Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless Home Audio Headphones

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Product: Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless Home Audio Headphones
Provided By: Sennheiser
Price: $319.99 MSRP at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Sennheiser is a company I have come to expect top quality products from. I reviewed the Momentum on-ear headphones in the past and loved them! When asked to review the RS 175, I was excited to see what these babies could do. As these are wireless, my first concern was sound quality, range and overall versatility. Let's take a look and see if these are worth the price.

Box Bundle

 

First Look:

What I noticed first was the sleek design. The headphones sit on top of the base unit to charge and for storage. There are not a lot of cables to hook up and all of the connectors are clearly labeled. The headphones have removable ear pads, and are large enough to fit comfortably over my ears. These also have volume, bass, and surround sound controls on the bass unit as well as the headphones. This means not having to get up and fiddle with them to get the settings just right.

Front Profile Rear Profile

 

On the next page, we’ll take a quick look at the specifications and features before we jump into testing.


 

Features:

The RS 175 is one of the mid-range wireless home audio products that Sennheiser offers. These are closed circumaural headphones that are designed to keep all of the beautiful sound in, while keeping distracting noises out. Here's what Sennheiser has to say about the RS 175.

Taking home entertainment to the next level, Sennheiser's RS 175 offers an impressive range of features in a compact, ergonomic package, so that you can enjoy music and television to the fullest. The Bass Boost and Surround Sound listening modes will allow you to experience your home entertainment system like never before - the former increases the audio bass response while the two virtual surround modes offer a more spatial and livelier stereo sound.

What's more, the innovative digital wireless technology ensures that signal transmission remains clear and accurate as you move from room to room. Additionally, the user-friendly design makes it easy to set up and enjoy the RS 175. The main controls are located on the headphones, so nothing will distract you from an exciting audio experience, and the comfortable fit is ideal for extended periods of use.

  • Closed, circumaural headphones with excellent digital wireless audio transmission
  • Exceptional digital audio clarity and transmission range of up to 328ft/100m (line of sight)
  • Enables switching between dynamic bass and virtual surround sound listening modes for situational sound customization
  • Supports analog and digital audio inputs and allows toggling between the inputs
  • Intelligently designed controls for maximum ease of use
  • Multi-purpose transmitter – also functions as ‘easy-charge’ cradle and docking station
  • Multi-receiver transmission – transmitter supports up to two pairs of headphones simultaneously
  • Ergonomic design for enhanced wearing comfort
  • 2-year warranty

 

Charge Pics Battery In Can

 

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

On the next page, we'll cover testing these headphones out before we wrap up with our final thoughts.


Testing:

This is the best part of the reviewing process. The first thing I did with these was plug the RS 175 into the TV and play my Xbox 360 (which was a snap). There are only three plug-ins on the back of the unit. The top plug-in is for the digital optical in, and the bottom two connections are for standard analog input and for power. There is also a switch to choose between analog and digital.

I was impressed with the size of the ear pads, which fit nicely over my ears. Even after a couple of hours of gaming, my ears were not sore, and I was ready to go all night. Having volume, bass, and surround sound at my fingertips was convenient. The power button is located on the right side of headphones at the rear of the can. The volume, bass, and surround controls are all located on the right side as well - and are easy to reach.  A nice touch is the raised plus and minus symbols (for audio volume) and this makes finding the buttons easy when wearing the headphones. The sound quality was top notch, which is what I except from Sennheiser. With crisp, clean sound that did not distort - even at high volumes, Far Cry 3’s jungle came alive. Trying to describe the difference between “Hi” and “Low” surround sound is difficult, but a fuller sound was noticeable when “Hi” was selected. Over all, Xbox games sound great and I did not worry about kids hearing bad words and didn’t need to have the TV volume really low at night!

 

Regular TV was fabulous as well.  Again, sound was full and make the NHL playoffs amazing.  Did I mention how much outside sound is blocked out? When the kids being loud or asking lots of questions, ignoring them was simple because of the closed circumaural headphones. Listening to the hockey game, including the hits into the boards, blocked shots and the life-saving “tink” of the puck bouncing off the post was a treat. As you may have guessed, Blu-Ray movies were equally stunning - if not more so.

Side Profile/Controls

 

The last thing I plugged into the RS 175 was my HTC M8.  I listen to audiobooks all the time and with the headphones I was wireless, and mobile. The range from the base unit is wonderful and it is much, much better than Bluetooth.  I could hear clearly all over my house as well as the basement and I even went outside. Surround sound did not work with the book so much as it just sounded like an echo. However, the sound quality was still excellent with surround turned off. Listening to music through my device – or by way of the TV through satellite or streaming Google Play was incredible. I enjoy my bass and the surround made the listening experience seem more like a concert. 

 

Conclusion:

I would say the RS 175 are worth every penny. Sennheiser has less expensive models of wireless headphones; however they do not have as many functions. They are easy to set up and use, comfortable to wear and have great battery life. Extra headphones are a little pricey at $199.99, but with care, will last you a long time. The RS 175 easily switch between inputs but this must be done on the base unit with a mechanical switch. At the end of the day, if you are looking for a top quality listening experience with mobility and no wires this is the answer.

 

Without a doubt, they deserve some pretty high marks, but they aren't perfect as the price is a little steep - but worth it if you have the money. If you want a second pair of headphones to go along with the main RS 175 unit, it will set you back another $199. All in all, not a cheap investment - but one you'll likely have for years.

 

I'd like to thank Sennheiser for sending out the RS 175 for us to review. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum right here.