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Sennheiser PXC 250-II

Noise-canceling headphones with in-line volume control

8 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

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Whether you're riding on a bus, subway train, or airplane, Sennheiser's PXC 250-II headphones lessen the din around you and let you listen to your music at a more comfortable level. They also feature an in-line volume control for making adjustments without removing your player from your bag or pocket.

Whether you're riding on a bus, subway train, or airplane, Sennheiser's PXC 250-II headphones lessen the din around you and let you listen to your music at a more comfortable level. They also feature an in-line volume control for making adjustments without removing your player from your bag or pocket.

Noise-canceling technology gives you peace and quiet
Sennheiser's patented NoiseGard™ technology significantly reduces extraneous sounds, such as engine roar, wind noise, and the conversation of surrounding passengers. Tiny microphones in the headphones pick up the sounds of your environment. Advanced circuitry then creates a signal that "cancels out" much of this external noise without affecting your music or movie soundtrack.

Built with the traveler in mind, the PXC 250-II's padded earcups and headband stay comfortable for hours on end. The headphones come with a stereo mini plug and an airline adapter for use during in-flight movies. Plus, they fold up into a compact package the size of a pair of eyeglasses, and come with a carry pouch for easy transport.

Product Highlights:

  • compact, folding, on-the-ear design
  • padded, closed earcups and adjustable headband
  • NoiseGard noise cancellation technology
  • operates for about 50 hours on one "AAA" battery (included)
  • advanced Duofol™ drivers with neodymium magnets
  • in-line volume control
  • frequency response 10-21,000 Hz
  • impedance: 300 ohms active, 160 ohms passive
  • 5-foot cable with stereo mini plug
  • airline adapter and carrying pouch included
  • weight 2.3 oz. (not including cable and battery pack)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Noise-canceling on-ear headphones (with in-line volume control and attached 5' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • "AAA" battery
  • Airline adapter
  • Instruction Manual

This unit works great. Awesome for workout sessions with an iPod. Great noise reduction.

jnltech, Chiloquin, OR


Sennheiser PXC 250-II Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Works well during workouts

jnltech from Chiloquin, OR on 12/9/2014

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This unit works great. Awesome for workout sessions with an iPod. Great noise reduction.

Pros: Comfortable and quiet.

Cons: The noise reduction unit is bulky with it's aaa battery enclosure hooked on to my shirt front.

Sennheiser pxc 250

Anonymous from Daly City Ca on 6/22/2014

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I bought this headphones for my wife and she's very amazing of how comfortable and sound reduction, they are a great headphones....... Thank you

Pros: Nice looking and light weight

Cons: None

Great Lightweight Headphones!

ChrisB from Cranberry Township, PA on 1/2/2014

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I am an audiophile from way back (I am 49 as of this writing). I have owned Sennheiser Headphones since the early 80's, and in my opinion nobody makes a better headphone than Sennheiser. I have a full size, enclse the ear pair of Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones, and love them. The sound quality is much better than my wife's pair of Bose Quiet-comfort that she bought at the same time. Noise cancellation is similar for both. I bought this pair for my niece. She would never wear a pair of headphones that covered her ears, so I was looking for something smaller and lighter. I do not believe that noise cancelling ear buds can work as well as larger 'phones, so I decided to try these. She absolutely loves them - great quality sound and a good job of noise cancellation.

Pros: Small, lightweight and awesome sound one would expect from Sennheiser headphones. Less expensive and less intrusive than full ear enclosing 'phones.

Cons: Not quite as good at noise cancelling as my full enclosed ear headphones, but that is expected for on-the-ear 'phones. Would have preferred a hard case to the pouch for travelling.

Great Sound

Joeseg from Staten Island , NY on 12/13/2013

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Great Sound for a Small pair of head phones !! Wonderful for traveling.

Pros: Small, compact


Big sound - light weight

Christian from Bangkok on 12/12/2013

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Just received my headphones and I am very happy. As I was taking the headphones out of the box, I was concerned with the side of the headphone pads as they are smaller than what you see on other Noise Canceling headphones. But when I put them on I immediately noticed that the a significant drop in room noise, and even more when I turned on the power. I like the light weight and comfortable feel of these headphones, and they are going to be a permanent feature in my briefcase/travel bag.

Pros: Great sound, light weight, and fold into a small travel size

Cons: Would be nice if they had a microphone

Great Alternative at a Great Price

Daniele from California on 6/2/2011

I bought my husband (a very frequent traveler) a set of the Bose but bought myself a pair of these since I travel about half as much as he does. These are great. Very lightweight and compact. They reduce the noise very well. These are smaller and fit on my ear so after very long flights (8+ hours), if I sleep with them, my ears get a little sore but I think it is beacuse I am laying on them. Yes, Bose are better but these work very well and are a good deal (price-wise).



Sennheiser PXC 250-II

MikeK from Palmetto,FL on 9/17/2010

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Very good sound, comfortable and noise cancelling feature effective.



Bose Move over these are better

Robert from Florida or Antigua on 8/23/2010

I've heard the Bose and bought these instead. Smaller, light weight and foldable in a nice case. Great sounding. If you travel a bit and want to stay light then this is the headset. Nice and comfortable. I did a 16 hour flight from Newark to Singapore with these and it was great. The Noise cancelling is on the cord a little annoying but not so terrible. If you bump it you get a thumping sound so clip it to your shirt. The active noise cancelling works well and knocks out the plane noise and babies one row over any baby directly next to you will win. Sound quality is great, highs and lows all accounted for.. So I got great sound, light weight and paid half of what Bose charges, and they take up less room in brief case. When it comes to headphones Sennheiser is the real pro.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 1.9375" x 1.9375"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 10-21k Hz
Sensitivity 112 dB
Impedance 300 Ohms
Weight 2.3 ounces
Cord Length 60"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Sennheiser PXC 250-II noise-cancelling headphones dramatically reduce droning noise via NoiseGard. They offer a travel-friendly size and foldable design. The PXC 250-II includes an integrated volume control and airline adapter.

Audiophile-Grade Sound: The Sennheiser PXC 250-II utilizes Neodymium magnets and Duofol diaphragms for audiophile-grade sound reproduction.

NoiseGard Technology: The PXC 250-II collapsible on-ear headphones are equipped with NoiseGard technology to cancel up to 80% of droning, fatiguing airplane or bus cabin noise without added bulk or size. A single "AAA" battery (included) provides up to 50 hours of NoiseGard performance.

Note: The PXC 250-II also function as normal headphones without NoiseGard activated.

In-Line Volume Control: The PXC 250-II noise-cancelling headphones are equipped with a convenient in-line volume control which enables you to adjust playback volume even when the music player is stowed.

Collapsible Design: The PXC 250-II headphones feature a collapsible design with metal-reinforced headband to ensure portability and durability.

Airline Adapter: An in-flight audio adapter is included for added travel convenience.

Carrying Case: A nylon carrying case is included to protect the headphones during storage or transport.

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Great for travelers

Written by Lynn, Copywriter, Car, on 10/4/2012 3:02:00 PM

I've never purchased noise-cancelling headphones before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first tried on the Sennheiser PXC 250-II. I added the AAA battery that was included in the box (who includes batteries anymore?) and instantly heard a soft, shushing sound — reminiscent of a white-noise sound machine. Then, I dialed into my iTunes, chose a song and listened to some pretty clear, fairly full sound.

The cups are pretty well cushioned, which lets me wear them for long stretches of time, and the headband is adjustable so I don't feel like my head's in a vise. What I really like is the portability of these headphones. They fold flat to fit into the included travel pouch, which makes them easily transportable in a purse or carry-on bag for a flight, for instance. And the noise-cancelling function will definitely help knock out engine noise to let me relax on a trip.

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I cannot answer this directly, as these headphones were a gift to my niece. However, I have Sennheiser PXC 450 noise cancelling headphones and use them with my iPad and iPhone while travelling. The PXC 450 is an over-the-ear design rather than an on-the-ear design. The PXC 450 actually has a higher impedance than the PXC 250-II, and they work great with both as well as with my SanDisc Sansa MP3 player, laptop and portable DVD player. Remember that these are powered headphones - they use a AAA battery and have a volume control. I would not expect any issues. Sennheiser has been making headphones for a very, very long time. Much longer than Bose or any of the ear bud manufacturer's. They know what they are doing! [ CHRISTIAN E  Jan 28, 2014 ]
Dave A: I have really enjoyed these headphones with the exception of wearing them for more than a 6 hour period. They can start to press against the cartilage of your ear. but to answer your questions: 1. Yes it works with an iPod. 2. Yes it works with a iPhone (But if you use a "Lifecase" like I do. . . you must first install the headphone adapter as it will not seat properly and not connect- LifeCase is water-resistant with a screw in water seal). 2b) The sound is boosted when you turn on the noise canceling features. . . nothing suffers. When on aircraft, the headphones work very well, you can hear significant difference when the Noise Dampening feature is engaged. The other nice feature is you do not have to have the noise dampening feature switched on, to listen to have great quality sound from your headphones. (I purchased Bose Noise Canceling Headphones for my wife in the same purchase, with hers, she must have the power (Rechargeable battery) to hear things from the headphones). In the past I swore by the Shure ear buds (That seat deeply in your ear canal - the sound was amazing), until too many airlines jumped on the PA increasing the average volume from 80 to 110 dB. With those, you did not need noise canceling, but risked everything to a loud mouth, gotta hear themselves speak, flight attendant. Not much hearing damage after I switched to over the ear headphones. I find headphones like these are great at dampening sound even before noise canceling. The music is great with or without noise canceling, and when you have the NC on. . . You really do experience a more pleasant flight, train or car ride. These are a great value and good quality, a nice first purchase if you are just experimenting with noise canceling technologies or just want something better than regular headphones. [ John Christian  Jan 27, 2014 ]
I happen to like these a lot. Plenty of volume with both my IPad and IPhone. The noise cancellation is very good, not as good as the Bose, but fine for me. Ditto the sound quality. And it has the added advantage of working even without a battery7 (without noise cancellation of course). With the Bose if the battery dies, it will not work. They are also light, comfortable and far more compact than the Bose. JS [ JOHN  Jan 27, 2014 ]