The Sennheiser PXC 550 manages to achieve where many headphones have failed – sound quality. You have to admit, there are some high-end headphones out on the market that do have the price tag that would make you break the bank, but delivers subpar audio performance that would make you filled with regret. Then there’s the part when it comes to active noise-cancelling technology, as there are many who failed in this department as well. But even though there were challenges and doubts, Sennheiser manages to create a pair of headphones that is right on the money.
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Makes its Audio Performance to be its Greatest Strength
When it comes to the design, the Sennheiser PXC 550 has looks that aren’t particularly bad, but they do look pretty conservative. There are some headphones on the market that certainly look the part of being a high-end unit. The two earcups are made of a matte plastic material, and there is a simple oval metal band that houses the microphones that are used for the active noise-cancellation technology.
On the bottom of the right earcup, you will be able to make use of a couple of controls. One button allows you to switch between the four equalizer modes and Bluetooth pairing for the PXC 550, then there’s a slider wherein you will be able to choose between the two different modes of noise cancellation, or otherwise turn the feature off entirely.
Throw some tunes into the headphones and you will be brought with a nice separation between the instruments and the vocals. The soundstage that it offers is pretty decent as well. However, it is undoubtedly a unit that does not excel when it comes to the trebles and mids. Still, there is an absolute clarity in certain tracks, especially when you consider the aforementioned separation between the instruments and the vocals. Guitars and other instruments can clearly be heard, as with the voices of the singers.
However, there’s just a bit of a strong bass end found at the audio spectrum, but it doesn’t mean that it overpowers the other areas of the sound frequency. It’s just there to give tracks a bit of extra “kick” but is still able to maintain an overall balance and crispness to your favorite music.
It is clear that the strength of the Sennheiser PXC 550 lies in its sound performance. Active noise-cancelling performance is pretty decent as well, except it still could not stand to what the Bose QuietComfort 35 can muster. Nevertheless, this is still a pair of headphones that you wouldn’t hesitate to purchase, if you don’t mind spending the cash for the price tag, that is.
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