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Sennheiser HDR 160

Extra headset for RS 160 wireless headphone system

6 Reviews | 4 questions - 11 answers

Item # 143HDR160

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Our take on the Sennheiser HDR 160

Add an extra HDR 160 headset (or even two or three) to your Sennheiser RS 160 wireless headphone system and share the fun. The headphone's comfortable, cushioned earcups fit snugly around your ears to seal out external noise. Advanced drivers accurately reproduce everything from a clear soprano voice to the heart-pumping beat of the latest R&B track. Kleer® wireless technology serves up uncompressed audio that rivals wired headphone performance.

Product Highlights:

  • add-on headset for use only with Sennheiser's RS 160 wireless headphone system (sold separately)
  • up to four headsets can be used with a single transmitter
  • RF wireless receiving range: up to 60 feet
  • Kleer uncompressed audio transmission for interference-free reception and high-fidelity sound
  • built-in volume control and multi-function button to control power, mute, multi-user mode, and headphone/transmitter pairing
  • frequency response: 18-21,000 Hz
  • headphones use 2 "AAA" NiMH rechargeable batteries (included)
  • requires transmitter/base station from RS 160 system for use
  • weight: 7.8 oz. for headphones/receiver (without batteries)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • HDR-160 Wireless over-ear headset
  • 2 "AAA" Rechargeable batteries (1.2V/750 mAh)
  • Quick guide (English/ French/ Spanish/ Portuguese/ German/ Italian/ Dutch/ Japanese/ Russian/ Polish/ Turkish/ Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese/ Korean/ Indonesian)

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

I owe more then one Sennheiser headset. I am used to the sound of the HDR170, which is taken out of production so I decided to the HDR 160. Easy to pu it on and walk around the house due to the use of the wireless set up

Franciscus, Dallas, PA


Sennheiser HDR 160 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Sennheiser HDR 160

Anonymous from Brooklyn, NY on 4/24/2018

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I ordered just the headphones without the transmitter as I already had a working transmitter. It came quickly and in good working order. However, it came with no instructions as to how to pair it to the transmitter. I had to look it up on the internet which was, of course, easy, but it would have been nice to have the instructions along with the headphones. The new headphones actually work better than the original ones which stopped working after 2 years.



great sound production

Franciscus from Dallas, PA on 3/13/2018

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I owe more then one Sennheiser headset. I am used to the sound of the HDR170, which is taken out of production so I decided to the HDR 160. Easy to pu it on and walk around the house due to the use of the wireless set up

Pros: the sound of the headset is masterfully crafted by the product

Cons: You're totally isolated from your rnvirement

Good expandable RF headphone system

Dr John from ROGERS, AR on 2/8/2018

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I own this product and just ordered another set of headphones so that two of us can listen to the TV without disturbing others. The HDR 160 enhances dialogue making it much more understandable. I use a set of Audeze LCD-X's for serious music listening, but when watching television the HDR 160's are more than adequate. That you can add up to four headphones to one sending unit is a real plus.

Pros: Relatively inexpensive wireless headphones with the ability to add up to a total of four synced to the same transmitter. Comfortable over-ear closed-back style. Great for TV and better than average for serious music listening.

Cons: Instructions could be more clear.

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WTP from Virginia on 8/10/2015

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Cheap, cheap cheap. The instructions are a waste of time. Don't expect to remove the batteries often or you will be putting tape to hold the pads in place. CRUTCHFIELD sold me a TV which supposedly worked with these head phones. Except the jack didn't fit the hole in the back. The 3.5 mm standard jack seemed to require too much force so I just half inserted it. But I got sound. Quality of sound? Fair and maybe good if I get the jack situation straight.

Pros: They operate --- with jack inserted sideways.

Cons: Bad instructions. Pads had a battery cover affixed by cheap plastic slots into which a snap was inserted. The life of these will be short if you have to remove the batteries and may not even hold up to putting the phone on and off your head. Why not screws for another dime a unit? The controls for volume and on/off on the phones are also cheap. Suitable for a ten dollar toy for a child of single digit age.

Great Sound + Wireless = Freedom!

SmooveB from Seattle, WA on 1/30/2014

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After a month of readily using these headphones almost every day (we have a baby in our small space), we are very thankful we got these headphones. And we also finally think we know how to use them properly. The sound is quite good for both movies and regular TV. And currently I have it hooked up through the headphone jack of my receiver. I haven't had time to fiddle in the tight space behind the receiver to do a direct RCA connection - so perhaps the sound may be better. The only thing that I'm not sure about is when there is dead air, sometimes I hear a slight low hum. Is it a battery issue? Is it a source issue? Not sure. But overall, as someone who used to be able to pump up his 5.1 home theatre system, I am quite satisfied.

Pros: 1) Other brands eg Sony - transmitter only has SINGLE mode. So cannot add headphones - not even for your significant other. Sennheiser allows up to 4 headphones. 2) This model has an "attenuator" button to punch up the volume on the dialogue. It is quite helpful when you're watching loud movies so you want to turn it down but still be able to hear the dialogue. 3) each headphone has its own volume control. So my wife can't complain about the volume. 4) Depending on walls, good distance.

Cons: 1) Printed instructions are terrible. The online instructions are better but still not clear enough to know exactly how to set up multiple headphones. Took a couple weeks of using it and being frustrated at times when I had guests over but the headphones didn't seem to want to work. 2) Perhaps once a week the sound may be a bit funny if watching a quiet movie with the low hum. But it doesn't last the whole time. Not sure what the issue is yet.

Good sound bad instructions

Brade from Ocean View DE. on 8/24/2013

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The sound is very good however the instructions are very Bad. I had to search the Sennheiser website to find out how to pair these with the transmitter. No instructions were included with the headphones.

Pros: Sound

Cons: No instructions


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The HDR 160 is an accessory (or replacement) headset for the Sennheiser RS 160 wireless headphone system. The closed back, over-ear design helps keep external noise out.

Note: The HDR 160s are not stand-alone headphones. They must be used with a compatible Sennheiser wireless headphone system (such as RS 160).

Kleer Wireless Transmission Technology: The RS 160 headphone system features the digital wireless audio transmission technology from Kleer. Kleer technology transmits uncompressed audio up to 60 feet over a 2.4 GHz digital link (2.4-2.8GHz), enabling you to enjoy your music without the hassle of cables. Kleer's uncompressed digital wireless transmission delivers CD-quality sound.

Note: Kleer technology will not interfere with wireless networks or other 2.4 GHz devices.

Batteries: Power for the headset is provided by two rechargeable "AAA" batteries (included) that fit into compartments in the headset. The batteries are recharged using the charger included with the RS 160 system. Fully charged batteries have an operating time of approximately 24 hours and require approximately 16 hours to recharge.

Auto Power Off: If there is no signal from the transmitter for more than 5 minutes, the headphones automatically switch to standby mode.


  • Volume: volume up/down; on the right earcup
  • Multi-Function: power on/off, mute, multi-user operation; on the right earcup


  • Reception Frequency: 2.4-2.48 GHz
  • Modulation: MSK Digital
  • Frequency Response: 18-21,000 Hz
  • Maximum SPL: 106 dB
  • Weight: 8.0 oz

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Why did you buy this?

I have the RS160 and was looking for a wireless TV headset system for 2 people. I didn't like the dual in-ear headset systems I've seen previously and elsewhere. [ Robert  Mar 21, 2016 ]

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No extra wires are needed. We have two for up and one for down.... the downstairs is able to pretty much cover our large backyard and a lot of the front..... Great investment....I can read while my wife watches HGTV :) [ John  Jul 02, 2017 ]
You sure can use the HDR160 headphones with the transmitter in the RS180 system. Those will work together! HTH! My Bio: [ Paul  May 08, 2017 ]  Staff
Have not used at any other venue , just at home. Don't think they are intended for wireless use without the transmitter. My wife is hearing impaired and we both find they are much better than out surround sound. We love them. ( You can understand Jack Bauer in the series "24" when he whispers. [ ROBERT  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Not that I'm aware of. [ BRADFORD E  Aug 06, 2014 ]
We used the HDR160 in a Retirement Community in a Large Hall where they show movies. A few of the residents were finding it hard to hear (Understand) the Soundtrack of the movies, even with Surround Sound etc. So far results have been favorable. Obviously you would need to be careful about the wireless range, but it is pretty good, if you can get the box installed in the same room. Each box supports up to (4) Headsets. A second box can be added for more capacity. You will also want a second charging cord for the Headsets, they only ship with one, which is also the power for the Transmitter. [ Rick  Aug 06, 2014 ]
This has to plug into an audio source. I guess you could hook it up to a microphone but that is really not what it is designed for and I'm sure there are better products for amplifying ambient sound. [ CHRIS  Aug 06, 2014 ]
I'm a semi-audiophile and the sound is great in my opinion.... [ John  Jul 02, 2017 ]
Amazing sound quality. You won't be disappointed. [ RICHARD L  Dec 11, 2013 ]
Not only does this speaker have a great sound by itself with a wide range volume, but it is so portable that placing it at different locations within the room or area in which to be used that one can achieve modifications to the sound that enhances the genre in which you are listening. I am so pleased with this speaker that any time I take my Ipad mini or Ipod with me I always include the Bose Soundlink mini as well. I am very satisfied with this speaker. [ Ron  Dec 09, 2013 ]
great sound [ ARIEL S  Dec 09, 2013 ]
I am 78 with fair hearing. The phones well meets my needs, with a full sound over the spectrum, , tight with all the backgrou nd sounds in a movie.. Base is not deep but voice is betteer than room speakers. [ WAYNE E  Dec 06, 2013 ]