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Sennheiser RS 175: Premium wireless headphones for TV watchingSennheiser's new RF-based wireless headphone system is easy to set up and delivers strong performance for both movie watching and music listening.
[MUSIC] I'm David Carnoy and this is the Sennheiser RS 175, an RS based wireless headphone that's designed to work with your TV or any audio source, even a computer, or watching a video, or listening to music. It lists for $280 and is one of the middle models in Sennheiser's 2015 line of RS headphones. Sennheiser touts that line as having best in class wireless performance courtesy of a proprietary wireless linking technology. It operates in the 2.4GHz band, and delivers up to a whopping 100 meter range. And since this is rf, it doesn't require a line of sight, and can transmit through walls. The system is comprised of two components. The headphone itself and a base station that doubles as a charging stand. It's all very simple to set up. On the back, the base station has a digital optical connection as well as a 3.5 millimeter analog input that allows you to connect it to a TV or any audio source with the included cables. Most new TVs are equipped with an optical connection. Each model in the RF line offers a bit different sound and features, and we picked this model, the RF 175, because it has probably the best combination of sound, performance, and features for the money. As far as the design goes, it's a comfortable closed-backed over ear design that does a good job keeping sound from leaking out so you don't disturb someone sleeping nearby. But the headphone fits snugly enough that you may be forced to take some quick breaks while wearing it over the course of a two hour movie. So I wouldn't call it over comfortable. The performance is really good for wireless. I got a clean signal from several rooms away from the base station. There;s a little bass push but overall the sound is well balance and stacks up well against wired headphones. They cost about the same price. So that's saying a lot. Battery life is rated at 18 hours. This model features a bass boost option along with a couple of surround modes that open up the sound a bit. But also add a touch of hollowness. Once I got used to faux surround, I liked it with movies, but you can toggle between the faux surround and the standard stereo modes. And decide which one you like best. While there are cheaper Bluetooth options for using wireless headphones while watching TV, this Sennheiser's a good option for someone looking for a strong performing wireless headphone that doesn't have any latency issues and offers extended range. I'm David Carraway. That's the Sennheiser RS 175. Thanks for watching.