I had put the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones in my Amazon Wishlist a in early January after doing some research of various over the ear headphones. I wanted wireless headphones as my current iPhone X doesn’t have a standard audio jack and in ear headphones are rarely the best fits for me. I wanted headphones that were noise cancelling and most of all were comfortable.
I subscribe to Unbox Therapy and along came the episode where Lew declares that the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless “The Best Wireless Headphones You Can Buy Right Now”
After viewing Lew’s video I was sold. The headphones list for $399.00. The day of the Unbox Therapy Video debut they had slipped to $329 on Amazon. By the end of the day they were up to $369.00. I decided to wait and this past Monday February 12, 2018 the were down to $299.00.
The PXC 550 arrive in a nice package. The carrying case is well thought out, which includes a pouch for the audio jack cord, USB charging cord and additional headphone jack adapters. Additionally the case includes a stamp showing how the headphones fit into the case.
Setup was fairly simple. Once you set the headphones to listen mode they turn on and begin trying to pair. I simply had to launch the BlueTooth settings on my iPhone X and the headphones paired.
A companion application is available for both iOS and Android. A QR code is included in the set up instructions sending one to their needed App Store. The App CapTune for iOS request access to the iPhone’s Music Library. From within the App Music is available via the interface along with a few other options. which include the following:
- Sound effects: Club, Movie, Speech and Director. Director gives further options of Boost, Spatial, Reverb and DLC. From these options the choice of OFF, THUMP RUBLE & VOICE are available for Boost, OFF, NEAR, MEDIUM & FAR are available for Spatial, OFF, LOW, MEDIUM & HIGH are available for Reverb and filing OFF or ON for DLC.
- Adaptive NoiseGard active noise cancellation (ANC): From the headphones the option of off, half and full noice cancellation is available. Within the App fine tuning is available via a slider.
- Finally there various EQ settings that include Flat, Loudness, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Electro, Jazz, Classical, Voice and Custom.
The headphones also include touch controls for the volume, pause/play, next, back, fast-forward and rewind. Additional buttons on the headphones include Sound Effects, and Adaptive NoiseGard.
The headphones are allow for accepting calls and talking as the headphones include 3 microphones.
“VoiceMax technology utilizing 3 built-in microphones for voice communication to emphasize speech quality and attenuate external noise”
Included is a Call Enhancement mode that can be activated prior to the call or during the call.
I personally made a few calls to test this feature out. Those on the other end of the call were able to hear me just fine. On my side I could hear the other end very well. I also was able to hear other noises around me. During one of the calls I could hear my nephew talking in the background.
The last nice feature TalkThrough is one of those features that allows communication with others without the need of removing the headphones.
“The TalkThrough function on the PXC 550 Wireless allows you to communicate with other people without having to remove the headphones. When TalkThrough is activated, professional quality microphones mounted on the outside of the headphones pick up acoustic signals in the immediate vicinity, allowing the voice of the other person to pass through the headphones.”
The actual sound of the headphones is very clear and crisp. I played a wide variety of songs from my Music Library and was impressed. Watching video with other BlueTooth headphones has not always been a great experience as the sound is always behind the video. With the PXC 550’s I yet to experience any sound and video out of sync.
There is a 2-year warranty included. For the price I would expect some sort of warranty. Hopefully I don’t need to use this warranty. I highly recommend registering any product with the manufacture at the time of purchase as you have the receipt and original packaging.
The max volume in wireless mode was less than what I expected. Maybe its because my ears are not what they used to be or I just like to turn the dial past “11” I didn’t feel like it was loud enough. This was fixed as I plugged them into an audio jack and went retro.
Like most over ear headphones they can get warm over your ears. I don’t think I would ever use these to work out. I did take a Saturday afternoon and do some chores around the house. After a few hours of use the sweat had build up and I need to wipe things down.
The touch controls are not as reactive as I would like. In the instruction manual it states to check the battery level to press and hold the control for 4 seconds to view the LED power indicator. As of this post I haven’t been able to engage that feature.
The TalkThrough feature will be nice when on a plane getting inflight instructs, but I still fill like I was yelling when speaking to others with the headphones on. The VoiceMax call enhancement was nice for hearing and talking during calls, but it was distracting as I could hear every movement I made and others in other rooms within my home. People on the other end could hear this as well.
I am very impress with theses headphones. They lived up the reviews I have seen and are a better choice for my needs. I chose to spend a little extra on these headphones to get a nice set. I felt for me this was a better choice than getting another set of earbuds and are in the same price range of Beats, Bose and Sony headphones that I have seen in the stores. Most of all it was a better choice than Apple’s HomePod. Best of all I saved $100 by keeping a close eye on price changes. I would recommend these headphones at this time, but reserve the right to see how things look.