Any cricket fan will tell you how tough it is to keep tuned to a match happening Down Under or in the Caribbean given the huge time difference with India. It is almost impossible to enjoy the match without keeping the entire household awake. This is where a wireless headset that beams audio from the television will come in handy. There are many wireless headphone models in the market, but many are plagued by static and everything happening in the house comes in the way of the experience. This is where the Sennheiser RS series is trying to make an impact for the users.
The Sennheiser RS 175 is no Bluetooth headset. It tries to achieve more and hence has a very elaborate set-up, complete with a docking station that plugs to the source and beams the audio for a distance of around 100 metres. The RS 175 has an extra large circumaural headset. It looks intimidating but it not heavy and it very comfortable to wear even for long hours. The volume controls are on the right ear cup where you also find the dynamic bass boost and surround sound buttons.
The dock connects to the source using a regular 3.5 mm audio cable or digital optical audio cable that comes in the box. I connected it to a Tata Sky HD box using the digital optical audio cable. The dock also lets you control the audio with option to adjust the bass and surround sound with high and low options.
To start with, I have to mention the fact that the range of the RS 175 is amazing. It says 100 metres on the box and it gives you 100 metres. I could walk all over the apartment’s terrace listening to NDTV news beamed from the living room. It is not affected by walls, at least not within my 1100 sq ft flat.
Since a lot of people will be listening to television programmes using the RS 175, I tried to use it to keep tabs on the ICC World Cup cricket commentary as well as to listen to some music from the many channels that peddle just that. The audio quality is clear and for cricket matches, the surround sound really makes a difference. I have never been a big fan of extra bass, but I am sure the bass prowess of this headset will keep the Dinchak music fans happy.
But considering the cost of the Sennheiser headset, I would expect more audiophiles to pick this up than those who want to go into stealth mode while watching television. It is only when you play lossless audio that you realise the true potential of this headphone. It is a top draw audiophile material with sound as rich and natural as it can be, despite the huge wireless distance from the source. I can
recommend this for anyone who has a good music system and needs the freedom to take that music somewhere else at times.
There are not many issues with the headphone. However, it is hard to miss the fact that there is a lot of sound that is heard outside the headset, sort of defeating its purpose. If you take it off your head, the volume is good enough for it to be used as a small wireless speaker set. Even when you have it on, people passing nearby can make out what you are listening to. Also, I would have loved some remote options to control my music from wherever I am.
Overall, a good choice for those who are hard hooked to late night TV reruns. But I will recommend this for people who love their music and want to take it beyond their living room without a drop in quality.
n Estimated street price: R19,990