Sennheiser RS 180 Wireless headphones with docking station

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comfortable around-the-ear design with velour padded earcups and a padded, adjustable headband * Kleer wireless technology delivers uncompressed stereo transmission over 2.4 GHz to 2.8 GHz wireless frequency range * multi-purpose transmitter also functions as a charger and docking station for the headphones * range: up to 320 feet * high-performance "Open-Aire" drivers with neodymium magnets * Automatic Level Control compensates for peaks and dips in the volume of your audio source * frequency response: 18-21,000 Hz * 3.6-foot detachable audio cable with 1/8" mini headphone plug -- 1/4" adapter and RCA audio adapter also included *

Latest reviews

Pros: Nice clear sound, found it on sale, charger is easy to use and a nice stand, very lightweight and comfortable to wear
Cons: buttons on headphones are mediocre, somewhat hard to tell if power is on or off on stand and headset
Ok, well I listed a whole bunch of pros/cons up there, so here are the other things I will mention:
1.  I got these on newegg for $220.  I ended up using them virtually for everything.  One gripe I suppose is if the volume of what you're listening to is low, maxing the volume will only do so much, and that adding an amp won't do anything.  I may have just screwed this up, but I am pretty sure the signal sent from the stand to the headphones is going to cap the volume, and the headset does the rest.  I will mention that the volume is very sufficient, but I had the idea to try an amp to improve sound.
2.  Again I am going to stress these are very lightweight and comfortable, so much that at times I forget I am wearing them and like "****, are my speakers on or is this the headset?"  Everyone does gripe about the buttons on the headset, but I will say there are not an eyesore and are clean looking, and that once adjusted you rarely mess with them during your listening session.
I am giving these a 4.5 because the slight expensive cost, button frustration hardly factor in to my enjoyment of owning this headset.  If I were to having a mod for these if would be that once the headset leaves the stand it and the stand turn on, so that I don't have to bother always turning them on every time.
Pros: Sound reproduction, range, comfort
Cons: Audio hum/interference
[size=small]When I got these I had a set of HD-25s which I've had for a decade and I expected the same superior quality from Sennheiser, however I'm quite disappointed. I really want to love these headphones, I really do, but the interference in the headphones really destroys the experience.[/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]The build quality is good and very lightweight so I can easily watch a movie and remain comfortable, however it is plasticy feeling so they may not be very durable if they're not treated well . The buttons are difficult to locate by feel alone so I have to take them off my head most times to make volume adjustments. The base station which acts as the charging cradle is stable and easy to use.[/size]
These have really on been used in bed for watching TV shows and movies and for the sounds that are meant to be there I was blown away. Instruments in songs are very noticeable and sharp and to my feeble ears everything sounds well balanced.
But to the dealbreaker: [size=small]The worst part about these headphones is the audible hum/white noise which can be heard even in moderate volume scenes. If it wasn't for this I would give the sound quality 5/5 but this hum is unacceptable. I isolated the headphones and base station to remove interference, I sit a couple of meters away from the basestation and I had the headphones replaced, and still the hum remained.[/size]
[size=small]I don't have the best hearing in the world and I'm not an audiophile but to me when there is silence in a TV show or movie, then there should be silence in my ears. These headphones could not produce that with an audio hum always present. So in summary, if I had the money in my pocket again, I probably wouldn't buy these without seeing if there were better options available.[/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]Only buy wireless headphones if you REALLY REALLY must buy them. You will get superior sound quality with no interference in a set of wired headphones half the price.[/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]Just to give you an idea, I also have a [/size][size=small]Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound[/size][size=small] which suffers from no interference when using my computer, however the sound reproduction isn't as good as the Sennheiser RS-180 headphones.[/size]


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