using wireless earbuds to watch TV
Hundreds of millions of households around the world watch TV every day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, evidence suggests a dramatic increase in TV viewing beyond the already high numbers.

“According to the data from Comcast, the average household is watching TV at least 8 hours more per week.” – MLive

With so many watching more TV, there’s a heightened interested in ways to enhance watching television. Using wireless earbuds for TV is one such way of making the experience more immersive.

Getting the TV Volume Just Right

Adjusting the TV volume is a frustrating process at times. Soft conversations and dialogue are too faint too hear. But then a loud battle or a blaring commercial suddenly sounds almost deafening.

Trying to balance the volume for multiple people in the room is even harder. This is especially true if anyone in the room is hard of hearing. Another common issue is loud background noise that requires the TV volume to be uncomfortably loud just to be audible.

Using set of wireless earbuds for TV like IQbuds² MAX in tandem with a bluetooth streaming device like IQstream TV is a perfect solution. While wearing the earbuds, the user can independently control the volume of the TV coming through their earbuds. However loud or quiet the earbud volume, the volume on the TV remains unaffected.

Consider some of the useful applications of this independent volume control:

  • Amplified volume for the hard of hearing without disturbing others
  • Listen to TV as loud as you wish while others are sleeping or need quiet
  • Using active noise cancellation (ANC) technology, reduce background noise. Hear the television audio without turning up volume to dangerous levels
  • Mute the TV volume during ads with the tap of an earbud. Then bring it back with another tap.

Bring Back the Magic of TV with Wireless Earbuds

A quiet conversation, the crescendo of battle, the magic of the melody. These are the audio moments you don’t want to miss when watching TV. But without a sound bar or high-priced speakers, it’s hard to achieve a consistent level of high quality TV sound.

If you move to another part of the room, the music may fade, or the speech may muddy.  Or as discussed earlier, you may find yourself fiddling the volume on a constant basis.

Read what Matthew Kitchen of the Wall Street Journal had to say about using headphones or wireless earbuds for TV:

“My set always sounds pure and consistent; the audio doesn’t dim if I move 4 feet. The dialogue and score coexist evenly so I don’t have to constantly fiddle with the volume between scenes. The sound travels with me so I needn’t hit pause to go refill my glass or brush my teeth, and I no longer have to rewind if I miss something due to a door slamming.”

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Features to Look for in a TV Hearing Device

There are a number of features to consider when choosing a TV hearing device. From the form factor of the device, to the earcup design, and noise cancelling capability, here are some things to look for.


Generally there are three different form factors available in headphones or earphones. The options include in-ear devices, on-ear devices, and over-the-ear devices. Below is a breakdown of each:

  • In-ear devices are earbuds that sit inside the ear cancel. By way of sitting in the ear canal, these options offer passive noise cancellation, while earbuds like IQbuds² MAX offer ANC for even better noise control. In-ear options are also the lightest and most portable.
  • On-ear devices are headphones that rest on the ear without entirely covering it. High-end options offer great sound though some ambient noise will leak through the spaces between the ear and the speaker cushions.
  • Over-the-ear devices are large headphones that fully enclose the ear. The are highly effective at blocking outside noise and offer tremendous sound. However they are also very large and bulky which deters some users.

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When it comes to how much outside noise passes through an earbud or headphone, consider the earcup design style. An open-end design allows outside noise to mix with the digital audio. By contrast a closed-end design is fully sealed, allowing sound out only where it can reach the ear.

For those looking for a middle ground, semi open-end headphones or earbuds allow in only a small amount of outside noise. Another alternative would be hear through earbuds like IQbuds² MAX. These earbuds allow users tomanually control how much outside noise is audible through the speakers via a smart phone app.


For a truly immersive TV listening experience, look for headphones or earbuds with ANC. The distractions of noisy kids, a loud neighbor, or barking dogs melt away with the help of active noise cancellation. With the tap of an earbud, IQbuds² MAX users can completely block outside noise with ANC to immerse themselves in their TV audio.


A common complaint from consumers using headphones or wireless earbuds for TV is a disconnect between the timing of the video and audio. Even a one-second delay between what’s happening on screen and the audio in your ears can be very frustrating.

Look for products such as IQbuds² MAX equipped with aptX LL (low latency) technology from Qualcomm. The presence of aptX LL ensures a perfect sync between audio and video when streaming from the TV to your earbuds.

Make a Smart Investment with Wireless Earbuds for TV

With the right features, wireless earbuds for TV will greatly enhance one of the world’s most popular leisure activities. For those with a bit of hearing trouble, or those looking to eliminate distracting background noise, the difference may be striking. To learn more about IQbuds² MAX earbuds or the IQstream TV Bluetooth audio streamer, click on the links below:

October 7th, 2020