Reviewers say that the Sennheiser RS 160 headphones are the best home-theater wireless model for the price. They use Kleer wireless technology to stream lossless, CD-quality audio without interference. Their on-the-ear design features thick padding that reviewers find comfortable. Critics say they are impressed with the RS 160's audio quality, though some have complaints about the bass range, which is common in reviews of wireless headphones. Some find Sennheiser's step-up model, the RS 170 headphones (*Est. $250), a better choice for discerning listeners. The RS 160 has a range of up to 60 feet from its base station. Two AAA rechargeable batteries are needed for the headphones, which Sennheiser says will run for 24 hours.
We found thorough, enthusiastic reviews for the Sennheiser RS 160 headphones at British sites Pocket-Lint.com and TechRadar.com. Online audiophile retailer GoodCans.com also provides helpful, if not entirely disinterested, evaluations of Sennheiser's wireless headphones. Users chime in at Amazon.com and Newegg.com
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The U.K.'s Pocket-Lint.com reviews a variety of headphones, including some wireless models. Chris Hall gives the Sennheiser RS 160 an 8 out of 10 rating, citing impressive audio and a comfortable fit. His only complaint is that definition lies "toward the bassy side, which can mean you lose some delicate detail."
Review: Sennheiser RS 160 Headphones Review, Chris Hall, Feb. 23, 2010
This U.K.-based website hosts reviews of electronics and gadgets that can quite often be found in U.S. stores, such as the Sennheiser RS 160. In a report that originally appeared in PCPlus, reviewer Gary Marshall says the sound provided by the Kleer transmission technology is "superb" and "crystal clear," and he reports that the set feels comfortable on his head. Although he awards the RS160 a 4- out of 5-star rating, he recommends spending an extra $50 and picking up the Sennheiser RS 170, which offers more range and bass.
Review: Sennheiser RS 160 Review, Gary Marshall, March 7, 2010
GoodCans.com sells headphones for audiophiles, and it reviews the models it sells. Although the sound of most wireless sets is "annoying" to the website's editors, they find the Sennheiser RS 160, and its series mates the RS 170 and RS 180, to be exceptions. The reviewer says, "I can easily recommend this headphone to the average listener. Those with more discerning ears might want to consider the RS180 model."
Review: Sennheiser RS 160 Kleer Wireless Cans, Editors of GoodCans.com
Almost 100 users post reviews of the Sennheiser RS 160 at Amazon.com. More than two-thirds give the headphones a 4- or 5-star rating. Users report that the Kleer technology indeed delivers CD-quality sound with none of the usual wireless interferences found with RF headphones, but a few say the range of the headphones is less than advertised and leaves a bit to be desired.
Review: Sennheiser RS 160 Digital Wireless Headphones with Dynamic Surround Sound, Contributors to Amazon.com
Only a handful of Sennheiser RS 160 user reviews have trickled in to Newegg.com, but the feedback has been very positive altogether. Sound quality and clarity are praised, but a couple of reviewers say that the headphones can get warm during extended listening and the range of the headset is a little less than advertised.
Review: Sennheiser - Wireless Stereo Headphones w/ Transmitter (RS 160), Contributors to Newegg.com