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Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless Headphones

MSRP 350 USDNEX score 67%

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Product Overview

Sennheiser PXC 550-II wireless headphones are upgrades over the first generation with Bluetooth 5.0 and AAC codec support. With a new Anti-Wind ANC setting, PXC 550-II adjusts the settings of its adaptive noise cancellation to suppress ambient noise on the fly automatically.
It also features a button to access voice assistants.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
  • Strong audio performance
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa support
Cons
  • Alexa compatibility is less compelling than with Bose

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Decent build quality
  • Great noise isolation performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor treble reproduction
  • No wireless charging
  • Not for everyone
  • Noise cancelling could be better
  • Lack of bass and low-mid weight
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
Micro-USB
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5

Construction

Drivers
Dynamic, 32mm
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones
Microphone
MEMS

Dimensions

Size | Depth
63 mm
Size | Height
174 mm
Size | Width
136 mm
Weight
227 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, AAC

Performance

Battery Life
20 h (ANC + A2DP) / 30 h (ANC + wired)
Frequency Response
17Hz - 23kHz
Impedance
Active: 490 ohms / Passive: 46 ohms
Microphone Frequency Response
50Hz - 10kHz
Sensitivity
110 dBSPL

Production

Debut
2019 IFA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Each earcup houses dynamic 32mm drivers delivering a frequency range of 17Hz to 23kHz. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 8, we could understand every word we recorded. There's an excellent balance here between the lows and highs, but the sound signature is definitely more sculpted than flat.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slightly sculpted sound signature

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 45%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sennheiser PXC 550-II are good over-ear headphones for sports use. They're comfortable and feel quite stable on the head, meaning they likely won't move or fall off during jogs or light work-outs. Their ANC performance is also great and does an effective job of blocking out the engine noise on a plane or bus. While their bass and mid ranges are excellently well-balanced, unfortunately, their treble isn't.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-padded design
  • Comfortable and stable on the head
  • Very good battery life
  • Great noise isolation performance
Cons
  • Very poor soundstage reproduction
  • Poor treble reproduction

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Sennheiser PXC 550-IIs have a 32mm full-range driver in the left earcup. Can be used in conjunction with Smart Control app. for phone calls, voice control and active noise-cancelation. The presentation is broad, well defined and reasonably three-dimensional. No nuance is too subtle or fleeting to escape the Senheisers' attention – and it's integrated into the overall sonic picture.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive noise-cancelling
  • Decent build quality
  • Smart Control app
Cons
  • Not for everyone

tomsguide[4]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The PXC 550-II Wireless Headphones are Sennheiser's latest active noise-cancelling headphones. The headphones are set to arrive sometime in October and retail for a whopping $350. The ANC switch has three modes: off, medium and high. The earcups and the fit felt rather comfortable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good noise cancelling
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Noise cancelling could be better
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless sound clean and clear. Bass is deep and assured, but doesn’t display the weight of the flagship Momentum pair. The battery on these headphones lasts for up to 20 hours used wirelessly, or 30 hours when you plug in the cable. Charging is fairly slow, however.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass and rich mid-range
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lack of bass and low-mid weight

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sennheiser PXC 550-II Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sennheiser-pxc-550-ii. 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/sennheiser/pxc-550-ii-wireless. 2019-11-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sennheiser PXC 550-II review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sennheiser-pxc-550-ii. 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless Hands-on Review: Solid Comfort, So-So Sound. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sennheiser-pxc-550-ii-wireless. 2019-09-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sennheiser-pxc-550-ii-wireless. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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