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Sennheiser - Wireless Stereo Surround Sound Headphones w/ transmitter (RS 170)

  • KLEER lossless audio transmission
  • Selectable Surround Sound simulation
  • Multi-purpose transmitter
  • Audiophile-level transducer systems
  • Leatherette earpads and headband cushions
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Sennheiser - Wireless Stereo Surround Sound Headphones with Transmitter (RS 170)

Enjoy rich, full sound from your home theater system without shattering windows. This audiophile-quality wireless headphone system supports up to four receivers with bass boost and simulated surround sound.


Wireless headphones come in many shapes and sizes but few offer better home theater performance than the 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!

The RS 170 utilizes KLEER's uncompressed digital wireless audio transmission (it sounds wired!), offering a range of up to 260ft, 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. An exceptionally detailed, full-bodied sound reproduction is pumped into the listeners ears, filling the sealed, private earcups with liquid smooth audio. The headphones' leatherette earpads and headband cushions deliver outstanding comfort while their closed, around-the-ear design prevents sound leakage. In a high-definition age, this one is a must-have.

  • CES Innovation Award - "Wired" Hi-Fi Sound without Wires The closed, circumaural digital wireless headphones feature audiophile-level transducer systems with powerful neodymium magnets for clear and detailed audio reproduction while the KLEER transmission technology promises uncompressed transmission of audio data.
  • Selectable Bass Boost and Surround Sound User-selectable listening modes let you customize your sound. Dynamic Bass Boost delivers deep, slamming bass response on demand, while Surround Sound simulation provides immersing depth for a state-of-the-art movie theater experience.
  • Multi-Purpose Transmitter The multi-purpose transmitter allows up to four Sennheiser KLEER headphones to listen to the same source and also functions as an "easy-charge" cradle and docking station.
  • Outstanding Comfort With the soft leatherette earpads and adjustable, cushioned headband for a comfortable and stable fit, the RS 170 is specifically designed for hours of television or music enjoyment and is still comfortable to wear when your marathon-movie night eventually draws to a close.
  • No Complex Set-Up Required Just plug the transmitter into the analog audio output on your audio source, and it automatically transmits the audio data to the headphones: power them up, put them on, and sit back and enjoy! KLEER technology will not interfere with wireless networks or other 2.4GHz devices.

What's in the Box


  • HDR 170 headphone (receiver) with leatherette earpads (part # 534470)
  • TR 170 (transmitter/charging station)
  • Multi-country AC wall adapter (part # 534480)
  • Detachable audio cable (part # 534486)
  • 1/8in. female to RCA male audio adapter (part # 514267)
  • Two AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • 1/8in. female to 1/4in. male audio adapter (part # 093778)
  • Instruction Manual


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  • William M.
  • 8/27/2014 11:30:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice Headphones

Pros: Excellent Sound and very comfortable fit. Using it to listen to TV so I don't have to raise volume. Discovered the background music in many shows and movies to be excellent that could not hear normally. Excellent gift for someone with a hear disability.

Cons: The headset fits so comfortable and dampens external noise in the room. Can be a problem if someone is trying to get your attention - or maybe not. If this is a problem Sennheiser Silver RS 120 version not as comfortable or tight fitting but does a nice job - also RS 120 has a longer range.

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  • Justin E.
  • 10/2/2013 8:08:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStunning

Pros: -Definitely worth the price tag
-Works great
-Multi languages, and power adapters for several outlets

Loving the headset so far. Just picked up some parts for a new computer and also bought a pair of 170's. Work beautifully

Cons: Absolutely none at all

Other Thoughts: Love having a newegg will call literally a city away

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  • Dinesh T.
  • 5/18/2013 10:43:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsFrom my experience

Pros: Wireless
No hiss
Clear sound
Surround sound option which is exceptional for movies
Bass boost option
Only option available for its target market, budget, features, price etc

Cons: The sound quality lacks the wow factor in music.
Bad quality bass boost
Volume is enough with a PC or amp but otherwise a bit on the lower side
Controls are pathetic
Not portable, transmitter needs to be plugged in the socket to use these headphones
Light weight transmitter, too light

Other Thoughts: These are my first pair of headphones, previously I only listened to Audioengine A5 with DS2 stands and my Monster Turbine IEMs with E11 amp.
My computer has a Xonar DX sound card.
So, a comparison:

Audioengine 10
MT 9
RS 8

Lows depth
Audioengine 10
RS 9
MT 7

Lows tightness
MT 10
Audioengine 8
RS 6
RS with Bass boost 4

Lows quantity
RS with bass boost 10
MT 9
AE 8
RS 6

MT 10
RS 9.5
AE 7.5

Wow factor in music, for fun
AE 10
MT 9
RS 7.5

MT 10
RS 8.5
AE 6.5

MT 10
AE 8.5
RS 7

Earphones have been tested with iPad 3 and e11 while the other two with my xonar dx.

Surround Sound
Music 7.5
Movies 11/10

Bass Boost
Music 6/10

Decent to okay ish in my small house, sometimes sound gets cut in certain areas

Comfort 8.5

Not tried gaming on them

Overall I recommend these if you want above average to slightly below audiophile headphones which are wireless and comes with these features. They sound decent with no hiss.

Features 9.75

Overall as a package 9.75
Overall for sound quality 7.5
Overall 8.5

The mids and vocals are where they shine and completely destroy my Audioengine speakers. But they don't have the wow or fun factor of those speakers, which is partly present in my earphones to a greater extent as well. These aren't bad, but could have been better still though that might cost much more.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 2/13/2013 4:21:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Headphones

Pros: Extremely clear and easy to hook up. My father who has only one eardrum with about 60% hearing in the one ear can listen to most tv shows and understand all that was said. It pretty much comes ready to used in any country with the different power adapters.

Cons: A little high priced.

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  • Faith G.
  • 12/18/2012 7:04:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Overnight Delivery by Newegg - Thank you! 5 Eggs for that.
Lightweight and very comfortable ear pads.
My first set of Headphones since I was in high school so I have nothing to compare these with, but they sounded great.
My 19 yr old son said he's a "Sennheiser snob" because other headphones don't compare, so I went with his experienced recommendation and am very pleased.
I'll be buying an additional set of headphones (w/out transmitter) for movie watching.

Cons: Very Comfortable, but a little large for my head. Might be designed more for men?
Agree with other reviews about button location and lack of raised indicators. I kept turning them off when I was trying to turn the volume down because the power button is located between volume up and down. I just took them off to adjust. I'm sure I'll master it soon enough.

Other Thoughts: The reason I sought out headphones, and not just any headphones, was because of my neighbors Surround Sound system completely fills my enitre house (upstairs condo that is) with unbearable, vibrating bass. I am hoping (praying) that these headphones will help me to keep the peace (literally) with my neighbor and at the same time, allow me to enjoy movies & music without being an inconsiderate "explitive deleted". I haven't had the chance (just got the headphones yesterday) to try them out for effectiveness at blocking out the movie theatre level bass, but I've enjoyed them so far.

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  • Brian M.
  • 11/24/2012 12:57:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Amazing sound, Comfortable, charge lasts all day, very good range.. I can go downstairs to wash dishes and still listen to music from my computer.

Cons: I have had no complaints at all with this device.

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  • Ian H.
  • 6/16/2011 11:19:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest sounding wireless headphones I've ever used.

Pros: Wireless, excellent sound (even compared to wired), base station that doubles as the antenna and charger, replaceable batteries, comfortable, zero interference or static.

Cons: My ears get a bit warm after a few hours of use, but I find that to pretty standard with a closed headset.

Other Thoughts: I was a little worried about getting static or some sort of interference on a headset that costs over $200, but I get absolutely none. I highly recommend these headphones.

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  • Dave P.
  • 4/3/2011 8:57:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsupdate

Pros: -great sound when the static isn't there
-increible range
-I'm having a brain fart of what its called when the headphones block other noise
-nice surround sound and base
-easy recharge

Cons: -has some electromagnetic interference
-big and hard to lay down in comfortable
-ears get overheated
-have to turn on both headphones and base and its a hassle
-lightweight base that's easily knocked over (already have done so once though it returned unscathed though my wall can't say the same)

Other Thoughts: also setup was difficult do the the electromagnetic interference after an hour tinkering with different positions I finally go rid of all the static and now it is amazing. Also there are two easy manufacturing changes I'd make
1. I'd make the buttons on the headphones out of a rubbery material thats more tactile. It's not hard to find the buttons it just takes a second
2. I'd put a sticky material like whats on the bottom of my mouse pad on the botton of the stand so it doesn't get knocked over

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  • Dave P.
  • 4/1/2011 1:55:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: to start off wow. Just wow. I spent about 10 minutes to hook the up and they're awesome. I don't have any problems with the buttons so far I've had them for 5 minutes and have memorized the buttons. I haven't tested the full range but I've been in a room with solid concrete walls on all sides that 20 feet away from the station and threw the floor and no trouble

Cons: set up takes a little longer then id like.

Other Thoughts: for $280 I'd expect a little more but there really isn't more that I want so if these were just $200 I'd be happier but they're exactly what I was hoping for.

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  • Coley O.
  • 1/30/2011 11:22:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVery good, but...

Pros: The sound is excellent and the build quality is great. Feel great sitting on my head, but my ears do get sweaty after wearing them for long periods of time. Prepare to fight with the misses when she comes in screaming because you didn't answer her because these do such a great job of blocking out the noise :)

Range is excellent. It is so nice to be listening to Pandora and to be able to go down and get a drink without having to take off the headphones. Wireless is the only way to go now for me.

Cons: No battery life indicator.
No alternative way to use them if the battery does die.

Other Thoughts: I purchased these from a competing site and have had them for over 2 months now and use them every single day. These are the best headphones I've ever had, but the lack of a battery indicator is very annoying.
Also, it would have been nice to give another option to use them in case the battery does die. Many a night I've gone to bed and left the headphones on my desk only to find that they are dead the next day when I want to use them. That means no headphones for a few hours.

I can see what people are taking about when they talk about the buttons. The buttons are pretty much useless, but to be honest that is not a factor to me. I use these strictly on the PC and I just use the volume control on the PC or on my keyboard. Would have been nice to have a power button by itself though because that is the only button I use.

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