Exploring Bluetooth Headphones
Bluetooth headphones let you enjoy your music and other audio with total freedom. Just pair them with a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a smartphone, game console, or television, to experience high-quality sound unencumbered by trailing wires. Wireless headphones are also ideal for playing games and enjoying the TV without disturbing others.
Most of today's wireless Bluetooth headphones come fitted with in-line controls to let you easily pick songs and adjust volume, and most have a microphone for making and receiving calls when paired to a smartphone. Equipped with rechargeable batteries, they can deliver 10 hours or more of playing time between charges.
How Do Bluetooth Headphones Work?
Bluetooth headphones employ short-range wireless technology designed to connect devices and peripherals using specialized algorithms to ensure both security and audio clarity. The system works by establishing a localized wireless network between up to seven devices, one of which is the parent. Peripherals establish a connection with the parent via a process called "pairing," which sometimes involves the use of passwords for security.
How to Pick the Right Bluetooth Headphones
If you plan to listen mainly at home or while commuting, try full-sized, over-the-ear models. Their large drivers let them render excellent sound quality. Many take the form of Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones such as studio headphones. The other main type, compact earbuds, fit right into your ears. These Bluetooth in-ear headphones are available as small separate units, or come linked together with a cord or neckband. Should you lead an active lifestyle, you can find waterproof sports models that come with clips for a secure fit.
Connecting Wireless Headphones to a TV
Wireless Bluetooth headphones can connect to any device with Bluetooth parent functionality, which includes some modern televisions. If your model is so equipped, it's simply a matter of performing the pairing process. Otherwise, you have two options. The first is to invest in a Bluetooth dongle, which plugs into your TV's USB port. You'll need to check whether your model of television offers this functionality. Another option is to buy wireless TV headphones. These come with a transmitter unit that connects to your TV's audio output. The unit often also functions as a charging station for the headphones.
Can I Use Bluetooth Headphones with a PS4?
Sony's gaming console only works with some Bluetooth peripherals. If your headphones or gaming headsets are on the list, it's a simple matter of pairing the two devices. Otherwise, you can use a Bluetooth dongle that fits into your PS4's USB port. With plug-and-play functionality for automatic setup, you should be up and running fast.
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