Another day, another disappointing attempt at connecting headphones to a Smart TV.
As a TV critic, many screens will appear. The biggest problem with the testing process is getting it set up and ready for a variety of devices, including game consoles, streaming devices, audio accessories, and streaming service accounts. ..and I can’t help wondering why it’s usually so cumbersome to connect wireless headphones.
While some smart TVs still have cable headphone output these days, in the rise of wireless audio and wired headphones rarely have enough cable to comfortably watch TV at the same time. Given the fact that it isn’t, this is a rare sight. ..
There are several wireless headphones to choose from, such as TV-only headphones that can carry 5.1 (or 7.1) channel audio, or active noise cancellation that blocks out the sounds of family, friends, and home. However, it’s entirely possible to connect Bog standard wireless earphones or over-ear cans and enjoy a single audio time.
It is possible, but it is not always intuitive. Just trying to find the right settings caused a lot of problems. It is hidden far away from the audio settings that are likely to be adjusted. Anker projectors like the Nebula SolarPortable (with Android TVs) don’t have audio, and the new Panasonic OLED TVs with HomeMyScreen have a connection option under Remote Control and Accessories—instead of Sound, the Setup submenu (Setup > Bluetooth Setup > Bluetooth Audio) In. ) hold them down.
If you’re familiar with this connection setup quicker, it’s not too difficult to figure out what to do, but the experience isn’t always smooth.
“I don’t think it’s a priority for TV manufacturers,” said Vincent Teoh, TV critic and calibration specialist at HDTVTest. “If not, TV makers usually do not allocate resources to implement it. Hmm. ”
This somewhat reflects Anker’s official answer that “Bluetooth is not a required feature”, and that only “about a quarter” of customers use Bluetooth in projector range.
When connecting to a Panasonic TV, it’s important to set the sound to “Bluetooth only” and make sure the TV remote controls the headphones themselves. However, I found that the high-end over-ear Sony WH-1000XM4’s touch controls might not work when connected to the Panasonic JZ2000. It felt like a strange loss of ability in that situation.
In addition, the lack of interest in Bluetooth connectivity on TVs (from some manufacturers, some users, often not using this feature regularly) is only compatible with headphones, such that it is evident that it is sometimes blind. Causes spots. I will go here. Similar to the LGE9 OLED we reviewed in 2019, the Bluetooth connection may not work at all.
In honor of Panasonic, the 2021 TV range includes a new Dual Bluetooth feature that allows you to set different volume settings for the two connected headphones. Dual connectivity is also standard on the new Apple TV 4K of the Apple AirPods.
However, there is clearly a long way to go before the implementation of Bluetooth on smart TVs becomes as intuitive and easy as switching image presets at the push of a button.
For those who want to watch TV or movies on headphones, there are a number of ways to do so—don’t expect it to be as easy as it should be for a while.