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Sennheiser RS 180 Circumaural Wireless Headphone w/ Transmitter

  • KLEER lossless audio transmission for interference free reception
  • Balance control for right/left volume adjustment
  • Multi-purpose transmitter
  • Fully adjustable headband for an excellent and secure fi
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RS 180


Wireless Type
Power Supply
Transmitter: 5 V DC , 500 mA

Headphone: 2 AAA size NiMH rechargeable Battery
Operating Time
Up to 24 hours per charge
Up to 320 feet

General SPEC

Frequency Response
< 0.5%
Input Impedance
32 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio(SNR)
85 dBA (0.5 Vrms, 1 kHz)
106 dB
Ear Coupling
Transmitter: 7.6 oz. (without batteries)

Headphone: 7.6 oz. (without batteries)


KLEER lossless audio transmission for interference free reception

Open-Aire speaker system mimcs the acoustic properties of hi-fi speakers for a truly immersing, hyper-real sound quality

Automatic Level Control automatically compensates for variances in program material volume for optimum speech intelligibility at all times

Balance control for right/left volume adjustment

Multi-purpose transmitter - Also functions as 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station

Multi-receiver mode - Up to 4 Sennheiser KLEER headphones listening to the same source

Fully adjustable headband for an excellent and secure fit on nearly any head

Luxurious velour earpads and headband cushions

No complex set-up required - Just plug into the analog audio outputs on your audio source

KLEER technology will not interfere with wireless networks or other 2.4 gHz devices


Package Contents
HDR 180 headphone (receiver) with velour earpads

TX 180 (transmitter)

Multi-country AC wall adapter

Detachable audio cable

Detachable audio cable

1/8 inch female to 1/4 inch male audio adapter

2 x AAA NiMH rechargeable batterie

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  • Dinesh T.
  • 6/12/2013 11:38:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsSennheiser HD 598 v/s RS 180 v/s RS 170 Mini Review

Pros: As good as wired headphones. Enough said.

The only headphone with the sound signature I love.

Cons: Lack of surround sound and bass boost

Other Thoughts: Sennheiser HD 598 v/s RS 180 v/s RS 170 Mini Review

I went to the Sennheiser office for demo of their headphones.

I preferred RS 180 in this lot because the sound quality was nearly as good as HD 598 but with more thumping bass and very little difference in clearness and clarity, while being wireless. HD 598 was a bit better but not by much.

RS 180 was significantly better than RS 170. RS 180 has more quality and quality of bass compared to RS 170 even with bass boost enabled. The clarity is better with RS 180. It was deeper and more authoritative and with a much deeper and wider soundstage. It wasn't anywhere close to as loud as RS 170 though. And RS 180 didn't leak much sound, not enough to be heard outside the room. HD 598 did leak much more sound though, still not enough to be heard outside a moderately soundproof room.

I proffered the sound signature of the RS 180 the best. The treble of the RS 170 was better than the RS 180 however the mids were best with HD 598, almost as forward and good with RS180 and slightly worse with RS 170.

All three had forward mids. I tried the RS 180 velour pads on RS 170 and the difference between the two was reduced by 30-40%, the RS170 improved a lot by doing just that. And it was also more comfortable.

In retrospect, I would prefer to buy RS 180 over RS 170. The price difference isn't as much as the difference in quality. The difference is not night and day, but certainly noticeable and very significant. Not worth upgrading at full price unless you can sell the previous can for at least 70-80% of the purchase price though.

I recommend the RS 180 over the RS 170 at current pricing. Surround option is decent but just Dolby Headphone isn't bad either. And RS 180 has better bass quantity and quality than RS 170 anyway, partly due to the velour ear pads though. The HD 598 is like marginally better than RS 180 except for thumping bass but then the bass with everything nearly as good makes the RS 180 a clear winner if you can afford it. Especially since it is wireless.

But all this was with the Lehmann amp which costs about 750 pounds. My Asus STX card doesn't power my RS 170 anywhere close. The difference from the Lehmann amp is nearly night and day with it being far livelier, open, with a bigger soundstage and brighter as well. With an STX card you don't get the same effect with a RS 170. It isn't even close.

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  • Brent S.
  • 6/9/2012 4:00:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThey Rock

Pros: Kleer provides excellent quality audio.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I've purchased 1 set for home and 1 set for work when they were heavily discounted. I've purchased some bluetooth headphones in the past, but there is no comparison. These simply Rock!

The open-air design does give a sense of openness but they've done a good job at keeping the bass response at a good level.

The Kleer digital technology seems to work very well, providing full frequency response and not having any noise or glitches in the audio. When you do reach the edge of the signal, it simply drops audio and resumes equally as well. I can go anywhere in my home & not drop audio. At work, the RF environment is a bit more hostile, with multiple Wifi routers from several buildings around us. The Transmitter will shift frequency if it encounters an interfering signal, and appears to do so with no audible indication that it has done so. Even in this environment, I just begin to lose the signal at the furthest point in the building.

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  • Kyle R.
  • 1/3/2012 10:29:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the Money

Pros: These were definitely worth the money (I bought them at $275, and I'd buy them again). I'm no pro user, but these are the best headphones I've ever owned wired or wireless.

- Fantastic Sound Quality
- Digital wireless = no static interference
- Comfortable to wear
- ~120 - 200 ft range, depending on # of walls of course
- They last a long time on one charge (~12-20hrs continuous depending on use, though I'd recommend buying higher capacity NiMH batteries)

Cons: - The clips that hold the ear pads are kind of weak and break easily (if you drop them, which I have a few times).

BUT Sennheiser was cool enough to ship another pair of ear pads to me overnight free of charge so no points off. I love this company!!

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  • Joseph S.
  • 12/18/2011 12:03:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMarvelous

Pros: Great sound quality. Headset not to heavy on my head.

Cons: When I first set it up and used it the transmitter and headset are supposed to turn off about five minutes after you turn the audio source off. First and second try battery drained. Called company tech department who suggested unplugging the unit for a while to see if it would reset itself. It worked and no problems since.

Other Thoughts: Great product but a little expensive.

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  • John C.
  • 12/3/2011 1:25:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the Price

Pros: Excellent Sound. Good Range. Easy setup. I do not usually write reviews but this one dseserves it.

Cons: Very expensive. Almost did not by it because of that.

Other Thoughts: Will find the manual on the disk as a pdf file. Not a real problem but had to find it first. Setup was easy after I found that. What would have been good would have ben a card or something else pointing that out.

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  • Clifton H.
  • 11/17/2011 6:44:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in less then 2 months

Pros: Great sound quality when they were working.

Cons: After about a month the headset would only stay joined to the transmiter for ~ 30 seconds. This got progressively worse with time. I was forced to send them to Sennheiser because new egg has a 30 day return policy. the shipping cost me $21.00. I am not happy with this product.

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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Quality

Pros: Very Comfortable
No interference noise
Open-air provides excellent sound quality
Good range even without a direct line of sight. I can go outside to my garden with them on and can still get near perfect reception.
Long battery life (but don't let them go dead or it will seem like an eternity for them to charge).

Cons: Auto-on/sync when headphones removed from base would have been nice. (not really a con)

Other Thoughts: My roommate has a pair of RS 170's which are nice but are not as comfortable. They are also not open-air so they give you a closed in sound, however they do block out much more of the ambient noise.

I'm curious to see what the RS 220's will be like. However I'm not enthused by the $600MSRP. In the grand scheme of things it will probably be worth it for the quality you get if they are anything like the RS 180's and even the RS 170's.

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  • Julie P.
  • 9/23/2011 1:54:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor casual games like I am

Pros: Light, sound quality, absolutely NO hiss, NO wireless interference, NO sound lag, easy setup

Cons: I haven't found anything yet, and I don't think I will.

Other Thoughts: I was reviewing a lot of headphones for my game consoles, and I found out that all those 5.1 surround sound headphones couldn't compete these high-end ones such as Sennheiser and AKG. I still don't know if it's a FACT, so it'll still be your decision if you play FPS games a lot. There are many articles you can read online.

Setup was very easy. I bought a Y adapter and plugged it in and done in a min! Absolutely no hiss, no interference. I usually put my laptop right next to me, sometimes my wife's laptop too, iPhones, and another Xbox of my wife’s with wireless connection, no interference so far.

The only thing I was hesitant to buy these was the sound lag issue. I play Super Street Fighter 4 on the Evo monitor, Asus VH236H. If you know the game and this monitor, you have an idea how sensitive it can get. I tried the game as soon as I got these, it was flawless. No lag, no complaint.

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  • Theron A.
  • 9/23/2011 9:36:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell Worth It

Pros: Sounds Great! Easy Setup! I want to comment especially on the packaging. They come in a packaging masterpiece! The outside has a plastic seal as do the internal packages which contain your accessories, so you know you're the first to use your new toy. The blister pack containing the phones and stand is snapped together so that it can be opened without damaging the packaging or its contents.

The sound is great. Lows are accurately reproduced. I played some test tones and was unable to hear the tone at 25hz, The tone at 31.5 was barely audible, but at 40hz all was clear and even. The base within music is clear and not muddied by the presence of midtones. the high end test tones played fine until they reached beyond my range of hearing at around 12,500hz.

Cons: None, but see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: You won't be able to listen to it right out of the box because it takes 15 hours for the batteries to charge.

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  • Philip M.
  • 9/3/2011 9:04:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest wireless headphones

Pros: Unbelievable sound reproduction, crystal clear (or Kleer), light, comfortable to big heads, very good battery life (I never ran out even after a full day of use), suede/microfiber material on ear-cups.
Incredibly good looking - the base looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Cons: Need to turn on both base and headphones; I would prefer they were like the RS-120 where the base is "always on". No auto-off (but it's better than the overly aggressive auto-off in the RS-120), but you can turn the headphones off and the base will turn itself off, not that the latter matters.
They tend to be a bit hot, but so are all circumaural and even larger supra-aural.

Other Thoughts: I have to say the accuracy of sound is unbelievable, they blow my HD280Pros out of the water on lows - you can hear the bass rolling and the bass drum pedal hitting, rather than just some sound vibrating.
I think these are perfect for use at a desk, the range is really good, and as long as it doesn't have to go through too many walls, you can walk around just fine.
Since they use Kleer technology, the sound transmission is digital (lossless compression) - there's no constant adjustment of a dial to get the hiss out. Oh, and YES - these are the first wireless headphones I had where there is no hiss.

They are expensive, but so worth it. So well worth it.

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