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Sennheiser RS220 Wireless Open Circumaural Over-Ear Headphone (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Flagship open, around-ear digital wireless headphone with outstanding uncompressed digital audio transmission
  • Transmitter features one analog audio input
  • Range of up to 100 m (line of sight) from sound source and up to 30 m indoors
  • Power on/off, balance control and volume control integrated on headphones
  • Multi-purpose transmitter which also functions as 'easy-charge' cradle and docking station

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 25.5 cm ; 331 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 502029
  • ASIN: B007RMNNN0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

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Superior quality and sound

RS 220 Digital Wireless Headphone System

The RS 220 delivers an uncompressed high-fidelity sound performance equivalent to audiophile wired headphones. Comprising of a pair of open, ‘around-the-ear’ wireless headphones and a sleekly-designed transmitter, this headphone system allows you the freedom to listen to your music or TV at home, without the restrictions of a cable.

The 2.4 GHz wireless link between the transmitter and headphone allows for an interference-free and uncompressed transmission over distances of up to 100 metres (line-of-sight). With rechargeable, integrated batteries, you can enjoy up to eight hours of audiophile listening on a single charge. The plug-and-play nature of the RS 220 allows for fast and simple connections to either analogue or digital cable inputs.

The headphone itself comes in a modern, ergonomic design, offering a luxurious and secure fit. In addition, you can simultaneously connect four pairs of headphones to the same transmitter if you wish to listen with other companions. The transmitter also functions as an ‘easy-charge’ cradle and dock.

Relax - no wires to trip over
No setup required - Plug and Play
Sit back and enjoy superb clarity of sound
  • Uncompressed musical enjoyment
  • Total freedom of sound, stylish design and maximum comfort
  • ‘Open’ acoustical design for maximum performance
  • No set-up required, just plug and play
Learn more about the RS 220

The RS 220s easily meet the challenge of delivering audiophile sound in a wireless format. After a full day’s wireless operation the headphones can be recharged by simply placing back on the cradle.

  • High-end digital wireless headphone system - for uncompressed stereo sound and freedom from cumbersome cables
  • The overall sound is clear, detailed and of neutral character - but also with a lively element and superb low and high extensions
  • Open, ‘around-the-ear’ design - for a natural listening experience and maximum comfort (keeping your ears cool)
  • Handles multiple inputs - at the back of its transmitter base are connections for - stereo phono, optical and coaxial. LEDs on the front show you which is connected. It’s easy to integrate into an existing set-up
  • All functions including source, volume, left and right balance and on/off can be controlled from the headphone
  • Range up to 30 m indoors and 100 m (line of sight) outdoors from the sound source
  • Ergonomic, adjustable headband - for an excellent secure fit
  • Multi-purpose transmitter – it functions both as 'easy-charge' cradle and as a docking station
  • Extremely comfortable and luxurious velour ear pads
  • Up to four people can listen simultaneously with optional headphones and a single transmitter
  • Rechargeable, (2 x AAA batteries included) – 16 hours to fully charge, with 6–8 hours of listening time
Did you know?

The transmitter’s front has touch sensitive controls that turn the set on and off and switch the input.

There’s one analogue and two digital inputs built into the transmitter, allowing you to connect three audio sources and switch between them, and LEDs show you clearly which is connected. Each type of connection offers both an input and output, letting the transmitter function as a pass-through for when you'd rather use a traditional amplifier and speaker system (so you don’t have to disconnect the cables or change your set up).

The RS 220 also has a very smart approach to battery charging. A rechargeable AAA battery slots into a hidden cavity at the top of each ear cup, and they start charging as soon as you put the headphones back on the transmitter. Small metal contact panels on each side of the headband match up with corresponding panels on the transmitter to charge them whilst keeping them stored out of the way and ready for use.

Sennheiser recommends this headphone for...

... those who wish to listen in quiet environments where there are no issues with sound leakage or external noise. Perfect for late-night movie watching or cranking up those old CDs! Ideal for headphone users who are looking for a pair of wireless headphones offering audio quality on-par with audiophile wired headphones.


For home use only. Universal connections – one analogue input and output, 1 x digital coaxial input and output, 1 x optical input and output.

Box Contains

1 HDR 220
1 TR 220
2 rechargeable batteries
Wall mounted power supply with 4 adaptors (UK, US AUS & EU)
Audio cable - analog (RCA), digital coaxial

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2013
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For years I've used a Sennheiser RS 130 wireless headphone system and loved it. I assumed that the RS 220 would be a dramatic digital step up, but it turns out that, for me, it isn't.

The good things first. I find the headphones to be quite comfortable. Unlike the earcups of many headphones on the market, these earcups are actually an appropriate shape for the purpose of covering a pair of human ears. The headphones feel luxurious and well-made, infused with Sennheiser's trademark quality. In use, the clarity of them is amazing. Yes, they "bleed" sound, but that's the style of them: they're open-backed, which helps to improve the audio quality. The buttons are easy enough to use, though I prefer the volume dial on my RS 130's headphones.

The transmitter unit is impressive mainly due to the range of connections it offers. Here you find analogue, digital coaxial and digital optical in and out, allowing you route up to three devices through the transmitter. This is more than any other Sennheiser wireless headphone system, and is a godsend if you want to connect multiple devices. The transmitter doubles as a charging base, and the headphones aren't particularly easy to place on it. I've seen Sony headphones where the metal charging contact connects to a contact at the apex of headphones' headband, and that type of design would appear to be superior. I also feel that the connectors should have been placed vertically, allowing the base of the transmitter to be narrower. Even so, the transmitter does its job and looks good.

Now for the not-so-good things. Dropouts. These last for only a split second, but they're enough to be distracting and highly irritating. My RS 130 system never drops out. Ever. I can even walk between floors and the audio remains rock-solid.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SO8 on 1 Jun. 2012
I've had these for about a month and have only had one set of wireless headphones before - a phillips set from about 10 years ago. The Philllips headphones were actually quite good but these are superb. I didn't like the idea of a wired set ... so wireless phones were the way forward. These reproduce musc very much as I like - not too heavy on the ear. Lots of detail without being too warm. They do qualify as warm - but anything less may not suit headphones IMO ... I guess it depends what you want from them. They fulfill what I needed and some ... clear, detailed but not bright. Enough base without it being too much.

I personally prefer no headphones ... for a bigger soundstage - but these are very good. I listen to my music through Arcam A32 and CD23 via PMC OB1 speakers ... so not cheap but not too dear ... and for me these headphones are a good addition to my kit when the wife wants quiet !!

I would definitely recommend them but as most people know ... sound quality is so subjective - try them !!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Harris on 19 Nov. 2013
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I really wanted to love these, but it wasn't to be. As an owner of a pair of Sennheiser RS170 wireless headphones, which although not perfect I rate very highly, I had expected the RS220's to be real a step up, but it's been more one step forward, one step back.

Once the hardware has been wrestled out of Sennhesier's typically tight packing, first impressions are very good. Everything looks and feels very high quality. Some cables are included - an analogue RCA, and a digital coaxial - but no optical cable, which of course is the one I needed...

Set up is pretty straight forward, but unlike most headphones where you plug them (or their base-station) into the usual headphone jack, these are designed to sit in the chain. So in my case: PS3 (optical out) > RS220 base > AV Amp.

In use the audio quality is excellent, a real improvement over the RS170's for music. You can really pick out all detail in a song with these things on. Movies and games are equally impressive - but the lack of any surround sound emulation is disappointing. Comfort is good, but bettered by the plush 170's, however I never found them uncomfortable.

So far, so good. However...

The pass-through system involves a couple of button presses, which I often forgot, resulting in no audio (and some confusion to start with) - why can't it just work by default until the phones are activated? When not in use the headphones perch on the chunky looking dock, grab the headphones and pull them towards you and the base comes too as the headphones 'close-up' - you need one hand on the base, one on the 'phones.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
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Having been a fan of Sennheiser for many years and an owner of several mid-range wired headphones from Sennheiser, my expectations were high when I opened the box. First impressions are very good - the breadth of connections available is superb: digital audio, RCA stereo connectors (with a 3.5mm converter if required) and a digital coax connector. Cables are included which makes a welcome change and they are a reasonable length. The connectors plug into the back of the stand and you can therefore have three sources connected. For my test, I used the Tape Monitor output on my Denon amplifier as I found the sound far superior to using the headphone socket (as I would have expected).

The headphones then sit on the stand to charge and you simply remove them to use as required. There are two sets of controls on the headphones: volume and source. One thing that I immediately noticed is the headphones are nice and large. I have a rather large head and generally find (with Sennheiser being better than most) that the headphones don't quite fit - this time, not an issue.. I don't even have it at the maximum size and it fits perfectly.

First things first... the sound - it's excellent picking up depth and tone I have not experienced from a pair of headphones. I tend to like slightly higher levels at the higher frequencies so I found it at times a bit soft but that's a personal view. You simply cannot compare the sound to any other headphones (wired or wireless), and with the volume turned up you can really immerse yourself in the music.

However, for the price there is a bit not to like:
- The range is quoted as 100 metres with line of sight.
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