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    Bluetooth advice needed

    hello,
    I am an old fart and my hearing is extremely poor. I currently use WIRED headphones.
    However, I'm considering buying a bluetooth headphone system. BUT, I have no idea at all of how it connects to my Tv OR if it has a way to INCREASE volume.

    I am told that my TV is a "smart" TV (whatever the hell that means).
    On the back of my TV, I see a number of ports. :HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3 (arc) , antennea, AV (uses RCA jacks) and USB media players. All of these appear to be INPUTS.

    Additionally, I have a headphone jack which gives me piss poor volume.

    Now, what in the world do I buy ? yes, I know I need the Bluetooth headphones BUT I don't know what piece of equipment gets me started .

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Please, explain like you would explain to a 5 year old. SERIOUSLY.
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    Re: Bluetooth advice needed

    If you have a pacemaker or auto defibrillator (ICD), stop reading here, because this type of device is not for you.

    I would check out the Sennheiser Set 860. Or the 880 model if you need the extra features like input switching. If you want headphones just for TV, the 860 will be fine.

    https://en-us.sennheiser.com/wireles...thoset-set-860

    I would not recommend the RS2000. It's a low-end unit that's less tolerant of congested WiFi environments than the 860/880. What I mean is if you have lots of nearby WiFi stations (apartment complexes and condos and so on), they might interfere with the RS2000. The 860 and 880 are able to evade in-use WiFi channels.

    The unit will come with the 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable you need to connect it to your TV's headphone jack.

    Read the instructions well. Once the unit is connected and the headphones charged, make sure your TV is set to a very low level, then use the volume buttons on the headphones to get the volume you want. If the volume is still not loud enough, only then increase the volume on the TV.

    https://assets.sennheiser.com/global...al_1118_EN.pdf

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    Re: Bluetooth advice needed

    buy something like apple airpods pro, they are value for money, or maybe get something like sony over/on the ear headphones if you want longer battery life.

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    Re: Bluetooth advice needed

    Get the "no frills" model!



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    Re: Bluetooth advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Loner View Post
    hello,
    I am an old fart and my hearing is extremely poor. I currently use WIRED headphones.
    However, I'm considering buying a bluetooth headphone system. BUT, I have no idea at all of how it connects to my Tv OR if it has a way to INCREASE volume.

    I am told that my TV is a "smart" TV (whatever the hell that means).
    On the back of my TV, I see a number of ports. :HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3 (arc) , antennea, AV (uses RCA jacks) and USB media players. All of these appear to be INPUTS.

    Additionally, I have a headphone jack which gives me piss poor volume.

    Now, what in the world do I buy ? yes, I know I need the Bluetooth headphones BUT I don't know what piece of equipment gets me started .

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Please, explain like you would explain to a 5 year old. SERIOUSLY.
    A few years ago, I had to edumacate myself on getting bluetooth headphones for my then-new smart TV and I didn't know diddly about wireless headphones or bluetooth. Here's what I can say from memory:

    Buying headphones: I read many, many (subjective) reviews at the time, was very concerned to avoid buying something that I'd be disappointed for its inability to block out outside noise. This may be most noticeable if you use the headphones for its noise-cancelling feature where you are not listening to any music or TV but just want to block out the outside noise, like when sitting in the back of an airplane. You indicate that your hearing is extremely poor so maybe outside noise is not an issue. Or, maybe it is an issue, if you consider the signal-to-noise ratio, where "signal" = the sounds you desire and "noise" = the sounds you do not desire). I guess you'll know more about that than me.

    Of course, the difference in quietness between buying the top-of-the-line headphones versus the 2nd-in-line may not be noticeable. (You sound old enough to remember in the 1970s how phonograph sellers in magazines like Playboy got us all excited to choose between belt-drive and direct drive turntables, and between straight tone arms and angled tone arms, with all of their graphs and charts of minescule differences? Did it really matter, I wonder? LOL)

    I had the money to avoid regret and so I shopped for the top-of-the-line headphones which came down to a choice between, IIRC, Bose QuietComfort brand or Sony WH-1000XM3. It seemed every year either model would get a slight improvement over the other. Bose seemed to edge out Sony in a certain way at the time but Sony had a cool feature where you could temporarily turn off the sound by cupping your hand over the right-side phone, a convenient feature when on an airplane and the flight attendant wants to speak to you.

    A close friend of mine decided for me by surprising me for my birthday with a Sony WH-H900N, not top-of-the-line but which also had that cool hand-cupping feature. I am quite happy with it. All those years sitting in the back of the plane with engine noise, how did I ever get along without headphones?

    If you're interested in either brand, here is a 2021 link I found comparing the two latest top-of-the-line, Bose QuietComfort 35 II versus Sony WH-1000XM4:

    https://www.soundguys.com/bose-quiet...1000xm4-38404/

    Increasing/decreasing volume is as easy as turning a thumbwheel found on either your left or right headphone or, in the case of Sony models, a vertical swipe of your finger along the outside of the right-side phone. Verify this info with any brand/model you plan to buy. You can also crank your TV volume, I think, to influence the range available to your thumbwheel.

    Since you are buying bluetooth, all of those physical connections on the back of your TV will not matter. Your connection between your headphones and your TV will be OTA (over-the-air, aka wireless). Just verify that your smart TV is indeed equipped for bluetooth by either consulting your TV owner's manual or navigating your smart TV to Settings and explore its options. Not sure how old your TV is, but verify in your manual what version of bluetooth it supports. Frankly, I forget how much of a concern the version number might be but make a note of it as you shop for headphones to see if there is a compatibility issue. If you have misplaced your manual, many can still be found online for specific models.

    Establishing your wireless connection between your headphones and your TV (also called "pairing") is quite easy. Just read your headphone guide and your TV manual for how to establish it. Any detail I might give you here may vary from what you see on your TV menu or in your headphones guide. You only have to "pair" it once, then anytime in the future when both your TV and your headphones are turned on and in bluetooth range of each other, the connection will already be there.

    BTW, for airline flights, since there is nothing on the plane for you to "pair" your headphones with, yes you will need to actually plug in the bluetooth headphones to the seat in front of you but a small cable is provided with your headphones for this.
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