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Sennheiser RS 170

Kleer Wireless Headphones with Surround Simulation and Bass Boost


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Wireless headphones come in many shapes and sizes but few offer better home theater performance than the RS 170. This wireless headphone system is made up of a pair of wireless headphones (HDR 170) and a multi-purpose transmitter (TX 170) which also functions as an 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station. The RS 170 also features a Dynamic Bass Boost and Surround Sound simulation mode for edge-of-your-seat excitement with your favorite music and movies!

The RS 170 utilizes KLEER's uncompressed digital wireless audio transmission (it sounds wired!), offering a range of up to 260 feet, audiophile-grade sound and reception to four optional pairs of Sennheiser KLEER headphones. Never fuss with tuning again thanks to automatic, interference-free pairing between the headphone and transmitter.

An exceptionally detailed, full-bodied sound reproduction is pumped into the listeners ears, filling the sealed, private earcups with liquid smooth audio. The headphones' leatherette earpads and headband cushions deliver outstanding comfort while their closed, around-the-ear design prevents sound leakage. In a high-definition age, this one is a must-have.

What's In The Box?
  1. HDR 170 Headphones (Receiver)
  2. TX 170 (Transmitter/Charging Station)
  3. Multi-Country AC Wall Adapter
  4. Detachable Audio Cable
  5. Audio Cable
  6. 1/8 Inch to RCA and 1/4 Inch Audio Adapter
  7. Owners Manual/Users Guide
  8. Authorized 2-Year Warranty

RS 170 Features:

  • KLEER uncompressed audio transmission for interference free reception
  • Selectable Dynamic Bass Boost delivers deep, slamming bass response on demand
  • Selectable Surround Sound simulation provides immersing depth for a state-of-the-art movie theater experience
  • Multi-purpose transmitter - Also functions as 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station
  • Multi-receiver mode- Up to 4 Sennheiser KLEER headphones listening to the same source
  • Audiophile-level transducer systems with powerful neodymium magnets for clear and detailed audio reproduction
  • Leatherette Earpads and Headband Cushions for outstanding comfort
  • No complex set-up required Ė Just plug into the analog audio outputs on your audio source!
  • KLEER technology will not interfere with wireless networks or other 2.4 gHz devices
  • Compatible with set-top DVD & Blu-Ray players, DVR's, satellite receivers, a/v receivers, laptops, mac/PC, MP3 players, LCD, Plasma and standard televisions that feature RCA outputs (red and white outputs) and/or 1/8" and 1/4" headphone sockets
  • Individual Replacement RS 170 Wireless Headphones Available:
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Wireless technology: Kleer
  • Carrier frequency: 2.4 - 2.8 GHz (auto selecting)
  • Modulation: MSK Digital
  • Transducer principle Sealed (closed)
  • Frequency response (headphones): 18-21,000 Hz
  • Operating time (battery): Approx. Up to 24 h.
  • Audio input: 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone plug (includes 1/4 inch and RCA adapters)
  • Battery: (2) AAA size NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Range: Up to 260 ft.
  • Signal-to-noise-ratio: 85 dBA
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 110 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): < 0.5 %
  • Weight (receiver): 7.6 oz. (226 g)
  • Weight (transmitter): 7.6 oz. (226 g)

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Home/RF Wireless
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child canít damage their ears while listening to music.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
18 - 21,000 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
Refers to the bass output quality. Loose bass is more boomy and loud where as tight bass is more about bass quality.

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Paperwork included with the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


bagdad, KY


January 29, 2014

I just got my RS 170 and I love it to pieces. I can now watch my movies on my giant screen and blow myself away with the sound and not disturb the old folks upstairs. No, seriously... I wore the phones upstairs because I live in the downstairs and the clarity and sound was still in tact and I put them on my sister's head and she was amazed at the quality of the sound and at such a distance. Now we can both enjoy watching a great flick on Friday nights, my level of listening and her level, no more squabbling over the volume. Thank you Sennheiser for your recommendation for the RS 170.

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Miamisburg, OH

Sennheiser RS 170

January 5, 2015

My headphones just arrived today. First time for ordering from Sonic Electronix. Fast delivery. Took everything out of the box, hooked it up to my Toshiba 42" HD Flat screen. Connected everything, put batteries in headphones, turned transmitter on and Hallelujah, they work like a charm. Took 5 minutes to hook it up. Very easy to assemble. I put a DVD in my Laptop that is connected to my television with HDMI cable, hit the Surround Sound on and WOW ! ! ! I walked down the hallway here at the physical therapy facility, and the headphones continued to receive signal all the way to the receptionist desk which is about 500 ft from my room before they dropped out. As always Sennheiser wins my heart and ears.

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Sennheiser RS 170

June 12, 2014

I brought these over a month ago, I have a very bad hearing loss and with the tv volume all the way up I could hear ok but still couldn't understand what was said and my wife couldn't stay in the same room because the tv was so loud. Now with the head phone she can turn the volume to where she wants it and I can set my RS170 where I want them,the voice is so must clearer and I can understand what is said. I will never again be without my RS170, great buy and the service could not be better. I will buy from Sonic Electronix next time.

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Rochester, NY

Great headphones! RS170

June 10, 2014

I spent a lot of time researching wireless headphones and these are what I ended up with and I couldn't be more please! The sound is fantastic with no dropout at all. I haven't tested the range yet but I haven't reached the limit yet while wandering around my home, including going into different rooms. The only (slightly) negative is finding the correct switch on the right headphone. You get used to it after awhile but it is hard to differentiate which switch is which while trying to lower or raise the volume etc. I have added a drop of glue to the on/off switch to help reference a location.
The other thing I had trouble with, and this is NOT RELATED to these headphones directly....I struggled finding the right place to plug them in. I had to get a different cable box with the red & white audio out output so I could get network TV. Then if I was streaming Netflix for example, I got no headphone output. To stream I had to connect to the red & white TV outputs. It's a pain to be moving the cables all the time so I solved it with an Audio A-B switch box from Amazon. (Reconton VS1002 two way switcher; About $15) Now I just hit either A or B depending on which output I need to listen to the program. Beware, not all of the new cable boxes have the correct output. New Cisco boxes do not. Older Cisco does.
It took awhile but I am up and running and love these headphones which help me decipher conversations better. I have hearing difficulties and this is a great solution. I normally wear hearing aids but don't need them with the headphones. In fact if I do use them I get feedback so it's best to leave them off anyway.

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Bozeman, MT

Spouse is happy

May 31, 2014

I like being able to listen the way I want and my wife can set the volume of the TV where she wants it. But I don't like not being able to adjust the headset volume without taking the headset off as the volume controls are small.

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Canandaigua NY

Great Product!

January 30, 2015

I purchased a Sennheiser RS 170 to help me hear better when I watch movies and television on my Sam Sung & Bose surround sound system. I listen with the head set and everyone else in the room can hear through the normal sound works great! I highly recommend this headset for anyone (like me) who is having trouble with hearing loss!....Bose said it wouldn't work, Best Buy said it wouldn't ....Sennheiser said it would and it does!....Thanks Sennheiser for a truly great product!

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Louisville Ky

Best overall deal!!

February 9, 2014

This product is everything that the salesman at BestBuy told me it would be, if I ordered it from them at a MUCH higher cost! I am very pleased with the performance, sound, and quality and did appreciate the price this company offered.

I can't rate the durability when I've only had this product for a few weeks.

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great product

December 29, 2014

Very comfortable and transmission is excellent.
Good product
Sennheiser are quality products

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Great Sound!

June 24, 2014

Bought this for myself and a supplemental headphones (HDR170) for my girlfriend. Over the years I bought a few headphones from Sennheiser and always was satisfied. This one doesn't disappoint either. Sound is superb and I never loss the signal from one end of the house to the other. Like someone said about hearing loss it gives us the opportunity to adjust the volume to our own taste. They are lightweight and work on 2 AAA battery. After 2 hours of TV each pair takes only 20 minutes to recharge, although they still have lots of juice.

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Swansea, IL

Great Value!

February 5, 2014

Im hard of hearing and I would definitely recommend these headphones. The sound is AWESOME and I can finally understand every word. What a difference it makes. It's a great buy!

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Arlington, TX

Very good product

January 16, 2014

I purchased these for my hard of hearing, handicapped husband. Wow, what a difference this has made to him. He can now enjoy TV and his music with surround sound. He loves them and so do I. I use them to listen to my favorite music. Very high quality product and sound is tremendous. Only problem is the on and off switch is a little inconvenient for him. Has hard time getting into such a narrow spot. Controls are hard to see as they are all black.

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Colorado Springs, CO

Great Headset and reciever!

November 18, 2013

I recommend this product. I tried Sony and the Base, Clarity and solid and great fit of the headset is the best for the price. I recommend this to everyone!

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Christopher N on Jan 14, 2015
highly recommended by Bose surround sound
Robert H on Dec 28, 2014
watched review by someone online..very informative.
Teague G on Jan 12, 2015
I heard it is the best!
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