Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless ANC Headphones

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Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless ANC Headphones
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Testing the PXC 550-II

Just when I thought my review days were winding down, Sennheiser - among others, comes out with a bunch of great new products and they asked me if I would continue to look and share my thoughts on their latest and hopefully greatest. I’ve once again plugged in my laptop, downloaded some great music and made sure that I’m all mellow and ready to spend some solid hours listening and evaluating the new PXC 550-II from Sennheiser.

These are not studio headphones. The PXC series is about active noise cancellation, lightweight and offer a plethora of other features that should appeal to frequent travelers. Just because they are geared for those that spend a bunch of time on the road, on a train or in a plane, doesn’t mean they won’t be a great accessory for those who desire a listening experience immersed in solid comfort, excellent noise cancellation and app features that simplify and allow you to custom tailor the experience for you alone.

PCX 550-II

 

The advertised MSRP at launch of these headphones is $459.95 CDN or $349.95 USD, they come in a little more affordable than the Momentum 3 we looked at a little while ago. They are priced in the mainstream ANC road-warriors budget and we’ll find out if they are worth your hard-earned green.

First Look:

The Sennheiser PXC 550-II come in a understated box as is typical for quality Sennheiser products. Inside the box the headphones come packaged with all their goodies in a nice travel case. The case is quite thin as the headphones twist flat for storage and this twist also double as the power switch.

In The Box

 

Folding headphones aren’t always built to last, but I’ve had enough experience with Sennheiser to believe that these will last longer than most, but I’m not sure how I feel about the power switch requiring a mechanical twist. Time will tell if this is a weak point in the design.

In The Package

 

The earcups are closed circumaural and feel like good quality foam cover by soft leather. They are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. While they do feel a bit warmer on your ears than open-backed headphones, they aren’t as smothering as many others I’ve tried. 

Bundle

 

These are more than just headphones, they double as a killer hands-free headset for your favorite mobile device. As such, they include a microphone located at the front of the left side earcup. I didn't snap specific image of this microphone array, but it's more than just a simple little pin-hole. The PXC 550-II uses a three microphone array as well as “beamforming” to provide excellent microphone pickup and call quality with these.

Control

 

The controls on the PXC 550-II are pretty much perfect. As for buttons and switches, there is a single button that allows you to use your voice assistant (Alexa is possible if desired). There is also a single switch that allows you to turn off Active Noise Cancellation, turn it to adaptive or set it to maximum. There are a couple of adaptive modes that can be adjusted through the Sennheiser Smart Control App, or you can just crank it to max and it works. Volume up, down, skip forward, back and answer calls are all done through a large touch pad on the right earcup. It works well and is intuitive. I have no complaints and only praise for the layout and execution of the controls.

On the next page, we’ll take a look at some of the features, specifications and more from Sennheiser.