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These are exactly what I expected. Good build quality, sound fantastic, and great noise suppression.
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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless - Bluetooth headphones with NoiseGard™ Hybrid noise-canceling technology
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The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones power off when you fold them up for storage.
Noise-canceling headphones are always my go-to recommendation for air travel. And the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones are tailor-made for frequent flyers. Their noise-canceling circuitry automatically adjusts itself to your surrounding environment. You can block out everything from a crowded airport to a loud plane engine. Built-in Bluetooth lets you tuck your phone away, listen wirelessly, and move around the airport freely. Then on the plane, you can use the included cable to enjoy in-flight entertainment.
While I didn't have a chance to take them on a trip, I did spend a couple weeks listening to these 'phones wirelessly at my desk. They hug your ears with super-soft, oval-shaped earpads. The relaxed fit and laid-back sound signature make them pleasant and easy to wear for long periods of time. I listened to podcasts and playlists for hours at a time, with zero fatigue. I'm sure they would stay comfortable while you binge-watch shows or movies on longer flights.
Sennheiser's “Captune” app lets you manually adjust the level of noise cancellation. It's a free download for Apple® and Android™. At my desk at Crutchfield HQ, I dialed in the settings to eliminate distractions and stay productive, but I could still hear well enough for a web designer to grab my attention.
I also used the app to adjust the sound of the music. The relaxed-sounding default balance of frequencies worked well for an old-school soul playlist. But I wanted a little more energy for the upright bass and bluegrass banjo plunking that fuels Devil Makes Three's album Redemption and Ruin. The app took me through a series of different tweaks and sound curves, and asked to pick my preference. At the end of the process, I had a customized sound preset with some extra adrenaline, thanks to a slight lift for the low end and vocals.
Our "Demo Days" crew recently set up a number of noise-canceling headphones in a room reserved for employee relaxation. Fellow writer Benn Grant provided some feedback on the PXC 550 headphones:
"I'm on the hunt for noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones so I jumped at the chance to try out the Sennheiser PXC 550s. It was late in the day and no one was around.
"I was transfixed the minute I pressed play on the indie rock band I'd been listening to. Every instrument stood out individually — and I was hearing instruments hidden in the songs I'd never heard before. I spent the next 30 minutes playing all my favorite songs from every genre while people filtered in and out. If they were talking to me, I couldn't hear them.
"When I started playing ‘One More Time' by Daft Punk, I couldn't help it, I started to dance. Who cares if anyone walked in and judged me! Reluctantly I returned the headphones and walked away with a huge smile on my face. I felt like I had just been on a really great first date.”
— Crutchfield writer Benn Grant
The Sennheiser PXC 550s offer some nice conveniences, starting with the “track pad” control panel on the right ear cup. By swiftly swiping my finger, I could change the track or adjust the volume. A quick tap turned off noise cancellation and turned on the “Talk Through” feature. Tiny mics pick up external sound — allowing me to hear co-workers without removing the headphones. (I could see this being helpful for when a flight attendant comes by to take a drink order.)
You turn on the headphones by rotating the earcups and clicking them into the listening position. You can then click them back into their “fold-flat position” for easy storage — the included zippered carrying case would easily fit into a carry-on bag.
These are exactly what I expected. Good build quality, sound fantastic, and great noise suppression.
Don M, Indialantic, FL
Average Customer Review(s):
These are exactly what I expected. Good build quality, sound fantastic, and great noise suppression.
Excellent audio and noise cancelling create a product I'm glad I bought. Compared to two other sets of noise-cancelling headphones I have owned, these are superior in both noise cancelling and audio quality. The over-ear design creates more bulk than my first, on-air Sennheiser headphones. And the audio quality is superior to my other over-ear Chinese headphones that my wife bought me a couple years ago. These headphones have several interesting controls which take a bit to understand, but they are nice to have and add functionality - not needing to take off one side to hear a flight attendant's question is handy. I would buy these again and recommend them. The price point is high, but attractive compared to other top models.
Pros: Noise-Cancelling Degree, Quality Audio, Nice Features, Comparative Price
Cons: Some time to learn controls
Best sounding wireless that I auditioned. Maybe not for you if you are super bass happy. Also the enclosure is on the small side. Could be a concern if you happen to have big ears are just like a roomer feel.buf if audio quality is your primary concern this could be for you
Cons: Slightly tight feel
Great combination of sound quality, noise cancelling, comfort, and an easy to use app to adjust sound and other features.
Pros: Sound quality Adjustable Active Noise Canceling Levels Value Controls on right ear touchpad are easy to use.
Cons: Track pad can be a bit glitchy
I purchased these at a great price on Cyber Monday. I purchased them mainly for the noise cancelling feature for use on flights and the Sennheiser reputation. I was not disappointed. I flew from NY to Florida last week and used the PXC 550s for 2 1/2 hours. Aside from blocking out the engine noise it was extremely effective at blocking out the whining child seated behind me. I was able to enjoy the flight much better than with my old ear buds. Waiting for another big sale to get another pair for my wife as we have some international trips next year.
Pros: Noise cancelling is outstanding Sound quality fantastic
Cons: Controls are very sensitive and need to get used to them. Instruction sheet pretty useless-download on line manual for more info
I like the product but don't love it. My first over-ear so am getting used to the weight and sweat rings. Controls are intuitive and sensitive the touch. I frequently am adjusting and shifting the phones to adjust how it sits on my head. The bluetooth transmission warbles or breaks with semi-quick head movements.
The sound and comfort of these headphones is exceptional. The noise reduction almost eliminated the sound of a gas powered leaf blower. I can't wait to use them on an airplane. To me they sound better than the comparable Bose units. The longest I have worn them so far is four hours and they were very comfortable. My only complaint is the very rudimentary instructions that came with them. I had to go online to find out about the numerous unexpected frills that came with them, such as the phone ap for the equalizer. A YouTube video review gave me more information than any other source. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants excellent sound in a very comfortable. I would have given them five stars if the packaging information was as good as the product.
Pros: sound noise reduction flexibility and comfort
Cons: lack of product information
Comfortable to wear and offer the SQ you expect from a mid-priced set of Sennheiser headphones; very good. The noise cancelling feature also works very well, as long as you have realistic expectations. Continuous sounds at reasonable levels are completely eliminated. Semi-loud and dynamic noises are muted, but still heard. The only way to make them better would to increase their size and weight to achieve a higher passive NRR. Not something you want for portable headphones. So far I have only used them while working in the shop and they eliminated the sound of a running drill press, shop fan and buffer. The touch controls are both useful, and somewhat annoying until you get used to it. The annoying aspect is you have to be careful how you grab them. I accidentally paused/skipped some songs due to touching the sensor area when the headphones were bumped and needed to be readjusted. But, once I got used to it and remembered not to grab or touch them on the sensor area, it was no big deal. All in all, I am very pleased with them. The SQ isn't as good as my IE 800's, but its not too far off where I feel I am giving up SQ for noise cancelling and wireless capability.
I ordered a different wireless headphones and they were out. Customer service call me to inform me of the news and offered an upgrade at the same price. The headphones are great and so is Crutchfield. Thank you
These light and comfortable headphones offer superb noise cancellation. Music comes through crisply and the overall sound is top of the line high quality. The easy to learn finger swipes on the ear cup function leads to quick operational changes. These headphones are an excellent buy for the consumer who does not have a care for nitpicking or over comparison.
Pros: See review
Cons: Small, soft storage case
Great sound and easy to use. Noise cancellation could be a bit better, but very acceptable. Very cheap case for headphones in this price range.
They sound great. I love the touch controls. The quality of sound is impressive, and the noise canalization is adequate. My dog just ran out to bark at something and I can't hear her at all.
Pros: Any music lover will be happy with these.
Cons: So far, none
Awesome headphones, light weight, eliminates background noise. Very happy.
Pros: Light weight, great sound.
Cons: Could do a little more bass.
Replaced a pair of Bose and the PXC 550' s are so much more comfortable. Only used them twice so far but I really like them.
Very satisfied with the product and with the rapid delivery.
For much of my career my sanity on long trips was globally assaulted on marathon flights to Asia, the Mideast, or wherever, with layovers in sundry noisy airports. When Bose started offering decent NC earphones, I became addicted to the portable solace they provided and they were the best game in town'back then. Four sets later (I left one set on a plane in Jakarta and another in a Paris hotel ) I somehow got old and in retirement still find a need for NC headphones. The difference is that now, I wanted ears' that offered a better soundstage with the NC onboard also. Being an audiophile ( actually that sounds like someone saying they are a gourmet, sorry) . Anyway, I enjoy what I consider good audio and video and have indulged myself with high end surround systems and $2,000 + open back earphones for long time. That stuff still takes me to my happy place' but these Sennheiser PXC500s get used every day at home or on vacations simply because they are that good with both the sound presentation and NC. Here is an example: as I write this now, my wife is watching a loud movie on the surround system and I am sitting 10 feet away listening to Chet Baker and reading a book undisturbed! I am buying three more of these babies as Christmas presents so I guess that is a tacit endorsement. For the circa $350 price point, these Sennheisers are clearly superior to Bose ,Yamaha (Beats-ugh) etc. As usual, I bought these from Crutchfield. Two reasons... expertise and service!
Pros: Soundstage, noise-cancelling ability, build quality and price point value.
Cons: They were not free and were not delivered by Charlize Theron!
Sennheiser PXC 550, & comparisons to Bose QC35 & Sony WH-1000XM2 (& MDR-1000X) Full review won't fit so here's why these are my favorite of the 4 cans. Sound. Where the 550s excel and the main reason they're my favorite. So much more alive than Sony or Bose. Others overall dull and muddy. Can configure 550s more. Really come alive on Club/Director settings, and Movie is better for watching TV. Latest Sonys also sound very good, just not as enjoyable as the 550s. NC on 550s is the least effective, but as good as the Bose with music playing. Sony NC blows away the others in 3 tests (plane, A/C, running dryer). 550s best for me in comfort--far lighter, gets hotter than Bose, but less than Sony. Bluetooth performance, despite 4.2, is worst of the 4. Connects to 2 devices, but alerts interrupt and cause sound to break up. Bose best for connections since devices are named and app can connect/disconnect. Never know what the 550s are connected to and the Sony are far worse-only 1, no name, must manually disconnect to connect to new. All are fine on phone calls, other controls/buttons, case. NC: 1-Sony, 2-Bose, 3-550s. However, don't let the 3rd place of the 550s impact your buying decision too much, as all are fine, especially if being actively used with sound. Comfort: 1-550, 2-Bose, 3 Sony. Connectivity/Bluetooth: 1-Bose, 2-550, 3-Sony. Sound: 1-550, 2-Sony, 3-Bose. Overall: 1-550, 2-Sony, 3-Bose. 4.5 stars. BT & NC could be better. Sound & comfort make win
Pros: -Comfortable and light -Great battery life -Best sound -Movie mode -Other modes to customize sound -Ability to connect to two devices at once
Cons: -Cuts out more than others -Connectivity not as refined as with Bose and its app. -Weaker noise cancelling
This is my first venture into the noise cancelling world and I only had a few samplings from local box-stores to guide me through the enormous maze of available products. I went with Sennheiser because I own 2 other pairs and I really love them. As with the others, the sound, build, and quality are typical Sennheiser....excellent. But I was quite disappointed when I took them on a trip to Canada and used them while on the planes, but found that the noise attenuation was much less than I expected. Even the flight attendants conversations with other passengers was coming through. The engine noise was stifled a bit but not as much as I had thought it would be. They were fully charged and in the highest setting they have (there are two to choose from). I hate sounding to harsh because, as I said, this is my first experience with these kinds of headphones and I may be being waaaaaaay too critical. Get other opinions before you put too much weight on mine! Sennheiser is still high on my list of excellent headphones.
Pros: Comfortable and quality sound reproduction. Typical Sennheiser headphones for music....dependable and well-built.
Cons: Adequate noise cancellation....but only adequate. Nothing to write home about.
I really love these headphones for my commutes. I have another pair of Sennheisers that I prefer for at home because they are more comfortable; these make my ears a bit hot after a while. That being said, they are perfect for the bus and I decided on these over Bose or Sony, because I feel like Sennheiser had a better sound quality to noise reduction trade-off.
Pros: Crisp sounds
Cons: Hot ears
Great headphones, extremely comfortable.
I bought these for an upcoming trip for the noise canceling feature. Let me start, I have Sennheiser ear buds that I am very happy with. The PXC 550s honestly sound pretty good with the exception of the low end. Even with the app the bass is a little weak. My earbuds seem to play lower notes. For those that don't want a lot of bass these offer a very well balanced sound stage, and great clarity. I have found them comfortable for the short periods I wear them and the ANC seems to work as advertised. This is my first pair with ANC so I have nothing to compare it to as if it works better than another. If these played just a bit better on the bass I feel they would be perfect for me.
Pros: Comfortable, great clarity and sound stage. ANC works as advertised.
Cons: A little lacking in bass response.
It took just a couple of minutes to set up but once setup works great! Intuitive touch control. Intermittently won't pause when lifting earphone up but overall a terrific wireless headphone.
Great sound, comfortable. Easy to use.
These are amazing! The touch control interface works flawlessly. The ability to turn the ANC off and use the Mic to transfer sound into the headphones is on point. As others have stated, the sound level has room for improvement if you want to blow your eardrums out and ruin hearing over time, but they do get loud enough for me that any more would be uncomfortable. Very very comfortable! Have only had them for a few weeks and a couple trips, but haven't had to charge them yet. Can't say enough good about these or anything bad.. accept the case.. the zipper is a pain to retrieve sometimes when zipped all the way open, gets stuck in a little fold. But headphones are great!
Had I not purchased and compared these to the Sony WH-1000XM2's at the same time, I'd probably have rated them higher. The Sennheiser's look and feel like a tier/price-point below the Sony's. They are both comfortable, but I would get a "hot-spot" on the top of my head after 90-120 minutes with the 550's. The shape of the headband concentrates the weight on a very small area and the foam is clearly too firm, at least for my pointy head. Both sound great (though different). I slightly preferred the 550's, especially with movies when using the "Movie" profile. The Sony's are clearly better at sound cancelling, but it's not a big difference and probably not noticeable when playing music at medium to loud volumes. The touch controls on the 550's are much more finicky than the Sony's. Shame on Sennheiser for using a 2.5mm plug on their cable. Bravo to Sennheiser for making their app actually useful (Sony's is almost worthless). In fact, the 550's sound profiles combined with their overall excellent sound almost won me over... But then I tried to connect both headphones to a Bluetooth transmitter designed to work with 2 headphones/receivers at the same time. The 550's were garbled and unusable for reasons I could not figure out. I tried the Sony's with other Bluetooth headphones (Sony WH-CH700N) and desktop speakers with no problem. Big red flag. I was left wondering if the 550's would have similar problems working around other Bluetooth devices (mice, keyboards etc.
Pros: Sound Great Excellent App Top Tier Noise Cancellation Don't Need App (to use most features) Awesome Battery Life
Cons: Cannot be used simultaneously with another Bluetooth headset/speaker(s) May be subject to problems working alongside other Bluetooth devices They look and feel much cheaper than they are. Headband uncomfortable for prolonged use Do not include aptX LL (Low Latency) codec for video Uncommon 2.5mm headphone cable (difficult to replace except through them) Crazy Expensive
I rarely rate products at max because everything has room for improvement. These Sennheiser's don't disappoint. If you know and love Senheiser you will love these NC headphones. I am a 7-8 on a scale of 10 audiophile and listen to lossless digital media on all sorts of devices. I own Sennheiser Momentums, B&W C5, Sony WH-1000XM2's, and MP Monolith's. The PX550's Dynamic range is good and imaging is clear. NC works great but not as good as Sony's WH-1000XM2's. I have seen reviews that say the PX550's aren't loud enough. That's bull. They are plenty loud. Good sound at high volumes doesn't seem loud because it is comfortable.
Pros: Sound Quality. Weight. Comfort. Design and Build Quality. Battery life.
Cons: Wind noise in outdoor windy conditions. Mobile App.
Great sound , easy to use Have to try it on a plane to test noise canceling feature.
Great headphones. Tried Bose which were very comfortable, but these are just as light and comfortable. Tried Sony which had better sound and these have better sound to match. Three noise cancelling settings give plenty of options.
Pros: Sound Quality / Comfortable / Easy to Control with finger swipe / Multiple Noise Cancelling settings that work.
Purchased along with JBL Everest Elite 750NC for comparison. Both are premium $250-400 USD ANC cans that do what they say. PXC 550 are very good and deserve their well reviewed reputation. My two main gripes are (1) ANC is not effective enough across a spectrum of environments and (2) max output volume is weak.
Pros: - lightweight - 4 way directional touch control is more intuitive and convenient over mechanical buttons - mature, professional styling - even weight distribution on your head/ears/jaw between headband and ear pads - balanced sound profile - comfortable and deep oval/egg shaped ear cups, potentially a downside if proprietary replacements are expensive or hard to find in the future
Cons: - well made, but was less than expected following reviews and given price category - max volume and output is too weak - ANC at Max level was not effective enough in various environments
No real big problem. Seems like not enough on the high end. I admit my ears are not what they used to be and need more high end. Use these mostly on a PC, wish they had the sound shaping App for Windows 10 and not just Android and IPhone then I could utilize the equalizer and boost the upper end. Also the Touch controls work good but they should have put the switches for other functions on the left ear, hard to move switches and not touch the pad on right ear.
Pros: Good build, great battery life, good distance, has switch selectable sound fields.
Cons: Lacking on high end for my purposes
Overall, the headsets are great but there are a few points that prevented me from giving it a full five star rating. Cons: 1. The noise cancellation is good but not quite as good as my Bose headsets. 2. The claim that they are cooler over the ears than other brands is just not true. My ears get hot in these, too. 3. Using them for voice calls is so so. The callers can hear everything in the background. 4. The travel case is complete piece of crap. Even 30 headsets have better cases that this. Pros: 1. Great sound. 2. Good noise cancellation. 3. Great app to control lots of functions and personalized EQ settings. 4. Very comfortable. 5. Great connectivity. 6. Amazing battery life. 7. Fantastic sound clarity for all types of music and voice.
Pros: 1. Great sound. 2. Good noise cancellation. 3. Great app to control lots of functions and personalized EQ settings. 4. Very comfortable. 5. Great connectivity. 6. Amazing battery life. 7. Fantastic sound clarity for all types of music and voice.
Cons: 1. The noise cancellation is good but not quite as good as my Bose headsets. 2. The claim that they are cooler over the ears than other brands is just not true. My ears get hot in these, too. 3. Using them for voice calls is so so. The callers can hear everything in the background. 4. The travel case is complete piece of crap. Even 30 headsets have better cases that this.
Second Sennheiser I have purchased!! I bought this for a holiday gift and I know the recipient will love it. I owned a previous model and gave up mine to my sister on a recent loud international flight. The Sennheisers seem to be lighter and more comfortable than other brands. I love that they come with adapters as not all airplanes have the same kind of headphone jack.
Great sound - extremely comfortable. Thanks for the tech help, saved me money over higher priced competitors.
I love my Sennheiser PXC 550s. From first try to almost every other day after they have performed just like I've wanted a pair of bluetooth headphones to. They connect right to my phone within seconds of powering them on, which I love. Its no-hassle connection make them easy to use day after day. The touch controls on the right ear are simple and intuitive, but take a few tries to get used to. Once I learned the pressure to use it fixed any issues I was having with them. Every now and again I have to try an input twice, but that's not very common. Most importantly, these headphones sound great. I've thrown a lot of different music at these and they're always up to the task. They're full without sounding overemphasized on the lows or highs. That sound only gets better with an upgraded DAC and headphone amp. These are very capable headphones for everyday use or doing some intent music listening. The noise cancellation is very well done. I don't feel any ear fatigue after a 3 hour flight, or a couple hours in the office. Overall, these get two thumbs up from me.
Pros: - Impressive sound - Reliable bluetooth connection - Comes with adapters to use with improved DAC or Headphone Amp - Nice long battery life
Cons: - Touch controls have a slight learning curve, but are very intuitive once mastered
Great product. For the first time, I took a flight to Europe from the USA and felt none of the normal fatigue since I could play my tunes from my iPad and not have to be consumed by aircraft racket. Six hour flight, about five hours on the headphones and they still had 80% battery life.
These headphones are of the highest quality and I could not be happier with my purchase. I've been thinking about buying a quality set of wireless headphones for over a year and pulled the trigger on this product based on other reviews and product information and could not be happier with the way that they perform.
Pros: Sound is amazing and Noise Canceling capabilities exceeded my expectations
I was debating between the Bose QC35 and the Sony MDR1000X/B and the Sennheiser PXC550. I've had good experiences with various Sennheiser earbuds as far as sound quality goes so I went with the PXC550. If I didn't like them, I could always return them. My first impression was I thought the fit was a little snug compared to my ATH-M50s but later found it as a positive. When you're moving around they stay in place and the angled ear cups add to the comfort as well. What I really like about them is the companion app with different sound settings and EQ. You can also choose from four preset sound settings via switch on the headphones. As I expected, the sound quality is excellent. Crystal clear mids and highs and deep bass response without distortion. I guess I should mention the noice canceling definitely does it's job! No complaints here. All I'm waiting for now is the Brainwavz ear cushion upgrade with velour and they'll be perfect.
Pros: Excellent sound quality Snug fit when moving about so they stay in place Companion app for sound customization Great battery life Lightweight
Very comfortable. Forgot I had them on after a couple of hours. Batteries last a long time between charges. I can hear individual instruments and sounds that were not noticeable on on other headphones. Very clear sound and really like the ability to adjust with equalizer. Slight learning curve on making various adjustments but love the ability to adjust volume, etc. with a finger swipe. I am quite happy with purchase although price seemed a bit on the high side. I guess you get what you pay for.
Pros: Comfort, battery life, clear sound, equalizer,
Cons: A bit pricey
I've enjoyed the sound and comfort of these headphones for about 2 weeks now, including a couple of airplane trips. Music sounds good, noise cancellation is effective, and they are easy to use with long lasting batteries. The only hiccup is that I wanted to connect it to both my iPhone and iPad (not at the same time) via bluetooth. It doesn't really work that way easily. Once connected to a device (iPad), it won't connect to the iPhone (even if the iPad is no where to be found), unless you make it unpair from the first device. I found a rhythm of connecting to the phone via bluetooth (so I can have phone conversations), and the iPad via the cord (usually listening in airplane mode anyway, requiring the cord). The telephone mic works like a champ, even in a noisy environment.
Great product. Easy pairing, comfortable and "swipe/touch" controls work great. Just wish I could get more a little more volume out of them. Noise cancellation is excellent and I enjoy the feature of turning the cups inward to turn off the headset. I had the Bose QC 30 before these and I gave them to my fiancé and she just loves them.
Pros: Comfort, quality, features and value.
Cons: Too costly and no choice in colors,
love the headset
Very comfortable for long use. Good battery life. Nice sound but noise suppression only OK. Sometimes adjusting volume or skipping tracks does not work properly.
The headphones worked well, but as others have indicated, the base sound is marginal and the noise cancellation could be better. They don't have a solid feel to them, kinda plasticy-cheap feel. However, there are some nice features in these that I did appreciate such as the motion sensing START-STOP feature for music when listening to Bluetooth. Overall a good product, but not worth the high dollar being demanded for it.
I liked these headphones a lot. Used them for more than a month, at times in comparison with the Sonys MDR 1000X and the Bose QC35. The sound on the Sennheisers was great. A bit brighter than my other Sennheisers, despite the apps ability to tune. The feature set (including talk-through) were great. I returned these however, in Favor of the QC35s. Here is why: 1) Clamped down too hard on my head. 2) I thought the sound from the QC 35s was no better, but definitely no worse than the Sennheisers. For a more scientific (less subjective) review look at www.rtings.com. 3) I liked the sound stage and separation better on the QC35s. 4) The mic on the headset is superior on the QC35s. 5) Very small advantage to the Bose on NC. Particularly very low frequencies. Some winning characteristics on the Sennheisers: 1) Bluetooth range. 2) Feature set, including talk-through. 3) 2 Year warranty with battery replacement. 4) Minimal weight advantage.
One of the best sound quality headphones I have expierenced. On the plane it was amazing using the noise canceling feature canceled all the plane noise.
Great product. Easy pairing, comfortable and "swipe/touch" controls work superbly. Just wish I could get more volume out of them. Noise cancellation is excellent
Pros: Noice cancellation, Bluetooth pairing, sound quality and comfort
Cons: Need more volume
Very comfortable, easy to use and great sound. These are my first purchase of a Sennheiser product. I will be buying more.
I never would have suspected myself of being the sort of person to buy top-of-the-line headphones. But as someone whose work space is subject to a barrage of conversation from all sides, I bought these at the suggestion of a coworker. Everything about them is excellent. The sound quality is great. The noise cancellation is great. (It's not 100%, but it's more than enough to make the difference between "constant distraction" and "blissful conversation", especially once you throw in some low-volume music.) The Bluetooth reception is great. The battery life is great. The on-ear head controls are great. The case is great. I feel obligated to point out at least one limitation, so here goes: The provided USB-to-Micro-USB cable is 3' long. That's fine for charging, but very confining if you want to listen to audio from a desktop computer (and if you want the higher sound quality of the USB connection rather than whatever Bluetooth support your computer may or may not have). You're going to want a 6' or 10' cable for this scenario.
Pros: Sound quality, noise cancelling, construction, pretty much everything
Cons: Provided cables are short
Great set of Headphones. Noise canceling feature is top notch. Quality of the music projected by the drivers are good. Not too bassy or loud. No distortion. You can get more out of them if you play the eq on their app. The touch pad on the right ear cup is very handy. Overall, I satisfied with my purchase.
Pros: Touch pad, Noise canceling, comfort
Cons: Too much plastic, no overburdened of volume
Bought this for my trip to Australian and New Zealand. I have used it on the plane and on various flights during my 5 week tour. It has performed perfectly. Very comfortable to wear. Connects quickly to my iPhone by Bluetooth. Great noise cancelling. Very good Sennheiser sound. And, I find the voice prompts coming from the headset to be very helpful. The only negative is it was a little complicated to initially connect to Bluetooth.
Pros: Noise isolation. Comfortable
Cons: Complicated to initially connect to Bluetooth.
Fantastic headphones. Great sound, very comfortable, excellent Bluetooth connectivity. I auditioned these to the Sony 1000x (close second), Bowers and Wilkins P7 , Bose QuietComfort 35 and the Bang & Olufsen H7. For performance and comfort, none came close. The only only headphones that I found equal to the 550's were the Master &Dynamic MW50 Wireless. These sounded better but were heavier and 25% more expensive. The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0's were probably the best sounding but weren't as comfortable for me and just too large and bulky to travel with. The only let down is the awful Sennheiser iPhone app. It's useless. Unfortunately, you need the app to utilize the EQ on the headphones. It's a shame for an otherwise fantastic product.
Pros: Sound, comfort, wireless
Cons: Useless app
They are fantastic! The noise canceling works great and they are light weight.
Great sounding lightweight very comfortable and very easy to use and set up. They have any function that you could think of. I also got the Bose QC 35's for my son. I'm really glad that I decided on the 550's they have more then exceeded my expectations, I would recommend them over any other wireless headphones.
Pros: Sound Light weight Comfortable Lots of functions 2 year warranty
Cons: Plastic hinges
I was very hesitant to shell out $400 for a pair of headphones! I went down to best buy and tried on all the comparable brands, and none of them really felt right. I ordered the PXC 550 without even trying them, but I was not dissapointed when they arrived! Right out of the box it feels like a much higher quality product then others I tried on. It's so light I hardly notice it. The controls are super simple. You can leave the noise cancelling switch on, and just rotate the ear-cup into position to turn them on. The Bluetooth connects my phone before I can even get them on my head. The swipe control is easy to use, and the double-tap to hear outside sounds is genius! I did just get them, so I will update if i have any problems with continued use, but for now, I am very happy with them!
Pros: Light weight, simple control, tap the right side to hear outside sounds.
Cons: Expensive. The audio cord is a standard 3.5mm on one end, but a smaller connection where it plugs into the headphones. Not a problem until you lose that one specific cord!
I bought the Bose QC35 but had some connectivity issues on my Galaxy S6. I returned those in hopes that these would alleviate the problem. Unfortunately, the audio was still skipping every 20 seconds. Fortunately, I found out that a couple resets of my phone completely fixed this bug. Here comes the great part. Without that issue, I probably wouldn't have been able to try these and would have stuck with the QC35 out of ignorance. Upon trying the PXC550, I was blown away by how much more awesome these were. Sound is definitely more warm. Comfort is on the same level. The control and volume options on the ear cup are being used way more than I thought I would. Best of all, the active noise cancelling is now in my power rather than always on. The ACN may or may not be better than Bose but with all the fans and vents in my home going off, putting these on shuts out probably 97% of the noise WITHOUT MUSIC. The rest is taken care of by any level of audio that begins to play over the near silence. I don't use the captone app simply because it won't work with spotify. I also prefer the "Club" EQ setting for most of my music to give bass that added depth missing in the QC35s I'm really glad I got these. The $400 was worth it. Plus, I'm not ripping cords out of my jacket anymore.
The volume adjustment is very limited and it does not allow for the enjoyment in full fidelity of the music.
Pros: The wireless use is phenomenal, great idea. Can meet the objective of using it for airplane rides, quiet peaceful music listening. mowing, play drums or work without tangles of the wires.
Cons: Very limited volume which won't allow the enjoyment of music at full fidelity while mowing, or working in loud environments, or playing drums.Crutchfield response on 1/2/2017 Ruth, we're sorry you're disappointed with your new headphones. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
great wireless headphone, huge plus on the sound quality, I'd this is much better than the Bose.
These were my first pair of really premium headphones (I upgraded from a pair of bose in-ear headphones). After doing a lot of research on which pair to buy, I was in the end between these and the Bose QC35s. I finally made the decision to pick up the PXC550s and I have to say that I could not be happier. The sound quality on these Sennheisers is absolutely amazing; music seems full and enveloping, while still retaining some of its sparkle on the upper end. I do a fair bit of traveling and the noise-cancelling feature was an absolute must for me for flights and I have zero complaints as of yet. You can really put these on and be isolated from the world, which is especially nice when you have the occasional seat buddy who just seems to want to talk your ear off. Jokes aside, while the noise cancellation isn't perfect and isn't going to cancel out the barking dog sitting next to you, you'll be hard pressed to hear anything going on around you if you don't really want to. The battery life is also something that has surprised me. I've gone over 20 hours between charges and I have yet to have the battery die on me once, great for when you need to take an overnight trip and don't want to bring the charger with you. Overall I have to say I couldn't be happier with my purchase and Crutchfield was very quick about getting the order processed and out to me.
Pros: Great Sound Super Lightweight Amazing Battery Life
Cons: None Yet
This is my second pair of Sennheiser Noise Cancellation Headphones. I am very impressed with the comfort of the PXC 550s, the music sound quality is superior to Bose, Beats, etc. (I mean they are Sennheisers), but what really impressed me is the sound and microphone quality on phone calls. Feature rich controls and IOS app, and rechargeable/long battery life make the experience even better. The Noise cancelling is superior to previous models and especially over the Bose Q15s (have no experience with the new Bose Q25s). I highly recommend the Sennheiser PXC 550s. Crutchfield filled the order and shipped it out immediately. All around very pleased!
These are the best headphones I've ever owned! The sound quality is excellent! The noise cancelling feature is very effective. I use my headphones several times a while I'm working out. I listen to Spotify. Simply swipe up or down to raise or lower the volume; swipe forward or backward to move to next or previous song in playlist. No more dragging the phone out of my pocket to make simple adjustments. These phones automatically and immediately pair with my cell phone when I turn them on. The build quality is super. Happy I bought Sennheiser this time; my Bose QuietComfort headphones failed just out of warranty!
Pros: Ease of use. Overall build quality. Superior sound. Long lasting battery. Easy to charge via USB.
Cons: None yet.
|Earcup Width x Height||2.91 x 4.144|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||17-23k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones are ideal for traveling, offering high-fidelity sound and adaptive noise cancellation. These over-ear headphones are lightweight with specially-shaped ear pads for hours of comfortable listening. The headphones come with a USB charging cable, a straight audio cable with in-line remote/microphone, and 1/4" and airline adapters. The ear cups swivel to fold flat for easy storage in the soft zippered travel case.
NoiseGard: The PXC 550s feature Sennheiser's proprietary NoiseGard Hybrid adaptive noise cancelling which shuts out the noisiest environments, creating your own quiet space. Two microphones on the outside of the ear cups work as a feed-forward active noise cancellation system to reduce high-frequency noise, while two microphones inside the ear cups act as a feed-back active noise cancellation system to reduce noise in the low-frequency band. There are two NoiseGard settings to choose from: NoiseGard attenuates the ambient noise to the maximum extend, while Adaptive NoiseGard varies the noise cancellation effect depending upon the intensity level of the ambient noise. You can also turn off NoiseGard when noise cancellation is not needed.
Bluetooth: The headphones feature Bluetooth version 4.2 for listening to your mobile devices wirelessly. They support the following profiles: Headset Profile (HSP v.1.2), Handsfree Profile (HFP v.1.6), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP v.1.3), and Device ID Profile (DIP v.1.3). You can immediately pair the headphones with compatible Android devices using NFC (Near-Field Communication) by simply touching them together. The Bluetooth range is approximately 33 feet (10 meters). The headphones feature aptX audio coding for high-fidelity wireless audio performance.
Touch-sensitive Panel: On the outside of the right ear cup is a touch pad that allows you to control your music and phone calls with taps and swipes. You can control the volume up or down with vertical swipes. You can pause and play your music with a single tap, skip to the next or previous track with a forward or backward swipe, and fast forward or rewind a track with a forward or backward swipe and hold. Phone controls include accept/reject a call, put a call on hold, and switch between 2 active calls.
Sound Effect Modes: There are several Effect Modes to choose from to enhance the quality of the audio depending upon what you're listening to. You can choose from the following modes:
Call Enhancement: The Call Enhancement feature utilizes Sennheiser's VoiceMax technology to make your phone calls clearer and more intelligible. You can activate and deactivate Call Enhancement on the headphones or through the CapTune app.
TalkThrough: The TalkThrough feature allows you to communicate with others around you without having to remove the headphones, even while NoiseGard is on. Tapping twice on the touch pad activates TalkThrough. If you are playing music via Bluetooth or the USB cable, the music pauses. If you are listening using the audio cable, the music is muted.
CapTune: The Sennheiser CapTune smartphone app allows you to optimize the performance of your PXC 550 Wireless headphones. With CapTune, you can personalize the sound of the headphones with different sound effect modes, adjust NoiseGard, activate Call Enhancement for clearer calls, and activate Smart Pause (plays/pauses your music or accept/end calls by taking off or putting on the headphones). You can also view the remaining battery life of the headphones on your device. The app is compatible with iOS (9.0 or later) and Android (4.1 and up) devices.
Voice Prompts: The PXC 550s feature voice prompts that provide audible confirmation of certain actions, such as pairing, power on/off, and effect modes, and volume maximum/minimum. When using CapTune, you can change the voice prompts from English (default) to German, French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, or Korean.
Fold Control: For convenience, the headphones turn off when you fold the ear cups out flat for storage. Likewise, when you fold the ear cups in, as if you're ready to put them on, the power switches on. A click sound and the voice prompts are heard as you twist the ear cups to indicate the power has been turned on or off.
Battery: The Bluetooth and NoiseGard features are powered by a 3.7-volt, 700 mAh Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately 3 hours via USB (5V 345mA), using the supplied USB charging cable. A full charge supplies enough power for 20 hours of listening with Bluetooth and NoiseGard on. With Bluetooth turned off, the battery will last an estimated 30 hours with NoiseGard on, with or without audio cable. The battery level can be monitored through a 5-LED meter on the headphone.
USB Cable: In addition to charging the battery, the included USB cable can be used for listening to audio. When you plug the headphones into your computer using the USB cable, you can play music through the PXC 550s. The touch panel controls and Smart Pause feature are active during USB playback.
Audio Cable: The included 56" audio cable lets you listen to your music in 2 modes: active and passive. When you plug the 2.5mm end of the audio cable into the headphones, Bluetooth is deactivated. An in-line 1-button remote/microphone allows you to play/pause your music and make/accept/end calls. The cable terminates into a slender right-angled 3.5mm plug that is compatible with most smartphone cases. Two plug adapters are included: a 1/4" adapter for listening to your home audio components, and an airline adapter for listening to in-flight entertainment while traveling.
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Sennheiser's PXC 550 wireless noise-canceling headphones feature advanced noise cancelation, plus Bluetooth connectivity. A mobile app lets you dial in perfect sound.
Great reviews, good price and friend recommendation. [ Paul Dec 13, 2018 ]
I read great reviews about these headphones and they went on sale from $350 to $250. [ Lisa Dec 08, 2018 ]
I talked Adam, one of the advisors, and he talked me through my decision to buy. Thanks Adam and Crutchfield! [ Matthew Dec 05, 2018 ]
Price is a great deal - hoping to get audio quality and active noise canceling to match Bose QC II [ Justin Dec 03, 2018 ]
The reviews, plus I have a Sennheiser headphones [ Allan Nov 27, 2018 ]
Nice sale price with very good reviews [ paul Nov 26, 2018 ]
Already own Sennheiser headphones and love the sound quality. I need a pair of noise cancelling headphones so I thought I'd try these. Plus a great cyber Monday price! [ TIM Nov 26, 2018 ]
Previous great experience with Sennheiser RS180's, but they would not work with new QLED TV, so needed bluetooth and wanted to stick with a great brand like Sennheiser! [ BRUCE Nov 26, 2018 ]
Top quality, this is a fine company that knows head phones. [ Jean Nov 26, 2018 ]
Reviews hooked me [ Gary Raymond Nov 26, 2018 ]
My BOSE headset is getting older, and I prefer Sennheiser. [ DAVID Nov 26, 2018 ]
Price [ KEVIN R Nov 26, 2018 ]
The name and sale price [ Tony Nov 26, 2018 ]
Online reviews [ Helene Nov 26, 2018 ]
recommendations, price, and weight [ Marco Nov 26, 2018 ]
Reputation of product. I trust their quality. And I only trust Crutchfield. [ Deborah Nov 26, 2018 ]
Highly reviewed and great price. [ Pauline Nov 26, 2018 ]
great price [ michael Nov 25, 2018 ]
GREAT REVIEWS [ Elizabeth Nov 24, 2018 ]
Sennheiser is known for their great audio and Jaden assisted with our decision to narrow it down to this model. Great help! [ Debbie Nov 24, 2018 ]
After researching various head phones, I thought the Sennheiser's were possibly the best! [ Randy Aug 17, 2018 ]
Sennheiser makes terrific audio listening equipment. I have been buying their product for years, and who better to purchase Sennheiser products from than Crutchfield. It's a win-win proposition. [ Robert Aug 07, 2018 ]
Price and tap to switch [ Bruce Aug 06, 2018 ]
I have purchased Sennheiser earbud head phones before and they make excellent head phones. There products are top notch. There sound are very very crisp and clear. Nothing cheap about this company. [ RUBIN Jun 30, 2018 ]
Brady's advise [ Robert Jun 11, 2018 ]
I was looking for high-quality, noise-cancelling headphones and Sennheiser is a name of great quality. [ Vincent Jun 08, 2018 ]
I have other Sennheiser headphones and I think they are among the best out there. So when I wanted noise-cancelling headphones, they were my first option. [ elmer Jun 06, 2018 ]
Review in flyer. Touch to turn off feature. [ John May 16, 2018 ]
Discussed with Maverick and seemed to meet criteria I was interested in and he did a great job explaining. [ J Apr 14, 2018 ]
I got a Sennheiser headset, 20 years old, and it still works well but it does show its age.. The Sony headset lasted five years before the ear pads fell apart. [ Dean Mar 06, 2018 ]
I have been a fan of Sennheiser products since I bought my first pair of HD 598's three years back. They are well made and still work perfectly. The only reason I am buying a new pair is because I wanted the additional Bluetooth and noise cancelling capabilities for being out and about. [ Samuel Jan 17, 2018 ]
Read a favorable review [ DAVID Dec 29, 2017 ]
Great quality with other Sennheiser products I've used [ PAUL Dec 14, 2017 ]
After researching and reading many reviews for noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones the PXC seemed to cover most of the qualifications I was looking for. [ SB Nov 27, 2017 ]
quality and features [ Rafael Oct 26, 2017 ]
friend told me about them [ Mollie Sep 12, 2017 ]
expert suggestion [ Eric Sep 01, 2017 ]
My HDR175 model would not work with our new Samsung tv so I ordered the new wireless PXC550 model to hookup via the Bluetooth feature on the tv. Love our Sennheiser [ Laura Aug 02, 2017 ]
For my stereo [ Stewart Jul 20, 2017 ]
To use with devices for travel etc. The pic 550 wireless had best reviews one Bose quiet comfort. [ Alexander Jul 10, 2017 ]
Good balance of excellent sound quality and convenience of Bluetooth and ANC. They also have a nice app that is setup to work with Tidal for Hi-Fi. [ RAJ Jun 18, 2017 ]
I needed a private listening device where I could clearly hear voices in movies that I watch. [ Charles May 14, 2017 ]
Online recommendation [ stevenson Apr 20, 2017 ]
Best in Class [ David Feb 14, 2017 ]
the best headset on the market [ Anatoly Feb 09, 2017 ]
For the noise cancelling feature [ Wesley Jan 27, 2017 ]
I Like the HI. QuaLitY of SennHeiser! It's My 1st Time $ Buying These H.-PhoNes.â?º [ Barry E. Jan 21, 2017 ]
I have a pair of wired Sennheiser headphones that sound great. So, when it came time to replace my Plantronics Backseat Pros, I decided to give these a shot. I will be using them in an open office environment and on travel. [ NICHOLAS Jan 08, 2017 ]
My girlfriend tried them and said they were awesome. Also my QC35 wasn't connecting well to my Samsung S6. [ Nicholas Dec 27, 2016 ]
best mix of sound quality, convenience and communications features [ Joshua Nov 28, 2016 ]
Sennheiser has a good reputation for quality in headphones. I am replacing a Bose headphone set which failed in with less than 2 years of light use. Like that Sennheiser offers a 2 year parts and labor warranty compared to Bose's 1 year warranty. [ Roger Nov 17, 2016 ]
I don't have iPhone X So I don't know. [ Stanley Nov 29, 2018 ]
It's okay. the App lets you adjust it. Very good sounding Headphone. Excellent Bluetooth Sound Think my 1More Triple Driver in-Ear Ear Bugs have better base [ JULIUS Jun 29, 2018 ]
It has enough bass for me but you may have different requirements. [ Richard A Jun 28, 2018 ]
I can't personally answer as I bought these as a gift. However, the person who received the headphones really, really likes the headphones. [ CARNIE C Jun 28, 2018 ]
The bass isn't overly powerfull. It is realistic and not artificial. Perfectly balanced for a multitude of music styles. [ Stephen Jun 28, 2018 ]
These headphones - PXC 550 - have very good sound - they are not bass heavy but have a well rounded, balanced sound. I am a bass player and am not disappointed. I like tight bass not boomy bass and these are not the latter. I really have enjoyed these headphones - they are great for air travel using the noise cancelation. Would I buy them again? Absolutely! [ MIKE J Jun 28, 2018 ]
Yes. Good headphones. Noise cancelling is OK...not as good on airplanes--difficult to assess ahead of time. [ Laurence Jun 28, 2018 ]
They do a good job on most noise. [ harry Jun 11, 2018 ]
You will in fact hear both the car horn & your neighbor's lawn mower! These headphones do not block out noise, they muffle noise to a comfortable level! I had the Bose prior to purchasing these and I'd say they they both perform about the same. The main difference that I noticed between the two is regarding fit! The ear cups on the Sennheiser are surprisingly small. I have small ears & can't imagine how these can be comfortable for people with normal size let alone large ears. The Bose were definitely more comfortable in this sense! I use mine exclusively for air travel and other than fit, have been very happy with my purchase. You can still hear crying babies and muffled voices of people chatting, however at a very acceptable level. Given a choice, I will however purchase a pair of Bose if I'm in the market fo NC headphones again! [ Stanley Jun 11, 2018 ]
Transient sounds are not suppressed as much as sustained ones. So if the horn varies rapidly like an alarm, it will be significantly more audible than if it is sustained blaring. [ Mark Jun 11, 2018 ]
Yes, they are perfect for that. I wear mine on airplanes all the time. They cancel out the engines and wind noise beautifully yet the announcements come right through. [ Byron Jun 11, 2018 ]
I have not been in that specific situation, but I can tell you that the 550's are so amazing that my son's teenage friends argue over who gets to use them on a regular basis. You can't go wrong [ Jonathan Jun 11, 2018 ]
It is not clear what the reviewer meant as the headphone is never supposed to alter the pitch of music. [ Mark Jun 10, 2017 ]
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