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Sennheiser RS 165

Wireless headphones with transmitter

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If you need to hear your TV more clearly without having the whole neighborhood hear it, then check out the Sennheiser RS 165 headphone system. Connect the included wireless transmitter to your TV's headphone jack or audio output, put the headphones on, and you can listen comfortably while no one else is bothered. They're great for late-night TV in the bedroom, so you won't disturb your spouse. Or use them in the rec room so you can better hear the TV while walking on the treadmill. Folks who are hard of hearing can use them to better follow the dialogue in their movies and TV shows, too.

Sennheiser RS 165 wireless headphone system

The RS 165 includes a comfortable pair of over-the-ear headphones and a wireless transmitter that delivers high-quality audio.

Bring your TV's sound closer

If you need to hear your TV more clearly without having the whole neighborhood hear it, then check out the Sennheiser RS 165 headphone system. Connect the included wireless transmitter to your TV's headphone jack or audio output, put the headphones on, and you can listen comfortably while no one else is bothered. They're great for late-night TV in the bedroom, so you won't disturb your spouse. Or use them in the rec room so you can better hear the TV while walking on the treadmill. Folks who are hard of hearing can use them to better follow the dialogue in their movies and TV shows, too.

Plush padding and earcup volume buttons

Comfort is important when choosing any headphones. The RS 165's headset features thick padding on the headband and earcups, so you can enjoy its crystal-clear sound for long periods. If you need to adjust the volume, don't worry — you won't need to get up or mess with the TV remote. There are built-in volume buttons on the right earcup. There's also a bass boost button if you want a little more low-frequency power.

Rechargeable headset batteries offer hours of listening

The headset and transmitter are paired at the factory, so there's no need to do it yourself. The headphones are powered by "AAA" rechargeable batteries (included). With the batteries inserted, just hang the headphones atop the transmitter and charging will automatically begin. You'll get up to 18 hours of use with a full charge. What about wireless range? If you have a room that's longer than 98 feet long... wow, that's impressive! If not, you'll have more than enough range to use these headphones in your TV room.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design helps keep out external noise
  • included wireless transmitter delivers high-quality audio to the headphones
  • transmitter features a 3.5mm stereo minijack input for connecting from a headphone jack on your TV or audio system (78" stereo mini cable included)
    • does not offer a digital audio connection to your TV (no HDMI, no optical)
  • wireless range: up to 98 feet (line of sight)
    • 2.4 GHz wireless frequency band
  • multi-receiver mode enables two people to listen to the same source (requires additional compatible headset)
  • transmitter also serves as a docking station to recharge the headphones
  • battery life: up to 18 hours with a full charge using the included batteries
  • volume controls and bass boost button on headphones
  • includes 2 "AAA" NiMH rechargeable batteries for the headphones (standard "AAA" may also be used)
  • includes multi-country AC adapter for powering the transmitter
  • frequency response: 18-21,000 Hz
  • headset weight: 10.6 oz. (with batteries)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • HDR 165 Over-the-ear wireless headphones (black)
  • TR 165 wireless transmitter
  • NT9-3AW AC adapter with attached 68" DC output cord (DC Output: 9V 300mA)
  • 4 AC plug adapters (US / Euro / UK / Australia)
  • 2 "AAA" rechargeable batteries (1.2V 820mAh)
  • 7' Audio cable (3.5mm plugs on each end)
  • Instruction Manuals on CD-ROM
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety Guide
  • Compliance Information

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Overview: The Sennheiser RS 165 Digital Wireless headphone system consists of a pair of wireless headphones (HDR 165) and a radio frequency (RF) transmitter (TR 165). The system is designed to enhance the sound of your TV or your home audio source, and to give you the freedom to walk around your home with the headphones on.

Wireless Headphones: The HDR 165's wireless headphones feature a circum-aural (around-the-ear), closed design to significantly reduce background noise. The soft-padded ear cups and headband provide hours of listening comfort. The headphones have controls on the right ear cup: power on/off, volume up, volume down, and bass (to activate the Dynamic Bass Boost feature). With the batteries installed, the HDR 165 headphones weigh approximately 10.5 ounces.

TR 165 Transmitter: The transmitter connects to your television's or audio system's audio output via the included 3.5mm cable. The audio is transmitted on the 2.4 GHz band (2.40 to 2.48 GHz) with 8-FSK Digital modulation. The transmitter can send signals to up to 2 pairs of headphones at the same time. Transmission range is approximately 98 feet (30 meters) without obstructions. (Typical performance with obstructions will be somewhat less.) The transmitter is powered by a 9-volt DC power supply/AC adapter. Adapter plugs for the US, Europe, UK, and Australia are provided, allowing for use in other countries. The transmitter doubles as a convenient charging cradle for the headphones. Transmitter dimensions: 4.96"W x 9.264"H x 3.96" D.

Rechargeable Batteries: The headphones are powered by the two included "AAA" rechargeable NiMH batteries (1.2V, 820mAh). The batteries fully charge in approximately 8.5 hours, when placed on the top of the transmitter. Battery life is approximately 18 hours of use. Standard, non-rechargeable "AAA" batteries may be used in the headphones, but the headphones must not be placed on the charging cradle.

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.

Dynamic Bass Boost: The RS 165's Dynamic Bass Boost feature raises the intensity of the bass when activated. You can turn the Bass Boost on or off by pressing the Bass button on the transmitter, or on the headphones.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 18Hz - 21kHz
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 106dB at 1kHz, 3% THD
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.5% at 1 kHz, 100dB SPL
  • Transmission Range: Up to 30m (98'), line of sight

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Sennheiser's RS line of wireless headphones gives you freedom to roam while you listen. The included transmitter lets you listen all over your house with no wires.

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Answer was provided to confirm audio output simultaneously from both TV and Headphones [ Gerald A.  Jan 10, 2018 ]
My consultant suggested the headphones to work with an older receiver [ Donna  Dec 12, 2017 ]
Hopefully it will provide the listening enjoyment for my mom that the other reviews said it would. [ Randall  Dec 12, 2017 ]
best quality/price point solution. [ David  Nov 08, 2017 ]
Wanted a good set of phones to listen to TV [ THOMAS J  May 20, 2017 ]
replace a radio shackles from headphones that are corroded and needed replacement [ Robert Ray  Aug 17, 2016 ]
reviews were good and I like to auto recharging when the headphones sit on the base unit [ Peggy  Jul 17, 2016 ]
We need a way to privately listen to TV audio output (so we don't disturb the other when trying to sleep). We choose this model primarily because of the great price. If DH isn't happy with the sound quality, we will return this for the 175 model which has virtual surround-sound. [ Bruce  Jul 08, 2016 ]
Its fits to my necesity [ JOSE  Apr 07, 2016 ]
to watch TV in bed after leg operation... [ C  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Was considered the best buy for the money [ John  Jan 16, 2016 ]
Ordered for my Dad who is getting hard of hearing. He can listen to his sports games on TV without driving my Mom crazy. [ Don  Jan 05, 2016 ]
I have been a TV EARS customer for several years and have become increasingly dissatisfied over the years due to decreased audio performance and product reliability. I decided to try a different system and Sennheiser RS 165 seems to fit my needs with comparable price and good product rating. [ Gary  Dec 22, 2015 ]
We have a Sennheiser 120 and two 130 headphones. They have been in constant use for years. They are starting to fail, so time to buy the newer version. Hoping they are as comfy as my 130's are. [ Linda  Dec 18, 2015 ]
First I love Crutchfield. Everytime I have ordered, I either call or chat with customer support. These folks really are able to tell me exactly what I need and when I receive it, it works just like they have told me it works. I have never had to make a return. If I need an answer crutchfield is there. [ George R.  Dec 08, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

Yes! You can use the headphones at your desired volume level and she can get her sound from tv at her volume level, headphone volume is controlled independently. [ DEBBIE  Jun 07, 2017 ]
Yes. You can. You need to connect the headphone base unit to the TV audio output. The base unit will then trasmit the sound to the headphone. Mine works great! The Sennheiser headphone also has its own voice level control. [ Lee  Jun 07, 2017 ]
If you plug your wireless headphones in using an RCA adapter instead of a headphone jack, then sound should go to the headphones as well as through the normal speakers. You should be able to get a headphone jack to RCA conversion adapter, but that may add more noise then getting a single adapter that goes from headphone base to RCA port. [ Andrew  Jun 07, 2017 ]
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