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Test: Sennheiser PXC 550

Test: Sennheiser PXC 550
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Christian Boas

After the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless last year, PXC 550 is now the second wireless headphone with noise suppression by the German manufacturer in the moobilux test. After removing the 3.5-way phone jack on the iPhone 7, the issue of Bluetooth headphones is still a bit more in the limelight because, apart from Apple, hardly anyone delivers a headphone with the proprietary Lightning connector from Cupertino.

The Sennheiser PXC550 will automatically turn on as soon as you turn the earphones from the flat transport position to the normal position. (Photo: moobilux.com)

The Sennheiser PXC550 will automatically turn on as soon as you turn the earphones from the flat transport position to the normal position. (Photo: moobilux.com)

Admittedly, the Sennheiser PXC 550 is not a bargain with a suggested retail price of 399, – Euro. The Bluetooth headset offers a balanced sound, perfect fit and a very good noise canceling. Not only who travels a lot knows what a reasonable headphone with a good noise suppression is worth, especially if this does not need an annoying cable. In addition, the PXC 550 is switched by turning the earpiece, which is very smart.

Design
The pretty minimalist design of the Sennheiser PCX 550 was not just a success for the female colleagues in the moobilux.com editorial department. The design of the PCX 550 is simpler than the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless.

The strap is pleasantly soft on the head thanks to the artificial leather-covered upholstery. The metal mechanics for stepless pulling out of the earcups makes a very valuable impression, as one can expect this in this price class. The oval softly padded ear cups are hardly noticed.

The artificial leather-covered strap is pleasantly soft on the head. (Photo: Sennheiser)

The artificial leather-covered strap is pleasantly soft on the head. (Photo: Sennheiser)

Admittedly everyone feels the wearing of headphones differently. The author of this article can not do much with in-ear headphones, since these lead to pain after a short time. This may be the case with some overhead headphones that are subjected to excessive pressure.

The PXC 550 can be folded flat (Photo: Sennheiser)

The PXC 550 can be folded flat (Photo: Sennheiser)

Not so the Sennheiser PXC 550, this does not press also after scarcely five hours of carrying. Admittedly in a well-heated train compartment, it can be a little warm on the ears after a few hours, but unpleasantly the PXC 550 has never been. This makes it one of the most comfortable overhead earphones I have had on my ears in recent years.

The PXC 550 is placed flat in the Softcase. (Photo: Sennheiser)

The PXC 550 is placed flat in the Softcase. (Photo: Sennheiser)

Sound quality
The sound of the Sennheiser PXC 550 makes a balanced impression, in which the middle tones disappear in no hole, but also the bass is not particularly stressed. For some editorial staff, the sound picture of the PXC 550 was even better than the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, which cost around 60 Euros.

App & Equalizer
On the right earpiece, you can switch between different acoustic effects using a small knob. For this, the effects club, film, no effect and language are available. In addition, the PXC 550 can also be controlled via Android and iOS app, where additional effects can be integrated and customized.

With the Sennheiser App CapTune one can switch between different acoustic effects on the smartphone. (Photo: moobilux.com)

With the Sennheiser App CapTune one can switch between different acoustic effects on the smartphone. (Photo: moobilux.com)

The right earpiece can switch between different acoustic effects with a button. (Photo: Sennheiser)

The right earpiece can switch between different acoustic effects with a button. (Photo: Sennheiser)

Operation via touchpad
Also on the right auricle is a slightly rough surface for controlling the headphones. With intuitive gestures, you can switch between the songs, adjust the volume, or pause the current playback. In the test the adjustment of the volume worked well, however, it hammed with the pausing many times.

Noise suppression
Sennheiser calls his noise canceling technique “NoiceGuard”. In noisy environments, this should push the noise-canceling to the maximum and down-control accordingly in quiet environments. However, we did not notice this function directly.

Overall, the Sennheiser PXC 550 suppresses low-frequency external noise. Especially the annoying turbine noise in the airplane or the chattering in train and subway are reliably excluded. High-frequency noise is also reduced, but not nearly as efficiently. The principle is found throughout the manufacturer in all headphones with noise suppression and is intended to serve the safety of the wearer.

Battery life
According to the manufacturer, the Sennheiser PXC 550 is expected to achieve a very long battery life of 30 hours in cable operation. In our test we mainly used the Bluetooth connection, with which we came to a running time more than 20 hours.

The battery of the PXC 550 also holds with Bluetooth over 20 hours. (Photo: Sennheiser)

The battery of the PXC 550 also holds with Bluetooth over 20 hours. (Photo: Sennheiser)

Conclusion
We can recommend the Sennheiser PXC 550 to anyone looking for noise canceling headphones. Particularly well with the overhead earphone the intuitive solution for turning on and off via the auricle and the long battery life as well as the included adapter pleased. However, it is a pity that Sennheiser does not use a USB-type C port here, but instead uses an outdated micro-USB port. In addition, the PXC 550 with its price of almost 400, – Euro UVP is also not a bargain.

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