We analyze the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless, Sennheiser’s bet to compete in the market for wireless headphones with active noise cancellation system. They also offer great sound quality and design.
Sennheiser headphones have many followers in the market and many of their models are recommended again and again by audio specialists. Now the German company has wanted to go a step further. It has launched the new Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless, wireless headphones with noise cancellation system. These headphones offer all the audio technology of the company. Touch controls, customizable sound modes, premium build quality, and, in addition, offer an additional bonus thanks to noise cancellation. However, will the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless be able to dethrone Bose’s noise cancellation technology? Let’s check and review all the features of Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones.
If you are looking for headphones that have a noise cancellation system, surely you will have noticed that there are not too many options in the market. Because if we want it wireless, these options are reduced considerably. Until now Bose wireless could say that they reigned in this field, but a new competitor has come out. And it comes from one of the most recognized companies in the manufacturing of headphones, both wired and wireless. The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless arrives ready to give a lot of war with its noise cancellation technology. A comfortable design, and high-end materials, and good sound, something usual in the company’s headphones.
Comfortable Design To Use For Hours:
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless offers a sober and elegant design, with a black finish and metallic touches rather discreet, but overflowing quality. The pads are made of fairly soft black leather and the company has focused on making them really comfortable. We are facing on-ear headphones. The earmuffs have been designed so that they do not completely cover the ear, but rather they rest on it.
Along with the outer panels of the headphones, we can see small perforated grids for ambient microphones. In the right earphone, we find the Bluetooth pairing button and the noise cancellation circuit, which offers three modes. In addition, in this same panel, we find a button that will allow us to choose between several audio modes. For example Club, Cinema, Voice or, simply, off. In this area, we also find a LED light that will show us the status of the battery. A micro USB port and a 3.5 mm connection to connect the headphones by cable. By the way, if we use them with cable, the Bluetooth connection will not work, but the noise cancellation system can be used, unlike what happens with one of the Bose.
Maybe you are wondering, where are the buttons to control playback? Does not have. The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless incorporates a touch panel, also located on the right ear, which functions as a control panel. To pause and play the music we will play once on this panel. To move between songs we will use slides with the finger from side to side and raise and lower volume we will use vertical finger movements. We can also answer calls by touching this panel.
While it is true that it sounds very futuristic and very “cool”, it requires a learning curve for the user. It is possible that at the beginning we hang some other call, but after a few days, we should handle it without problems. On the other hand, the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless also does not have a power button. Since they include a function that turns on the headphones when we open them and turn them off when we fold or close them.
A Perfect Ergonomics:
Sennheiser has created one of the lightest headphones in the industry with this new model. Something that makes it the perfect accessory to accompany during long listening sessions to its users, in addition to favoring its simple portability.
In order to guarantee the best possible adjustment. The firm has carried out an investigation into measures in hundreds of volunteers and, after making an average with all of them, has designed the headset. These measures have also been taken into account to shape the cushions and the architecture of the headband. Therefore, we can say that this model is universal in size even though it also has an auto-adjustment.
All the above is completed with the possibility of folding your capsules into the headband so that the headset is completely flat and allows a comfortable fit in your travel case.
Sennheiser Adds To Noise Cancellation:
As we mentioned at the beginning, Bose has long had a considerable advantage in the field of active noise cancellation. However, Sennheiser arrives with force with its system of cancellation NoiseGard Hybrid. A system that manages to eliminate the ambient noise without creating the typical audible whistle characteristic of the circuits of noise cancellation. It is not that this whistling is annoying because it is not. But when it is not there, we can notice it. The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless uses a four-microphone system to pick up outside noise and cancel it. With the switch we mentioned before, we can regulate the intensity or even turn off the noise cancellation system completely.
In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless uses a digital signal processor (DSP) that softens the sound and prevents distortion. Something that most audiophile users will not like. However, most users will perceive an almost perfect sound, with a clear and rich low-mid sound and powerful sub-bass. Without any distortion even at the highest volume levels. In short, a totally balanced sound with a clear definition. In terms of audio modes, Club mode offers deeper bass, recommended only for some specific tracks.
And talking about the sound modes, the company has launched an application that will allow us to customize the sound according to our preferences. The application is called CapTune and is available for iOS and Android. Among other things, it allows modifying the equalization by means of audio tests. As well as adjusting the function of adaptive noise cancellation, audio alerts or activation and intelligent pauses. However, the equalization will only work if we listen to music stored in the terminal or through Tidal. It does not work, at the moment with services like Spotify.
Connectivity and Autonomy:
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless is accompanied by a cable to charge them, an audio cable, an adapter to connect them to the sound systems of aircraft, and a practical transport case in which we will place the folded headphones down.
To connect the headphones with our favorite player we can use your Bluetooth 4.2 connection or the NFC system. In addition, as we have already mentioned. It is also possible to connect the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless to other devices with the 3.5 mm jack cable included. If we choose the Bluetooth connection, we can answer calls thanks to the system of microphones that incorporate the headphones.
The headphones can be used to watch movies or series with surround sound that favors immersion in the story or connect to smart devices such as smartphones or tablets to enjoy videos or good sound quality during a telephone conversation. As for the battery, the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless, according to company data, offers a range of up to 30 hours of continuous use after a single charge.
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones are already available in the market and, as we have said, they are sold with a carrying bag, cable with integrated remote control, USB, and adapters for aircraft entertainment systems.
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