Sennheiser is a brand that stands out in the high-end and professional audio industry. They've recently launched a new model, the RS 180 a set of headphones that is a successor to the RS 170, which had a closed circumaural design. In this review, we see if their new RS 180 wireless headphones deliver performance for their price.
Design and Build Quality
The Sennheiser RS 180 comes bundled with an attractive looking docking station that has a glossy finish. It almost looks like a mini space station rather than a docking station and would look really cool as a table piece to show off to your friends. Apart from these features, something that looked really attractive were the lights on the docking station that are a radiant flurocent yellow and orange lights to make it look more attractive.The weight of the docking station is however much lesser than we expected, Sennheiser could have used better plastic to beef up the body and make it look a little more realistic rather than just increase it in size.
Charging capability on the dock
The Sennheiser RS 180 head phones however are not very light. These wireless headphones have attractive ear pads with a sleek metallic finish, an open circum-aural design and come with an uncompressed audio transmission. But the open circumaural design lets sound escape from the headphones and does not exactly give you the privacy that you want.
The ear pads however are pretty comfortable initially as they are topped up with soft cloth padding on the ear cups and the head band. The ear cups cover most of your ear and there's a a set of buttons on the side of the ear pad that helps you to adjust the volume, turn it on or off as well as adjust the right and left balance. The right and left balance buttons are somewhat redundant. However, it's quite a task adjusting the volume settings as the the buttons are really hard to adjust when you have the headphones on. The buttons should have been extruded or spaced out a little bit more.
Audio input connections at the rear of the dock
Sennheiser should have also placed the on/off buttons away from the volume buttons as every time you try and adjust the volume, you end up switching it off - the buttons are pretty responsive when pressed. The headphones aren’t larger than most mainstream wired sets and the head band can be adjusted according to your requirement and comfort.
The Sennheiser RS 180 are rated to perform in the frequency range between 18Hz and 21kHz and operate wirelessly in the 2.4 - 2.48GHz range. The docking station has two RCA connectors so you can connect your TV or any other audio source to the dock. It also has a 3.5mm audio out connector that lets you connect your phone or mp3 player to the dock. It comes bundled with two AAA chargeable batteries inside the ear pad.
Updated 19 May, 2013, 1:51 pm IST
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