since most living rooms are around 300 square feet. If you do need a larger coverage area, TV Ears offers a Professional Series model that retails for $200.

Independence: Some wireless headphones give you the option of only listening with or without the headphones. That’s not a problem, if it’s only you in the room. If you’ll never need to share the TV with anyone else, models such as these can usually be found for $20 or so.

Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears, however, allow you to listen to the TV independently. Your spouse and/or kids can watch at one volume and you can control your own volume independently with the headphones.

Will It Work With My TV: The biggest concern when considering wireless headphones is compatibility with new TV technologies. Both will work with any TV, computer or audio device, including Digital, Plasma or 3D televisions. As long as your device has an audio output, both of these wireless headphones are compatible and can be set up in minutes.

Hearing Aids: Here is one difference between the two. The TV Listener J3 model uses an “over-the-ear” cushioned headphone, as opposed to an “in-the-ear” headphone. This feature makes the TV Listener compatible to use WITH hearing aids. TV Ears, on the other hand though, does boast a higher decibel level for those with hearing difficulties, but because of the budded ear pieces the hearing aid needs to be removed.

Battery Life: Both the TV Listener J3 & the TV Ears operate with a re-chargeable headset that lasts approximately 15 hours when fully charged. And re-charging is easy. Just connect to the receiver when not in use & you shouldn’t have to worry about either batteries running low.

Extra Headsets Available: 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.

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Source: Sherman Walters
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