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Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

If you’re looking for wireless headphones then Sennheiser is probably one of the first names you will hear about. In fact, Sennheiser is actually one of the best brands you can buy for any headphones, including wired and wireless. Their RS line includes a range of high-end wireless headsets which all feature large, full coverage earphones. The RS 170 are one of the lower priced options and range from $170 to $280 depending on where you buy them.

Review of the Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

What are the Sennheiser RS 170 Headphones?

Sennheiser offers a unique wireless audio system with their headphones, and even claim to offer audiophile quality. They do this through the included dock, which allows up to four sets of headphones to connect at once to listen to music, a radio station, or other audio source. The dock has a broadcast range of up to 250 feet, which makes it ideal for home use so that you can listen outdoors as well as indoors. The result is an easy, convenient transmitter with probably the largest range on the market, high quality sound, and a charging dock built into the system so you don’t have to use plugs.

Each set of headphones is plug and play, so that you can plug your transmitter into any audio source (iPod, HDTV, etc.) and immediately listen to wireless music through the headphones. They also feature a large, somewhat bulky design with noise cancelling sealed cups for the ears, built in dynamic bass boost, and surround sound.

What’s In the Box?

Review of the Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

In the box

The Sennheiser RS 170 headphones include the headphones, a wireless charging dock, a detachable audio cable, an AC wall adapter (multi-country), and a female to male 1/8th RCA adaptor.

Technical Specifications

  • 2.4-2.8Ghz Transmitter Frequency
  • 260 Foot Range
  • Battery Life: 24 Hours
  • Battery Charge: 16 Hours
  • Sealed Transducers
  • 32 Ohm Impedance
  • 110DB Sound Pressure Level
  • 18-21,000 Hz Frequency Response
  • 85 dBA Signal to Noise Ratio


Review of the Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

The Sennheiser RS 170 is surprisingly sturdy compared to most of the headphones that I’ve used, but for the price, it should be. The audio is crystal clear, sharp, and better quality than my other wireless headphones including the Jabra Revo, but not quite corded quality. The audio is, none the less, quite impressive and better than many of the cheaper corded headphones I have tested. Probably the only real flaw on the Sennheiser RS 170 is the buttons, which are difficult to find and push without taking the headphones off. So, the buttons are annoying. However, if button placement is not an issue, these are probably the best wireless headphones that I have tested.

If you need something under $50, check out our review of the top cheap wireless earbuds.