Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review – Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphone
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Hi everyone, this is Sujandar from Premium Earphones. Today I’m going to be looking over the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review. It is the new pair of Active Noise-Canceling Headphones from the Sennheiser.

Sennheiser is a direct competitor to the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Series II.

Unboxing

  • Carrying case
  • Micro USB cable
  • 2.5-millimeter to 3.5-millimeter Audio cable
  • Airplane adapter

With the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones you get an interesting carrying case for the headphones.

The carrying case is a nice material. It is smooth and when you open the carrying case there will be a diagram to show you how to layout the headphones inside the case. I enjoy how these headphones are collapsible.

It also comes with a Micro USB Cable. You also get a 3.5-millimeter audio cable. When you plug in the audio cable, the headphones automatically shuts down the Bluetooth and it will play everything through the audio cable. Next one is the Airplane Adapter, which can be important for all the travelers. There is also a little pouch which can hold all your accessories.

Design

The first thing I noticed is that the build quality on these headphones.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are about 227 grams or 8 ounces. They can be folded flat and that is how you will be placing them in their carrying case. The case has a divider in the middle because when it is folded the ear cups touch each other. So, the divider prevents it from doing that, so we can avoid any scratches on the ear cups.

Sennheiser PXC 550 is one of the lightest headphones in the market. The headband is wrapped in leather. The headband is soft, and it is also very comfortable while wearing them. I did test on the headband of this headphone and they never broke. They are extremely durable. It has a lot of cushioning to ensure the comfort for its users. Overall, I think it is an amazing built piece of hardware.

There is also padding on both the ear cups. The ear cups are extremely deep, which I think is important because that allows you to have the spacious sound. They use actual leather for their ear cups. The ear cups are comfortable, and it fits my ears good. The ear cups are oval shaped. They are very comfortable to wear over long periods of time

Controls

Just like the Sony MDR 1000X headphones, the right ear cups in the Sennheiser PXC 550 also has gesture controls. The controls follow as:

  • Swipe Up or Down (Increase Volume and Decrease Volume)
  • Swipe Left or Right (Forward and Backward)
  • Tap Once (Play, Pause, Attending and Hanging Up Calls)
  • Double Tap (Ambient Sound Feature)

Once the headphones are ON, you can just Tap Once and that will start your music and tap again to stop the music. You can also attend and hang up your calls with just One Tap. You can turn the volume up by Swiping Up or Swiping Down. When you control your volume, you will get an audible feedback to let you know whether the volume is going up or down.

Using Double Tap will turn on your Ambient Sound Feature which will let you hear your surroundings without taking off your headphones. When you activate the Ambient Sound Feature it will automatically turn off your music and let you hear everything around you clear. When you Double Tap it again it will turn back your music.

Features

It is impressive how you turn on the headphones. You just twist the headphones to the wearable position from the laid down position, the headphone gets turned ON and they are ready to pair.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless has Near Field Communication (NFC), which means you can simply touch your phone with the headphones and you should be able to connect with them through Bluetooth right away.

The Noise Canceling in this headphone is a real treasure. Even with just 50% of Noise Canceling, I was completely surprised about how much noise it blocked. With 100% Noise Canceling it felt like I was in my own world no noise except the music I was playing.

There are three levels of Noise Canceling in this headphone. You can turn it OFF, you can set it up to 50% Noise Canceling or you can set it up 100% Noise Canceling. There is a switch on the headphones where you can control the level of Noise canceling. This is useful because sometimes you want to block everything outside. For instance, loud engines, loud noise and more. That is when you can use the 100% Noise canceling. In the other case, when you want to be aware of your surroundings you can use either 50% or completely turn off the Noise Canceling which will give you complete control over your surroundings.

This headphone has a built-in microphone which you can make calls and it will do an excellent job canceling out the outside noises and delivering a clear voice

When you Double Tap on your right ear cups it will activate your Ambient Sound Feature. When it is activated it will turn on all the microphones and it amplifies everything around you into your ears. When the Ambient Sound Feature is turned ON, you can even listen to somebody who is far away from you. It picks up every little sound around you.

Sennheiser has an app that you can download on your phone to give you complete control over the headphones. You can control how you want them to sound. You can choose specific controls like EQ, Club and different kinds of setup for you. You can also set it up in a way where it pauses automatically when you take the headphones off your ears. All these features can be controlled from the app.

You can enhance your voice using the EQ control in the app. So, let’s say if your listening to an audible or a podcast it will give you a bit more clarity of the voice spoken.

On the right ear cup, you’ll find the Bluetooth switch and effect mode.

Sound

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless has plenty of bass. It has been killing the game when it comes to sound. The bass has improved much better from their last versions. It sounds clear and crisp.

They never drowned on anything. Mids and Treble were so clear. The mids and highs are well pronounced, and it has a lot of depth in the sound.

With the Noise Canceling, listening to music in these headphones will feel like you are in your own zone. It has a great clarity with low ends and high ends. The sound is so rich.

The audio quality is far exceeding the expectations.

Battery

It takes 3 hours to completely charge the headphones and it gives you up to 30 hours of playback.

The battery life is great at 30 hours playback. It is more than enough time for the longest of lay overs and flights. They also charge fast. They fully charge in about three hours which is good compared to the other headphones in the market.

When you turn on your headphones it will let you know your battery level.

Conclusion

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless can be an amazing set of headphones for a business person who travels a lot.

The headphones are durable. They’re comfortable to wear for a long period. The sound is impressive and all those subtle features like subtle swipe gestures on the ear cups or the Ambient Sound Feature allows me to use them and enjoy using them every single day.

It has a greater depth and a heavier bass than the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Series II.

It is enough to say that these are a better sounding pair of headphones. When you’re listening to music especially with the Active Noise Cancellation turned ON, there’s better bass and a better overall clarity. There is not much difference between the Ambient Sound Feature in the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II.

This headphone has a sturdy build. I think that helps the headphone to be used for a much longer period than a usual headphone.

Thank you for reading the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review. If you have any questions or comments let me know below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Cheers!

32 Replies to “Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review – Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones”

  1. As an entertainment lover, I’m always on the lookout for gadgets that will enhance my music or movie experience. With the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones, I believe I’ll get to enjoy my music even better. I like the style of its design, and how sturdy it looks. Can tell that it will offer me good value for money. With its fast charge and good battery life, I probably won’t need to charge it always. Would be a great asset to have!!!

    1. Hi Louis,

      I’m glad you are considering the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones. They will be a great addition for you. 

      Thank you for the comment.

  2. Wow! These headphones sound amazing. Next Gen! I love the ambient sound feature and the controle you have over the surrounding sound. Not having to take them off to hear someone or something? That’s pretty cool! And being able to control via an app makes it easy. I also love how you said it has good bass because I feel like you lose that in a lot of head phones. What is its typical price tag and is there a good warranty on it? Thanks for a great review

    1. Hi Sherry,

      You’re right. The Ambient Sound Feature is one of the highlights of this headphone. It really comes in handy in some situations. I love using it myself. 

      For the price and the warranty you can click one of those links where it says ” Check Latest Price Now” or “Buy Now On Amazon”, that will show you the updated price and all other shipping information.

      Thank you so much for the comment.

  3. Thanks for sharing this review on Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless. This headphone is so much cool, I really like it. No doubt it’s for a lover of music like me. I think it’s time for me to change the headphone I am using to this wireless. Giving a playback of 30hours is really amazing with other features like Bluetooth sharing, noise cancelation. This will be useful on a long trip. I am making an order for this. Thanks alot. 

    1. I’m happy that I was able to help you through my review. Share your experience with the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless after using them. 

      Thank you for the comment.

  4. This is an informative and educative article. You have thoroughly put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post to understand the points. I am a great fan of this product infact the design is eye catching which makes it much more attractive. I can attest to the fact that Sennheiser PXC 550 is highly durable and not to expensive to purchase. 

  5. Hey Sujandar,

    Wow! Amazing headphone with gesture control options. It will definitely be easy and handy to operate with. The most fascinating and attractive part of this headphone is noise canceling ability which is exactly what I was searching in every headphone. Thank you so much for this wonderful review on Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless.

    Regards,
    Rgpratap.

    1. Hi Rgpratap,

      The Noise Canceling Feature in this headphone is a real treasure. It helps you to be isolated from everything else whenever you needed. It also gives you a great sound experience. You should definitely try this out.

      Thank you for your comment .

  6. Hi There, 

    I am looking for a nice pair of headphones for listening classical music. You said this Sennheiser gives a lot of low end., yet the middles and trebles are crisp. What do you think, would you recommend it for classical music or is it better suited for modern pop/rock?  Cheers

    1. Hi,

      In my opinion the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless gives you a great sound experience for all the genres. Let it be classical or pop it still gives you a great sound experience. 

      Thank you for commenting.

  7. Hi SUJANDAR, 

    This is an excellent product review of Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless. I was recently planning to purchase a new headphone and I found that this article is very helpful for me. I love the noise cancellation feature of this product. More over, this product has touch facility to control volume, track changing and call receive option. So, I think that this is definitely a great choice for everyone. I have a little bit concern about it’s warranty period? Is there any warranty available for this product? Thanks for writing this informative review.

    1. Hi,

      For just $35 you can add a two year warranty on these headphones, which covers everything. If you go to the link on my site you can select the warranty.

      I’m really glad that I was able to help you through my review.

      Thank you for your comment.

  8. Hi Sujandar,

    Thank You very much for sharing such an informative review with all the necessary information about “Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review – Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones”

    Really this is an amazing review. I like this review very much. I was looking for a new headphone. After reading this review i have found the perfect headphone for me which is Sennheiser PXC 550 as it has so many wonderful and latest features.This is great headphone for this generation as it has so many updated features. The sound quality,the long lasting battery and the call receive option of this headphone has  impressed me the most.I am going to buy this headphone very soon.This review is very helpful for those people who are looking for a new headphone as you highlighted the review so nicely.I am going to share this review with my friends and relatives so that they can learn about the features of this wonderful Sennheiser PXC-550.

    1. Hi,

      I’m really happy that my review helped you to with all the necessary information about the Sennheiser PXC 550 Headphone. 

      You pointed out some important features of this headphone. Thank you for commenting and also for sharing this article with your friends and families.

  9. Wow,  this review is comprehensive and really got all my attentions as a really love how this product was carefully analysed. I personally actually love listening to music a lot,  so headphones don’t just last in my hands.  I am just even planning to change the one am presently using. I would love to go for  Sennheiser PXC 550 , it looks great with the wonderful features and functionalities that came with it, I am actually thrilled with its pretty appearance. Thanks for sharing this at this time. 

  10. So nice to have an easily consumable explanation of how the headphones can help. I’ve been searching for wireless headphones lately and most reviews just copy the description directly from Amazon. At least you explain what each function does, and how it works. I’m a constant traveller, so I think these may suit me with the Air plane adaptor. Looks like a great buy.

  11. A detailed article on the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review – Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones. It gives all the information necessary to make the decision on whether it’s worth buying one.
    I like that it blocks out noise. Besides the outside noise canceling feature, it has a lot of other great features, such as the airplane adapter, and how it amps up the bass allowing you to be able to enjoy the best sound of the music.
    Thanks for the informative post.

    1. Hi Cherryl,

      I’m glad that you got some information about the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review. As you said not just the Noise Canceling feature but it has so many other features that we can all benefit from. This can definitely be a good addition for anyone.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  12. Your Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headset, sounds like this is the number one headset out they’re today? Would this be a true statement? I have always liked Bose, you stated that they were a competitor of Bose, which means to me that they are one perfect Noise-Canceling headset. Also , the packaging that they come with is extremely nice. Being able to place them in this after every use is awesome. Do you know if these were a new design for Sennheiser?

    I have always been pretty fussy, very hard to please. So when you stated that they were light weight, comfortable and durable you sold me. Very awesome review, well done. Thanks for letting me take a look at your site.

    1. Hi Donna,

      I can’t say that these are the number one headphones because it really depends on what you need. There are different kind of headphones for different kinds of feature. If you are someone who is looking for Noise Canceling with the Ambient Sound Feature, lightweight and a comfortable headphone to wear for prolonged period then this is the one.

      These are relatively a new design for Senneheiser from their previous headphones. And also these ones are better than their old ones. 

      Thank you so much for your comment. Cheers!

  13. This was a very comprehensive review of the Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless headphones. It made me want to try a set for myself. 

    The factors that interested me most were wearing comfort and clarity of sound. I especially liked their ability to enhance ambient sounds. As I get older, being able to hear everything clearly becomes more important.

  14. Hi Sujandar!

    The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless is a sleek and comfortable pair of headphones that does give its Bose competitor a run for its money. I particularly like the noise-canceling feature and the fact that you can make calls too. 

    How many microphones does it have? Is there a selection of color options to choose from?

    1. Hi Paul,

      The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones have Built-In microphones inside their ear cups. If you click on the link on my site you will see there are color options to choose from. 

      Thank you for the comment Paul.

  15. Wow! What a smart product it is. The Call feature of ‘Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphone’ is a new feature for me. I think this product is beneficial for my long-term use. The feature of The Noise Canceling in this headphone is very helpful for my health. 30 hours playback is sound good for me. I will collect this device for me from Amazon.

    1. Hi Irin Khan,

      I’m glad to hear that the features of the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless is beneficial for your long term use. Try it out and share your experience with me. Thank you for your comment.

  16. I love the ambience feature of the Sennheiser pxc 550. Its noise canceling attribute makes it very attractive to me as this has been one of my reasons for losing interest in head phones. It drown out all the external noise that even when there’s danger, the person wearing it might be at risk if they are absent minded.

    Again,30hours of play back with only 3 hours of charging is a big plus for me. This and other features mputs it high on the ranking for me. Thanks for the review Sujander

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