Sennheiser HDR 120 Wireless Headphones

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Finally - No Gotcha's!

Jun 11, 2010 (Updated Oct 10, 2010)
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Pros:Comfortable. Sound great. Good range.  Attractive and easy to use charging base.  No problems!

Cons:Occasional manual tuning required.  Sometimes don't automatically mute.  Minimal instructions. None of these were significant.

The Bottom Line: We are very satisfied with these reliable, workhorse headphones.  Good price.  No 'devils jumping out of the woodwork.'


I've had the HDR120s for five months, and so far - they've worked great.

The minor disappointments first -
1) These have a 'tuning dial' which requires you to tune into the signal, like we used to do 20 years ago, with tuning dials on radios.  While trying to search around for the volume dial, it's not difficult to accidentally turn this dial.  Now it needs to be re-tuned.  It's not difficult to do.  Just an annoyance.  I'm an electrical engineer with a masters degree.  The only reason I can think that they would still have a tuning dial is that maybe, and it is possible, that manually tuning these headphones produced better reception than a fully automatic phase locked loop system would provide.  Once tuned in, they sound better than the Sony and the Rocketfish headphones we used to use until they broke.
2) These headphones sometimes do, and sometimes don't know when to automatically quiet themselves.  When the TV's off and I take them out of their cradle, I'll often get loud white noise out of them, like a radio tuned to a non-existent channel. It's not a really big problem, because there's no need for them to be out of their cradle when the TV's off.  We only use them for TV.  But if I'm using them and then turn off the TV, they completely quiet themselves.
3) The instructions were quite sparse.  Was able to get it figured out as I'm an electrical engineer.  Not sure if the non-tech-savvy would have appreciated this.

Now for the good news -
1) They sound great.  Really, really good.  I'm not an audiophile, but I simply can't find anything wrong with how they sound.  No background hiss.  No obvious problems with bass or treble.  No pops.
2) They are really comfortable on my ears, something which could not be said for the Rocketfish headphones we previously had.  My wife and I typically use two very different adjustments on most headphones.  But the topic never has come up with these.  They fit both of us very nicely.  And the headband has a nice soft cushion between it and my head.
3) They headbands on other headphones I've had are supported rediculously high above the head to keep it away from the head.  I assume because this is where the antenna is, and it won't work very well next to skin.  The headband on the HDR-120s is supported by the cushion to be about 1 inch above the head.  Not too bad.
4) These are quite a bit easier to set into their charging cradle than other headphones we've had in the past.  These do not require precise placement.
5) I think the charging cradle is more attractive than the ones used in the Sony and Rocketfish headphones which we had prior to these.
6) The range on these is sufficient for use anywhere in our house.  We have 2850 sq feet in the two upper floors, and 1500 sq feet in the basement.  No problem anywhere, but the base station for these is pretty much in the middle of the house.


Recommend this product? Yes


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