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Sennheiser - Wireless Stereo Headphones w/ transmitter (RS 160)

  • Closed back, around the ear
  • Dynamic headphones with bass-driven audio
  • Compact portable transmitter w/multi-receiver capability
  • Digital volume control w/mute function
  • Headphone Charging time: appro
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Learn more about the Sennheiser Electronic corp. RS 160

Model

Brand
Sennheiser
Type
Wireless
Model
RS 160

Wireless

Wireless Type
Kleer
Operating Time
Up to 24 hours per charge
Distance
Up to 60 feet

General SPEC

Frequency Response
18Hz-21KHz
THD
<0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)
Input Impedance
32 ohms
Power Supply
Transmitter: 5 V DC , 500 mA or 2 Alkali-Akkus Type AA (1,5 V)

Headphone: 2 AAA Battery
Sensitivity
106dB S.P.L. at 1KHz
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Weight
Transmitter: 1.9 oz. (without batteries)

Headphone: 7.8 oz. (without batteries)

Features

Features
Closed back, around the ear
Dynamic headphones with bass-driven audio

Compact portable transmitter w/multi-receiver capability

Digital volume control w/mute function

Modulation: MSK Digital

Carrier frequencies: 2.4 - 2.48 GHz

Transmitter Audio input: 3.5 mm stereo

Transmitter Power consumption: < 0.3 W

Transmitter Signal-to-noise ratio: 85 dBA (0.5 Vrms, 1kHz)

Headphone Charging time: approx. 16 hours

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2014 4:52:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsLove the sound, but some things left desired

Pros: No hiss, no static, no tuning needed. Range for me is decent with line of sight in an area that is RF congested.

The bass seems tight and balanced, with very clear mids and detailed highs. There is nothing 'tinny' about this set, and listening to it for hours almost every day has shown me the detail I was missing in my music from other sources. Being a closed set it blocks out ambient noise well while not leaking much sound.

The base transmitter is battery powered, which makes it great for plugging in 'on the go'. The AA batteries in the headset are concealed under the ear cups and I have found them quick and easy to swap out. Power consumption has never seemed to be an issue.

Comfortable and light enough that I use them for hours every work day and hardly seem to notice them after a while.

Cons: My biggest gripe is the controls and indicators for the set.

Lack of an actual 'off' switch: In order to power off/on, you have to hold the button for about two seconds. Not holding the button can result in merely muting the headset. I'm one of those that find having to wait annoying since I use the set frequently. A simple switch would have been better.

I've long given up trying to use the vol+ vol- buttons positioned on the other side of the power button. The top of the buttons are smooth while the surrounding area is recessed, making using them awkward and error prone while the headset is worn. The power button does provide some tactile feedback and a reference point, but practicing that trick doesn't seem worthwhile compared to just controlling the volume at the source.

As for the indicator... I'm sure morse code operators or a robot would love this design, but for the rest of us counting rapid blinks during a time frame alternating between 1 and 5 seconds is less than ideal.

For example, the battery low is 4 green pulses within the time frame of a second, while associating mode is 3 fast green pulses within a second, and enrollment mode being 2 pulses in a second. Sounds simple, right? Except trying to decipher between low batt condition and normal syncing. Did I count three flashes in a second followed by a single blink to indicate an audio signal? Better wait 4 seconds for that last blink. Maybe I'm supposed to count blinks on the base station while observing the headset at the same time.

The set already HAS a yellow indicator for charging, why not use another state OTHER than green for battery low? It doesn't help that it is all too easy to simply put the headset in mute rather than power down, so troubleshooting is often necessary when it could have been much more elegant.

Another one of the great mysteries of the universe has been why I need to manually power on the base station when it is connected to wall power and it has an audio signal. Maybe the purpose is so you have to keep the transmitter puck with the Sennheiser name plastered on it within easy reach.

As for the leatherette ear cups and support cushions, why use such cheap materials on a premium priced headset? Even my old RS80 had microfiber ear cups that could breath, and didn't form hot sweaty rings around my ears that forced me to take the set off periodically to let it air out.
Also, the split design for the head support cushions proved unbearable for me; it wasn't long before I had to replace the pads with a more traditional cushion.

Other Thoughts: Sennheiser has great sounding tech, and if I was rating just on sound these would 5+ eggs. This set deserves better ear cups and cushion than the kind you'd find on the cheapest no-name kit.

Please bring back real switches and rotary pots and spare us from blink counting.

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  • Korey S.
  • 9/28/2013 2:03:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice headphones

Pros: Great sound. Versatile setup. Easy mating.

Cons: Cups could be deeper.

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  • Rory P.
  • 2/7/2013 11:38:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very clear sound, have not tried to see just how far i can go yet but they have been perfect throughout my apartment and balcony (with cement walls)

they don't necessarily lack bass, its just not thumping like wired over ear headphones, which i prefer. the bass sounds very clean.

Cons: will update here once i have used these for a few weeks and had an opportunity to drain battery completely a few times

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  • Jean-Francois D.
  • 12/1/2012 5:45:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsperfect!

Pros: no hiss, comfy

Cons: bass

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  • Lance D.
  • 11/27/2011 7:42:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good wireless headphones

Pros: Sound: Very good high quality sound in all ranges. Bass is not overpowering, but they are definitely capable of delivering booming bass.

Range: Slightly shorter than I was expecting (through walls), though it is able to handle any size room you want to throw at it. It only loses connection through a couple of walls or a long distance.

Comfort: Very comfortable, not too heavy, and really flexible to form to any head. For my first pair of over the ear headphones, I am very pleased with the way these feel.

Battery: I haven't given them a chance to run the full battery out yet, but they seem to have a sufficiently long battery life.

Comes with multiple country power adapters and all cables needed to start using this with anything using a headphone jack.

The base is able to use batteries or a wall plug. HUGE selling point for me to buy these, makes it worth every penny.

Cons: I wish there was some sort of battery indicator for both the headphones and the transmitter.

Other Thoughts: Some people have mentioned that the buttons are hard to press/find. They are obviously not trying hard enough, there are only three and a quick feel can easily determine each one. This is a non-issue for anyone with common sense.

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  • James M.
  • 8/18/2011 7:56:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot so much

Pros: sound good when in range

Cons: range 40 ft., don't really work through walls, even plain sheetrock. Very light, fragile and cheap feeling compared to my RS 140's. No balance control.

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  • Senthil G.
  • 8/10/2011 8:11:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Headphones with a couple of issues

Pros: * Very good quality headphone - especially for movies/games
* No pops/hisses etc. - clean sound
* Easy to setup

Cons: * Range is pretty limited
* The cups are a bit small and touch the ears
* The ears get warm after wearing it for an hour or so.

Other Thoughts: Am using it mainly with my PS3 for playing games and some movie watching.

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  • Hyunbin L.
  • 6/14/2011 6:13:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSennheiser Stereo!!

Pros: Everything good!
Good style
Good Price!!

Cons: not yet

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  • Brian C.
  • 12/16/2010 8:00:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Clear (Kleer) CD quality sound from a wireless headphone! Simple setup and connectivity along with good sound quality make these as good or better than many wired headphones in the same price range.

Cons: A little stiff in the adjustments, and the main band and other components are a little bit cheap plastic feeling. Other than that, no complaints after a week.

Other Thoughts: I'm a hobbyist audiophile, and as far as headphones go, I rate these somewhere between the $250 Denon's and the $800 Stax that I've listened on recently. I'm very impressed with the overall sound quality, and from a wireless set! I can't wait to try the RS 170's and RS 180's.

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  • Michael F.
  • 3/16/2010 9:43:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: This product is excellent. Faultless, interference-free reproduction in every room of my (OK, small) house.
Well worth the extra cost over conventional FM Wireless phones. Plus excellent service from Newegg as always.

Cons: The on/off and volume controls are very small and too close together.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's product specs don't make clear the difference between conventional FM wireless phones and these digital phones using Kleer technology.
I have the impression that the reproduction is significantly better than Bluetooth.

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