wireless headphones

Why Do My Bluetooth Headphones Sound Bad?


Episode 1707

Paul from Columbus, OH

Paul recently bought a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. Leo says they are fine. Not great, but good enough. Paul complains though, that after ten minutes, the sound drops and gets garbled. Leo says that's a Bluetooth issue that's likely specific to that model. Worth returning or exchanging. Leo says he has the older version, which works well. He may want to try the Aeropex.  At the end of the day though, Bluetooth is just terrible, because it handles far more bandwidth than it was designed for. 

Scott Wilkinson ... Stylish

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1705

Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about wireless earphones and says that the small rubber tips on Apple's AirPod Pros are really important to sealing the headphone and blocking out ambient noise. Called "in-ear headphones" or monitors, those tips will ensure a weighty sound with bass. But Apple's headphones are hugely expensive and Leo says that there's an insane profit margin in that category. Especially with Apple's Beats brand. 

What wireless headphones are good for watching TV?

Episode 1238

Phil from Anaheim, CA

Phil would like to watch TV with wireless headphones so he doesn't disturb the rest of his family late at night. Leo says to look for a good Bluetooth headset that uses A2DP or AptX. USA Today recently came up with a whole list of options at usatoday.com

Another good place to look is at headphones.reviewed.com Beyer Dynamics and Sony both make great wireless headphones.

Why does the audio get out of sync with my Bluetooth headphones?

Episode 1191

Paul from Michigan

Paul is frustrated because his audio is out of sync with his video. Leo says that's a common issue because audio is much easier to compress and decompress than video. But Paul says it gets out of sync with his wireless Bluetooth headphones only. Leo says that's a latency issue. Wired headphones would likely solve the problem.

Could I watch movies using bluetooth headphones?

Episode 968

Art from Scottsdale, AZ

Art wants to listen to his blu-ray movies via bluetooth with a wireless set of headphones. Leo says he would need a Bluetooth dongle. Some work well, but a lot don't. There's another issue of battery life. Leo also says that Art will want a headphone and Bluetooth adapter that supports the stereo A2DP spec. There's a number of them for sale on Amazon. Check out the Miccus Home RTX Transmitter/Receiver.

What's the best way for someone hard of hearing to watch TV without disturbing others?

Sennheiser wireless headphones

Episode 898

Ted from Iron River, MI

He'll want to get wireless headphones. Most TVs have a headphone jack on it. There are two types of wireless headphones, infrared and RF. Infrared are line-of-sight only, so if he turned his head, he'd lose the audio. Leo says to always get the RF type to avoid that issue.

Sennheiser offers wireless headphones as well, but he should make sure to get the RF type.