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Sennheiser RS85 RF Headphones

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  • Uncompromising sound quality due to HiDyn plus noise reduction
  • Lightweight, comfortable headphones incorporate volume control, one-touch auto-tuning and SAW input filter to eliminate RF interferences
  • Reception through walls and ceilings, in the home and outside in the garden within a range of up to approx. 100 m
  • Two switchable channels
  • Supplied with second accupack
  • Special audio filter in the transmitter eliminates TV interference
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • ASIN: B00009QH7V
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The RS 85 wireless RF headphone system with open, circumaural headphones features HiDyn plus noise reduction for wide dynamics and superb sound quality, ensuring a very natural and detailed sound reproduction. The RS 85 comes equipped with Center-Lock TM Auto-Tuning. A simple touch of a button, and the headphones will automtically adjust to the transmitter (and can simply be re-turned with a second touch if it locks on to your neighbour's transmitter).


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Light, superb sound quality, great range, long battery life and easy tuning coupled with understated sophisticated looks - what more could you ask!?
I've worn these whilst gardening, painting, in the garage and even in the bath and they've never let me down. With the backup battery being charged at all times in the base unit even the longest spell of duty should be catered for.
Nothing else comes close for quality and range in my opinion
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By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2004
I've had my pair for about two weeks now, they work all around the house with no interference or loss of quality. The spare battery charger ensures you'll always have a back-up. My one tiny niggle is that they take quite a while to recharge, other than that they work perfectly. Ignore all the nay-sayers that RF headphones don't compare to wired ones, unless you need them for professional use (and thus have very sensitive hearing) you'll never be able to tell the differnce.
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I've had my RS85 headphones for 2 years now. They have enabled me to do two great things:
- do mindless housework-type chores while listening to music/radio
- listen to the BBC's "Listen Again" websites for Radio 4 & BBC 7 without having to sit in front of the computer, meaning that I effectively have on-demand radio anywhere at home!
Some other reviewers have had occasional problems with the headphones. I recognise one of these, which was that the phones were cutting out with a loud "crack" frequently.
My discovery was that the input volume level was not high enough. The sophisticated noise control means that a minimum signal level is needed before it will be transmitted. If you've had that problem, try turning up the input.
Other issues for me, and their solutions:
- electrical interference when listening from the internet (50Hz hum). Solution: don't plug the headphones into the monitor
- signal break-up at less than 100m. (non-)Solution: 100m is the range in air, not through brick and concrete!
After 2 years constant use, the mounting bracket of my headphones broke. Sennheiser repaired this free of charge (under warranty), but even if I had been out of warranty, the cost would only have been for parts - about £6.
Summary: these headphones have the best sound quality of any radio-frequency wireless headphones I tried. They are pricey, but the quality is very good, and Sennheiser's customer service is superb. If you can afford these, buy them in preference to cheaper radio headphones - the sound quality difference is very noticeable
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By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2003
I bought a pair of these thinking it would be great listening all around the house. A few things happened.Number one I didn't use them much away from the TV. 2.Me and my partner frequently read while the other puts the headphones on. Unfortunately they frequently cut off after an hour or so and you need to keep putting them back on the charger,so they were not much use there. 3 If you select surround sound a varying pitched radio-like noise appears. This is barely noticable but once you have its hard to forget its there. Would be less noticable listening to music when the sound is continous rather than with pauses such as speech. This was no good for my TV watching.
Verdict- good for music over short periods. Otherwise opt for an infra-red pair with good battery life. Seinnheisers a good make so I'm going to try to find a pair that they make but I/R.
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I bought a pair, used them around the house. Very good quality, worked everywhere in the house, nice and clear sound for listening to music on the PC. Found the earpieces a little small for my big ears, but still comfortable.
The 2 batteries they give you is a good idea and they are tiny in size but should last 3hrs on a full charge.
Had to send them back as they would cut out between 15 mins and 1hr regularly. I thought it was initially the battery, but discovered they were faulty. Had the battery ran down it, the manual says it is as a slow loss of sound. But I got a loud crack from the headphones and they would switch off, trying to retune them didn't work. The only way you could get them to work again, would be to unplug the power supply from the transmitter and plug it back in again, no battery recharging and they would work again for about another 15 mins and you have to unplug them again and so on.
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