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Sennheiser PXC 250-II

Noise-canceling headphones with in-line volume control

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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.

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

jnltech, Chiloquin, OR

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

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

Sennheiser PXC 250-II Reviews

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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 ]