How to set up wireless headphones
Products needed: A/V receiver, TV, DVD or CD player; wireless headphones
Headphones let you experience music, movies, TV, and games without disturbing other members of your household, but the cord can be restricting. Today, we'll show you how to go cordless by setting up wireless headphones.
Step 1: Choose infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) headphones.
You'll need to choose between infrared and radio frequency headphones. Infrared, or IR, headphones require a line-of-sight connection with the transmitter. In other words, they'll work in only the room that houses the transmitter, which must be positioned away from any obstructions. Radio frequency, or RF, headphones have a longer range, allowing you to listen in different rooms or out on the patio, for instance. However, your mileage may vary depending on factors such as the construction materials of your home and interference from other wireless devices, including Wi-Fi networks and cordless phones. Some newer headphones use a digital RF standard called Bluetooth, an updated version of the wireless technology found in some laptops and cellular phones.
Step 2: Charge the headphones.
Most wireless headphones include rechargeable batteries that need to be charged right off the bat. First, place the transmitter base near your home stereo. Plug the transmitter base into a power outlet, place the headphones on the base, and allow the batteries to fully charge for up to 24 hours. Some models include a spare battery, so one can always be charging in the base while the other is in use.
Step 3: Connect the transmitter base to your audio source.
Now, you're ready to connect the headphones' transmitter base to your A/V receiver, TV, or other audio source. If the transmitter base has a digital audio input, use it to get the best possible sound. Otherwise, stick with the analog RCA outputs or even the headphone jack, depending on the connections available and the model of headphones you're using. Connect one end of an audio cable to the input located on the transmitter base. Connect the other end of the cable to a matching output on your A/V receiver or other audio source device.
Step 4: Use your wireless headphones.
If your wireless headphones are connected to an A/V receiver, use the receiver's controls to select a playback device such as your DVD player. Next, pop in a DVD or CD, and start playback. Confirm that the headphones are powered on and adjust the headphones' volume control until the sound is at a comfortable level. You could also engage the simulated surround option that may be available on the headphones or on your audio source. Once you've adjusted the sound to your liking, sit back and enjoy. When you've finished listening, return the headphones to the transmitter base so that they'll be ready to go next time.