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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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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Here is my take - you may not have the same experience or have the same needs or expectations.
TYPES OF WIRELESS HEADPHONES: For those that don't know, there are broadly 3 ways by which wireless headphones receive their signal:
IR (infrared) -- these use a line-of-sight signal and avoid radio interference. They have the disadvantages of short range and reduced mobility (you have to remain within sight of the base station), but they usually do produce a clean sound.
900 MHz -- these are analogue radio headphones. The main disadvantage is susceptibility to hiss and other noise, especially when you move your head or move to another room.
2.4 GHz -- these are digital radio headphones, like the RS 170, and are more likely to be free from hiss and noise.
I bought the RS 170 phones to replace cheap ones I've been using for late-night TV, and which operate on 900 MHz, providing constant hiss, much worse when I move about.
The RS 170 sound brilliant. I've used them for late night TV and movies, and for music (radio and CDs) allowing me to move to other rooms in the house. They're comfortable to wear and I'm sure they'd be great for use on a treadmill or working out. All over my home, and in most of the garden, the sound is crystal clear with no hiss or extraneous noise. Except, that is, for the echo ...
CONS: Having read scores of reviews of wireless headphones, it seems that some people buy them to listen to movies/ music without disturbing other people. For that these phones are brilliant.
But some people buy wireless headphones because they have hearing loss (or just want the clarity that headphones provide) and use them to watch TV while their spouse listens through the TV speakers. The RS 170 phones seem to operate with a slight time shift (delay). If the loudspeakers are also on, albeit at low volume, the effect of the time shift is to produce an ECHO - this is very noticeable with dialogue, and is really annoying.
It might mean that if you listen to movies/ TV, and have the sound coming through the TV speakers as well, the RS 170 phones may not be acceptable.
If you turn the TV speakers down (or "mute") you won't notice the effect, but then no-one else in the room will be able to hear anything unless they have headphones as well.
The RS 170 are of a "closed" design, which means that sound is not supposed to leak out, and in combination with the comfortable ear-pads, they greatly attenuate ambient noise - but they don't eliminate ambient noise completely (they are not "noise-cancelling"). I wrote to SennheiserUSA yesterday morning, and received this prompt response:
"The RS 170 should block out the sound of the TV speakers. Check to
see that you have them on correctly so that there is a nice seal to
block out ambient noise.
Let me know if you have any additional questions."
Sennheiser Headphones + Headsets
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It's true that the ear-pad seal does greatly attenuate ambient sound, but it does not eliminate it. The problem is so serious that I cannot use the phones to watch TV if my girlfriend is watching also.
The more expensive model RS 180 is an "open" design - the echo problem is likely to be even worse. The more I think about this, the more I am torn -- if you have hearing loss, you might not notice, or care about, the echo.
-- sound: The quality of the sound is better than I'd expected.
Listening to movies, I hear subtle sounds that I can't hear with loudspeakers. I can only describe the sound as crisp and clean with adequate, but not booming, bass.
I listened to some classical music CDs (Elgar) with delicate sounds as well as a full orchestra and timpani. The detail is excellent; even when I walk up my driveway the sound eventually cuts out, but there is no hiss as far as I can tell. My previous headphones were all hiss and crackle as I moved away from the base.
-- price. These are expensive, and may not be discounted for quite some time.
-- buttons. Lots of people criticised the prior design (RS 130/ 140) because the rotating volume control could catch on a pillow and move. The RS 170 has buttons for volume, mode, plus bass and [faux] surround sound. The disadvantage of buttons is that they're hard to find by touch alone. I think a lot of people will wind up taking the phones off to press the buttons. One advantage of the design is that the volume-up button is closest to the front and it doesn't take much practice to find it with your right thumb or finger. The BASS and SURROUND controls can be activated from the base unit.
-- bass. The bass is not intrusive, even with the "bass boost" engaged. Fine for me, but some people like exaggerated bass for rock-N-roll, and they may find the bass to be light.
-- surround sound. It's simlated surround sound, and I haven't used it enough to have an opinion. I think I shall wind up not using it (just like the CNET reviewers who tested the prior model RS 130).
-- charging batteries - yes they need 16 hours for first charge, but it only takes a moment to slip in standard alkaline batteries (just don't leave them in when you put the headset on the charger).
-- connecting - connecting is very easy - I took the time to route the wires through the coiled conduit. Some people will want to connect to a TV set. I connected to an AV receiver (I used "tape monitor out") so I can quickly switch between TV, radio and CD player. I also connected them to my iPod, but somehow that seems like a tautology.
-- range - Sennheiser claim 260 feet range. My house was built to defeat cell phone signals and may not be a good test. They work all over the house and in some of the garden and the driveway, but they do cut out at much less than 260 feet. That may just be a feature of my house. I didn't buy them for extreme range and I'm very satisfied.
In summary I think these phones are great - they so enhance the experience of watching a movie that I'm not sure I want to forgo them when watching movies with my girlfriend. The echo problem may be a deal breaker for some.
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