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What to Do If Honda Odyssey Wireless Headphones Not Working?

The amazing Honda Odyssey Wireless headphones are foldable and compatible with the DVD systems in the most Honda vehicles (listed in the compatibility chart of the headphones). The user should keep in mind that these headphones are not compatible with the vehicles that are not listed in the chart, and so they should avoid using them with any other vehicle.

The Honda Odyssey wireless headphones come with many excellent features like automatic signal detection for improved battery life, volume control on each of the headset, no need for programming, and it is adjustable so it works with adults as well as kids.

What Should One Do When their Honda Odyssey Wireless Headphones Do Not Work?

If you just purchased a new pair of original Odyssey headphones, make sure you remove any plastic wrapping that could block the infrared signal. Then make sure to use a new battery and as the earphone are turn to fit on your ears, they are switched on.

But many people still have questions regarding their non-working wireless headphones. There have been many answers to the questions, yet the customers always still have trouble getting them to work. We have listed all the solutions that may help you get the answers your looking for.

1. Check the Batteries Used

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When the headphones stop working, try checking the batteries to see if that is the problem. Make sure the batteries are new batteries, and are placed in the correct directions. Also, the user should check whether the LED is illuminating or not when the headphones are turned ON. (see video)

2. Test the Infrared Signals


The user should test the headphones while they are seated in the rear seat to see if the line of sight infrared is sending a signal. The overhead screen should be ON. Also, make sure that the headphones are facing the proper direction.

The headphone that is marked with the letter 'L' should be placed in the left ear, and the one with ‘R’ should be placed on the right ear. If the user does not place his or her headphones on properly, there's a chance that the infrared signal will not receive well.

In addition, make sure the you are directly behind where the infrared signal is coming from (headrest or flip down DVD player).

If you use your smart phone camera you can check that the infrared signal is working by pointing the phone at it and looking for the infrared light shining.  

3. Owners Manual and Online Search


If you have tried all the methods you know of and your headphones are not working, you can look at your owners manual or do an online search for your car year. If you have an audio navigation system you can refer to try using it to see if you can figure out what steps you may need to take.

4. Exchange Policy


The headphones should come with a warranty period. When the headphones stop working and your sure it's a faulty headphone, check and see if you can exchange the headphones for another pair. If they are broken due to an accident, then you may want to exchange them for a new pair that you can purchase online.

5. Change the Mode

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Each Odyssey may have a slightly different way of getting the audio connection to work. When your having difficulty receiving an headphone signal try is changing the connection mode. (see 2015 Honda Odyssey video

You can change from DVD mode to AM/FM or CD mode. By changing the mode, the headphones may not work properly. Sometimes this is a wiring issues. For example the DVD audio wiring could have come loose.

Other times it might just be that the headphones and the control panel are not in sync. Make sure that the headphones are getting a signal, and that the correct mode for headphone use is selected. 

If you've purchased new headphones you may need to figure out how they connect differently than the original headphones. 

6. Enter the Keyword


If you have an audio console where you can enter the keyword, HEADPHONES, then you should be able to select troubleshooting items. Check out what the options are for fixing any connection issues. 

7. Recheck the Installation

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Honda Odyssey Wireless Headphones should work properly for a while, so if you all of a sudden don't get a signal, check the step above and look in the owner manual for how to set up the headphones for first time use. (see 2018 Honda Odyssey video)

Some setting could have been changed accidentally and that's why your headphones are not getting a signal. If the headphones are getting older, consider replacing them with a new pair. 

8. Do Not Plug


Sometimes you may want to use an audio cable to connect directly to the entertainment system. This can help if the signal isn't coming through well for some reason. 

But when your using them wirelessly make sure that there are no wires attached to the headphones. This would prevent the audio from the DVD from being heard by the listener. 

9. Change the Wire


While using the headphones with the DVD player, the user should make sure that the connecting cable between the stereo and the DVD unit is connected properly.  

If the cable wire is not corrected properly, you may hear the sound of whining or hissing. You might get some signal but with signal disturbance. The wiring would normally be loose at the DVD player but could also be somewhere in between the stereo and the DVD player.

If your using an audio wire to connect to the DVD player and are having the same problem, just replace the wire and it is likely to solve the problem. Otherwise, the headphone unit may have an issue with the audio input.

10. Do not Panic


It is common to feel the need to solve the problem right away. Electrical appliances may seem to stop because they are broken, but later we find out there's a technical issue.

So for your well being, take it step by step and don't be afraid to get help from someone. A friendly Honda dealer might know just how to solve the problem.

One solution that works for many items is to try turning off them and ON again. By doing so, many of the electrical connections / issues tend to be resolved.

If all else fails and the headphones can't be exchanged, then the getting a replacement pair could be the answer. Unfortunately, original new Honda Odyssey headphones cost over $100. Fortunately there are headphones that will work the Honda Odyssey for much less. You could also try eBay for used pair. 

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Honda Odyssey wireless headphones are a great headphone to have. If you need a new pair you can get a new one or one that is compatible. I hope the the information provided can help you with solving your headphone issues. For more information on other cars accessories click here