Sennheiser RS220 wireless headphones review
Sennheiser’s RS220 headphones prove once and for all that wireless connectivity is good enough to produce audio that’s good enough for audiophiles.
Now you can take the cables away from your listening experience and still enjoy uncompressed audio.
The two parts of the Sennheiser RS220 are the wireless headphones themselves and the transmitter which connects to your sources and streams the signal to the headphones.
Sennheiser know a thing or two about making high quality headphones and that tradition continues with the RS220 – the new wireless hero product.
The headphones have large earcups with soft velour-lined ear pads and leather head padding. The bottom line is they’re extremely comfortable even when you’re wearing them for hours.
And being wireless you’re not restricted to literally being tied to your source with a cable.
The RS220 has a range of up to 100m line of sight from the transmitter but for our testing in our home we got about 25m from the transmitter at the other end of the house before we started losing the signal.
On the headphone itself are also volume and balance controls as well as a way to change inputs.
And the sound quality is superb with deep and rich audio with great response to easily distinguish the detail, mid range and bass.
It is quite impressive that you can get this type of high quality audio wirelessly.
The only downside of the headphones is the fact they are slightly heavier than the wired versions because it has to pack in more controls and a rechargeable battery.
Speaking of the rechargeable battery, we got about 7 hours of listening time on a full charge.
The Sennheiser RS220’s receiver actually serves a few purposes.
Firstly it is where you connect your audio sources using either RCA (analog) or digital coaxial.
Second, it can wirelessly send the uncompressed signal to the headphones without any loss of quality.
Third, it can also recharge on its cradle when the headphones are not being used.
It would have been nice to have a smaller receiver but it had to be large enough to charge the headphones in an upright position and, of course, have a power input along with the digital and analog connections.
But it’s not hard to put up with that because the result is wireless freedom and high quality audio.
Sennheiser provides yet another high quality audio products but manages to maintain the quality while getting rid of the cables.
They are not cheap at $649.95 but if you want to enjoy superb quality audio without being tied down with cables, then the Sennheiser RS220 ticks all the boxes.
Four stars (out of five)