Are you looking for a good pair of headphones that you can use with many different devices including your TV? Maybe you want to watch TV at night or listen to music on a Hi-Fi radio system (wirelessly) without disturbing your significant other. If so, these headphones are all you need.
The 2.4GHz digital wireless headphones by RIF6 include a wireless transmitter that is also a charging dock. With perfectly clear sound, over-the-ear noise-canceling earphones, wireless UHF technology, and smart features, it's sure to impress.
Note: these do not have Bluetooth capabilities; they can only be used via the wireless transmitter or when directly connected to your device using an audio cable.
Inside the Box
The headphones come with everything you need to get set up listening to your DVD player, television, stereo or whatever else you'd like to use them with.
Along with the headset and wireless transmitter, in the box you'll find:
- Two RCA cables (3.5mm - RCA and RCA - RCA)
- 3.5mm direct line-in cable
- AC/DC adaptor
- Two NiMH AAA size batteries
- 3.5mm ~ 6.3mm stereo plug
- Concise, easy-to-follow user manual
The Setup Process
Setup is a piece of cake. It took me all of five minutes to find a place for the wireless transmitter, plug in the power adapter and connect the 3.5mm RCA cable.
Setting Up the Wireless Receiver
The red and white ends of the RCA cable go into the back of the wireless transmitter, while the audio jack goes into the Audio Out port on your audio source.
I connected this to my Samsung Smart TV which has an Audio Out port, making the process very easy. However, not all TVs are made equal. I can see this being an issue if your TV does not have this port. You may need a different type of cable or some type of adapter. Also, if you're connecting it to a stereo system, remember to use the stereo plug.
If you are connected to TV/DVD/Hi-Fi, you'll need to make sure the Attenuation switch is set to -8dB; for CD/MP3/iPod you can keep it on 0dB.
Setting Up the Headphones
Remember those two AAA rechargeable batteries? They have to be inserted into the right earphone. This is done by carefully rotating the ear pad and then pulling it off.
Once you insert the batteries, you can twist the ear pad back on. To test them, press and hold the power button on the left earphone for a couple seconds. A red indicator light should appear right above the power button.
It's recommended that you fully charge the headset before use by placing it on the wireless transmitter. The headphones need to be off, and the transmitter needs to be on to charge. A full charge can take up to 6 hours.
Usage and Features
Now that everything is powered up and ready to go, you can turn on the audio source (for me, my TV). Make sure the wireless transmitter is on. There are two LED indicators on the transmitter (charge on the top and power below it). When turned on, you should see the Blue power LED flashing for around eight to nine seconds, then remain blue.
Now, turn on your headphones by pressing the power button for a couple seconds. The LED will light up red and then change to green when the audio signal link between the transmitter and headphones is established. If no audio signal is detected, the LED will remain red. I did notice that the blue indicator on the wireless transmitter goes away if left on too long, so you may need to turn it off and back on again to pair the two.
Once both are connected to each other, you can adjust the padded headband on the headset and put it on. I found the headset comfortable to wear; the earphones are soft and well cushioned. Even after six hours, I didn't have any extreme pressure on my head or ears.
If you are connected to your TV, you'll have to change the speaker settings (in TV settings). For instance, my TV lets me choose between TV speaker and Audio out.
If there is interference or a poor signal reception, the headphones will be muted and the LED will change to red. It will automatically start searching for another channel and connect to an available one.
Also, when the batteries in the headset are low, the LED indicator will blink red and beep every minute to indicate the last five minutes of working time - one beep in each of the four minutes and two beeps in the last minute. Then, it will shut off.
As I mentioned above, the wireless transmitter also serves as a charging dock. The headset's "charting contacts" sit right on top of the "charging pins." This is also a really convenient way to store the headset.
- Operating Voltage: Transmitter DC 5v 550mA
- Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
- Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.5%
- Signal to Noise Ration: 70dB
- Operation Distance: Up to 100 feet
A few issues:
- The 2.4GHz frequency may interfere with other electronics (a few have reported this on Amazon). I didn't have any interference issues while testing over a ten-hour period with many wireless gadgets running.
- When using wirelessly, the headphones turn off if there is no sound for five minutes which can be inconvenient or annoying at times. When connected directly, this is not an issue.
- There is no built-in microphone, so don't expect to make/take calls or video chat.
- When using with my TV, the volume doesn't go up as loud as I'd like. It's loud enough but a bit limited. Sadly, I'm unable control the volume via my TV; it tells me to use the Audio Out device for that. When connected directly to my computer, the volume is very loud as expected. This might be a TV issue.
The RIF6 digital wireless headphones exceeded my expectations. The range, in particular, is really impressive. Along with being able to go anywhere in my apartment (even the bathroom which is a dead zone), I went all the way outside to my car and sat inside while still being able to hear my TV with perfect connectivity. Besides the volume issue, I have no complaints.
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