Sennheiser PXC 550 Review – Loads of Features at a Price

The Sennheiser PXC 550 is a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones that come with active noise cancellation (ANC). It is also placed at the premium portion of the market with its price tag. Hence, it directly goes up against the likes of the Bose Quiet Comfort 35. However, Sennheiser’s offering is a tad pricier than that of Bose’s. But in that regard, it does offer a slightly more serious sound. However, when it comes to its ANC element, it does fall short as compared to the QC35. Nevertheless, the ANC performance is still a major improvement as compared to the brand’s other models that offer a similar offering in terms of style and sound.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Review - Loads of Features at a Price

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Gives Great Performance and Features, But the Price Will Make You and Your Wallet Cry

There are headphones that offer active noise cancellation features with an overly techy design, but the Sennheiser PXC 550 aims to turn things around in that regard. It comes with a new design that is basically more attractive than many, especially when taking a look at the noise-cancelling headphones of the past.

The design of the simple variety, and to start with that notion you would be able to find the buttons found underneath of one earcup. Aside from that, other bits-and-pieces of the entire headphone look practically clean and pristine. But if there were a hint of awkwardness with regards to its design, that would be the shape of the earcups. It is rather egg-like, and it does look a bit odd, especially when you consider that these will sit around your ears rather than on them.

Its ANC capabilities have been overhauled, but the headphone can block out sound effectively without all the added bells and whistles. First of all, the noise cancelling feature is not the normal “on and off” offering that you would find on other similar units. There are two different modes on this headphone: one is that it will use full-power ANC while the other will scale it up depending on the amount of ambient noise. The difference between the two is that the former will bring a bit more pressure to your ears as compared to the latter.

But what does the Sennheiser PXC 550 sound like? In terms of its audio performance, this pair of headphones is a big improvement. Overall, it is very good. There’s very little change when you change the mode of its ANC feature. Sound is fairly well-balanced throughout the spectrum. However, tracks do tend to sound a bit too “grown up.” Hence, it would feel right home when you play tracks with strong bass. Ultimately, this is a feature-packed pair of headphones, but it is clearly not for everyone due to its price.


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