The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one pair of TV Headphones that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The TV Headphones that are currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a pair of TV Headphones. They responded that Audio Quality is by far their most important concern, followed by Range, Ease of Use and Features. These attribute ranking were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in TV Headphones. Based on their answers, The Best model must be wireless, allow users to watch TV at their own volume level without disturbing others, and they must amplify and add clarity to the TV audio.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained TV Headphones that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts and a consumer panel. Each pair of TV Headphones was rated for its Audio Quality, Range, Ease of Use, and Features.
Units were tested by a panel of consumers for Audio Quality. Panelists were given the headphones over an extended period of time and instructed to watch TV with each unit. Panelists then assessed for the following:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Audio Quality score. In the Ease of Use chart, the last column has the wrong heading, it should say "Ranking" instead of "Average."
Units were connected for their wireless range by connecting each unit to a TV. Analysts then walked away from the TV, noting how far they got from the TV when the signal dropped. Analysts also tested behind doors, behind walls, and on different levels in a home.
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Range score.
For each pair of TV Headphones, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Panelists were then asked to determine how easy it was to:
The panelists were also asked to determine the comfort of wearing each unit for an extended period of time.
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each pair of TV Headphones.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a pair of TV Headphones easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a TV Headphones to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
If you have a hard time hearing your TV, simply pumping up the volume may not be the solution. The high noise level risks disturbing others, and it may blur the sounds together instead of making them clearer. Instead, a pair of comfortable TV headphones will let you hear easily without bothering other people. The listening device consists of a transmitter that you connect to your television, and at least one headset. Simply fit the headset over your ears, and use the volume adjustment on the side to find your ideal level. You'll be able to understand voices with no trouble, while fellow viewers can watch at their preferred volume-or even sleep undisturbed. Many headphones have padding to enhance their comfort, and some can also be used with home stereo systems. Because they are wireless, you don't have to worry about a tangle of cords, and you won't be constrained to sitting close to the TV. In fact, many headphones have a range of at least 20 feet, so you can curl up anywhere in the room. When the credits roll, just hang the headphones on the dock to recharge so you'll be ready to enjoy your favorite shows tomorrow.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.