Sennheiser PXC 550 Headphones Review

Sennheiser PXC 550 Headphones











  • Great design
  • Battery life
  • Sound
  • Adaptive Noise Cancelling


  • Expensive
  • Bass can be heavy

The PXC 550 headphones from Sennheiser are the first Adaptive Noise Cancelling headphones I have ever used. They also have a whole range of features built in, and I truly believe these may be the best over-ear headphones for 2018.

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Unboxing was a breeze, the PXC 550 comes with a slimline travel case. They fold to fit right in. Once flipped open, they turn on automatically which is great to here. There is a switch for noise cancellation, so you can pick the right kind, from 0 to 100%. Also an effects switch, to change how the headphones perform when listening. Finally a Bluetooth switch, it can be off or on. Don’t want to use the switches, then you can use the app to make those changes.

Once on, they feel great. The fit is perfect, and the cushions on the pads are great for long listening sessions. The headband is padded as well, so overall they fit and feel awesome. They are also really light, which I am a fan of.

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Headphones Specs:

  • Wearing style – Headband
  • Impedance – Active 490 Ω / Passive 46 Ω
  • Frequency response (Headphones) – 17 – 23,000 Hz
  • Bluetooth Version – Bluetooth 4.2
  • Supported Profiles – Headset Profile (HSP) v.1.2 / Handsfree Profile (HFP) v.1.6 / Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) v.1.3 / Device ID Profile (DIP) v.1.3
  • Sound pressure level (SPL) – 110 dB
  • THD, total harmonic distortion – <0.5% (1kH, 100dB)
  • Contact pressure – 3 N
  • Ear coupling – Circumaural
  • Transducer principle – Dynamic closed
  • Charging time – 3 hours (full charge)
  • Pick-up pattern – 3-Mic Beamforming Array
  • Operating time – Up to 30 hours
  • Weight w/o cable – 227g

The cups themselves feature tap controls, so you can play/pause, skip tracks all from tapping the side of the cups. There is also a double tap function for speak mode, so you can listen to people with the headphones still being on.

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Music on these sound epic. The whole sound is incredibly rich, you can pick up on the low and high ends. You can then use the app to tune the EQ to your taste, allowing for a wide range of music styles. Throw in the noise cancelling and at times I couldn’t hear my own voice, and this meant I did shout a couple of times.

For £239, I honestly think these could be the best headphones for this year. After that please check out our other audio reviews.

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