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Sennheiser RS 180 Digital Wireless Headphones (Discontinued By Manufacturer)
- Open circumaural digital wireless headphones with Kleer's uncompressed audio transmission
- Dynamic headphones with clear and detailed audio reproduction
- Multi purpose transmitter-also functions as an "easy charge" cradle and docking station
- Multi receiver transmission up to 4 people and listen from the same source
- Automatic level control for optimum audio level
- Open circumaural digital wireless headphones with KLEER uncompressed audio transmission
- Dynamic headphones with clear and detailed audio reproduction
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The RS 180 makes movie and HDTV marathons an amazing experience thanks to the Automatic Level Control that compensates for variances in the volume of program material to enhance speech intelligibility...just set your comfortable volume level and let ALC do the rest. The RS 180 utilizes KLEER's lossless digital wireless audio transmission, offering a range of up to 320 feet of 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. The entire package includes a headphone (HDR 180) and a multi-purpose transmitter (TX 180) which also functions as an 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station.Frequency response (headphones): 18 Hz - 21,000 Hz.
From the Manufacturer
The front-row seat to your favorite concert or movie just got a lot closer. The RS 180 wireless headphone system delivers uncanny realism yet-to-be seen in a pair of wireless headphones. The entire package includes a headphone (HDR 180) and a multi-purpose transmitter (TX 180) which also functions as an 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station.
The RS 180 makes movie and HDTV marathons an amazing experience thanks to the Automatic Level Control that compensates for variances in the volume of program material to enhance speech intelligibility...just set your comfortable volume level and let ALC do the rest. The RS 180 utilizes KLEER's lossless digital wireless audio transmission, offering a range of up to 320 feet of 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.
The Open-Aire speaker system puts you in the action by delivering the most natural sounding private wireless audio experience possible. An exceptionally detailed, full-bodied sound reproduction is pumped into the listeners ears, filling the earcups with liquid smooth audio. It even includes a balance control for the ultimate in listening experience customization. The headphones' luxurious velour earpads and headband cushions provide exceptional comfort for hours on end. If you want a font row seat, your ticket is the RS 180.
KLEER Wireless Audio
The RS 180 utilizes KLEER's lossless digital wireless audio transmission, offering a range of up to 320 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 Sennheiser KLEER headphones can be paired with the same transmitter for private listening for multiple individuals.
For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customized 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 180 headphone, TX 180 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 320 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: Open-Aire
- Headphone type: Circumaural
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 106 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
I find that in my house I can walk ANYWHERE and get a clean signal. I imagine those who complained about a hum or buzz or something else have some location issue, like lots of walls, florescent lighting, or a conflict with the frequency the headphones operate at. I use a DECT 6 wireless phone system, and have a dual-band wifi network in the house, and NEITHER interferes with the clear sound.
One last thing, which is amazing: these headphones (which surround the ear) are actually comfortable enough to watch a double-feature (okay, maybe taking a short break in between). I think these may be the most physically comfortable headphones I've ever worn.
We have 4 sets of Sennheiser RS 180 headphones, and 2 transmitters. We're not audiophiles; we use them exclusively for watching TV (2 TVs, each attached to 1 transmitter and 2 headphones). The sound is perfect -- crisp, clear, no hiss or hum. The headphones are definitely bulky, but generally comfortable. The sound can occasionally drop out, but that's fairly rare and usually brief unless someone wearing one of the headsets walks out of range. When one headset goes out of range, they both lose sound, so you learn not to walk out of range.
If that was the whole story, I'd give the headphones 5 stars.
Unfortunately, the headphones have a couple of usability issues that can be enormously frustrating:
1. Here is the description of the on-off button on the headphones, taken directly from the manual: "With the multi-function button, you can switch the headphones on/to standby mode, set the headphones to multi-user operation, mute the headphones, and associate the headphones."
Got that? Mind you, this is a single push button, and what you normally want to do is simply turn the headphones on or off. If you're not careful, however, you can put the headphones in standby, mute them, set or unset multi-user operation, or associate or disassociate them with your transmitter. Every push of the button is an adventure. You might turn the headphones on, or you might set yourself up for 30 minutes of frustration as you try to figure out whether you can't hear anything because you managed to put the headphones into standby mode, or maybe they've become disassociated with your transmitter. And good luck knowing whether you've managed to turn them off, because the on-off LED is also multi-function. The LED is never simply on or off; it blinks in seemingly random patterns to convey multiple different messages in the Sennheiser proprietary version of morse code. You might think the headphones are off because the LED was off when you looked at it, but actually the LED was merely pausing between blinks. It's necessary to stare at the LED for at least 10 seconds to know for sure that the headset is off. Fortunately, we've learned that the LED on the transmitter, which has its own arcane morse code, will settle down into a regular, rhythmic flash when all the headphones have been turned off. That has been a good thing to know.
2. The buttons on the headphones are flat, and arranged tightly side-by-side in a row. The only button with a raised marking is the multi-function on-off button, but unless you're adept at braille, figuring out which button you're pushing without looking at them is a challenge -- and good luck in a darkened room. You might want to turn up the volume, and end up embarking on a 30-minute multi-function adventure that frays your nerves, disturbs your viewing partner, and generally leads to dark thoughts about humanity.
There is more, but I think you get the idea. Lovely headphones, and I'm sure the design team was proud of their many multi-function buttons and LEDs, but I'm confident not a single designer ever tried to actually use what they designed.
And yet: we own 4 sets of them! After we bought our first pair, it took me a year to use them again after my first introductory experience trying to set them up. Eventually, however, the headsets they were meant to replace finally died, and I had no choice. After a few years, I can now turn them on and off with somewhat spotty reliability, and I've become the household expert on breathing life into headphones that have suffered multi-function dysfunction. There is hope.
So: 1 star for usability, but if you ever get them to produce sound, it will be 5-star quality. 3 stars overall.
The packaging that it comes in is slick and easy to open. All of the components are easy to remove. The design of the charging base station is minimalist compared to some larger bulkier units. The smaller size antenna did not impact the broadcast quality. It needs 16 hours to charge the first time, NiMh batteries are included. Connecting everything is a cinch, comes with lots of power adapters, a/v adapter, and a 1/8" to 1/4" plug adapter.
It is an open air design allowing the bass to more freely resonate. I typically like the sound provided by those types, but the result is that it doesn't eliminate external sound. So not for everyone there.
I ran the headphones through the paces, classical, metal, jazz, 3d sound from a video game. It all sounded great. Good bass response, the treble doesn't turn reedy.
This headset looks like it would be good for someone with a wide head, but my head is tall. The adjustable band was comfortable at first, but after ten minutes or so, I noticed a hot spot where it put pressure on my scalp. I tried moving it to different spots, but still the same problem.
The ear cups and headband cushin are made from the same material. It is spongy, but not very soft. The ear cups especially were quite rough. I tried looking for accessories on their website, hoping you could swap out the ear cups with leather, but no such luck.
I'll most likely return these as they aren't comfortable for me. Given the price and the sound quality, if you had a smaller head or your skin didn't mind rough ear cups, then this is a set to consider.
Great sound for the value
Good battery management
Base station easily recharges headset
Not for larger heads
Scratchy material on ear cups