Sennheiser have a solid reputation for excellent quality wireless headphones, notably with the RS-180’s. Can they surpass their previous success with their latest wireless offering in the form of the sleeker looking RS 220 headphones?
The wireless technology allows for uncompressed audio signals to be sent directly to the headphones, for you and I this means that the listening experience is as good as it possibly can be. The audio quality of these high end wireless headphones is unsurpassed.
Multiple inputs into the transmitter means you can switch from source easily if you choose to. When I set this up, I had inputs from both my television equipment and my hi-fi equipment feeding in, so I could easily change from listening to music, to listening to the television.
The cushioned ear pads are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time, ideal if you are settling down for a very long movie marathon.
Battery life is very good, and as long as you remember to dock them on the charging station when you are finished with them, you’ll never get them to run out in normal day to day usage.
Slightly on the heavy side, if you are walking around and using these headphones for extended periods of time, then you may find the weight a little taxing – but I wasn’t bothered by this when watching movies up to three hours in length.
Quality of the buttons and hardware feels a little plasticy – there has been mentions that the battery compartment doors can easily be damaged unless you are careful, which could render these useless. Once the battery is installed though, you shouldn’t need to open it again for a long while.
We found the size of the buttons on the headphones themselves quite fiddly to get used to, I don’t know if it’s because I have larger than normal fingers, but I did begin to get better at actually pressing the right buttons with a bit of practice.
If you are living in an apartment block or condo where there are many WiFi signals, you may find that you will get interference with these headphones. We had several dropouts when we first set up these headphones, but it was lessened when we changed the channel that the home WiFi router was using. Occasionally the sound will drop out, which is a bit of an annoyance, but it wasn’t common enough to warrant getting upset with.
This pair of headphones is apparently designed to leak noise, so if you are watching something with the volume turned up loud, people in your near vicinity will be able to hear what you are listening to. Not a problem for watching movies at home, but if you wanted to use these more privately, it could be an issue.
If you live in a rural house where there are not hundreds of WiFi signals cramming the airwaves, and you have deep pockets (there is no denying that these headphones are at the top of the pile when ordered by price) then these headphones offer the highest possible sound quality that you are going to be able to get. Sennheiser are a quality brand and make some of the best audio equipment available, and they have come up trumps once again with this wireless offering.
If you are unsure if they will work flawlessly in your home, I highly recommend buying them from Amazon and testing them out, as you will be backed by an incredibly solid returns policy should you feel that they don’t deliver as promised.