Infrared Headphones Review

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Why Infrared Headphones?

While there are several types of wireless headphones available, what makes infrared a better choice? Unlike Bluetooth headphones and other wireless headphones, infrared headphones give you clean audio, so you can listen without the annoying static. The high sound quality of infrared headphones rivals that of their tethered counterparts, just without the restricting cords. You can listen to the radio or television anywhere within a 30-foot range. As long as you can see the transmitter and are within the effective range, you will have the excellent audio connection you expect; that best wireless headphones for TV.

Infrared Headphones: What to Look For

When you are looking for the best infrared headphones for you, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: features, design and help and support. Out of all the infrared headphones available on today’s market we have narrowed it down to our top 10 favorites and now offer the best infrared headphone comparisons and reviews. We ranked each one according to its performance in those three categories. The best infrared headphones we found are the Able Planet True Fidelity Wireless Infrared Headphones, the Sony Infrared Wireless Headphones and the Pyle Dual Wireless IR Mobile Video Stereo Headphones w/ Transmitter. If you want to learn more about the best infrared wireless headphones, you can view our learning center articles on infrared headphones.

Features
When looking at features something that we keep at the front of our mind is convenience. One such convenient feature is an automatic shutdown function that turns off your headphones if they have remained idle (without sound) for a specified amount of time. Effective range is another important feature to keep in mind because this gives you the approximate distance you will be able to move away from the transmitter and still get the audio.

Design
Design encompasses the build and life quality of the infrared headphones design. It looks at the type of batteries your headphones will use, their lifetime and the charging time. It also takes into account the style of headphones, the comfort and the storage. The best infrared headphones provide a long life, incredible ease of use and lasting comfort.

Help & Support
Many consumers commonly overlook help and support resources when preparing to make a purchase; however, they are an important aspect to consider when purchasing your own infrared headphones. As with all electronics, it’s important to make sure the infrared headphones you select have a warranty. We suggest becoming familiar with that warranty and knowing whether you need to register your product online, how long it’s good for and if you need to save your original receipt with purchase date. One of the other most important aspects to look at is the manufacturer’s customer support. Their availability, response time and assistance all factor in. We contacted each company so we could tell you how well they respond to their customers.

We have created reviews for each of the top infrared headphones we found to share our findings in the above areas. You will also find a side-by-side comparison of the headphones broken down into these categories so you can more easily see what standout features each product provides. For the latest news on technology, what’s new and what's being talked about, follow TopTenREVIEWS on Facebook or on Twitter @TopTenREVIEWS.

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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
True Fidelity Infrared Headphones Sony Infrared Wireless Headphones Pyle Dual Wireless IR Headphones Boss HS-IR Infrared Headphones Pyle Wireless IR Headphones Wireless Headphones Audiovox Wireless Headphones Koss HB79 Infrared Stereophone Wireless Infrared Headphones Koss HB70 Infrared Stereophone
True Fidelity Infrared Headphones Sony Infrared Wireless Headphones Pyle Dual Wireless IR Headphones Boss HS-IR Infrared Headphones Pyle Wireless IR Headphones Wireless Headphones Audiovox Wireless Headphones Koss HB79 Infrared Stereophone Wireless Infrared Headphones Koss HB70 Infrared Stereophone
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Lowest Price
Visit True Fidelity Infrared Headphones IR200T
$86.88
Visit Sony Infrared Wireless Headphones MDR-IF240RK
$37.99
Visit Pyle Dual Wireless IR Headphones PLVWH6
$56.54
Visit Boss HS-IR Infrared Headphones
$37.66
Visit Pyle Wireless IR Headphones PLVWH5
$18.35
Visit Wireless Headphones HP-22IRT
$45.24
Visit Audiovox Wireless Headphones IRHSCS
$41.75
Visit Koss HB79 Infrared Stereophone
$40.99
Visit Wireless Infrared Headphones WLHP-100
$16.09
Visit Koss HB70 Infrared Stereophone
$40.99
Ratings
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9.75
9.25
8.50
8.00
7.75
7.50
6.88
6.25
5.00
10
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8
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5
4
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2
1
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
8.75
10.00
8.75
8.75
7.50
10.00
7.50
7.50
8.13
8.75
8.75
7.50
6.25
7.50
7.50
7.50
6.88
6.88
6.88
6.25
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5.00
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Compatability
Home Audio System
With Adapter With Adapter With Adapter  
With Adapter
Home VCR/DVD Player
With Adapter With Adapter With Adapter  
With Adapter
Home TV
With Adapter With Adapter With Adapter  
With Adapter
In-Vehicle Audio System
With Adapter
With Adapter
With Adapter
Features
Headphones Included 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
Effective Range 45 ft 24 ft 26 ft 10-15 ft 26 ft 25-30 ft 10 ft 20 ft 25-30 ft 20 ft
Effective Degree 360-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees 180-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees 90-degrees
Frequency Response 20–20,000Hz 18-22,000Hz 20-20,000Hz Not Available 20-20,000Hz Not Available Not Available 30-15,000Hz Not Available 30-15,000Hz
Personal Volume Control
Automatic Shutdown
 
 
Transmitter Included
 
 
 
Surround Sound
         
Design
Battery Type 2-AAA NiMH Rechargeable or 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA 2-AAA
Battery Life 50 Hours 60 Hours or 28 Hours 48 Hours 50 Hours 48 Hours Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Transmitter Power Jack DC Input AC Power Adapter DC Input DC Input DC Input DC Input N/A DC Input DC Input DC Input
Input Audio Signal Jack RCA Cables and Mini Plug Uni Match Plug Adapter RCA Cables RCA Cables RCA Cables RCA Cables N/A RCA Cables RCA Cables RCA Cables
Cushion Design On-Ear On-Ear On-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear On-Ear On-Ear On-Ear
Head Strap Design On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head On-Head Behind-Head
Adjustable Head Strap
 
Replaceable Ear Pads
 
 
Carrying Case
 
       
Help & Support
User Manual
 
 
Customer Support via Email
 
Online Form
Online Form
Customer Support via Phone
Warranty Lifetime Limited 90 Days 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 36 Months Lifetime Limited 1 Year Lifetime Limited