Sennheiser PXC 550 NoiseGard

Test 09/2019

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Test seal: Sennheiser PXC 550 NoiseGard, Rating 9.8

last modified: 10.10.2019, 8:57

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All rating criteria details:

Noise-cancelling 30%
Comfort 20%
Sound quality 20%
Workmanship 15%
Design 15%
Tested by: Jil

Jil

Resumee

The Sennheiser - PXC 550 NoiseGard convince with very good sound quality, adaptive noise cancelling and with touch control. This makes the headphones very easy to operate and the Bluetooth stability is good. The only problem is the poor quality of calls.

Pro

  • Very good Bluetooth stability
  • Adaptive noise cancelling
  • Touch control
  • Very good sound quality
  • Delivered charged

Cons

  • Noises are not completely suppressed
  • During calls, the voices are doubled

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Disturbing noises are cancelled. Good flexibility thanks to very good Bluetooth stability.

The device

The Sennheiser - PXC 550 NoiseGard comes in a plain black box that is completely filled with foam. Inside there is a holder for the transport box, which contains the headphones. Next to the headphones are a connecting cable (1.40m), a charging cable (1.24m) and an adapter in an elastic mesh in the box.

The earcups completely enclose the ears and provide adaptive noise cancelling that adapts to the noise level. The right earpiece allows Touch Control to control volume, playback, stop pause and title change. In addition, the noise reduction can be actively controlled via a small switch and the effect mode can also be adjusted. Furthermore, there is the connection for the charging cable and the plughole for the connection cable to the smartphone. When the headphones are removed from the head and the earcups are turned inwards, the headphones switch off automatically.

The manufacturer warrants the headphones for 2 years from the date of purchase.

Sennheiser - PXC 550 NoiseGard
Sennheiser - PXC 550 NoiseGard

Included in delivery:

  • Headphones
  • Transport box
  • USB cable
  • Adapter
  • Safety instructions
  • Instruction manual


The usage

The manufacturer of the Sennheiser - PXC 550 NoiseGard offers you an app to control music and other functions. But this is not a must! The headphones also work perfectly without the app and are very easy to use.

If you take the headphones out of their transport box and unfold them, i.e. bring them into their corresponding shape, they switch on automatically. On a positive note, the headphones are delivered with a fully charged battery. The headphones immediately communicate with you and want to pair with a Bluetooth device. They also tell you when you're paired with a device. If you prefer to use the connection cable, a Bluetooth connection is not necessary. The connection cable to the smartphone has a great length of 1.40 meters and offers flexibility.

When you're connected to the device of your choice, you can turn on music either through your phone as you know it or through the headphones themselves. That's easy to do with the touch control on the right earpiece, just tap twice on the touchpad and the music turns on. If you wipe to the right or left with your finger, you can change the track. Wiping up and down controls the volume, and if you double-tap again, you pause.

After listening to enough music, remove the headphones and turn the earcups inwards. The headphones turn off automatically. When your headphones are out of battery, you need to charge them for about 3 hours and are then able to listen to 30 hours of music. The charging cable is 1.24 metres long.

Noise Cancelling

Noise-cancelling without music doesn't make the best impression. You can still hear the sounds from the surroundings clearly but in an attenuated form. For example, you can listen to conversations and music from other people. But when you turn on your music, you are isolated from the environment. You don't hear any environmental noise and conversations are completely muted. But similar to their competitors, the headphones are more sensitive to high frequencies than to low frequencies. Low frequencies are held off by headphones without exception, while high frequencies are perceived more easily.

Sennheiser - PXC 550 Headphones
Sennheiser - PXC 550 Headphones (Noise-Cancelling Wireless)

Sound

A big plus is the sound quality. The music has a nice sound and it is very pleasant for you to listen to your favourite music with headphones.

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Phone calls

The voice quality for calls is fine. Without a connection cable, you can accept the incoming call via the touchpad on the earpiece and end it later. The caller can understand you clearly, there are no problems on his side. However, you hear yourself twice and the caller's voice can only be heard falteringly. If the call is connected to the smartphone, you can only answer and end the call from your smartphone. The caller can hear you perfectly here as well. You hear your voice twice again and the caller's voice only falters.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth stability is also great. There are no interruptions even after a long distance to the smartphone and the touch control still works perfectly. So you can move freely around your home without a smartphone and still listen to music without a problem.

We have evaluated almost 250 customer ratings on the internet. In summary, it can be said that about 70 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 15 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.0 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 70% positive and 15% negative ratings

The following points were often positively noted:

  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Ambient noises disappear completely
  • Battery life is very good
  • High-quality design

The following points were often negatively noted:

  • Handling is poorly designed
  • Compatibility issues with Macbook
  • The battery indicator is only optical and not reliable
Manufacturer Sennheiser
EAN 4044155207484
Scope of delivery Headphones, travel case, USB cable, adapter, manual, safety guidelines
Height 17 cm (case)
Width 18.5 cm (case)
Depth 5.5 cm (case)
Weight 227 g
Foldable
Charging time 3 hrs
Battery life 30 hrs
Control Touch control
Bluetooth stability Very good
Cable connection (without Bluetooth) ✔ length -1,40 m
Speech quality (telephone) Satisfactory
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2019-10-10
Can noise reduction also be switched off?
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Yes, via a switch on the headphones. Stepless noise reduction is also possible.
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2019-10-10
How big are the ear cups (height times width in cm)?
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Inside 3,5 * 6,5 Outside 7.5 * 10.0
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2019-10-10
Is it possible to change the announcements from English to German with headphones?
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Yes, you can with the app "CapTune" from Sennheiser. Install the app from the AppStore or GooglePlay on your mobile phone. Further settings are possible there.

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