Wireless headphones for TV

Discussion in 'Sound Cards and Speakers' started by WeatherMan, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm doing a job for a family members friend, who is partially deaf and needs a way to connect some wireless headphones to his TV without muting the internal TV speakers, so that his wife can still hear the TV.

    He wants to be able to control the volume levels on the TV and headphones separately.

    The TV that he has is a Samsung UE43NU7400 and it has optical out, hdmi and USB connections, but no 3.5mm jack

    He has a set of Sennheiser TR120 headphones which are bluetooth from the base unit and has a independent volume control, but connect to source via 3.5mm, so this isn't compatible with the TV.

    I'm not sure the best way to go setting this up for him, my only option as I know is adding a soundbar to the TV, one that has a 3.5mm jack as an output, select the audio output as external on the TV to the soundbar, and then connect the bluetooth headphones via 3.5mm output aux. Then I still have the issue of whether the soundbar turns off when the headphone base unit is plugged into it.

    Does anyone know of a soundbar that can do what I need or any other option that would work. The guy's bought a USB bluetooth adapter but that doesn't work as there's no drivers that can be installed to the TV for it, there's also an option to set up Wi-Fi audio streaming on the TV, but according to the manual this only works for speakers and not headphones.

    As well as that the only other way to stream is buying a new pair of wireless headphones with a base unit that connects via optical out, but that would mean selecting sound output from the TV, and disabling the internal speakers, which isn't ideal, and the only model I've found so far is super expensive.

    Thanks
     
  2. UnholyVision

    UnholyVision Active Member

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    The best solution in my opinion is to get a sound system that supports the 3.5mm connection in/out or RCA in/out and convert a 3.5mm to RCA. Then grab something similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DPWR274/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    That one allows passthrough of 3.5mm to 3.5mm or toslink to toslink. Allowing the speakers and headphones to play at that same time. Along with allowing bluetooth headphone connections.

    Though if that isn't an option on the TV. Toslink would be the next best solution. Then you just get a sound system with that. Then buy more equipment on top of that to convert 3.5mm to toslink. (Of course again make sure the sound system has a toslink in and out)
    Edit: https://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-HD802...d=1544110596&sr=1-7&keywords=3.5mm+to+toslink
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018

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