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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

Noise-canceling Bluetooth® headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

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.  

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones power off when you fold them up for storage.

Versatile wireless headphones designed for travel 

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.  

Dial in the sound and noise cancellation with Sennheiser's mobile app

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.

Touch panel earcup controls and other handy features

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.

Product Highlights:

  • closed-back, over-the-ear design with Sennheiser's clear, detailed sound signature
  • Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
    • aptX® decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible devices
  • Sennheiser's NoiseGard™ Hybrid technology provides active noise cancellation
    • level of noise cancellation adjusts to your environment
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation
  • earcup touch controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
    • triple microphone array captures your voice for crystal-clear phone calls
  • "Talk Through" feature lets you quickly hear external sounds by tapping earcup twice
  • free Captune app for Apple® and Android™ allows you to adjust settings and view headphone battery life status on your phone
    • select from preset sound modes or customize your own setting
  • soft, specially shaped earpads for long-lasting comfort
  • fold-flat design for compact storage
  • detachable 3.5mm headphone cable with remote/mic for wired use
    • up to 30 hours of noise-cancellation with wired listening
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • airport adapter
  • USB charging cable included
  • includes durable travel case
  • frequency response: 17-23,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 46 ohms (wired)
  • weight: 8 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless over-ear headphones
  • 56" Straight cable with in-line mic/remote (right-angled 3.5mm plug)
  • 50" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • 3.5mm to 1/4" Adapter
  • Airline adapter
  • Zippered storage case
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety Guide
  • PXC 550 Compliance Information
  • Feedback card

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Great sound , easy to use Have to try it on a plane to test noise canceling feature.

Anonymous, Robbinsville, NJ

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Anonymous from Robbinsville, NJ on 1/17/2018

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Great sound , easy to use Have to try it on a plane to test noise canceling feature.

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Bill from Elberton, GA on 12/29/2017

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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.

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Good, not great for premium price.

Anthony from Burlingame, CA on 12/25/2017

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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

Happy overall, But!

Rick from San Antonio, TX on 12/24/2017

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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

Dope headsets!

Jason from Los Angeles, CA on 12/22/2017

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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.

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Anonymous from Encino, CA on 12/20/2017

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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.

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Anonymous from Charleston, SC on 12/10/2017

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Great sound - extremely comfortable. Thanks for the tech help, saved me money over higher priced competitors.

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Sennheiser made a winner

Mac from CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA on 11/5/2017

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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

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Anonymous from Lyme, CT on 8/20/2017

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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.

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Great wireless headphones

Steve from Buffalo, NY on 8/14/2017

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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

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The companion app with EQ and sound settings is what swayed me.

Michael from Tucson, AZ on 7/30/2017

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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

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Met my expectations

Alexander from Julian, CA on 6/26/2017

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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

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Brian from Falls Church, VA on 6/26/2017

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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.

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Great headset

Mikel from Round Rock, TX on 6/20/2017

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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,

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Dennis from New York, NY on 6/13/2017

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love the headset

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Richard from New York, NY on 6/5/2017

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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.

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Joy from Richmond, VA on 5/12/2017

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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.

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Anonymous from Santa Monica, CA on 3/15/2017

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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.

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Anonymous from New York NY on 3/6/2017

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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.

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Git 'em

Michael W. from League City, TX on 2/24/2017

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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

Great headphones

Bob from Littleton, CO on 2/18/2017

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Very comfortable, easy to use and great sound. These are my first purchase of a Sennheiser product. I will be buying more.

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Great sound, great noise cancelling

Mark from Seattle, WA on 2/13/2017

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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

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Mario from Brooklyn, NY on 2/8/2017

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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

Very comfortable, easy to use.

Jack from Mount Juliet, TN on 2/5/2017

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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.

Among the best

Kevin from New York on 1/29/2017

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

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Anonymous from Ohio on 1/12/2017

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They are fantastic! The noise canceling works great and they are light weight.

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Top of the line

Gregory from Chicago,IL on 1/9/2017

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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

Worth Every Penny!

Turner from Anchorage, AK on 1/6/2017

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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!

Buy your way to wireless freedom and audio heaven.

Anonymous from Queens, NY on 12/29/2016

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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.

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ruth from West Columbia, TX on 12/28/2016

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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.

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Anonymous from Union City, CA on 12/28/2016

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great wireless headphone, huge plus on the sound quality, I'd this is much better than the Bose.

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Layla from Las Vegas, NV on 12/18/2016

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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

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Anonymous from Little Rock, AR on 12/16/2016

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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!

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Best Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Superman from Los Angeles, CA on 12/12/2016

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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.

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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.91 x 4.144
Noise-canceling Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 17-23k Hz
Sensitivity 110 dB
Impedance 46 Ohms
Weight 8.2 ounces
Cord Length 56"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

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:

  • Movie: For more exciting entertainment (best for movies)
  • Club: For more room impression (best for music)
  • Speech: For higher intelligibility (best for audiobooks or podcasts)
  • Director: When using CapTune, the Director Mode lets you create a custom sound effect using Boost, Spatial, Reverberation, and DLC adjustments.

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.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 17 Hz - 23 kHz
  • Impedance: 490 Ω (active); 46 Ω (passive)
  • Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 110 dB (1 kHz, 1 Vrms)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)
  • Dimensions (Ear Cup): Width 2.91", Height 4.144", Depth 1.86"
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces

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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 ]

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