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AmazonBasics Over-Ear Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Dock
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- Wireless, lightweight, over-ear RF headphones for enjoying extended listening of TV and audio—without disturbing others
- Hassle-free, wireless reception up to 45 feet - through walls, ceilings and outdoors
- User-friendly on/off, volume control and LED indicator lights; dual 1.5-inch full-range neodymium drivers
- Charging dock connects directly to an audio source with either an RCA or 3.5mm-to-RCA audio cable for simple setup (both cables included); rechargeable built-in batteries
- Headphones on charging dock measure 7.6 by 5.4 by 8.5 inches
- Note - these headphones are not compatible with Bluetooth technology must be used in conjunction with the included charging dock.To make a good connection with the charging pins,carefully align the headset with the charging pins.The dock will illuminate a red light when the headset is charging.
- Refer to the manual below for troubleshooting steps
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AmazonBasics Over-Ear Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Dock
Experience convenient, cordless listening with the AmazonBasics Over-Ear Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Dock. The lightweight headphones make a great choice for listening to TV shows without disturbing others. You can also listen to music or podcasts by connecting the charging dock to your phone or tablet with a 3.5mm jack.
Unlike typical headphones with cumbersome cables that get in the way and limit mobility, the over-ear RF (Radio Frequency) headphones' wireless design and padded headband provide comfort and the freedom to move around.
These headphones are not compatible with Bluetooth technology and must be used in conjunction with the included charging dock
- Lightweight, wireless, over-ear, RF headphones
- Convenient, wireless reception up to 45 feet
- Dual 1.5-inch full-range neodymium drivers
- Charging dock connects directly to audio source for simple setup
- Rechargeable built-in batteries
The AmazonBasics Over-Ear Wireless RF Headphones provide wireless reception up to 45 feet. Designed with 30mW of total RMS power (42mW total peak power), the headphones deliver a 2.4GHz digital wireless signal.
The headphones come equipped with a charging dock that connects directly to a TV (via an RCA jack), computer, tablet, sound system, smartphone or any other device with an analog audio output through a 3.5mm socket.
Helpful Tip: The audio source must be connected directly to the charging dock. Headphones cannot directly connect to any source.
Simply place the wireless headphones in the charging dock’s cradle for quick recharging. These headphones feature built-in rechargeable 430mAH batteries that recharge easily.
In the Box
- Over-Ear Wireless RF Headphones
- Charging Dock
- AC Power Adapter
- RCA Audio Cable
- 3.5mm-to-RCA Audio Cable
- User Manual
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Top customer reviews
How they work: Tie
Both come with a base transmitter that sends radio waves thru a built-in antenna using certain radio frequencies to the receiver, being the headphones in this case. Both the transmitter and the receiver need to be tuned in at the same frequency in order for them to communicate.
Range: RS120 wins
RS120 uses 900MHz and claims a 300 feet range of transmission thru walls and ceilings. AmazonBasics uses 2.4GHz band and transmits audio up to 45 feet away from the base unit. I travelled around my 3,500 sf 3-story house with both headphones and did not experience any loss of sound whatsoever. RS120 even picks up the sound when I stand by the kids’ playset which sits roughly 350 feet away from the transmitter. I had no luck on AmazonBasics from that far. For those who wear headsets while working in the backyard, RS120 is your choice. For me, neither has noise cancellation capability and I’d go with noise cancelling ear muds inside ear muffs.
Reception: Amazon wins
I experienced frequent sound attenuation or loss with RS120 when I was sitting in my recliner without a single move of my head. Sometimes tilting my head does affect the reception as well. This becomes even worse while walking around the house. I noticed the transmitter of RS120 changes the frequencies upon turning on the headset even if the base station is locked at the same channel. 3 out of 10 times, I will need to tune in again after turning on the headsets. AmazonBasics auto pairs between headphones and charging unit which makes tuning and pairing a breeze. Once in a while RS120 also picks up my neighbors’ audio source when I was trying to tune back in. AmazonBasics seems to have no such problems when the headphones are in move within the range. AmazonBasics is using 2.4GHz band which has 14 channels and is less likely to have interference of traffic, whereas RS120 has only 3 channels with its 900MHz band and its bandwidth is very narrow (926.15 – 927.55).
Connectivity: RS120 wins
AmazonBasics comes with only a RCA cable and RCA to 3.5mm audio jack adapter while RS120 also provides 6.3mm headphone jack adapter which in my opinion can be very useful as it gives some people, like me, the option to plug it into a mid or high-end receiver. To me, this is not a show stopper because a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter is less than 2 bucks.
Sound Quality: Amazon wins
Both provide amazing stereo sound with a very deep base, clear dialogues and reasonable highs and lows. My greatest complaint about RS120 has always been the background hiss/white noise that becomes annoying when the audio source mutes briefly. This background hiss is minimized in AmazonBasics and can barely be heard.
Setup and Ease of Use: Tie
I plugged them into the 3.5mm jack of my HDTV and kept the TV speaker settings at “Audio Out”. If I were to choose to go silent, I simply put on the headphones and just don’t bother with my receiver. If I want to go loud, I’ll leave the headphones on dock and turn on the receiver. No need to mess with plugging, unplugging, switching audio outputs etc. RS120 has an auto off feature built into the transmitter that shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity. Both of these two have accessible on/off switch, volume, tuning (RS120) and pairing (AmazonBasics) controls on the ear cups.
Comfort: Amazon wins
I feel like the Amazonbasics weighs at least couple ounces lighter and it fits the shape of my head just well enough, not too tight and won’t fall off when I move. A big pro over RS120 is that it has around-ear closed-back ear cups and is very comfortable and built to wear for extended period of time. RS120 is a little too tight for me and give me pain on my ear and the surrounding areas with only two hours of use as it literally sits and pressures on my ears. RS120 has batteries in one ear cup and somewhat gives you an imbalanced feel of weight distribution. Both have fully padded ear cups and headbands.
Battery Life: RS120 wins
RS120 has been consistently delivered more than the claimed 20 hours of listening during a full charge and discharge cycle. Its exchangeable AAA batteries also make it more sustainable in the long run and can be expanded to higher mAh batteries for longer battery life. Amazonbasics has built in 430 mAh batteries that still last more than 15 hours, which, to me, isn’t too bad either as you would put the headphones back to the charging station after each use anyway. I have yet to crack open it to see if the batteries can be replaced or not.
RS120 claims it can have up to 100 headsets paired up with one unit, but the headphones without a base unit even costs more than the package. Wait, what? I cannot find a definitive answer for AmazonBasics but assume there should not be an issue pairing multiple to one transmitter. But Amazon has not yet offered stand-alone headphones without a base.
Knowing that Sennheiser is well known for its high end audio devices for several decades, I expected much more than what I discovered in this comparison. RS120 might not be strong enough to put up a fight against AmazonBasics that does have its own areas of specialization, price, warranty, trending reputation, just to name a few. I would go with AmazonBasics since I care more about stable reception, better sound quality with minimal background hiss, sustainable comfort and definitely less pain on my pocket.
Because I didn't have other wireless RF headphones, I decided to compare it with logitech F540. FYI, logitech F540 is actually a gaming wireless headset but I bought it as RF headphones to watch TV without disturbing my wife and kids
1. Price: Amazon Wins. A brand new logitech F540 costs 100+.
2. Comfortable: Amazon Wins. It weighs less and also fits my head shape better. BTW, I have a pretty big head.
3. Range: Tie. They boths works well across several rooms or between two floors but fails once walking into the garage.
4. Sound: Depends on. Amazonbasics works better for TV and Movies F540 works better for gaming and music.
5. Battery: Amazon Wins. I haven't got a chance to test the battery life for Amazonbasic. According to LittleNeckie's review, it lasts 15 hours. F540 only lasts up to 10 hours. One of reasons is that F540 needs battery power for both downlink channel (for sound) and uplink channel (for microphone.)
With half of the price, AmazonBasics RF headphones is a better solution than my logitech F540 to watch TV at midnight.
EDIT: Changed to 1 star.
So I really wanted to like these. I created spacers that let me wear them more comfortably. The Audio quality is good, but after 10 minutes of listening, I was startled by an extremely loud pop and then silence. I had to dock the headset to get it to re-pair. Why does a radio receiver needs paired in the first place?
So, between the poor ergonomics quality control and the popping and pairing failure (which others have written about), I do not see how this device got through quality control and is being sold.
Please remember it is not a bluetooth enabled.
Will work with a tv or even with a computer that has 3.5 mm jack.
Only negative is that Ears hurt a little after 2 hours of continuous use.
Still highly recommend.
Amazon, please make a Bluetooth one in this price range.
After using few times realized that signal drops and that is irritating.
I think the audio is decent for movies and TV, which is why I bought them. I don't think they're tinny or bass heavy. Nice independent volume control on the side.
If the popping noise continues, will probably return them.
They are not comfortable after an hour or so, cups just aren't well padded enough but for 20.00, not that surprising.