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How to listen to TV over headphones wirelessly while running on treadmill

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How to listen to TV over headphones wirelessly while running on treadmill

Looking for a solution for this problem:

Problem: Hubby wants to watch TV over wireless headphones while running on the treadmill. Treadmill is about 15-20 feet from TV/home theatre equipment

Headphones need to be bud type or sport type. The big muff types won't do.
Audio signal is via home theatre amplifier - not directly through TV. Amp has headphone jack.
We don't own an iPhone/iPod but do have a generic Mp3 player with FM radio.

Possible solutions I've researched:
- Output FM Transmitter plugged into headphone jack on Amplifier and use generic MP3 player tuned to FM frequency
- Bluetooth transmitter plugged into headphone jack with bluetooth headphones

Any other possible ideas or recommendations on what would work best?
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why not just a long headphone cable?
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warpdrive wrote:
Jun 12th, 2012 10:18 am
why not just a long headphone cable?

+1, this would work best, and would be cheapest too.
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Because cables on a treadmill are ridiculous, and heavy, and it's not the 90s, and because that's specifically what you didn't ask for, I'm going to say Bluetooth. Going through RF can be good, or bad, and limited by distance. Get a set of bluetooth headphones and be happy that you have exactly what you need.

One thing might be that it's harder to find good bud one's, but some of the over-the-ear ones have bud inserts and are quite light and airy.
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Thanks for the replies.....I don't like the idea of a headphone cable - although it would work, it's definitely not efficient and rather heavy. I don't think he wants to be rolling and unrolling cabling everytime he runs. I don't like the idea of it running through the room either.

Bluetooth solution sounds like the best.
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BT worked for me on a rowing machine for years. It was a cheapie no name brand.
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wilsonlam97 wrote:
Jun 12th, 2012 3:58 pm
Or get a home theater sound system. I can guarantee you that, that man will be very happy if you got him a sound system.

Didn't work for me. One advantage of the headset is that it reduces the sound of the machine and the activity. Without it, the volume would have to be very, very high.
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wilsonlam97 wrote:
Jun 12th, 2012 3:58 pm
Or get a home theater sound system. I can guarantee you that, that man will be very happy if you got him a sound system.

We've got a home theater sound system with a 5.1 setup - the problem is the treadmill is behind the speakers......and he turns it up mega loud to hear dialogue in game of thrones. The treadmill motor isn't the quietest so that doesn't help either.

The dog goes nuts and with a baby on the way in 2.5 months, it's not gonna fly for too long ;)
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