Review

Published on July 5th, 2017 | by Jugal Parekh

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Sennheiser PXC 550 – everything comes easy to it.

Noise-cancelling headphones/ earphones are not known to be an audiophile choice. It is a trade-off. However, to be strategic about first identifying, who exactly is your customer, and then how well to perform in the different categories of the customers’ requirement, is what makes good products. You cannot please them all, but do please the ones you are trying to! Sennheiser has cracked this principle to the core, with their wireless, noise-cancelling headphones – PXC 550.

They are beautiful;

They are comfortable;

They sound great;

They have details that shall please the user.

The above may not be an opinion of a fashionista, or an audiophile, or a professional who keeps headphones on at all times. However, it will satisfy the targeted buyer completely. The targeted buyer would be an individual who wants a headphone set to listen to songs without the wires, while shutting out the world.

The headphones look great! They have defined curves, and the overall design is minimalistic. The leather and the matt-finished plastic radiate luxury and elegance. They are definitely not pretentious, in fact, understated comes to mind. Along with the looks, they were extremely comfortable over an 8-hour overnight flight in an economy seat. I must have taken them off, possibly a maximum of 4 times, only to realise I wanted to put them back on ASAP. The headphones are light, and the band is flexible enough to comply to the face – and I would say that I have a larger than average face. They fold down really compact, and that is very handy, especially when travelling light. Although, you wouldn’t mind keeping them around the neck, even when not in use.

Along with the looks, they were extremely comfortable over an 8-hour overnight flight in an economy seat.

The noise-cancelling worked very well. I have experienced the Bose QCs in the past, and in fact own a set; and although Bose is the pioneer in this technology, Sennheiser performed to my needs. Once again, no complains. The battery life was fantastic, and it is not difficult to believe the claimed 20 hours use time (30 hours with wire, as it automatically switches off the Bluetooth to conserve battery). The recharge time is quick, and you would be hitting the road in no time. The touch controls work flawlessly, and the gestures are intuitive to most. The compatible phone app adds a nice feature of controlling the equalizer along with conveying the vitals, and if you are a Sennheiser loyalist, this will be a very important app on your phone. I did use them to receive calls, and the person on the other end of the line heard me clearly, while I walked.

I loved the subtle details like the PXC 550 automatically pausing the music when I took them off, and how they switch off when the cups are folded in. You can even set the level of noise-cancellation, if you feel too weird with absolute silence.

I had a noise-cancelling, wireless headphones that were comfortable and good-looking, and the sound was really, really nice.

I listen to a wide array of music, continuously, especially when I am travelling – rock, mainstream, pop, indie, electronic, occasional R&B and world. I enjoyed them all on the PXC 550. I was transported into a world of each and every song, and I liked being there. I would not say that I was blown away by the detail, or this is the only headphone you will ever need, but I was definitely satisfied. I had a noise-cancelling, wireless headphones that were comfortable and good-looking, and the sound was really, really nice.

The one and only complain that I can rationally think of with the PXC 550 is the flimsy cable. It definitely will not last very long, especially if used frequently. Come to think of it, these are wireless headphones. Doh! Although, you would use it during air travel to enjoy the in-flight entertainment.

In my opinion, it is most difficult to make it seem that everything comes easy.

No buyer is going to pay their hard-earned money on something that wouldn’t make them content; the Sennheiser PXC 550 ensures they are. I would bet a fair amount that no buyer has used the return policies of their respective stores after this purchase. Is Sennheiser playing it safe by ensuring that the buyer has no complaints. In my opinion, it is most difficult to make it seem that everything comes easy.

They are available for AED 1499 at most electronic outlets.

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About the Author

Jugal Parekh is professionally involved with product & services design & development, with special focus on healthcare. He is passionate about information – whether technological, philosophical, or business related. Currently, his setup combines Apple’s hardware with Google’s cloud, oh, with Windows 7 on Parallels (for the mac).



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