Sennheiser RS 180 vs RS 170, surround decoder vs stereo headphones
This is ridiculous ! RS 170 is a virtual surround headphones while a higher price RS 180 is a stereo headphones, I want to know why, or RS 180 meant to be a wireless stereo headphones for music listening, while RS 170 is a multimedia headphones for gaming and movie watching (it also comes with the bass enhancer button as well – I want that buttons for RS 180 ! LOL).
Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal since I have an AVR that can simulate a virtual surround and I believe it could be better than a built-in decoder of any headphones, but if you don’t have a surround decoder and will use this headphones as your one and only headphones for music, gaming, and movie, you may need to think carefully. I have tried a virtual surround before, and I have to say, for me, it is not so impressive, basically, a virtual surround created from a stereo sound system and simulates in 5 or 7 channels, or on the other hand, it fakes ! I have found that the stereo system, is a much better system for gaming and movie watching, and with a very close distance from phones to your ears, I don’t think it almost like a surround headphones (except for a true surround, that’s a difference story). So, I still think RS 180 is the best choice.
Click here for the full detail specification of Sennheiser RS 170 @ Amazon.com, starts from 179 USD (limited time)