Wireless or Wired
Sennheiser RS 170
Until you try a wireless headphone set you do not know the extra freedom it gives you, you could make a cup of tea, fetch a book from another room or visit the loo while still listening to your favourite music from the living room.
It is 20x23x9cm while the sides can be 4cm less if required. The right earphone has five buttons on the bottom edge, all well marked, but of course you will probably use these while on your head so it will be a case of feel.
The instructions make no mention of where to put the supplied two ‘AAA’ rechargeable batteries. It is not obvious until you see two tiny clear plastic strips sticking out from the earpieces which twist off to reveal the batteries home.
22x12x10cm is the maximum size of the wireless station that also acts as the charge point for the headset when placed in its dock on top of the wireless station. There is a 3.5x3.5mm extension lead which goes from the wireless station to your audio source CD Player, MP3 player, Hi-Fi or iPod. This fits in towards the bottom of the back of the wireless station. Below this is the D/C lead going to 13amp plug brick. The front of the unit has four LEDs in a column with the bottom three having push button ability for ‘Bass’, ‘Surround’ and ‘on/off’.
The weight of the headphones is just on 250 grams, remember no leads so while the quality of sound is excellent you can get this wherever you wish to listen within range of the wireless sender. In one test I wore them while I cut my grass.
The Sennheiser RS 170 are available from the link below for £132.30 including free delivery.
Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship
23x25x11cm is the maximum size of this headset. It weights 430grams with the hard wired 3metre long USB cable attached.
There are no controls on the headset itself. The top part of the headband is padded inside and both the earpieces are heavily padded. There is a 14cm microphone lead that can be placed anywhere to suit as the internal wire is toughened. The earpieces rotate 90 degrees. Each side piece has 3cm of expansion available to it.
All the control is a box placed 80cm along the cable. This is 8x3.5x1.5cm in size it has three controls on each of the sides. So should you a system capable of 5.1 or better then each area can be covered giving an all round sound.
The controls are ‘Rear’, ‘Front’, ‘Volume’ on one edge with ‘Sub’, ‘Centre’ and a slider switch to turn ‘Microphone’ on or off. When the unit has power then there is a 3cm long strip on top that gives off a yellow light.
While this is designed mainly as a gaming unit it can be used from a PC to play audio CD’s and I used several of the same CD’s to test this as I did the unit above. Sound quality was very satisfactory and enjoyable.
Doing my Internet searches found the Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championshipat £41.77 inc free delivery.
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