It used to be a tad hard to find a good solution for wireless headphones for TV watching due to RF headphones experiencing a slight lag, causing the video and audio to fall slightly out of sync. This would be more than distracting at times, especially for those viewers who have any form of OCD. There were a number of a headsets that did better than others and a few that experienced no trouble at all. However, thanks to Bluetooth taking over for RF, this no longer applies.
Voxoom is a perfect example as these headphones provide wireless sound without any sync troubles. We have tested the headset with both analog and digital sound, and both formats sends seemingly flawlessly from the “TV BlueCaster” to the headphones.
Setup is simple, as all you have to do is attach a small black box (the TV BlueCaster) to the back of the TV and charge the headphones for listening. The box supports both 3.5mm (analog line-in) and optical (toslink) input coming from the back of your TV. It is powered by the TV as well using a mini USB to USB cable, and automatically turns on or off with the TV. The box is smaller than a 3.5″ floppy disk (remember those?) in size, and no thicker than an inch (3/4″ to be exact), therefore it can easily hide behind the TV, regardless of if it is on a stand or mounted against a wall–it even comes with velcro to attach it to the TV with.
The headphones come with a micro USB cable for charging and do deliver charged in the box, allowing you to play with them as soon as you put it all together–given, it is always recommended you fully charge your gadgets before first use, just in case.
In the box you also find a 3.5mm line-in cable and the optical toslink cable for connecting the box to the TV with. This was nice to see as a lot of devices that support optical, don’t come with the cable as it is considered an optional feature. This means there are no wires to trouble yourself with buying or rummaging around the house for, as it already comes with everything it would need.
Testing the system with both 3.5mm and optical, we did notice a difference in sound quality. Most TV stations (in our experience) were no broadcasting in digital, so the 3.5mm was necessary. This may have been an issue with the Samsung TV itself that we were testing on, since the information screen claimed the channels were coming in as Dolby Digital (so experience may vary depending on your TV). Switching to an app such as Netflix or Youtube however, we were able to get sound from the optical cable and with it, quite the improvement.
Standard analog sound coming from the channels seemed to be flat with little bass presence being broadcasted. Basically, the audio to the headphones sounded no different than the small speakers on the TV itself. This was fine since these are marketed as giving your TV the ability to send wirelessly, and not as an HD “full” sound experience. One thing we did notice, was there was a small echo between the TV’s volume and headphones while using analog. They are marketed as having no sync or echo troubles, so the slight echo was disappointing. No noticeable sync issues though, which was a plus.
The slight echo of course, is not an issue if you plan to use these to watch TV while others in the home are sleeping. It only becomes an issue if someone hard-of-hearing is watching with you and requires the headphones for amplified sound (assuming they are able to hear the TV in the distance).
Digital sound via optical is where these headphones perform the best. Audio is full with a good bass presence and sounds better than the TV’s speakers. There is also zero echo. Other than the apps on the smart TV (ie, Netflix, YouTube, etc), we were able to get digital audio from both Blu-ray and DVD as well. This resulted in a pleasant experience while watching TV shows or movies. There is also plenty of volume.
The wireless distance is said to have 33ft from the box to the headphones. In our tests, we were able to walk as far as 50ft away with three walls between the headphones and the box, and still had a connection (no dropouts). This was a neat feature as you can be sure that you can walk nearly anywhere around the home (ie, to get up to use the restroom), without having to miss anything.
Another feature they support, is the ability to pair with your smartphone as well, allowing you to take incoming calls. When a call is received, the audio switches from your TV to the phone automatically, and then back once the call is finished. To pair it with your phone, you simply have to hold the power button down while turning it on. A few seconds after the power-on tone, you will eventually hear a second tone that means you are in pairing mode. It will appear on your phone as “voxoom TV one”. Once paired, you want to power cycle both the box and the headphones. From that point forward, they will automatically connect to both the box and your phone when you power-on them on.
You can also use them as general Bluetooth headphones for your smartphone while not using your TV. The power button also functions as a pause/play or answer/end-call button. Holding the power button down for 1-2 seconds triggers a short beep. This will trigger your phone’s voice command screen (holding it down for 1-2 seconds further will power them off).
The headphones are very light weight and comfortable, with soft foam on the ears. They are do not offer an award-winning design, so you can’t expect to be too impressed by how they look. The band is stainless steel, wrapped in a rubberized coating for added comfort. Due to the design of the band, they seem quite similar to those simple headphones that came with your Sony Walkman as a kid, only these obviously sound better and have a better build to them.
These aren’t bad at all. They sound good, especially when using optical/digital sound and feel really comfortable on the head. Setup is quick and connects easily to the phone as well. Distance is also a great perk. They are slightly pricy around $89.99 (average) when they feel more like a $49.99 product. Both price and the slight echo on analog input affect the score slightly. We decided on a 7 out of 10 score for these. As analog sound is slowly phased out of TVs, these will become even better.
Maybe someday we will see a slightly fancier model from Voxoom that provides deep/rich sound for late-night movie watching.
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- 30 mm drivers
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Sound pressure level: 115 +/- 3 dB
- Bluetooth with low latency aptX codec
- Rechargeable 300 mAh Li-polymer battery
- Listening time: up to 10 hours
- Talk time: up to 11 hours
- Standby time: up to 450 hours
- Charging time: about 3 hours
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