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Sennheiser RS160

Friday 22 January 2010

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The clever chaps at Sennheiser have been at it again, this time coming up with a pair of chunky cans that ditch the cables and enclose your lugholes in glorious noise-cancelling sonic luxury. And with the price tag of £130 sounding pretty good to our ears, the only remaining question is whether the earphones themselves do the same.

The good

Aside from the obvious appeal of going wire-free, the RS160s has a bunch of other clever features that really impressed us. Setup is a doddle: plug the wireless transmitter into your sound source and the mains – though it can run on batteries too – and you're then free as a bird to lose yourself in your favourite tunes up to 20m away with the ultra-comfy RS160s wrapped around your head. The headphone unit is powered by AA batteries, but they're rechargable and you can top them out without removing them. Sound is, as you'd expect from Sennheiser, rich and detailed.

The bad

These babies are far from small, and though they are really comfortable you might feel like you've got a couple of sofas wrapped around your ears. And while the sound quality overall is very strong, we did feel there was a little bit lacking in the booty-shaking bass department.

The bottom line

Another winner from audio over-achiever Sennheiser. They're not quite sonically perfect but for how well the idea has been executed this pair of wireless wonders gets our stamp of approval.
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