The Sennheiser PXC 480 noise-canceling headphones fold up to fit into their included travel case.
Comfortable and adaptive travel headphones
Sennheiser's “PXC” series noise-canceling headphones are designed specifically for air travel, and I've found they work well anywhere you need some peace and quiet. The Sennheiser PXC 480 headphones are the wired version in the lineup. They offer a relaxed, comfortable fit and clear, detailed sound. And they use special circuitry to automatically adjust the level of noise cancellation to your surrounding environment, whether it's on a plane or in an office. Basically, they feature much of what I loved when I reviewed the PXC 550 Wireless version — at a lower cost.
And while the PXC 480 headphones do not have Bluetooth®, the extended battery life is a fair trade-off. You get up to 50 hours of noise cancellation on a single charge. That should get you through a few round trips!
Pleasant, laid-back sound that you can customize
While I haven't heard the PXC 480 headphones yet, Sennheiser claims the sound signature is very close to the '550s — relaxed, with a slight emphasis on the bass. It makes a great match for the ear-hugging, super-soft feel of these 'phones.
But if you'd like to tweak what you're hearing a bit, you're in luck. Download the free Sennheiser Captune app to your Apple® or Android™ device, and you can manually control both the sound profile and level of noise cancellation. I've used this app before, and it works well. You go through a series of different sound curves, and pick your preferences. At the end of the process, you have a customized sound preset that you can name, save, and later select at the tap of a button.
Handy controls and neat "Talk Through" feature
The Sennheiser PXC 480 headphones include a detachable cable with an in-line one-button remote. It lets you control music and phone calls while you're on the go. A switch on the right ear cup toggles noise cancellation on and off, and also activates the "Talk Through" feature. Tiny mics pick up external sound — so you can clearly and quickly hear others when they need to talk to you.