First Impressions: Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones

Sennheiser PXC 550

Sennheiser has just released their latest wireless headphones, and it’s pretty obvious they are targeting Bose QC35 headphones, which cost $350. The 550 Wireless cost $50 more, and — in some ways — they are worth the extra price.

I can’t give a complete review yet, especially because I just received these to review in my mailbox today. I’ve been using them for the past three hours, including an hour at the gym. Here are some of my observations:

  • Like all Sennheiser headphones, the 550 Wireless take at least 40 minutes to break in. The sound was slightly subpar at first, but improved a lot after a short while.
  • I like the sound on the 550 Wireless slightly more than I do on the Bose QC35s. The bass has more kick to it and the sound is slightly less muffled.
  • Nothing can match the noise cancellation of the Bose wireless headphones.
    However, that’s not always a good thing — especially if you need to hear some things while walking in a busy area. The noise cancellation on Sennheiser’s headphones is very good, but not overwhelming. It’s really a matter of preference.
  • The touch controls on the 550 Wireless work well, but are a little too sensitive. I found myself pausing my music a couple times when I never intended to.
  • The 550 Wireless have a very comfortable fit that is slightly tighter and easier to lift weights with than the QC35s.
  • Battery life is incredible and the battery charges really fast as well.
  • I like how you turn on the headphones by twisting the left earphone.
  • Based on two phone calls, the quality of the calls on the 550 Wireless are excellent.
  • Pairing with both the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is very easy. You can have multiple connections at a time.
  • These are very light when compared to the Sennheiser M2 Wireless headphones.
  • There is a wire that comes with the 550 Wireless for those who want slightly better sound.

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones sound good and feel very comfortable.

I can’t make a definitive statement yet, but the PXC 550 Wireless may be the best wireless headphones yet for those who consider noise cancellation important, but not an absolute priority. Those who want great sound and noise cancellation that is frighteningly effective may look at the Bose QC35 instead.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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