MU­SIC IN THE AIR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

Mu­sic is a very per­sonal thing. One man’s har­mony is an­other’s noise. So choos­ing head­phones is tricky busi­ness.

Of course, you can opt for a high-end au­dio sys­tem for your liv­ing room or den, but when it comes to per­sonal en­ter­tain­ment the new Sennheiser RS 220 has to be the ul­ti­mate. This head­set, de­spite be­ing wire­less, de­liv­ers your sound with­out any sort of dis­tor­tion or noise. While other wire­less head­sets strug­gle to negate the static, with the RS 220 the only thing you have to worry about is maybe not hear­ing a fire alarm go off or some­one ring­ing the door­bell. The sound is crys­tal clear, pow­er­ful and soft at the same time.

It works won­der­fully well if you are on the same level as the trans­mit­ter, which dou­bles as the stand for the head­set. How­ever, on a dif­fer­ent floor or blocked by a few rooms, the wire­less is lost. But in a 30-m area in­doors, a soli­tary wall or ob­struc­tion does not bother this head­set thanks to the cut­ting-edge Di­rect Se­quence Spread Spec­trum used.

The head­set is com­fort­able to wear and the ear cups, which have a felt cover, do not heat up even af­ter long hours of use. The head­set comes with rechargeable bat­ter­ies which can last for about 16 hours on a full charge. On the left, there are but­tons to on/off and change the source from ana­log, coax­ial and op­ti­cal. Since the trans­mit­ter has sep­a­rate connection op­tions for all three, you beam sound from three sources and change at will wher­ever you are in the house. On the right cup are vol­ume and bal­ance con­trol, though you will rarely need to use the lat­ter.

The trans­mit­ter has touch but­tons for on/off and to change source. At the rear, it even has a vol­ume con­trol which you can use to set a low max­i­mum vol­ume. In fact, the head­set gives out a warn­ing beep if you push the sound beyond a cer­tain limit -- a very thought­ful ad­di­tion.

The only thing we do not like about the RS220 is its price. But then this is no reg­u­lar head­set. This is the epit­ome of lux­ury for an au­dio­phile.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Don’t think twice if you can af­ford it

GG

SENNHEISER RS 220

Price:

24,990 `

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