Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphone with Dynamic Bass and Surround Sound Review


Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphones

If you are looking for a set of wireless headphones with good clarity for an affordable price you have just found it with Sennheiser RS 170. These headphones allow users to connect with their TV, AV receiver, cable box, or game console. These full-size headphones built using Kleer wireless technology are capable of delivering CD-quality sound. Sennheiser RS 170 headphones available in the mid price range of $100-300 are a set of wireless headphones with a base unit that doubles its capabilities as a transmitter and a battery charger.

Design and features

The RS 170 is made of plastic and is therefore isn’t heavy, It just weighs 216 g without batteries. This makes it easy and comfortable for the user. The headphones comprise of satin black-and-silver headphones’ which are sturdy enough to sustain rough handling but the ear cups which attach to the headband are a little delicate and need to be handled with care. Further the headphones have a plush, padded headband and user-replaceable faux-leather ear pads. These are comfy due to their oval shape which fit into your ears way better compared to circular ear pads used by many other headphones. The Sennheiser RS 170 relies on a single Nickel-metal hydride AAA battery placed in each ear cup for its power requirement and a fully charged set can deliver up to 24 hours of play time.
The black plastic transmitter/battery charger base also doubles as a headphone stand. Users can connect through a single 3.5mm analog input. However appliances like cable boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc. can be plugged into a TV or AV receiver and then utilized. The RS 170′s power supply comes with four power receptacle adapters, one each for the U.S., U.K., Australia, and EU.
The volume up/down, power, Surround Sound Simulator, and Dynamic Bass Boost button are found along the bottom of the right ear cup, with the power button centered between the volume up/down buttons. The Surround Sound Simulator and Dynamic Bass Boost buttons are smaller but access to the bass booster and surround features are available even from the transmitter charger base. The RS 170 features 2.4-2.8 GHz Kleer carrier frequency wireless technology that offers lossless, CD-quality, 16-bit/44.1-kHz resolution.
Accessories include a 3.5mm-male-to-3.5mm-male analog cable, a female-3.5mm-to-stereo-male-RCA cable, and a 3.5mm-to-6.3mm adapter plug. Extra sets of RS 170 headphones without the transmitter/charger base can be purchased from Sennheiser. Up to four headphones can be used with one home transmitter base.
The Headphones come with a two-year warranty.


This produces really great sound and the audio is very good for a pair of wireless closed-back headphones. The RS 170′s headphones ensure that there are no background noises or crackles. The headphones have a 260 foot “line-of sight” range, and can even work outside your house!!!!
Although most stereo headphones with surround simulation modes sound hollow or processed, RS 170 does not have such drawbacks. The Surround Sound Simulator feature spreads the stereo image wider than plain stereo and the Dynamic Bass Boost also works well, adding more fullness to the sound of the bass without overdoing it.
The RS 170 plays quite loud, for a battery powered set of headphones. Most battery-powered headphones face the same loudness limitation compared with wired headphones. But Sennheiser RS 170 gives one of the best amplitudes among wireless headphones. Since this a closed-back-design model, the RS 170 sounds more “contained” and less expensive than open-back Sennheiser headphones. The RS 170 reduces the spaciousness and brings the sounds closer. The sound is clear and easy to absorb especially during a very long movie with a wide range of sound effects. If you dislike extremely loud noises and prefer watching movies with more mellowed sound effects then this may be the pair of headphones you were always looking for.
The headphones allow you to let others be in your presence and engage in conversation or other recreational activities without disturbance. This is because the headphones ensure that the sound is heard only by the user. This is advantageous as you can watch your favorite movie while your loved one/s read or engage in other activities while accompanying you; in a sense allowing you to multitask! You can also wear it in bed and you can easily keep watching your favorite TV programs in bed without disturbing anyone else who’s trying to sleep.
The Sennheiser RS 170 is one of the least expensive wireless headphones with a good value for money and is highly recommended for ‘its wide stereo image projection and impressive maximum volume levels.’ This pair of headphones is great for those who are looking for a great set of wireless headphones at a budget cost.

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2 thoughts on “Sennheiser RS 170 Digital Wireless Headphone with Dynamic Bass and Surround Sound Review

  1. Hey
    Im looking at getting a pair of Sennheisers RS 170 but its not clear if i can link it straight to my phone wireless or can it only be linked through the transmitter at all times?

    Regards Vernon Rory Gibson

  2. Hi Vernon,
    Sennheiser RS 170′s are not Bluetooth and link only through the transmitter. These aren’t mobile headphones. But if you are looking for wireless headphones to wear around home…these are the best for the buck. You won’t be disappointed. If you are looking for something with more mobility I would suggest that you might want to take a close look at the Bose AE2W Bluetooth Headphones. They are fantastic also.

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