Own Zone is a set of wireless headphones that transmits stereo sound from your TV. Do they really work? Here is my preliminary Own Zone review.
About Own Zone
Own Zone is a wireless transmitter that relays stereo sound from your TV to a set of noise canceling headphones. The official product website is getownzone.com, which was registered in July 2017. The screenshot below shows how the product website looked in November 2017.
Claims & Features
- Full stereo surround sound
- Transmitter connects to the audio out jack of most TVs
- Noise cancelling headphones allow you to hear better
- 100 foot wireless transmission range
- Cushioned ear cups and headband are fully adjustable
A single Own Zone set costs $39.99 + $5.99 P&H for a total of $45.98. There is an optional double offer for a separate fee of $19.99 which would raise the total to $65.97. Each order includes the Sharper Image wireless headphones, a transmitter, and a cable set. At the time of this writing, Own Zone is not available in stores.
Own Zone Review
If you live in a household where television volume is problematic, the makers of Own Zone could have just the solution for you. This is a television audio transmitter and headphones that allow you to listen to your TV without disturbing others – or vice versa. To use Own Zone, you simply plug the transmitter into your television’s 3.5mm audio jack (or HDMI with the included adapter), then put on the accompanying headphones, adjust the volume, and enjoy your favorite show without worrying about the volume or outside sounds.
The idea behind Own Zone certainly isn’t new. I had a similar device a couple decades ago, although that item required line-of-sight in order to work, but the idea was essentially the same. Its a simple design, but an elegant solution to many who have battled sounds around the home to hear their television, or those who have dealt with someone who prefers the volume much louder than everyone else. In short, if the advertising looks appealing to you, Own Zone could be a good fit. There are, however, a few details worth mentioning.
You may want to take a look at your TV and see how easy it is to access the audio out jack or HDMI port. I have one television that would have to be removed from the wall in order to insert such a device. Another thing to consider is that, depending on your TV, the audio still may play through the television speakers even when you are using Own Zone. In the case of someone watching TV in bed while their spouse sleeps, this would require you to go into the TV settings and disable the built-in speakers. That could be a hassle, especially if your television settings aren’t user friendly.
In short, you may want to inspect the TV you plan to use before getting such a product, just to make sure that it won’t be too much of a hassle to install or operate. Because Own Zone comes with an HDMI adapter, their claim that it should work with “virtually any make or model” is probably accurate. Unless you have a very old set with no 3.5mm audio output or HDMI input (if such a set exists), then it should work with your TV.
I do think that those who buy Own Zone will be pleased with the product. I especially like the fact that there is no shipping, and that the company will pay to ship it back if you aren’t satisfied. This is a rarity in the As Seen on TV industry, and one I applaud.
There is no shortage of television headphones on the market. If you have (or plan to buy) a Roku, you can already use any pair of headphones with that device in a similar manner. If you already have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you really only need a Bluetooth transmitter such as this $26 model that will work with your existing headphones.
Your Own Zone Reviews
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