The PXC 450 is their noise cancelling offering that gives the Bose highly acclaimed QuietComfort 25 headphones a run for their money.
There is but one caveat however, they cost over $200. Are the PXC 450 headphones really worth that much?
Sennheiser PXC 450 Review
Design and Features
The Sennheiser PXC 450 has a silver, gray and black color theme, much like some of Bose’s QuietComfort headphones.
Unlike Bose’s however, the design itself looks sleeker, more streamlined and more expensive – something you’d hope that a pair of headphones that cost over $200 would look like.
On the right cup you’ll find the volume, “Talk Through” and power controls, as well as the AAA battery container.
The left ear has the audio cable jack and a normal/”bypass” switch which is essentially the switch for noise cancelling or passive mode.
Features of the Sennheiser PXC 450 Headphones:
- Patented “NoiseGard” technology giving 90% noise reduction
- Audiophile quality sound with adaptive baffle damping and a patented Duofol diaphragm
- Airline Adapter
- Carrying Case
- Cable length: 4.6 ft. (1.4 m)
- Weight: 8.5 oz. (240 g)
The ear pads have a thick cushion and are extremely comfortable, so comfortable in fact after a bit, you will forget you are wearing them.
The insulating material in the ear pad cushion by themselves absorb a lot of sound. Just putting them on without the noise cancellation turned on you will notice how much quieter it is.
The cup shape contributes to the noise cancelling as it seals your ears and limits the amount of noise that gets in.
The Sennheiser PXC 450’s noise cancelling can effectively compete with Bose’s top of the line noise cancelling models and in some situations, can even be better.
Low frequency noises of cars, air conditioners and of course airplane engines just seem to disappear and even higher frequency sounds like cars honking and sirens are greatly muffled.
What the Sennheiser PXC 450 creates is an extremely enjoyable listening environment even when there’s heavy ambient noise around you. At times, it seems as if the louder the noise outside, the better the noise cancelling works.
The built-in microphone not only works for noise cancelling, it also allows you to hear what’s happening in your environment when on “Talk Through” mode.
When on this mode, the music is muted and the microphone picks up outside sounds – perfect for when you’re trying to catch flight announcements at the airport.
Another great feature of the PXC 450’s is being able to use it in passive or “bypass” mode which allows you to continue to listen to music with the noise cancelling turned off.
The audio quality actually improves when in this mode because the headphones isn’t straining itself with noise cancelling and blocking out ambient sounds.
What sets Sennheiser’s PXC 450 apart from industry leader Bose’s QuietComfort headphones is its audio quality. For years now, Sennheiser has silently produced some of the best sounding headphones in the market and you can expect the same high-quality audio on the PXC 450.
The sound is crisp and clear without sounding strained, perfect for vocal-heavy music. The bass is “just right” – noticeably there, but not too overpowering which is perfect for most people but not for those expecting heavy explosiveness when watching action films or listening to hiphop or bass heavy music.
Are They Worth It?
Costing over $200, the PXC 450 are one of the more expensive noise cancelling headphones in the market. However they do deliver on both noise cancellation and audio quality.
Plus they are about $50 cheaper than the high-end Bose Quietcomfort 25’s and have about the same noise cancellation and audio quality.
The Bottom Line
What it comes down to is the sound quality. If you’re someone who needs excellent noise cancelling with very good audio, the Sennheiser PXC 450’s will be a good investment for you.
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