Wireless Headphones RS-185 

These quality wireless headphones from Sennheiser can take input from RCA jacks or Optical. The latter means that if your TV has optical out those of us with less than 20:20 hearing can now hear that murmured dialogue so favoured in US movies.

Sennheiser RS185 Uncompressed Sound Wireless Headphones
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They can be as much as 23cm across at the base of the earpads and the same from the base of the earpads to the top of the headband. Each arm has 4.5cm of contraction from this point and the earpads will sit happily at half the mentioned spread.

The pads are well padded in a velvet like material and the headband has two leather pads usful for those of us who have no hair.

The headphones can be worn either way and there is some side to side movement for those who favour the behind the head style.

Of course no wires to worry about as they are Wi-Fi and the dock also charges the two ‘AAA’ batteries that are in the earpieces.

The dock is a maximum of 23x12x12cm with cables inserted. At the rear there are Optical In, below this a slider switch to select Optical or RCA In, then the RCA sockets and finally DC input.

The leads provided are RCA jacks of

The front has battery state LED, a touch button to switch between ALC and MLC each has an LED next a knob to adjust MLC volume and finally an LED to denote power is on.

The right earpiece has all the controls, on the side the on/off button with LED above. On the back there are five buttons arranged in a circle at the top ‘Level’ and then moving clockwise ‘Right’, ‘+’, ‘-’ and ‘Left’.

Each earpiece has a single ‘AAA’ battery which is accessed by twisting at the rear of the fabric portion.

There are three gold colour bars between the two padded areas in the headband and this sits on top of the dock to charge the ‘AAA’ batteries.

The leads in the box are a 1.8metre power lead and four different plug ends that seem to cover most of the world. A pair of RCA leads of 1.2metres, there should also have been an Optical cable but all that arrived with me was an empty plastic bag so its length remains a mystery, but my own optical lead worked fine.

There is a fold out ‘Quick Guide’ and a CD ROM with manuals.

Sound from both RCA and from Optical was excellent as you would expect from Sennheiser Headphones and they were comfortable to wear. Having each ear volume controls can be very useful for someone whose hearing is worse in one ear than the other.

The main point of this whole unit is that the person with the ‘worst’ hearing wears the headphones and the rest of the family can watch the TV at a ‘normal’ volume.

For a lone watcher the benefit is to the neighbours especially if you live in a flat as no longer are excessive volume levels required to watch movies.

The Sennheiser RS185 Wireless Headphones are available from the link below for £281.61 with free delivery.

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Comment by AliFox, 10 Jul 2015 16:09

You say 'review', but this is the only paragraph with an opinion in it:

"Sound from both RCA and from Optical was excellent as you would expect from Sennheiser Headphones and they were comfortable to wear. Having each ear volume controls can be very useful for someone whose hearing is worse in one ear than the other."

Comment by rob, 16 May 2015 5:29

This review missed the point of these headphones totally.  The point of these headphones is to be able to listen to music with these headphones wirelessly. They are biased with open backs for an excellent soundstage for music.  They are competitive with wired AVR headphones (IMHO).  This is just a horrible review.  

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