Sennheiser's stethoscope headphones make hearing TV easier

None of us can escape the ravages of time. Eventually our muscle function will degrade, our bodies will decay and we will become worm-food, or ascend (or descend) to some form of afterlife. The jury's still out on the last part.

So, while we're all still kicking about on Earth, we should all take some time to enjoy some quality televisions (such as these) - but what if you can't hear it very well? Sennheiser's new headphones are a solution.

They come in two varieties, the RS 5000 and RS 2000. Both headphones have three hearing profiles to enhance television, movies or music - each affects low-frequency and high-frequency sound to some degree.

There's also a "Speech Intelligibility function" that apparently makes speech clearer and easier to understand by reducing TV background noise that may interfere with dialogue - this can be used in conjunction with the hearing profiles.

Both pairs of headphones are wireless, with the RS 2000 having a claimed battery life of nine hours and the RS 5000 having a longer 12 hours of use.

If you'd prefer to use your own headphones, perhaps because they're one of our recommended pairs, you can use the £180 Flex 5000 wireless audio system - essentially a dongle you plug your own headphones into that gives you access to Sennheiser's hearing profiles.

The RS 5000 cost £230, while the RS 2000 is £160.


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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.