Sennheiser PXC 550 Wire­less

Stun­ning au­dio qual­ity abounds

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£330 FROM Sennheiser, en-uk.sennheiser.com FEA­TURES Adap­tive ANC, Blue­tooth 4.2, touch con­trols, NFC

De­sign & com­fort

Sennheiser has nailed com­fort here. The earcups have less room in­side the than the QC35’s, but the pads are nat­u­rally shaped and very light. The ad­justable head­band makes up a neat col­lapsi­ble frame for fold­ing away.

Fea­tures

The PXC 550 can switch be­tween two paired de­vices, and its bat­tery lasts 22 hours. Its ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion (ANC) has an auto-adap­tive mode and three EQ pre­sets. There are three mics, with a TalkThrough fea­ture to help you hear some­one nearby with­out tak­ing off the cans.

Per­for­mance

Au­dio is wide, rich and de­tailed, with more oomph in the bass depart­ment than the QC35’s, and the EQ means there's plenty of tweak­ing po­ten­tial. The ANC is on par with Bose, ex­cept for per­haps a hint more hiss.

Con­trols

The right earcup has a switch to change/dis­able ANC mode, and one to pair/se­lect EQ mode. The cans power on/ off when you ro­tate the cups to lay them flat - it takes some get­ting used to, as do the touch­pad’s play­back ges­tures.

The PXC 550's sound great, a sin­gle charge lasts for ages, and the ANC ri­vals Bose. Mas­ter the touch con­trols and you'll love these cans.

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