11 Best Headphones for Watching Movies (Mostly Under $100) – 2016

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Let me guess:

You love watching movies, don’t you?

When we think about movies; it self-evident of watching them using a big Theatre-like Surround Sound System...

...or a big Soundbar that sits just under you TV producing movie sound in all it’s glory.

Since TV speakers are dysfunctional in creating any good quality audio experience, we upgrade to bigger and better sound system, don’t we?

Then why the hell are you searching for best headphones for watching movies?

Shall I guess again?

For moments when it’s late at night and you don’t want to disturb anyone...

...or you just want to indulge in an immersive listening experience for your favorite movies.

Don’t you?

Before we move on to know about the best wireless headphones for TV watching:


Also Check: Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $100: 7 Best Picks!

Here’s what you need to know…

If you search on Google for ‘best headphones for watching movies’ or ‘what are the best wireless headphones for tv?’, articles from theWirecutter and CoconutDaily pops up…

…that either lists headphones using Radio Frequency or some Studio Grade Models which costs well over $300

Sennheiser RS 175 - bes headphones for tv watching

Sennheiser RS 175 is a $300 RF based Headphones

Can you imagine? A whooping $300 price burn

Since I represent an average consumer; the majority of people who visit this website…

…it’s recognizable that we don’t want to spend money on Headphones; that we spend usually on Surround Sound Systems and Soundbars.

Though there are plenty of best surround sound headphones, but we don't want to go there.

Technically; since I have good experience in testing various headphones, I can confidently say that…

“For a great sound experience, you don’t need headphones that cost more than $100.”

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There’s only a marginal difference in costly headphones as all the money is invested into upgrading...

…and very less on the actual audio experience

Sometimes higher price doesn’t equals to improvement of sound…

"Each headphone brand has its own signature sound, hence if you switch from a $100 Sony headphone to a $100 Audio-Technica headphone… you’ll notice sufficient sound difference as Sony Headphones pack in a punchy bass whereas the latter has balanced sound only with minute added coloring."


Also Check: 10 Best Headphones for Music Production

Hence if you move higher the ladder; there’s marginal sound improvement and mega sound difference.

Only very few headphones brands (audio-enthusiasts filled companies) actually upgrade sound experience with a higher price.

Moving on…

Let’s get back to our topic on best headphones for movies.

Things to Consider… Before Buying the Best Headphones for Movies

#1: Connectivity: Wired or Wireless?

Well, given this choice… all of you would say ‘Wireless!’

That’s great! Because it provides convenience by eliminating wires altogether.

However… if you ask me, this is ultimately an important choice to make.

If you ask the question like ‘What are the best headphones for watching movies on Laptop?’; I’d readily recommend Wired Solutions… as you would sit very near to your laptop.

When it comes to ‘best wireless headphones for tv watching’; things change a bit.

Here’s what my experience says:

“Wired Headphones have better sound quality compared to Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.”

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Bluetooth Technology on Wireless Headphones requires the transmitter to first compress audio files and then transmit it to headphones… so there aren’t any audio breaks while listening. However with latest versions like Bluetooth 4.0 and AptX technology; things have taken a much better turn for Bluetooth.

In Wired Headphones; no such compression takes place.

Still if you do want to buy the best wireless headphones watching TV; you ultimately need to buy another small device that provides Bluetooth transmission which we’ll discuss later.


Do read: Best Earbuds under $100

#2: How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

As I mentioned earlier; for any average consumer like us… we don’t require costly headphones that are priced well over $300.

Any solution bundled under $100 is just enough. Event the majority of headphones in this list are priced under $100… so that you don’t have to burn your pockets.

#3: Things Required to Complete our Setup

There are majority of Radio Frequency based headphones like the Sennheiser RS 120 that are made specifically for TV Watching.

Such RF based headphones have a big bulky base port that connects to RCA or stereo port of your TV and transmits audio signals from TV to headphones.

The problem is... you cannot take these headphones out of your house as it requires the base port to receive any signals

Since we all are very dependent on Bluetooth technology as it works with every devices like PC, Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, MP3 Players, Cars and so on…

However… the worst part is; even the costliest of TV don’t come with Bluetooth Connectivity.

That's bad!

Since you landed here… I’ll show you an alternative solution to this problem.

We have this super-sleek, small and convenient special device that can give any TV... wireless capability.

It is called:

Keedox Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver

Keedox Bluetooth Transmitter - How to Watch TV with headphones

Keedox 2-in-1 Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter

Here’s how to connect your Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Keedox.

  • Just like any RF based headphones; Keedox replaces the Base Port and connects to stereo or RCA port of your TV.
  • Power on Keedox
  • Power on your Bluetooth Headphones
  • Turn off; all other Bluetooth on all devices in your sight like Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet, Streaming Player and so... for seamless pairing.
  • Now set Keedox to pairing mode by pressing and holding its power button for 3 seconds until it starts blinking red-and-blue lights at a fast pace
  • Press and hold pairing button on your headphones until both devices are paired and red-blue light stops blinking.
  • Now you’re done!


Do check: Under 5 Minutes Connect Wireless Headphones to TV

This was for Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth, now:

What About Wired Headphones?

You might be thinking about how to watch TV with Headphones that have wires?

If you are planning on watching TV in your living room; I’d definitely suggest going for wireless headphones; as the next solution I am going to show involves more wires.

Yes! You heard it right.

Let’s say you just bought new wired headphones that sound excellent… but to watch movies from them you need to sit very close to it.

However you can ditch this idea by investing in a ‘Cable Extension’; this is basically a long audio cable whose male part goes into your TV’s stereo port and your headphones 3.5mm jack goes into the female part of this cable.

Audio Cable - best headphones for movies

Male-to-Female 3.5mm Headphone Cable


Also Check: Best Noise Cancelling Headphones under $100: Top 3 Picks

#4: Where Can I/You Buy Headphones?

For convenience purpose; I’d suggest anyone to get their headphones from Amazon.com as it’s the most trusted ecommerce site with highest number of headphones.

Other sites you can look upto is Audio46.com, bhphotovideo.com and headphone.com

You can also take a look at your local audio stores which have huge number of headphones on display; so you can hear before you buy.

Ok! Shall we move deeper into our list of Top 10 Best Headphones for Watching Movies?

Let’s go!

Top 11 Best Headphones for Watching Movies


#11: Pioneer SE-M521

If you know something about Pro-Audio and Cars Music System; there are chances you might have heard about this brand called Pioneer.

Pioneer SE-M521 - where can you buy headphones

Pioneer SE-M521

For many years; the brand has excellent reputation in producing innumerable pro-audio products that have been dazzling musicians, as well as average consumers like us.

Pioneer SE-M521 is one those products targeted directly at Average consumers with hell-break-loose price and Pro-DJ like design.

Pioneer SE-M521 - where can I buy headphones

These are closed back headphones enclosing 40mm diameter drivers.

If you don’t know what closed back headphones are… refer this guide.

The design of these headphones is like the one seen on DJ headphones; however the earcups don’t fold.

Featuring a twin-headband design; gives it a look of very premium headphones range.

With a frequency range of 7Hz-40kHz; these definitely are best surround sound headphones for movies.

These are an over-the-ear type headphones; which are comfortable for long hours of movies watching as the earcup covers the entire ear rather than sitting on it.

The cord length is 3.5 meters which is an added advantage and gives ample of distance between you and your TV to keep.

"For the current price; the entire built is plastic and back of earcups have glossy finish. However with a rating of (4.4|5) stars on Amazon; these are definitely worth giving a try if you need a headphone specifically for watching movies at cheap price."
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#10: Panasonic RP-HTF600S

Ok! This is the second time I’m featuring the Panasonic RP-HTF600S; earlier I had featured it in our list of 20 Best Headphones for Rock Music.

Panasonic RP-HTF600-S - surround sound headphones for movies

Panasonic RP-HTF600-S

The headphones are very comfortable to wear and fit snugginly around the ears.

Build quality is something Panasonic can boast about for such a cheap price.

Going by the look; it feels like a closed back headphones; however it has a semi-open kind of design allowing free movement of air.

It can produce a large spectrum of sound emphasizing even the minute of details due to its 50mm drivers.

The earpads are big and cover the entire ear… however the material used for the earcups is faux leather; your ears have chances to become sweaty and heated after an hour.

An easy to do would be to swap the default earcups with an aftermarket Brainwavz Velor Memory Foam pads…

…that offers great comfort for listening your movie for the entire course.

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#9: Photive BTH3

With a rating of (4|5 stars) on Amazon; Photive BTH3 is one of the best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones in our list.

Before we talk about this wireless Headphones…

Hope you remember...

…I hope you remember; that if you want to buy Bluetooth Enabled Headphones to use it with your TV; you’ll need to buy an additional accessory called as ‘Keedox’ that gives Bluetooth Capability to your TV.

Keedox Bluetooth Transmitter - How to Watch TV with headphones

Keedox 2-in-1 Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter

Now coming to Photive BTH3 (check full review); these are Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Wireless Headphones; that charges quickly and even with a small battery gives BTH3 battery life of 12 hours… enabling you to watch 3-4 movies in a go without charging them.

Photive BTH3 - Bluetooth 4.0 Headset

For the price; the entire headphone is built out of plastic… however the built quality is totally excellent.

The design looks generic and is a pretty common thing from such newer brands.

A hard carry case has also been provided by the company; allowing these to be carried with you in your travel plans.

The best part is… Photive BTH3 also features an inbuilt mic and hence this best wireless headphones for TV will also find great application for your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Bottom of the earpads features several like buttons we’re used to seeing on inline microphone like:

  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • Play/Pause
  • Power/Bluetooth Pairing Button
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down

There’s also rubberized cover which houses two ports:

One for connecting a stereo cable; so as to use these like a normal wired headset incase of dead batteries and another is for USB Power charging.

Let us know if you do or do not think the Photive BTH3 deserves to be in our list of best headphones for watching movies.

"All in all if you want a best wireless headphone for watching TV and using it with other devices without breaking a bank; Photive BTH3 it is."

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#8: MEE Audio AirFi Matrix 2

I'm a fan of MEE Audio products; as they tend to offer great sound experience for just a throwaway price.

Meelectronics AirFi Matrix 2 - Wireless Headphones to watch TV

Meelectronics AirFi Matrix 2: Aptx Headset with 22 hours of Battery Life

The company doesn’t have many products under its name like other popular headphones brands… but the ones they do have giveaway excellent audio performance.

MEE Audio AirFi Matrix 2 is no exception to this statement and hence got featured in our list of best wireless headphones for TV.

Just like the previously mentioned Photive BTH3; the AirFi Matrix 2 offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity which gives it a whooping 22 hours of battery life.

Additionally it offers features like aptX and AAC audio support which makes the music experience a lot better when listening to audio from Blu-ray movie discs. For a price under $100 the company also throws in NFC support.

Design wise and look wise; the Meelectronics AirFi Matrix 2 is very similar to Photive BTH3 except some aesthetic changes.

Left earcups features:

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Power Button
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Headphones Jack

Whereas the right earcup features:

  • Power/ Bluetooth Pairing Button
  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • USB Charging Slot

"The Meelectronics AirFi Matrix 2 costs double the price of Photive BTH3. However with features like aptX, fast charging, 22 hours support, established brand makes the Matrix 2 a better choice."
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#7: Sennheiser HD419

The reason why I chose Sennheiser HD419 (check review) over the Sennheiser HD429 is that the former has better ear pads compared to latter and both of them have similar sound signature.

Sennheiser HD419 - best headphones for watching movies on laptop

Sennheiser HD419 has comfortable earpads

Considering the price; these headphones comes in a blistering packaging which I am really not fond of.

Talking about the design; it all blacked out with matte finish and engraved Sennheiser branding.

The back of ear cups features an engraved Sennheiser logo and similarly on top of headband.

HD419 features the most comfortable ear pads of the lot and you can go upto continuous 4 hours with them without breaking a sweat or your ears feeling warm.

The entire build quality is excellent and the Sennheiser HD419 is manufactured like a rock. For any average person who looks up these headphones won’t believe that they cost so cheap.

These are single monitoring headphones; which means only left side of headphones has wires attached to it… which reduces wire tangling.

One concern that I do have about them is the small diameter of wire used which feels likes it will snap anytime with a jerky reaction.

"With an all matte black design and fabric foam padding on the ear cups and under the headband… these are definitely one of the best wired headphones for tv in our list to vouch for."
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#6: Monster Inspiration

Monster Inspiration are one of the best looking wired headphones in the market for a very long time. Atleast I like them a lot.

Monster Inspiration - best headphones for movies

Monster Inspiration Premium and Elegant Wired Headphones

If you look up its images on Amazon.com; you won’t see any wires… however these are wired headphones and does not support Bluetooth.

"Monster Inspiration with a list price of $350 when launched; the selling price is under $100."

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One unique thing about them is…

…they are active noise cancelling headphones; allowing you to enjoy your movies with outmost silence even when there’s a loud party in next room.

To take advantage of the active noise cancelling feature; you need to insert two batteries inside them; however they can be used without inserting the batteries but it will be void off the active noise cancelling features.

Inside the box; the company provides a D-shaped leather carrying case which makes these easy to store anywhere.

Also included in the box are three cables; two of them have mic with one for Apple and another for Android users; the third cable comes without any mic.

Padding on the earcups and headband is pretty cool and it’s impossible to not fall in love with it’s simple yet elegant design.

"If you’re looking for headphones that provides great quality music and also brings in class; Monster Inspiration are the way to go."
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#5: Golzer BANC-50

Golzer BANC-50 is a great set of wireless headphones that have features like Bluetooth 4.1, Active Noise Cancelling and aptX support.

Golzer BANC-50 - Best Wireless Headphones for TV

Golzer BANC-50 - Bluetooth 4.1 and Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Company claims; the Golzer BANC-50 offers battery life of:

  • 30 hours on Active Noise Cancelling
  • 15 hours on only Bluetooth
  • 12 hours on Bluetooth + Noise Cancelling

Golzer BANC-50 has a similar design just like the previously mentioned Photive BTH3 and Meelectronics AirFi Matrix 2, it also features button on both the earcups.

  • Power/ Bluetooth Pairing Button
  • Analog Volume Controller
  • Active Noise Cancelling Toggle
  • 3.5mm jack for wired listening

The package also includes a soft carrying pouch to store the headphones and all it’s accessories.

As per the reviews; the Noise Cancelling feature works as advertised and reduces upto 85% of ambient noise.

However the technology isn’t as advanced as the one used in Bose Headphones; however it does gets the job done.

Earcups have a oval design with big size and good amount of padding which blocks noise even when Noise Cancelling feature is turned off.

"All in all; the Golzer BANC-50 is a feature packed but generic looking wireless headphones for watch TV."
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​#4: Avantree Audition Pro

Avantree is a brand that’s very new and just arrived to the scene, however it has bunch of excellent audio products under its name.

The one we’re talking about is:

Avantree Audition Pro.

It’s a successor to Avantree Audition which we’ve mentioned here happens to be a good choice when it comes to best Bluetooth headsets under $50.

Avantree Audition Pro - best surround sound headphones

Coming to Audition Pro, the design hasn’t changed much, however should I say it looks more premium compared to its predecessor.

Building on the excellent wireless capabilities of the original Audition, the Pro version has dug deeper and now comes with Bluetooth 4.1 technology along with low latency aptX high resolution audio.

In layman terms it means that there won’t be any noticeable delay between audio and video.

Basically a Low Latency AptX support headphones have latency of 40ms and goes unnoticed to the human ears. Hence you won’t notice any delay between audio and video sync.

Moreover it also includs support for NFC to directly connect it to your NFC enabled smartphone. [Check Full Review]

Avantree Audition Pro Package - wireless surround sound headphones

It has a 40mm driver inside and impedance of 32 Ohms. It also offers a battery life of 40 hours on full charge making it not to run for the charge to power it every now and then.

The design is foldable which means you can collapse these headphones and store them safely.

Inside the box you get the headphones along with a micro-USB cable, 3.5mm AUX cable, and a nice D-shaped carrying pouch for easy handling.

Being a Bluetooth headset (yes it comes with an inbuilt mic), you really wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in sound quality compared to wired headphones.

If you ever feel the urge to connect this one to an amp or DAC, then you also have aux cable to use it for.

“With a practical design, lightweight and feature filled headset; Avantree Audition Pro happens to be one of the best headset you can buy under budget for watching movies.”
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#3: Skullcandy Hesh 2 (Wireless)

Ok! Let me first clear out… I’m not a fan of the Skullcandy series of headphones; as they don’t sound anywhere close to what you pay for.

Skullcandy Hesh 2 - Best Headphones for TV Watching

Skullcandy Hesh 2 have a funky design

However after listening to Hesh 2; it’s been in my high regard ever since.

Relatively Skullcandy Hesh 2 comes in two models; the one is wired whereas the one I’ve mentioned here is the wireless version (costs twice the wired version).

The wireless version comes in three colors:

  • First a perfect blacked out industrial look version
  • Another is a camoflaged version
  • Third one is kind of funky looking having grey as dominant color with florescent assents.

This is the first ever Wireless Bluetooth Model from Skullcandy and got featured in our list of best wireless headphones for TV.

Even for the first time it features a large 50mm drivers which is a prime reason that these headphones to sound so good.

"Earcups have a round design rather than a natural oval design which does make it uncomfortable to wear for long hours like 4 hours or so… however the padding is excellent on these making them the best headphones for watching movies."
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#2: Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

I am an ardent fan of Audio-Technica’s X line of headphones.

Costing just under $100; the Audio Technica ATH-M40x (check full review here) features a unique design compared to other brands of headphones with a brilliant sound signature.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x - Best Headphones for Watching Movies

Audio Technica ATH-M40x features a DJ-like Collapsible design

The ATH-M40x is cheaper sibling of the bigger M50x and have almost similar set of features for a cheaper price.

If you look at its box; it’s huge… very huge to say the least.

Inside the box you’ll find a faux-leather carrying pouch along with a couple of wires.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x side - Best Headphones for Watching Movies

One wire is a long straight cable; whereas the other one is coiled cable.

Major difference between the M50x and M40x is the driver size; as these comes with a 40mm drivers whereas the bigger brother stores a larger 45mm driver.

Built quality is sturdy and these headphones are manufactured with long sessions in mind.

Hence for a movie that is very long; you’d be very comfortable wearing these.

Overall padding on entire headphone though minimal; still makes it feel very comfortable.

Earcups aren’t heavily padded and that’s good because it increases the overall weight.

Earcups swivel around and entire design is collapsible; making them easy to store and take anywhere around.

"I usually suggest Audio-Technica ATH M40x to anyone who is looking for a decent pair of headphones under $100 and hence is also featured in our list of best wired headphones for TV."
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