Summary: Just purchased these wireless headphones for use with TV, not ham radio. They replace Radio Shack wireless headphones which stopped working and fell apart. (And were VERY uncomfortable). The RS-170 is a QUALITY product and works as advertised. Extremely comfortable - almost as comfortable as Bose Quiet Comfort headphones. Audio is terrific. Range is way more than needed. The headphones easily fit onto the charger dock, and the light tells you when they are fully charged.
Summary: My husband is very hard of hearing so it is essential to use something to assist during TV watching. He absolutely loves these, so much that he talked a good friend into ordering the same item. Turns out his friend shopped around and got the best price from J&R. We feel good about sending our friends where we do our business.
Summary: As others have commented, the buttons and their placement are horrible. They should have been raised slightly so they are not flush with the ear piece and they should have been spaced out slightly. Perhaps they should have used the rubbery type of buttons like the ones that are on a TV remote control to give the user some feel to promote confidence when trying to adjust the volume, surround sound or bass boost while they are on the listeners head.
Pros: Comfortable on the Head, Adjustable Headset, Great Sound, Decent Wireless Range, Effective Bass Boost.
Summary: I purchased these and returned the RS 130 I originally bought. Pay attention to the reviews of RS 130 re: background hum/hiss...I found it disturbing enough to return the product and spend more money to try the RS 170. I've had them about 2 weeks now and so far they are performing great. Good, clear crisp sound...no background hiss. I really like the surround sound and dynamic bass features...in my opinion, they enhance the sound quality significantly.
Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Configure, Lightweight, SurroundSound feature
Summary: Obviously the person who designed this never actually used the headphones. The problem is it's almost impossible to find the volume switches with your fingers when you are wearing the headphones.The switches are cheap popple switches under plastic buttons that are almost flush with the headphone shell. The button plastic is the same as the shell so there is no tactile way to find the button.
Pros: I upgraded from a Sennheiser HDR 130, an open back design. A definite improvement in background noise, Max volume is less than the HDR 130 but adequate, would be convenient to have more gain range to make up for low level material.