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Sennheiser - RS 175 Over-the-Ear Wireless Headphone System - Black

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Get up and dance with these Sennheiser RS 175 headphones, which feature wireless connectivity at a distance of up to 328'. The dynamic bass and virtual surround sound listening modes deliver powerful audio performance supported by neodymium magnets.

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    What's Included

    • HDR 175 Over-the-Ear Wireless Headphones
    • TR 175 wireless transmitter
    • 2 AAA LSD NiMH rechargeable batteries
    • Power supply with 4 adapters (EU, UK, US and AU)
    • 6.6' 3.5mm audio cable, 4.9' optical cable
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (360 out of 383)


    Over-the-ear design

    Delivers a powerful listening experience. The ergonomic design provides comfort during extended listening sessions.

    Neodymium magnets

    Provide sound reinforcement.

    Transmission range of up to 328' (line of sight)

    Gives you the freedom to move and dance while listening to your favorite songs. Operates on a 2.40-2.48GHz wireless frequency.

    Dynamic bass and virtual surround sound listening modes

    Allow for situational sound customization.

    Analog and digital audio inputs

    Along with toggling capability between inputs offer versatile connectivity.

    17Hz - 22kHz frequency response

    For faithful sound reproduction.

    Customer rating

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    Expert rating




    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      These Headphones Rock! However, one caveat.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Due to my wife's hearing issues, whenever she would watch a TV show, she would turn up the volume much louder than I would care to enjoy. I needed wireless headphones for her so that I can focus on work in a quiet setting. Didn't want to buy the cheaper brand/model because I am all about quality. Setup was easy. The only thing that I had wait for were the batteries to charge. While you can use them after charging them for a bit, I decided to wait until they were fully charged before letting my wife try them out. These are top-notch headphones. I have a couple of Sennheiser wired headsets that I use for gaming and phone conferences, but never had any experience with the wireless headphones. My wife is very happy with the quality of sound that comes out of it, and I am happy with the fact that they do what they are supposed to do. One important thing to note: if you have a Samsung Smart TV and want to watch a movie that's on a USB device (hard drive/flash drive) or watch Netflix via its built-in app, then these will NOT work for you. Reason being is that the headphones require an analog/optical sound output connection to the wireless base station, but the Samsung Smart TV does not output its sound through that connection. While we can hear the sound coming from our DVD/Blueray player and from the TV itself, the Sennheiser is currently not compatible with any movie watching on USB devices that are directly connected to the Smart TV or Netflix via the built-in app. The only solution that I could find was to use a device that is connected to Smart TV (in this case, our Blueray Player), and then, connect my USB device to the Blueray player (thankfully, it had one). The Blueray player also has access to Netflix as well, so she can watch/listen to Netflix movies. The bottom line is that you need a device that is currently connected to the Smart TV, and then use its USB functionality / Netflix app, as the sound will be able to travel to the device and to your headphones via the optical/analog connection to the TV. Hopefully my review helped anyone interested in these headphones. Great headphones overall, but watch out for incompatibilities with Smart TV functionalities. If Sennheiser were able to make these headphones connect via bluetooth, then we would be all set, as USB stored movies and Netflix via the built-in TV app work just fine with bluetooth speakers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Both the 175 and 185 are wonderful!

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      As I have gotten older I sense the hearing is starting to fade more than I like. I still hear quality sound, and my pitch is as precise as ever, but I don't hear volume as much, AND I HATE BACKGROUND NOISE. I like to have good sound when I listen to TV and Music so I often turn the TV up too loud for my wife and daughter. A few years ago I made the purchase of a set of Sennheiser RS-185 headphones for our bedroom. They are nothing short of amazing, but they were also a bit pricey at $400. I had gift cards that paid for over half so I got what was the best they sold at that time. This week I bought a pair of Sennheiser RS-175 headphones for the living room. At night I play the TV loud enough for it to bother my daughter in her room (with the door closed). I didn't want to spend $400 but I still wanted Sennheiser quality. The headphones allow me to mute the TV and listen through the headphones so only I hear the TV. It also allows me to play the TV louder than my wife and daughter if we are listening to a music program. The RS-175 are not quite as comfortable as the RS-185 because they use leather like ear pads whereas the RS-185 uses a softer, super comfortable, velvety soft cloth ear pad. They are both still more comfortable than most earphones and the RS-175 block more of the outside noise in my opinion. The sound quality for both have a 17Hz - 22kHz frequency response and both are good for the room you are in plus some extra distance. It does not work real well if you like to listen as you walk around the house because you lose the signal. It may work in a smaller home or an apartment/condo. I would rate the sound quality for both to be excellent in every range. The RS-175 has a bass boost which you can control, and a surround sound vs stereo option. For listening to country or jazz I like a small amount of bass boost. For classical I like to turn it off. With these you have that option! The 175 is about $150 cheaper than the 185 and the sound is 98% as good if not equal. For those of you who are real musicians and have found you need the help of headphones to fully enjoy music programs on TV, or TV set at low volumes, the Sennheiser Headphones are far superior to the Sony's I had before. The Sony's were much less expensive but they were less comfortable and the sound was far inferior to the Sennheiser 175 or 185. So if you don't want to disturb your family, but you want to enjoy TV and music with great digital sound the either Sennheiser is a fabulous option!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      absolutely awesome

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      so long story short, I live in a Motorhome that I restored. its 20 feet long and 8 feet wide with 9000 miles. I bought it for nothing, rebuilt it, and made it mine. I have very limited space, and enjoy movies, tv, music, ebooks etc. bluetooth quickly proved to be an issue if I let even one MM of metal between the headphones and the source, it cut out. period. not to mention, the bluetooth signal is very power draining and weak at that. these are different. you charge two AAA batteries either on the stand in the headphones themselves, or you can charge the AAA outside it. I use a nitecore smart charger, i4 with 12v source. they charge within an hour, and give me a week of everyday use in one charge. I'm able to connect the headphone jack directly from my MacBook Air(2015) to the headphone transmitter stand. I can get several hundred feet like this, a little less if its through the front section of the motorhome. I check power draw on every single thing I use, awns this is where these headphone sheen the most. when turned on and being used, they draw about 4 watts. I don't have a more precise way to measure, but 4w is very, very little especially for how nice the sound is. I understand the AAA provide most of the power, while the stand only transmits the signal. it works very well. as for the headphones themselves, outstanding quality. as I've said I live in a motorhome, so these things vibrate, bounce around(they don't fall or anything), and still work every single day. pros -comfy and do NOT clamp onto my head, I'm, 6'3" with a big head at that. I often forget I'm wearing them. -great sound, I use these over my Sony mdr1000x whenever i can. I only use the Sonys when I'm in a loud area. long, long battery life with REPLACEABLE AAA. this is key, if you take care of these and nothing ever shiorts out inside, they should also indefinitely. batteries don't hold charge? no problem, put new ones in. -power draw is 4w, incredible -bass boost and functions, I've turned on bass boost the day I bought them and never turned it off. I like bass, and don't like making other people hear it. -not noise cancelling(eyes its a pro, I need to be bale to hear if anyone is outside) CONS: pricey, though I payed 170$ during a 4th of July sale bulky, large cups. limited space, its great for me just know they are big. each cup is like a slightly inflated baseball that was slightly squished by a giant, so its got the mass of two baseballs but kinda flattened -slow charging on stand. just buy them, they are amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good headphones

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      These are excellent headphones for watching tv good quality sound, But if you want to watch DVD, Netflix, or Firestick you will need to purchase a digital to analog decoder for about $40.00 I bought the OREI DA34 and it works great. here is a description of why that is needed that I found on the Sennheiser website under their Q & A Audio coming from certain content providers or devices (Netflix, Roku, Apple TV etc.) typically use an advanced digital audio signal such as HDMI or advanced Dolby audio. These cannot be translated into analog or PCM by most television software and so the signal is not passed through into the headphones. As a result you may get silence or audio from a different source like your cable box. In order to resolve this, you will you will need to change the audio output format in the app or device to PCM (may be in the smart hub on some TVs) or you will need a digital to analog decoder. The Digital to Analog Decoder will take the advanced digital signal and decode it into an analog signal that your headphones can utilize. You will not lose audio quality as the digital signal is a carrier signal only. Any audio you hear from your TV speakers, sound bar or headphones is an analog signal. The digital signal is translated by the TV, receiver or other device by the time it reaches the transducers. The only difference is where the audio signal is translated. If your digital optical output is not in use we recommend the OREI DA34. If the digital optical output is already being used by a device like a sound bar you will want the J-TECHDigital to Analog Decoder because it offers both an analog output for the headphones to use and an optical output for the soundbar (or other device) to use.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good quality sound but not perfect

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I did not hear a lot of distortion with these earphones. Ergonomically the volume control consists of two buttons (- and +) that are placed below a bass boost button and a 3 position surround button. It is hard to hit the intended button to control volume. The bass boost is controlled by one pushbutton, and it is either on or off. The bass boost is too much bass in a movie with a low frequency drone as in some science fiction movies. The low surround sound option is pretty good, but for some content such as symphonic music or opera one might prefer the stereo position instead of surround sound. The high surround sound option is way too much echo for my taste and I don't use that setting. The surround sound off position produces the best audio. It would have been better to have a dial with a continuous choice of surround sound separtions. Similarly for the bass boost. The range of the headphones is not as great as the specs claim. They also cut out in the kitchen with the microwave on. I did find less audio distortion than in my old Sony MDR-DS6500 surround sound headphones. (The old Sony phones may have deterioated and distortion increased with age.) How good is the RS 175 sound? The stereo is not as good as high end Sennheiser HD 650's. Had the Sennheiser RS 175's had rotary or dial controls instead of push buttons, I might have given 5 stars. I am satisfied with the improvement over the old Sonys.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works well but pricey.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      These are great headphones. Sound quality is pretty well. I bought these for my dad to watch tv at night without disturbing my mom while she sleeps. He told me he had an issue with them cutting off once or twice when the dock was connected via optical cable to the tv and that he connected them via AUX cable like his previous headphones and haven’t had the issue again. They are comfortable and have great range and charging time! I don’t have any complaints besides the large price and lack of Bluetooth connectivity. I wanted to get a Bluetooth transmitter and some Bose or Sony headphones for him so he could use them with the TV and also a phone or tablet, so he would have them for dual purposes...but I was skeptical about latency issues with the tv. I researched it for a while and got mixed reviews when it came to latency with Bluetooth headphones and I just went with these that are made for TV connectivity. Overall great headphones, but also a high price. Not as amazing as I was expecting but they work fine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Headphones!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Finally a high quality digital capable wireless head set at a reasonable price point. Now I don't get in trouble with the wife for waking the baby when watching the home theater. This system allows you to have up to 2 headphones connected to the same transmitter. The problem is that BB does not sell the head set only, you have to get from factory. I purchased two systems with transmitters so now I have a spare and can charge both headsets at once. Programming the headset is a snap, just place the headset on the charging station for a few seconds and your golden. Take time to down load the manual from the manufacturer website, what in the box is just a quick set up guide that doesn't give you much info. Installation only takes 2 minutes once you know how you will connect. I suggest using the optical connection if you want surround sound quality vs the analog 3mm plug. If your gonna spend the money on these headphone, go digital, if you want analog buy some cheap wireless units. Sound quality on these unit are fantastic! I like them better than my last set of Bose wired noise canceling set at a fraction of the cost!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sound after break-in

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Any speaker, headphone or sound producer has moving parts that are tight from the factory but will loosen up with use. It is meant to work this way: out of the box these were bass heavy. With several dozen hours of use, the sound is clear and pleasing. I recommend that you charge them, set them up and let play on a table first at medium volume. The headband is comfortable enough. These aren't super lightweight like some Sennheiser units but consider this: they are over-the-ear headphones, have a radio, audio processor, and large sound transducers. Understand? I like the wireless design. You can walk outside, and listen. These RF headphones sound better than Bluetooth because Bluetooth has audio compression. I would like the speaker enclosure to have less sound when tapped on. Oh, when NO sound is on I can hear my heartbeat from my carotid arteries quietly thumping like Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon CD. Not too objectionable - they block outside noises I can say. These are worth the price. I bought them with Best Buy price matching. If you want to watch TV / movies or listen to something without other people getting distracted or disturbed these are an excellent choice. Sennheiser is good stuff, period.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about treble quality, bass quality, sound and design. Editors are less positive about mids quality and have mixed opinions about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 84/100 = Very good quality.
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      The Sennheiser RS175 wireless headphones are designed exclusively for indoor listening. We put them to the test to see if these headphones could deliver top-quality audio.Full Review
    • Canadian Reviewer (Canada)Rating, 4 out of 5Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla on November 10, 2015
      Review: Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless Headphones
      Like many city dwellers, apartment living has forced a lot of compromises when it comes to my setting up a workable home theater system. The limited amount of space and the nearness of neighbours necessitates creative solutions which wirelessFull Review
    • Home Theater ReviewRating, 4.5 out of 5Myron Ho on June 24, 2015
      Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed
      Myron Ho auditions the new $279 RS 175 headphones from Sennheiser. These wireless headphones are designed for the theaterphile who wants to enjoy private listening sessions without having to run a long cable from the AV receiver to the couch.Full Review
    •, 4 out of 5David Carnoy on May 9, 2015
      Sennheiser RS 175 review: Is this the best wireless headphone choice for watching TV?
      What are the best wireless headphones for watching TV?Full Review
    • CNETRating, 4 out of 5May 8, 2015
      Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System
      That's a question a fair number of CNET readers like to ask us, and while it's hard to give a definitive answer, Sennheiser's RS 185 model is certainly one of the better options out there at $280 (£230, AU$599).Full Review
    • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Tim Gideon on March 25, 2015
      Sennheiser RS 175
      The Sennheiser RS 175 is a set of wireless headphones intended for home use that offer excellent range and thunderous bass.Full Review

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