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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

4 out of 5 eggs Love the sound, but some things left desired 01/15/2014

This review is from: Sennheiser - Wireless Stereo Headphones w/ transmitter (RS 160)

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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