Sennheiser SET840 Headphones Review

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Sennheiser SET840 Headphones Review
9.3 Total Score

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  • They have a balance control so that you can adjust the sound to be equal in both ears.
  • Very good audio quality.
  • The headset contains a removable battery that is supposed to last up to 9 hours.
  • Lightweight, Good Bass, Comfortable

Sennheiser SET840 TV Assistive Listening Headphones Review

  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Wireless radio frequency system with transmitter and receiver (earphones) provide mobility within a range of up to 100 feet; even transmits even through walls
  • Three selectable hearing settings on the transmitter to optimize speech. Ideal for plasma TVs
  • TV connection cable with two 3.5 mm stereo jack plugs and one adapter to 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) jack socket
  • NOTE: Refer the User Manual from the Technical Specification before use which is highly recommended

The Sennheiser Set 840-TV is an RF stereo TV listening system that is ideally suited for wireless listening in your home. Whether watching a TV program or listening to music, the Set 840-TV is sure to provide excellent sound. Just the push of a button sets the device to your personal listening preferences, providing you with the enjoyment of speech that is easier to understand. The lightweight receiver is comfortable to wear because of its flu exile ear pads. Ergonomic controls and visual feedback of certain operations make Set 840-TV easy to use. It can be connected directly to your TV, hi-fi system or radio. Ideal for plasma TVs.

Sennheiser SET840 Review

There are so many questions about this product that I thought I should write a Sennheiser SET840 Review that answers most of them. This device consists of a headset and a base. The headset contains a removable battery that is supposed to last up to 9 hours. You charge the battery by putting the headset onto the base. You can buy a spare battery and put it in a slot on the base where it can charge at the same time the headset is charging. This means that you can swap out batteries every 9 hours (if you wear the headset for 9 hours at time) and keep on using the headset indefinitely. While the headset is advertised as being for listening to TV, you can connect it to almost any audio output, such as a stereo receiver, FM radio, etc. and listen over the headset. Because this is a radio frequency (RF) device, you don’t have to be facing the base unit to listen; in fact, you can probably walk around you house or apartment until you find out how far you can go without losing the signal. To set up the unit, you power up the the base by plugging into an electrical outlet. Then you connect the base to the audio output of your TV, Stereo Receiver, etc. The audio output typically will be two RCA jacks, that are usually color coded Red and White. If you don’t have these jacks, you might find a single mini jack, or some other jack that says “AUDIO OUT”. The headset comes with some adapters so you should be able to connect it to any kind of audio output.

Sennheiser SET840 -TV RF Stereo TV Assistive Listening Headphones System

Sennheiser SET840 -TV RF Stereo TV Assistive Listening Headphones System

CAUTION: if your audio output is an optical output, you can’t connect the base unless you buy an expensive converter.

What if you want to connect to a TV that has no audio output or that just has an optical output? If your TV is connected to a cable box, you can use the cable box audio output, because that is the same audio that is being delivered to the TV.

NOTE: If you connect to your cable box audio output, and you have a dvd player connected to the TV, you won’t be able to listen to the DVD unless you take the connections off the cable box and move them to the DVD Player audio output If you want to avoid moving the cable, you can probably buy an inexpensive switch that you can connect to the Cable Box and the DVD player.

What if you have a TV with no audio out put and no cable box? Well, you can still use the headset because it comes with a small microphone. You plug the microphone into the base and position it near one of the speakers. I don’t think you’ll get a stereo signal anymore.

If someone who has difficulty hearing want’s to use the headset as a hearing aid, you can plug in the microphone and use it to talk to that person. You might have to buy an extension cable for the microphone so that you can sit near the person who is wearing the headset instead of standing near the TV where the base unit is plugged into an electrical outlet.

There isn’t any switch on the headset. It turns on automatically when you spread the earpieces apart to put them in your ears. They are comfortable enough for my 104 year old mom, and I find them comfortable enough (if my mother is 104 years old, then I’m no spring chicken either) so they should be ok for most people. There are 3 different ear plugs so you can find the one most comfortable for you.

If you care about audio quality, these are very good. they are stereo. They have a balance control so that you can adjust the sound to be equal in both ears. You can set them to stereo or mono. They have 3 modes of operation for speech intelligibility that you can set by a button on top of the base unit, including compression and treble boost. The base unit transmits an rf signal that the headset automatically detects. If the signal is weak or there is interference, you can chan switch to another channel until you find the best one. The volume control is a very large dial on the front of the headset, where it’s easy to reach and turn.

Sennheiser SET840 -TV RF Stereo TV Assistive Listening Headphones System

Sennheiser SET840 -TV RF Stereo TV Assistive Listening Headphones System

The audio with the Sennheiser devices is much better for people needing hearing assistance because they amplify the voice frequencies at the expense of the bass or high frequencies. Don’t think they are ideal for listening to music, because they are not. But the work great for TV/movie dialogue.
The downside is the battery. The OEM Sennheiser batteries are expensive, $35 to $50 or more. The after market ones are much cheaper (around $9) but don’t last very long.

In a few words: Sennheiser is a company which is user friendly offering a First Class product at a reasonable price considering the quality of the unit. Believe me…You won’t go wrong with this product. Now that you know what to expect, if you buy this unit and you need help in making some adjustments, you know what it’s supposed to do and you can easily find instructions in the manual.

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Sennheiser SET840 Review

9.3 Total Score
Excellent!

Sennheiser SET840 -TV RF Stereo TV Assistive Listening Headphones System

Design
9
Physical Comfort
9
Hearing Improvement
9.5
Reliability
9.5
Value
9.5
PROS
  • They have a balance control so that you can adjust the sound to be equal in both ears.
  • Very good audio quality.
  • The headset contains a removable battery that is supposed to last up to 9 hours.
  • Lightweight, Good Bass, Comfortable
CONS
  • The downside is the battery. The OEM Sennheiser batteries are expensive.
  • Needs Cable For Digital T, Not Good For Digital Tv
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