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Is there any actual sound difference between the 170 and 160? Is there more bass? I want to know if its worth the 100 dollar difference!
post #332 of 448
I've got one more question guys, regarding setup. At the moment on my desk I have a FiiO E17 which outputs via the L7 LOD bypass into a venerable old Arcam Alpha 8 hifi amplifier (then into the speakers). What would be the best way to incorporate the RS180 base station into that system? Would it be to feed the E17 line-out into the RS180 base (on that note I can't seem to pin down if it amps itself or if it needs amping externally) and then use the outputs on the base to run the signal back into the Alpha 8 so I can use both the speakers and the headphones in one circuit? Or would I be better off just plugging the aux cable straight into the headphone jack of the Arcam? If either is viable, would going through the Arcam yield any improvement to audio quality, or would the base station impact the sound from my speakers?
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Originally Posted by Jeangenie View Post

Is there any actual sound difference between the 170 and 160? Is there more bass? I want to know if its worth the 100 dollar difference!

The specs sheet and the retail pricing I've seen makes me think they are potentially the same headset, can't find anything definitive though!
post #333 of 448

I really wish sennheiser (or anybody) would sell the transmitter separately like they do the head sets. I lost my transmitter to my RS-160 headphones. I was devastated to find out I couldn't replace it. A little hunting and I purchased a used MX W1 off of ebay and found that the transmitter for it is spectacular. Much better IMO than the rs-160 transmitter. I then found the rs 160 transmitter months later. After kicking myself a few hundred times I sold the rs-160 kit and bought the HDR-180. I had the MX W1 transmitter and the RS-180 as my portable rig. life was good (as long as I positioned the transmitter correctly, because of the 2.4ghz channel I would get constant interference if the transmitter was more than 1 foot away from the headphones it's just one of those things you deal with if you live in the city.) Then I lost the transmitter and instantly my headphones became worthless to me. I cried a little since I spent a lot of money on the MX W1, to much in retrospect. 

 

I still have the MX-W1 receiver if anyone is interested. They need new batteries because they don't hold a charge any more. They last about 10 minutes. They do sound amazing though. They are a bit uncomfortable if worn for prolonged periods of time. They are Kleer compatible so they work with any of the Kleer transmitters. 

 

I'm really tempted to try a RS-160 transmitter paired with a pair of HDR-220 as my portable rig. Maybe if I come across these two at the right price I'll do it.  

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Originally Posted by trunolimit View Post

I really wish sennheiser (or anybody) would sell the transmitter separately like they do the head sets. I lost my transmitter to my RS-160 headphones. I was devastated to find out I couldn't replace it. A little hunting and I purchased a used MX W1 off of ebay and found that the transmitter for it is spectacular. Much better IMO than the rs-160 transmitter. I then found the rs 160 transmitter months later. After kicking myself a few hundred times I sold the rs-160 kit and bought the HDR-180. I had the MX W1 transmitter and the RS-180 as my portable rig. life was good (as long as I positioned the transmitter correctly, because of the 2.4ghz channel I would get constant interference if the transmitter was more than 1 foot away from the headphones it's just one of those things you deal with if you live in the city.) Then I lost the transmitter and instantly my headphones became worthless to me. I cried a little since I spent a lot of money on the MX W1, to much in retrospect. 

I still have the MX-W1 receiver if anyone is interested. They need new batteries because they don't hold a charge any more. They last about 10 minutes. They do sound amazing though. They are a bit uncomfortable if worn for prolonged periods of time. They are Kleer compatible so they work with any of the Kleer transmitters. 

I'm really tempted to try a RS-160 transmitter paired with a pair of HDR-220 as my portable rig. Maybe if I come across these two at the right price I'll do it.  

Are you sure the HDR220 will work with the 160 transmitter? I seem to remember reading that it was incompatible with their last generation of transmitters.
post #335 of 448

I would think so. I thought kleer technology was made to be highly compatible. I even suspect that the transmitters and recivers are compatible cross vendor (never did get a chance to test that theory) I do know certain features don't work, for example the bass boost and other sound enhacments that are available on the HDR 180 using it's transmitter are no longer available using the RS160 transmitter. Most of that stuff is done at the base station. But I did notice a conciderable sound gain when I moved from the HDR160 to the HDR180. 

 

overall, in retrospect I was a fool spending all that money on trying to get great sound out of wireless portable headphones when I could have taken all that money and gotten wired headphones that are 10 times better. I think I spent about 500 bucks overall and made back $180 for a total loss of just about $320. 

 

I actually still have the MX W1 kleer wireless ear buds and charger, just no transmitter.  I think I might put them up on ebay. Hopefully get 50 bucks for them.

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Are you sure the HDR220 will work with the 160 transmitter? I seem to remember reading that it was incompatible with their last generation of transmitters.

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Originally Posted by trunolimit View Post

 

I'm really tempted to try a RS-160 transmitter paired with a pair of HDR-220 as my portable rig. Maybe if I come across these two at the right price I'll do it.  

 

Unfortunately Gofre is right. Your proposed setup is not possible. The RS 160/170/180 use a different transmission technology to the RS 220.

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Originally Posted by Rosmadi Mahmood View Post

Unfortunately Gofre is right. Your proposed setup is not possible. The RS 160/170/180 use a different transmission technology to the RS 220.

Hi there,

Would you be able to provide any insight into my above query? Thanks [=
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Unfortunately Gofre is right. Your proposed setup is not possible. The RS 160/170/180 use a different transmission technology to the RS 220.

this makes me a sad panda. 

post #339 of 448

Got the RS 170. Got to say I really like it. I also enjoy the surround and bass boost feature. Sounds are more encompassing with them turned on.

 

But I'm not an audiophile, just a regular guy that wanted a good wireless headphone.

 

 

A big bonus of the RS 170 vs the 180: Closed designed.

 

For you married men who is the man of the house:

 

I use it when my wife, who is very sweet and loving, God bless her, is whining too much. She knows that I don't want to listen to the whines when I have the headphones on. I have to play music, not very loud, to complete the effect. I suspect I would have to play music really loud on the 180 to shut out external sounds.

 

Works like a charm. Love these headphones.

 

An excellent tip: Get a good charger and keep 2 spares battery in the charger ready at all time. Swapping is very quick, less than a minute. Benefit: you get to put the headphones wherever you please. Also, you can leave the headphone on mute (instead of turning off) when not in use so you don't have to press the power button on the base.

 

If you use the base charger, the base will turn off automatically after 5 minutes. Takes a long time to charge, and a big hassle overall. I don't use the base charger at all after trying it for a couple of days.

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Originally Posted by sovereignty68 View Post

I have a question. How does RS180 compare to HD598 sound quality wise? Some say its more refined, some say it produce buzz and static. I've listened to HD-598 and I liked them but want something similar in wireless.

 

 

Hi, 

I have RS 170 (doesn't important 160/170/180 - all they based on KLEER technology which is the key point here) and I was very frustrated about their background static noise. Even in the service-center of the official Sennheiser's importer I was told this noise is normal for all KLEER products.

I can hear this noise when music sound is low or at start/end of tracks (when sound is fading out). In movies due to pauses in speech/music it appears more noticable. The suggestion is to rise up volume as more as possible on the source and lower one on the headphones. In this way backgrounds are almost disappear (but I personally not satisfied with the sound clarity due to static noise).

 

Despite all that I manage to purchase HDR-180  to pair it with my 170 transmitter. The case is that RS170 have so good outer-noise isolation that my wife all the time complains that I totally can't hear her while listening music :)

post #341 of 448

I owned 2 pair of RS-180s for over a year, my wife and I use them for TV/Movie watching. Only a few times have I had static or interference and then for only a few seconds. If I did have an issue I'd separate the sound cables from any power cords and it the problem persisted I'd look for interference form another electrical appliance, like the TV or refrigerator.

post #342 of 448

After purchasing Sennheiser HD 380 this week I realize the RS 170 is really the most comfortable headphones I ever tried.

The great thing in 170 they have split pads on the arc so you don't feel the any pressure on the top of the head (at the center point).

And beyond that I just feel the music, not the headphone's presence on the head.

post #343 of 448

I had RS-180 for about 2 years now. Mostly use it when watching movies, I pair it with the Turtle Beach Earforce DSS for the give the surround sound.

It is a great for portability but when listening to music I prefer my other headphone.

post #344 of 448

My second pair of rs 170s will not sync to the base. Powers on but nothing. Any help is appreciated.
 

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My second pair of rs 170s will not sync to the base. Powers on but nothing. Any help is appreciated.
 

This video shows how to associate two kleer headphones to the same base station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brFXknPUjPc&list=PL94673B036B67EE8A&index=26

 

If you have already associated both your headphones to the base station and both of them still don't connect, do this -

 

1. Turn on base station and turn on one pair of headphones and wait for them to connect. 

2. Turn on the other pair of headphones. 

3. Press the power button on the base station for less than a second. In a few seconds the other pair will connect too. 

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