Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones challenge Bose QC35
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones will enter the market in mid-July. The wireless, noise-cancelling model seems destined to clash head-to-head with the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, which were released last month. Sennheiser’s offering has a RRP of £330 (via conversion $430) while the QuietComfort costs £290 ($350 US list price)
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless builds off wired model
The PXC 550 builds on the success of Sennheiser’s wired, noise-cancelling PXC 450 headphones. Both models are designed for travellers who value audio fidelity. The new wireless model offers 30 hours of battery life, which is reduced when the NoiseGard noise-cancellation is active. Bose’s QuietComfort 35 offers 20 hours of wireless use and 40 hours of wired operation.
NoiseGard is adaptive and increases the level of cancellation in louder environments. Near Field Communication (NFC) enables pairing with your device, although the headphones can still operate with the included cable. The PXC 550 Wireless identifies and filters out ambient noise to increase call fidelity, utilising a three-microphone system. Users can control the headphones via touch-sensitive trackpads on the earcups. Voice prompts enable ease of navigation.
Sennheiser focus on portability
Sennheiser have designed the headphones for ergonomically-friendly comfort and maximum portability. They can fold flat to fit into the included travel case. Without the cable the PXC 550 weighs in at 227g, which is significantly less than the QuietComfort 35’s weight of 310g. The PXC 550 has a broad audio response of 17 – 23,000 Hz and the following impedance rating: Active 490 ohms / passive 46 ohms
The response of the PXC 550 Wireless is highly customisable due to the free Sennhesier CapTune app, which is available for Android and iOS. The app enables users to alter equalisation settings and save them as presets. Noise-cancellation settings can also be altered.