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Sennheiser PXC 550

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Sennheiser PXC 550

Updated: Nov. 08, 2018

Ranked 4th of 10 wireless over-ear headphones with a Quid Score of 87.

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Sennheiser PXC 550

Ranked 4th of 10 wireless over-ear headphones with a Quid Score of 87.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 4th overall.

Product Specs
  • Weight: 8 oz
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Fit Options: N/A
  • Portable Charger: No
  • Siri Compatibility: Yes
  • Adjustable Headband: No
  • Built-in Microphone: Yes
  • Ear Cushion Material: Leather
  • Quick Charge Feature: No
  • Sweat/Water Resistant: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 - aotX Codec
  • Additional Information: Unfolding headphones turns them on, folding turns them off; near-field communication (NFC) enables two electronic devices to easily connect by bringing them within 4 cm (1.6 in) of each other.
  • Multi-Device Connectivity: Connects with any NFC (near field communication) or Bluetooth-enabled device. CapTune phone app can create custom sound profiles.
Key Information
  • Fit: Over ear - detachable audio cable with controls
  • Case: Yes - structured soft case
  • Battery Life: 30 hours
  • Noise Cancelling: Yes - adaptive “NoiseGard” technology
  • Play/Pause Control Access: Touch controls on right earcup (volume, play/pause/stop, track control), voice prompt system, auto power and pause

Expert Rating: 83%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

Expert Rating: 83%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

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The rich, balanced sound quality and extensive features make this set a premium option for picky audiophiles. Experts find the active noise cancellation somewhat lacking considering the high price tag.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Fit - Above average
  • Connection Quality - Above average
  • Sound Quality - Above average
  • Call Quality - Above average
  • Charging Capabilities - Average
  • Noise Cancellation - Above average
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Standout Feature - 2 different modes for active noise cancellation: one is full-power and one is scaled depending on amount of ambient noise
Notable Positives
  • Lightweight
  • Superior battery life
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent voice quality
  • Comfortable
Notable Negatives
  • Simple/boring design
  • Awkward earcup angling for bigger ears
  • Overly sensitive controls
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Fit - Above average
  • Connection Quality - Above average
  • Sound Quality - Above average
  • Call Quality - Above average
  • Charging Capabilities - Average
  • Noise Cancellation - Above average
  • Battery Life - Above average
  • Standout Feature - 2 different modes for active noise cancellation: one is full-power and one is scaled depending on amount of ambient noise

Customer Rating: 87%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Customer Rating: 87%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

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Customers in the market for high-quality sound and strong active noise cancellation like this set. Some users wish the controls were more straightforward and the fit was better, especially considering the price.

Ideal for people:

Those who listen to EDM or hip hop and like a strong bass response. Those who want an array of features and customization options.

Not ideal for people:

Those who will be listening in warm environments since the earcups will steam. Those who want straightforward controls and few settings.

Notable Pros:
  • Clear voice calling
  • Rich and balance sound quality
  • Convenient auto power
  • Adaptive and customizable noise cancellation
  • Superior battery life
  • Convenient and discreet touchpad controls on right earpiece
  • Excellent Bluetooth range
Notable Cons:
  • Ears cups are too small for some users
  • Overly complex features
  • No battery level indicator
  • Pricey

Brand Score: 84%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

Brand Score: 84%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

Sennheiser started as an independent family business and now includes a Berlin-based microphone brand and a Danish headset development office. Its current products include headphones, microphones, conference systems, and aviation and audiology products.

Heritage - 5/5

In 1945, engineering professor Dr. Fritz Sennheiser founded the company in a house in Wedemark, Germany. It was originally named “Labor W,” renamed Sennheiser Electronics in 1958. Sennheiser created the first open headphones in 1968, which have sold more than 10 million pairs.

Innovation - 4/5

The company has received numerous German innovation awards, a Grammy, and an Emmy. It was the first to release a directional microphone in the 50s, an open headphone in the 60s, infrared transmission technology in the 70s, and multichannel cordless transmission in the 80s.

Reliability - 5/5

The site offers extensive services on its support page, product-specific info pages, warranty-related help, repair help, an FAQ page, and a contact form and phone number for additional needs.

Social Good - 4/5

Sennheiser encourages cooperation at production sites, adheres to the German Electrical and Electronics Code of Conduct, sources ethical materials from responsible suppliers, and considers the social and ecological consequences of every business decision.

Relevance - 3/5

Sennheiser uses social accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to promote product releases, event collaborations, and artists using company products. The YouTube channel features a “Pro Talks” series with audio experts discussing Sennheiser products.

Retail: Best Price $349.95

Ranks 8th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $349.95

Ranks 8th in value among competitors.

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The company offers a 2-year limited warranty guaranteeing products will be free of defects related to manufacturing, parts, materials, and workmanship.

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Other Purchase Options
B&H Photo Video - $349.95
Amazon - $349.95
Best Buy - $349.99

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