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Sennheiser RS 160

Wireless headphones with compact transmitter

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Sennheiser's RS 160 wireless headphones let you enjoy rich, spacious sound without anchoring you to your sound system. The comfortable, cushioned earcups fit over 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. And with a wireless range of up to 60 feet, you can roam freely while you listen — make popcorn during TV commercials, look through a photo album in another room, or enjoy some music while your spouse sleeps soundly next to you.

Sennheiser's RS 160 wireless headphones let you enjoy rich, spacious sound without anchoring you to your sound system. The comfortable, cushioned earcups fit over 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. And with a wireless range of up to 60 feet, you can roam freely while you listen — make popcorn during TV commercials, look through a photo album in another room, or enjoy some music while your spouse sleeps soundly next to you.

Exceptionally "Kleer™" wireless technology
The RS 160s use Kleer wireless technology to deliver uncompressed stereo sound. Unlike other wireless technologies, Kleer delivers lossless, CD-quality digital audio, which means you won't be able to tell the difference between these headphones and your wired ones. Multi-receiver mode allows up to four people using Sennheiser Kleer headphones to listen to the same audio source, so you can easily share music, movies, or TV shows with your friends and family. (Add-on HDR 160 headsets available separately.)

Wireless freedom, at home or on the go
Wireless setup is easy. Just connect the compact transmitter to a spare headphone jack using the included cable. Then plug the transmitter into an AC power outlet or pop in a pair of "AA" batteries for portable use. Automatic tuning does the rest, pairing with the headphones for interference-free sound.

Until you try them, you don't realize how much you haven't been hearing.

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What's in the Box:

  • HDR-160 Wireless headset
  • TR-160 Transmitter
  • 2 "AAA" Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (600 mAh)
  • AC adapter (output 5V/500mA) with 57" cord
  • 4 AC adapter plugs (US/EU/UK/AU)
  • DC charging Y-cable
  • 44" Minijack cable
  • Instruction Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety Guide booklet

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable over-the-ear design with padded, sealed earcups and a padded headband
  • Kleer™ wireless technology delivers uncompressed stereo transmission over 2.4 GHz to 2.8 GHz wireless frequency range
  • multi-receiver mode enables up to four people to listen to the same source (add-on HDR 160 headsets available separately)
  • compact transmitter plugs into any headphone jack
  • range: up to 60 feet
  • headphones include volume control, on/off switch, and automatic pairing to transmitter
  • full-range dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets
  • frequency response: 18-21,000 Hz
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • total harmonic distortion: <0.5% at 1 kHz
  • 44" detachable audio cable with 1/8" mini headphone plug
  • includes multi-country AC power adapter and headphone charging cables
  • headphones use 2 "AAA" NiMH rechargeable batteries (included)
  • transmitter uses 2 optional "AA" batteries (sold separately)
  • weight: 7.8 oz. for headphones/receiver (without batteries); 1.9 oz. for transmitter (without batteries)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.625" x 4.075"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 18-21k Hz
Sensitivity 106 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 7.8 ounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research



Overview: The Sennheiser RS 160 combines wireless hi-fi audio quality with a truly versatile compact transmitter for listening at home, on-the-go, or at the office. This wireless headphone system consists of a pair of wireless headphones (HDR 160) and a compact transmitter (TX 160) which runs on AC or battery power to best accommodate your application. The RS 160 utilizes Kleer's uncompressed digital wireless audio transmission, offering a range of up to 60 feet, audiophile-grade sound and reception to four optional pairs of Sennheiser Kleer headphones. The Sennheiser RS 160 offers automatic, interference-free pairing between the headphone and transmitter.

Kleer Wireless Transmission Technology: The Sennheiser RS 160 headphone system features the digital wireless audio transmission technology from Kleer. Kleer technology transmits uncompressed audio over a robust 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.

Wireless Headphones: The RS 160's wireless headphones utilize audiophile-level transducer systems with powerful neodymium magnets for clear and detailed audio reproduction. They provide a transparent and balance sound image with excellent bass response. Leatherette earpads and headband cushions provide a comfortable fit. The headphones receive their wireless stereo audio signal from the included transmitter. The wireless headphones are powered by two supplied rechargeable NiMH "AAA" batteries (for up to 24 hrs). You can connect the headphones to the included AC adapter via the charging Y-cable to recharge the batteries (approx. 16 hrs).

Portable Transmitter: The RS 160 employs a compact, portable transmitter which operates off of AC power and  can also run on battery power. The transmitter connects to your television's or audio system's audio output and then transmits the audio signal wirelessly to the RS 160's wireless headphones. The transmitter comes supplied with an AC power adapter and can also function off of two "AA" batteries (sold separately) for up to 120 hours.

Note: The transmitter requires two "AA" NiMH rechargeable batteries (1.2V/1,300mAH) or two "AA" alkaline batteries (1.5V) for portable use.

Multi-Receiver Mode: Up to 4 Sennheiser Kleer headphones can be connected to one transmitter so 4 people can listen to the same sound source.

Note: Additional Kleer headphones sold separately.

Auto Power Off: If there is no signal from the transmitter for more than 5 minutes, the headphones automatically switch to standby mode. If the headphones are outside the transmission range or switched to off for more than 5 minutes, the transmitter automatically switches to standby mode.



  • Multi-Function: With the multi-function button, you can switch the transmitter on, to standby mode, set the transmitter to multi-user operation, and associate the transmitter.
  • Volume: Allows you to adjust the volume level of the transmitter input signal.


  • Multi-Function: With the multi-function button, you can switch the headphones on, to standby mode, set the headphones to multi-user operation, mute the headphones, and associate the headphones.
  • Volume: Allows you to increase the volume of the headphones.



  • Audio In: 3.5mm input to connect to your TV using the supplied minijack cable or optional minijack-to-RCA cable.
  • DC Input: For use with supplied AC adapter.


  • DC Input: Interfaces with DC charging cable and AC power supply to charge the "AAA" NiMH batteries.

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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Mar 06, 2015 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Dec 06, 2013 ]  Staff
Sound is very clear with no hissing noises. [ Martin  Dec 08, 2013 ]
I bought them for a gift, so I have not used them. [ WILLIAM M  Dec 06, 2013 ]
The unit works very well my wife loves them she watches tv with them and has had no problem with them [ RUSSELL F  Dec 06, 2013 ]
The sound is clear with no noticeable hiss. The RS 160's reproduce the full range of sound at normal listening levels. The wireless base is plugged into a Denon 4308ci working off conditioned power. [ KURT W  Dec 06, 2013 ]
I have experienced no "hiss" or other spurious sounds whatsoever. Even when standing directly before an operating microwave. [ JAMES  Dec 06, 2013 ]
Dear James, I think the sound is great. I have never heard any hiss. It seems that the battery doesn't stay charged for a very long period of time, but the fidelity is very good. I hope this helps you make your decision. Overall, I am happy with these headphones. Darryl Henry [ DARRYL  Dec 06, 2013 ]
James, None at all, very clear sound. [ BRADFORD E  Dec 06, 2013 ]
None whatsoever [ ANTONIO E  Dec 06, 2013 ]
Crystal clear sound [ ANTONIO E  Dec 06, 2013 ]
These headphones sound very good. There is no noticeable hiss. However, I did pay $10 more than what you show here. Will I get a $10 refund? [ J  Dec 06, 2013 ]
I've had these for about 2 weeks and used or should I say try to use them every night. They sound great, the problem is they shut off automatically for some unknown reason. I trouble shot them with Crutchfield but the were stumped. I am sending them back. I've used other wireless headphones for many years and never had this problem. Never tried Sennheiser before but never again. I checked batteries etc. Oddly the transmitter shuts itself off automatically and it is running on AC. It does this while I'm in the middle of listening to something. also power and volume control poorly designed=hart to reach and find and in a weird place [ DONNA S  Dec 06, 2013 ]
no hiss. we use it with a sony sound bar on sports and movies. i have to rate it as excellent znd i have tried it against other head sets [ ALBIN A  Dec 06, 2013 ]
Hi James, I can't hear hiss or any background noise. They are as noise free as any wired phones I own. I love them. martinm [ Martin  Dec 06, 2013 ]
These sound great, no noticeable hiss and nice reproduction on surround soundtracks. [ ERICH  Dec 06, 2013 ]