The high-quality wireless noise-cancelling headphone market has been dominated by Bose for a while, and their QC35s are still earning top reviews. Others are trying to muscle in on the market though, and I’ve personally been testing the Plantronics Backbeat Pro cans for a while, finding that they more than match the Bose set for audio quality, if not for overall device class. However, Sennheiser clearly see that there is opportunity to raise the bar once again.
Claiming unmatched sound quality, wireless freedom and up to 30 hours of class-leading battery life, Sennheiser‘s new PXC 550s allow the wearer to make calls as well as listen to audio, with a triple microphone array delivering crystal speech clarity.
They also feature NoiseGard hybrid adaptive noise cancellation, NFC for easy pairing, and an optional wired connection for situations where Bluetooth is not available.
As one of the most lightweight headsets in the industry (at 227g) the PXC 550 Wireless is designed for the longest of listening sessions and are packaged for ultra portability.
They also feature some smart features not seen elsewhere:
- Touch sensitive trackpad – Integrated into the earcups they give you complete control on the move, from volume control to skipping a track to taking a call – all with the swipe of a finger.
- Built-in limiter – The PXC 550 Wireless has a built-in limiter that avoids sudden and extreme sound level peaks, e.g. when you are connected to an in-flight entertainment system that is also used for crew announcements.
- CapTune support – The PXC 550 Wireless is fully compatible with CapTune, Sennheiser’s premium quality music player and powerful sound tuning app to perfectly adjust the feel of your music to your personal preference.
- Fold control – The PXC 550 Wireless seamlessly anticipates your needs by powering on as you unfold it, automatically pausing your track when you remove it and switching off when you fold it away.
Top-drawer quality married to the latest technology never comes cheap, and that’s true of the PXC 550s, retailing at £329.99 in the UK. That said, if you’re going to be spending many hours on long-haul flights or on your commutes, that might just be money very well spent!