Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
Stunning audio quality abounds
£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.
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.
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.
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.