Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphones

Last updated date: November 22, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphones

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 217 expert reviews, the Sennheiser Consumer Audio Sennheiser Wireless Headphone System placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for a detailed review of all the top wireless over-ear headphones.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
22 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
490 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
These give you better sound quality and comfort than most other wireless headphones.
- Trusted Reviews
October 3, 2016 | Full review
The Sennheiser RS 185 are comfortable, easy-to-use and have an improved sound over the RS 175 and RS 165. Their open design enhances their sound quality.
- RTINGS.com
June 20, 2017 | Full review
In daily use, the RS 185’s performed admirably.
- Sound And Vision
December 22, 2015 | Full review
It has excellent battery life, accuracy sound and very comfortable to use.
- Tech Spot
With this headphone, you can adjust panning to make one ear louder than the other.
- PC Magazine
June 29, 2015 | Full review
Shiny grey metallic finish from the outside and a plastic body construction makes this headphone extremely stylish and durable. You can replace the ear-shaped cushions covered with the velour fabric anytime when you feel they are damaged or dirty. All these features make the Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System exceptionally comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
- Extensively Reviewed
This model comes with an impressive battery life of 18 hours when it comes to using it. There is no doubt you are going to have a good time when it comes to working with it. You can enjoy watching movies or listening to music without necessarily worrying about the charge.
- Games Learning Society
September 21, 2019 | Full review
You can manually adjust the levels of the headphone system. Also, this Sennheiser headphone also has a cradle that doubles as a charging station, docking station and as a wireless transmitter for the headphone system that is powered by radio frequency.
- Jen Reviews
It's optimized for music, communicating via RF signals, an open-back design for a truer sound, and incredibly comfortable, non-sweaty felt-covered ear pads. This headphone is designed to pair with your home stereo/theater -- not for on-the-go listening.
- Consumer Search
November 7, 2017 | Full review
The audio is high-fidelity as in protects the natural character of the original audio. The sounds signature is neutral but enjoyable.
- Headphones Compared
September 11, 2019 | Full review
They have open sound quality and well-balanced and only 55ms of latency, so when watching videos you won’t notice any delay , even with high frame rate content.
- Mr Review Expert
April 5, 2019 | Full review
RS 185 set has the most spacious sound of all of the wireless TV headphones that Sennheiser currently makes. It also produces the most balanced sound, from bass to mids to the lower treble.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 12, 2019 | Full review
The RS 185 produces a sound quality with extraordinary clarity and richness, enabling the listener to enjoy even the finest details when listening to the audio.
- Wireless Headphones
June 22, 2017 | Full review
These are a seriously quality sounding product.
- Head-Fi
April 25, 2015 | Full review
It has an ergonomic design with ultra soft earmuffs. 24 hours battery range on a single charge.
- Gadgets Deck
September 18, 2019 | Full review
When it comes to the transmission range, these headphones fair better than most many headphones. The audio quality remains clear up to a radius of 100m.
- Sensei Reviews
March 6, 2019 | Full review
The exceptional design of the RS 185 goes a long way towards ensuring a great listening experience. They’ve used an open back, around the ear style that provides maximum comfort for the wearer while delivering only the highest quality sound to your ears.
- Headphoned
May 5, 2019 | Full review
The Sennheiser RS185 framework can be utilized with two Sennheiser ‘HDR’ remote earphones in the meantime. Easy and comfortable to use, which offer a remote range up to 328′ that gives you a chance to move about uninhibitedly.
- Reviews Best Headphones
May 21, 2018 | Full review
The sound produced by RS 185 RF is clear, thrilling and clear-cut.
- Beats Inside
May 7, 2019 | Full review
The headphones have up-ed the ante featuring velvety soft ear cushions and the ability to either manually or automatically adjust the differences in volume for a better listening experience. There are also balance controls for right/left volume adjustments. Finally, the ear cups on these headphones are open-back which allows your music to breathe and provides you with a more immersive listening experience.
- Major Hifi
July 4, 2017 | Full review
Sennheiser wireless 185 headphones even have balance control to offer the ultimate listening experience! With luxury velour earpads, comfortable headband cushions, and an adjustable headset, you get the greatest comfort no matter how long you listen for.
- Max Vision Blog
January 23, 2018 | Full review
The pads are well padded in a velvet like material and the headband has two leather pads usful for those of us who have no hair.
- Gadget Speak
May 10, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Lower frequencies could be a bit tauter.
- Trusted Reviews
October 3, 2016 | Full review
However, it has poor isolation and high leakage, by design.
- RTINGS.com
June 20, 2017 | Full review
Wireless ’phones can’t play loud
- Sound And Vision
December 22, 2015 | Full review
No option to connect transmitter to source via Bluetooth
- Tech Spot
This is a bit expensive and the bulky design is not for everyone.
- PC Magazine
June 29, 2015 | Full review
The comfort could be improved.
- Games Learning Society
September 21, 2019 | Full review
The audio sounds very revealing due to open back.
- Headphones Compared
September 11, 2019 | Full review
Unfortunately, does have some audio leakage with its open-back design and the pair are not noise-canceling. They don’t use Bluetooth, but a bespoke RF system that offers an uncompressed audio stream and a much better range.
- Mr Review Expert
April 5, 2019 | Full review
The sound quality isn’t a vast enough improvement over that of the RS 165 to justify the large increase in price.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 12, 2019 | Full review
When I pull out my old faithful HD600 (circa £200,) plug it into the Solo Linear Ultra (circa £670,) running of a Majestic DAC (circa £1700) and then the RS185 gets a thorough spanking from its “cheaper” brother.
- Head-Fi
April 25, 2015 | Full review
They don’t have a noise reduction mechanism
- Sensei Reviews
March 6, 2019 | Full review
Headphones feel a little tight around the ears. You get your money’s worth, but it can still feel like too much.
- Headphoned
May 5, 2019 | Full review
They are not the perfect fit for you if you use it in a noisy place. You can also hear the noise of your surrounding areas.
- Reviews Best Headphones
May 21, 2018 | Full review
Bluetooth can't be used to connect it with the transmitter.
- Beats Inside
May 7, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Created with the music lover in mind, the RS 185 now makes it possible to enjoy dynamic, high-fidelity Sennheiser sound at home without the hassle of wires. These innovative, ergonomically designed, wireless open headphones deliver amazingly precise sound reproduction in uncompressed digital quality even as you wander from room to room, and they are light and comfortable enough for extended periods of use. Furthermore, the conveniently located manual input level and balance controls make setting the listening levels to your individual preference a snap, so you’ll be able to fine-tune the details of each track in stunning acoustic clarity. Just connect the multi-purpose transmitter to your home sound system (via optical or analog inputs) and lose yourself in the music. Sennheiser’s RS 185: The right wireless choice for serious listeners.

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An Overview On Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

In recent years, over-ear headphones have made a resurgence as some consumers have traded in their earbuds for better sound. Some over-ear headphones also feature noise-cancellation functionality, which comes in handy while you’re traveling. But as Digital Mom Blog’s Molly Thornberg points out, today’s consumers want the same wireless functionality that they can get with wireless earbuds.

“Wireless over-ear headphones are traditional headphones that go over the ears, but don’t have a wire,” says Thornberg, who regularly writes about technology on her blog. “This popular style of headphones connects to a device via Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to listen without having to worry about a wire.”

But there are a few things to consider when you’re picking out a pair of wireless over-ear headphones. You’ll need to make sure you choose a pair that provides reliable Bluetooth connectivity, not to mention one-touch linkup. Trying to connect devices via Bluetooth can easily get frustrating.

If you’re buying over-ear headphones for noise-isolating functionality, you’ll first want to check to see whether the pair you’re considering includes active noise-canceling. Headphones with that feature automatically create a sound wave that blocks out the level of noise detected around you. Some headphones simply create a seal around your ear and have you play music to block out noise, but active noise cancellation can be especially beneficial if you work in noisy environments or you travel via airplane.

It’s also important to consider sizing when you’re choosing a pair of over-ear headphones. Unlike earbuds that slip into almost any size ear the same, over-ear headphones need to work with the circumference of your head. Many come with adjustable headbands to help create that perfect fit. An ill-fitting pair of over-ear headphones can make it tough to get that seal you need to shield your eardrums from all that crowd noise around you. If you’re buying headphones for younger adults or you have a larger head size, you may want to measure your own head and compare it to the headband size before buying.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first pair of audio-emitting headphones was invented at a kitchen table. Although in-ear headphones were patented in 1891, engineer Nathaniel Baldwin put the first pair of over-ear headphones together in 1910, using his kitchen table as a work surface. The invention didn’t take off immediately, however, but the U.S. Navy eventually ordered 100 pairs, padding his bank account generously. His wealth was only temporary, unfortunately. Baldwin put his money to work in support of the Mormon polygamous movement – a decision that eventually bankrupted him. Headphones made their way to the mass consumer market in the late 1930s, when Bayerdynamic began marketing the first pair of over-ear headphones for home use.

The Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Buying Guide

  • When it comes to noise cancellation, no two pairs of headphones are equal. It’s important to first distinguish between active and passive noise cancellation, with active noise cancellation generating sound waves to keep outside noise from getting to your eardrums. Passive noise cancellation simply uses the build of the earcups themselves to keep noise out. Some may prefer the passive approach in situations where they still might need to hear, such as on an airplane when a pilot could come over the intercom with important announcements..
  • If you’re using your headphones while exercising or working around the house, make sure you choose a pair with controls that you can easily reach. Relying on your smartphone to pause or adjust the volume can be problematic when you’re wireless since your device may be on the other side of the room. But it’s also important to make sure the controls aren’t in a location where you might accidentally press them, especially if you plan to wear them while lying down.
  • As with other wireless products, wireless headphones require a battery for the Bluetooth connection. Some over-ear headphones have batteries that last as long as 30 hours, which will come in handy if you’ll be away from the charger for a while.
  • The best thing about wireless headphones is that they give you the freedom to roam around without your phone on you. That means if you’re cleaning or exercising, you can simply set your phone down nearby and enjoy a hands-free listening experience. But it’s important to check just how close to your device you’ll have to stay while listening. “Find out how far the headphones can play from the connected device,” Thornberg advises. “Wireless range can vary from 10-100 meters.”
  • As with earbuds, wireless over-ear headphones can be used for phone calls. To have that capability, though, you’ll need to make sure your headphones have a built-in microphone.
  • One of the best things about modern over-ear headphones is how comfortable they can be. Many feature earpads made using faux leather, also known as protein leather, and the cups are padded for extra comfort. You may not plan to wear your headphones for hours at a time, but someday when you’re on a long flight or trying to buckle down and study for a big test, you’ll appreciate a pair that doesn’t hurt your ears after a while.
  • No matter what other features your headphones offer, it won’t matter if the sound quality is poor. Research the speakers that are built into your chosen pair. Whether you listen to music, podcasts, movies or audiobooks using your headphones, true-to-life sound is essential, as is a deep bass response.
  • If you’re spending money on something, you’ll want a pair that lasts. The headbands on many headphones are made of plastic, but they’ll also probably have sliders to allow you to adjust the fit. Check the construction of all of this, as well as the stitching on the earcups, to make sure you’re buying a pair that will give you years of reliable use.