[mythtv-users] Hearing Aids and TV Listening Systems
MythTV_01 at appropriate-tech.net
Tue Nov 18 00:24:34 UTC 2008
At 06:40 PM 11/17/08 -0500, Chuck Peters wrote:
> Does anyone have any suggestions for other practical wireless TV
> Listening Systems?
So-called "wireless" headphones for general-purpose music applications are
fairly common; but they tend to be kind'a expensive vis-a-vis the audio
quality they produce. I'm also not sure how their FM
Transmitters/Receivers might interact with your Dad's hearing aid(s).
OTOH, if you (or more to the point, he) can accept the idea of being
"tethered" -- and the "tether" can be quite long if need be, through the
use of a simple extension cable -- then as long as the TV (or the stereo
system it is connected to) has a set of line-level audio outputs (most do
these days), then either of these:
Behringer HA400 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
Behringer AMP800 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
...plus a set of relatively inexpensive but decent quality "open air"
headphones (probably another $20-40 for a reasonable set -- but the kind
I'm thinking of seem to be getting somewhat harder to find these days)
should do the trick. I specifically recommend "open air" (a.k.a.
"Supra-aural") types -- like the old Sennheiser 414s, for example -- as
compared to "high-isolation" types (like the various David Clark models or
the old Koss Pro-4 series), so that *you* don't have to shout even louder
for him to hear you when he has them on.
Note that while that second amplifier model might look like overkill for
your application, it's really not. The overall quality is higher and it
can produce significantly more output without distortion.
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