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Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones (Discontinued By Manufacturer)
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- Closed circumaural digital wireless headphones
- Dynamic headphones with clear and detailed audio reproduction
- Multi-purpose transmitter also functions as an "easy charge" cradle and docking station
- Multi-receiver transmission for up to 4 people to listen from the same source
- Dynamic bass and surrond sound listening modes
- Not compatible with Bluetooth technology
- The product generates stronger permanent magnetic fields that could cause interference with cardiac pacemakers and implanted defibrillators (ICDs).
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Wireless headphones come in many shapes and sizes but few offer better a home theater performance than the Sennheiser RS 170. This wireless headphone system is made up of a pair of wireless headphones (HDR 170) and a multi-purpose transmitter (TX 170) which also functions as an 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station. The RS 170 also features a Dynamic Bass Boost and Surround Sound simulation mode for edge-of-your-seat excitement with your favorite music and movies.
From the Manufacturer
Wireless headphones come in many shapes and sizes but few offer better home theater performance than the Sennheiser RS 170. This wireless headphone system is made up of a pair of wireless headphones (HDR 170) and a multi-purpose transmitter (TX 170) which also functions as an 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station. The RS 170 also features a Dynamic Bass Boost and Surround Sound simulation mode for edge-of-your-seat excitement with your favorite music and movies.
There's no setup needed--simply plug the transmitter's cable into your HDTV or home theater system's output and you're ready to go. The wireless headphones operate on 2 AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries, which are included. The transmitter also acts as a charging stand for the headphones when not in use, and can fully recharge depleted headphone batteries in about 16 hours.
KLEER Wireless Audio
The RS 170 utilizes KLEER's lossless digital wireless audio transmission, offering a range of up to 260 feet for audiophile-grade sound and reception to four optional pairs of Sennheiser KLEER headphones. Never fuss with tuning again thanks to automatic, interference-free pairing between the headphone and transmitter. KLEER technology will not interfere with wireless networks or other 2.4GHz devices. Up to 4 compatible Sennhesier KLEER heaphones can be paired with the same transmitter for private listening for multiple individuals.
Audiophile-level transducer systems with powerful neodymium magnets deliver clear and detailed audio reproduction. An exceptionally detailed, full-bodied sound reproduction is pumped into the listeners ears, filling the sealed, private earcups with liquid smooth audio. Selectable Dynamic Bass Boost delivers deep, slamming bass response on demand, while Selectable Surround Sound simulation provides immersing depth for a state-of-the-art movie theater experience. The headphones' leatherette earpads and headband cushions deliver outstanding comfort while their closed, around-the-ear design prevents sound leakage.
For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customised solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services, Sennheiser constantly meets the challenges of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of customers.
What's in the Box?
Sennheiser HDR 170 headphone, TR 170 transmitter/charging station, multi-country AC wall adapter, detachable audio cable, 1/8" female to RCA male audio adapter, 1/8" female to 1/4" inch male audio adapter, 2 AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries, operating instructions, warranty.
- Carrier frequency: 2.4 - 2.8 GHz (auto selecting)
- Range: Up to 260 feet
- Operating time: Up to 24 hours per charge
- Audio input: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo headphone plug (includes 1/4" and RCA adapters)
- Transducer type: Sealed
- Headphone type: Circumaural
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 110 dB
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.5% a 1 kHz
- Signal-to-noise-ratio: 85 dBA (0,5 Vrms, 1 kHz)
- Frequency response (headphones): 18 Hz - 21,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Charging time: 16 hours
- Battery: 2 x AAA size NiMH rechargeable batteries
- Dimensions (transmitter): 4.7" x 4.3" x 9"
- Weight (transmitter): 7.6 oz (216g)
- Weight (headset): 7.6 oz (216g)
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1) ZERO interference, static, or "hiss", or lag time between sound and screen
2) REASONABLE distance without losing signal (I think 50 ft from your TV is quite reasonable)
3) PERFECT no loss sound and deep bass as I expect from a quality surround sound system while watching a movie
This headset meets all 3 requisite criteria. You can stop reading. Really.
Ok, apparently you need more, due diligence = happiness I suppose. I have purchased 2 wireless RF headsets (as a reminder, this is not an RF headset) in the past from Amazon. With RF, you will ALWAYS have static. It is a fact of life, the end. No matter how much you spend on an RF headset, you will have interference and the constant "hiss". Trust me, I know, THE END. Yes, there will be one guy who responds to this review saying that his magical RF headset has no interference. Ok, buy that one. This review is not for you. Stop reading now. This review is for the guys/gals who research until their eyes bleed to ensure that the product they are purchasing is top quality. I can walk the entirety of my home listening to movies at full blast through the headsets with 100% ZERO interference (yes, I have a wife and child who prefer not to have R rated movies blaring at max volume while they are sleeping, which I why I bought this product). I stream from a Roku and Boxee Box (the greatest invention ever/cannot BELIEVE they no longer make this, I bought three (yes, literally 3) just in case Boxee 1 and 2 died and they are no longer available in the universe) with the base of the headset sitting right next to them and IT DOES NOT impact the wifi strength or streaming quality (Note: I do not have a crappy wifi router, I have a ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router because I am serious about home networking/streaming/NAS. If you have a crappy wifi router, I cannot help you. Likewise, if you prefer to listen to your music/movies with your headphones on with your head in a microwave and complain that there is interference, I cannot help you. This review is not for you. Stop reading now.).
To dispel one of the common cons other reviewers have cited. "The buttons on the headset are SOOOOOOOO confusing. I wish they had a volume wheel instead of buttons for my clumsy fingers!!!!" RIDICULOUS. The reason why they have buttons is because the geniuses at Sennheiser are smarter than you. You bump a volume wheel with your hand/pillow/whatever by accident and you can go deaf, particularly if you let your kids use it (I hate kids shows so I let the little guy use them when he is watching that stuff, sue me). The buttons are perfect. It goes like this: big one = more volume, then power, then smallest button = less volume. I mastered this in less than a few hours of use. You won't use the other two buttons as they will always be on (surround sound and bass boost), so you are literally dealing with big button = loud, tiny button = not loud. I know, this is A LOT to ask.
For the manufacturer (NOT THE READERS), this is a nearly perfect product. One suggestion is to make the headphones expandable/retractable, which is usually a default for high quality headsets. By expandable/retractable, I mean add a slider to each side of the headsets just in case there are people with abnormally large or small heads so they can get the perfect fit. The headset fits me perfectly, but they would not work perfectly for a youth or large headed folk. Just looking out. Expand that target market. Another suggestion for the clumsy fingered people is putting a tactile raised dot on the power button to distinguish it clearly for those who cannot master big button vs. small button.
I hope this helps.
I purchased the RS 170 for my wife, for use with her PC. We have a mostly wireless office, due to the fact that we have cats and cats seem to love anything resembling a cord.
I did a lot of looking and reading reviews. I looked at all of the Bluetooth offerings and the other wireless offerings, like this one. I really thought I would go with Bluetooth, but what I found was a big discrepancy from very high end, (Expensive) sets, to very low end and low quality, sets. I know the Sennheiser name and their quality first hand and eventually I came back to this set.
My biggest concern was interference.
As I say, we have wireless everywhere in the office. Two wireless mice, wireless keyboards and a wireless router. None of them have ever had an issue with each other, but I was concerned about some of the comments of people having issues with wireless audio.
There are no issues. None at all. The base unit is sitting on the desk right next to the wireless mouse and keyboard. It is within 6 feet of the wireless router also and the headphones are crystal clear. Let me state that again. Crystal clear. Absolutely no background noise at all.
I had to use a splitter, from one jack, to two, so I could keep the regular speakers and still have the headset. I plugged it in and turned on the base first, then the headset. The sound is really very good, but I want to mention something here that seems to be left out of many reviews. That is the source of the sound. I think some people have high expectations and they are disturbed when they don't hear the kind of sound they are hoping for. Well, consider the source. What kind of audio output do you have to begin with? The sound is only going to be as good as what you put out from your device, to the headset. In my wife's case, the PC has onboard sound, with absolutely no adjustments, other than volume. No equalizer, nothing. So my expectations were not high, but this set of headphones exceeded anything I expected. They are clear as a bell and the sound is much better than the desktop speakers. We did turn on the extra bass, for deeper bass sounds and it did a good job of enhancing without killing the bass. We did not like the surround sound at all and turned it back off.
My other concern was range. Our office is in the back of the house and I knew my wife would want to be able to wander around while listening. Well, the range is better than I expected also. She left the office, went through the kitchen and out to the garage and closed the garage door. She still heard crystal clear sound, with no interruption, even while she was in the garage. This means the signal had to go through the brick wall of the garage. That is amazing to me. She also walked all around the ranch style home and found no place where she had any problem at all. Even in the front bedroom inside the closet.
The headset itself is light weight and the full sized cups allow for over the ear use. The cups are very soft and the pressure is light, so they do not hurt the head. I would not want to run with them, but I would want to sit and listen for a couple of hours, no problem. The volume controls have the on/off button centered between them and I think that is a mistake, but it's so minor compared to the positives, that it is nothing of consequence.
We love the headphones and are very glad we chose a good name with good quality.
All I can say is that the RS 170 was worth every penny for us.
EDIT. 02/15/15 The unit has died already. Not the headphones, but the main transmitter tower unit. Will not communicate with the phones any more. Past the 30 day warranty, so now I can't do anything. Read below the Mfg's warranty>
WARRANTY ELIGIBILITY STATEMENT
In order to be considered eligible for repair or replacement under warranty, included with the repair item(s) must be a valid bill of sale (please see below for more information) from an authorized Sennheiser retailer detailing the following information:
Original Date of Purchase
Model or SKU number of the Product Purchased
Failure to supply a bill of sale with all of the required information will result in denial of warranty repair or replacement.
For a list of authorized Sennheiser dealers please visit our website at http://en-us.sennheiser.com/dealer-locator.
Amazon is NOT an AUTHORIZED retailer, as are most all of the online places carrying this brand. NO WARRANTY. They will NOT accept warranty repairs!!! Be Warned, before you buy!!!!!