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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones
- Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology in an ergonomically designed lightweight, comfortable and collapsible travel headset perfect for travel.
- NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation ensures superior sound quality in every environment.
- Intuitive user control and convenience thanks for voice prompts, touch controls, NFC pairing, smart pause and automatic on/off.
- Sennheiser sound signature quality with selective sound modes to enhance the listening experience.
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- Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the PXC 550 Wireless
Sennheiser’s premium headset tailored specifically for the discerning business traveller. This stylish, compact and foldable headset delivers exceptional sound quality, class-leading adaptive noise cancellation and crystal clear speech clarity. Ergonomically engineered for wearing comfort and intuitive control, this headset upgrades the on-the-go audio experience. In an often frantic and stressful traveller’s world, the PXC 550 Wireless puts the listener in control of their sensory environment - it’s what we call 'upgrading to First Class'.
- Did you know? Sennheiser’s first active noise reduction headsets were developed in 1984 for Lufthansa Airlines and were the first active noise cancellation headsets to receive FAA-TSO certification (Federal Aviation Administration Technical Standard Order).
NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling
NoiseGard quiets the environment to ensure uninterrupted listening by modifying to ambient noise. Whether on a plane, train or noisy street NoiseGard delivers the level of noise suppression needed providing a comfortable listening experience allowing you to relax or focus on work.
Exceptional Battery Performance
The PXC 550 Wireless delivers up to 30-hours of battery life on a single charge from any USB outlet. This means you can travel from London to Hong Kong and back in the comfort and tranquility of adaptive noise cancellation. If you forget to charge the battery, the headset works passively with the remote cable both as headphone and headset.
Superior Sound Quality
The PXC 550 Wireless delivers Sennheiser’s signature sound quality. Music and movies are presented with exceptional clarity, balance and dynamics. Selectable sound modes allow you to tailor the sound to the source material. When connected via USB to a computer the PXC 550 Wireless acts a USB sound card improving the fidelity of music and calls on your PC or Mac. The soundtrack to your journey just got richer and more immersive.
Lightweight, Comfortable Design
The PXC 550 Wireless was designed with your journey in mind. Ergonomically engineered padded headband and rotating earcups provide incredible comfort for long listening sessions. The fold-flat collapsible frame enables the PXC 550 Wireless to discreetly fold away into the stylish, compact travel case.
Wireless technology allows total freedom of movement whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. The PXC 550 Wireless features Bluetooth 4.2 to effortlessly connect with any NFC or Bluetooth enabled device. Listen to music, take calls or simply enjoy the benefits of NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation without wires. Experience wireless freedom with unrivalled sound quality.
Touch control with voice prompts make it easy to use the PCX 550 Wireless. A touchpad on the right earcup provides volume, play, stop, pause and track skipping control. Touching the earcup allows you to take an incoming call. The headset turns on and seamlessly connects to Bluetooth as you unfold them and automatically pauses audio when removed. Controlling this headset is instinctive and easy.
Business Class Communication
The PXC 550 Wireless allows you to stay connected while on the move. A Sennheiser triple microphone array delivers crystal-clear speech clarity for business and personal calls even in the busiest of environments, so you can stay in touch wherever you are.
CapTune – Your Music, Your Way
CapTune is a powerful player app engineered to compliment the PXC 550 Wireless. It provides personalization of sound performance and the ability to stream music directly to your headset giving you control on every level. CapTune is available for free in both iOS and Android versions.
|Wearing Style||Around Ear|
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic, Closed-back|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Cable with remote|
|Charging Time||3 Hours|
|Frequency Response||17 – 23,000 Hz|
|Impedance||Active: 490 Ohms / Passive: 46 Ohms|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||110 dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB)|
|Weight (headphones)||8 oz. (227g)|
|In the Box||PXC 550 Wireless Headphone / Cable with Remote / Carry Case / USB Cable / IFE Adapters / Manuals|
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Order/Delivery etc all good.
Now the headphones.
Slipping them on after charged in a noisy a/c workshop, the background noise just melted away to a very very soft ssssshhhhhh. Huh, where did the sound go! Tried again and again as unbelievable. Not the ultimate but very very good.
Paired blue tooth and operation was easy, and very very quick to pair in future. With head sense active turn right cup to normal position place on head and by then they have turned on the music player and sound resumes from where you left off. Take off to pause sound. Put back on to play sound. simplezzzzzz.
Note: need to activate head detection in the app as not on by default.
Undecided on a couple of things.
Power switch=none. just twist right ear to normal position its on, twist to store position and its off. Ok it does work and no problems so far. Just need to remember to leave it in the store position when placing down. In the store case it must be placed in the off position.
Residual sssshhh noise is very low, but noticeable. Only when NO audio playing or using talk through mode. Any audio at all and its not detectable.
Maybe it will help sleeping on a plane?
Music sounds not just very good but awesome with APTX (i assume, as no idea how to verify with Samsung S6 but specs say both devices support it) and playback presets are a bit of a gimmick, or are they? The app lets you customise a setting but for default I find that I like the CLUB mode which boosts the bass and adds some sound separation. Ok it is a good addition then.
The headband feels like it is an initial weird position needing to be very forward on the head (cant be changed). This is what takes the most getting used to in this model for me. However after a couple of hours wearing and 2 days on/off it isn't a problem, just get used to it!
I find these are comfortable even for long periods (not as good as the HD598 for sure) but very good. Build quality seems good and understated, marks and highlights make sure you don't standout from the crowd too much. At first I thought thery were a a bit flimsy but think its ok However these guys are so light at about 250grams total weight its easy to forget they are on. Why buy a heavy 800gram pair when these feel like a feather!
The ear cup size is just big enough for me (average size 60yo man i guess) without any slop movement. HD 598 are larger and seem just a little more comfortable but the firm fit mean they are not moving around even with activity.
Overall an excellent product that does meet my expectations in function and performance in every way. Now thats actually incredible.
Dislikes: not too comfortable if you have too wear them for longer than 4 hours, noise cancellation could be better,
For the price there good enough value but I will be going back to bose when the next ones come out.
Using my pair in the office (fair way above street level and powerful a/c), I feel a little bit pressure inside the cans, no such issues taking a bus ride. Hoping these help me keeping my sanity through soon long-haul flight. Overall hoping these to be a bit more comfortable, but maybe it's about my head shape.
And in the bus I was astonished about the noise cancellation and how well these cans work. Taken some calls and the headset seems to be a good value as well.
My references are Shure 525 IEMs and AKG K701 opens, I am get by day more impressed with PXC 550s with my taste of sound stage and music. I can't compare to other similar performance and price range cans, but PXC550s are not bad, quite good and pleasing, but not perfect either.
Noise cancellation was good, equivalent almost to the Bose QC35IIs which I bought instead and love.
It's a shame as I wanted to like these headphones from Sennheiser.