TV Audio Accessory of the Year
If you like to crank the TV while others sleep, listening on headphones is a good solution. Some TVs can now stream directly to a pair of Bluetooth headphones, but for better (CD-quality) sound we’ve long been fans of Sennheiser’s RS range of home wireless headphones. This year the German headphone meisters released a product which delivers the wireless technology but allows you to plug in your own preferred headphones. And that’s the $349.95 Sennheiser Flex 5000 we’re recognising here.
The Flex 5000 comprises a transmitter and receiver pair. The transmitter is the larger unit in the picture above, resembling an oversized remote control, with socketry at its top, and a magnetic bonding space for the smaller receiver unit at the bottom. Plug in either an optical cable from your TV or a minijack cable from your TV’s headphone socket (both cables are included), then take the little receiver unit from its charging dock, use the clip on the back to fix it to your clothing of choice, and plug your preferred headphones into the minijack headphone output on the bottom (Sennheiser does generously include a pair of MX 475 in-ear phones in the box).
“Bring your own headphones and plug them into Sennheiser’s proven digital wireless transmission system. A great solution for TV audio and music.”
Set-up is pretty much idiotproof; we ran optical from our TV and analogue from our hi-fi amp’s tape loop, so by switching between them we could enjoy wireless music as well as TV sound all in full hi-fi quality, on our favourite headphones. Neat, clever, easy, and fine audio quality at its heart. Info: www.sennheiser.com.au