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The price I paid : 350Euro around £300
Sennheiser, that's the name I think of when someone happens to mention headphones. Synonymous with quality of production but most importantly quality of sound. These are an older pair of headphones I have these around Four years now. They are without a doubt the best pair of headphones I have ever owned and they should be for the price. But as I've said before what you pay for something isn't always a grantee of quality. In this case it was.
These are nice big, DJ style, total ear covering headphones. They are not the little "earbud" type that you would use with your iPod for example. The feel of pure quality is undeniable. The black leather covered box that they are housed in has a magnetised locking flap and inside the box is lined in soft grey felt. The ear-cups are hinged so they can lye flat into the box, this makes storing your expensive headphones a doodle. I use these for listening to music at home, the quality of the sound is second to none. In fact the sound is better through these headphones than the speakers on my hifi system. The base is nice and meaty while not dominating the overall sound spectrum. You can clearly hear every instrument and vocal just as the producer and engineer intended. The ear-cups are very well padded and are covered in very soft leather. The headband and hinges are robust to say the least. They are made of chunky hard wearing aluminium and steel. I know this sounds like having a construction site sitting on your head, but the way all of this is balanced through the design makes them very comfortable to wear.
The cable is good and thick. Some high end headphones can have the thinnest of little wires hanging pathetically from them. And if you happen to accidentally stand on the wire while wearing them, well you might as well through them in the bin. The cable on these is strong enough to take such abuse. But if you do damage it, it's fully replaceable
I travel to New York quite regularly for business and always take these with me. They are actually described as travel headphones and come with an aeroplane adapter. The main reason I take these with me so often is their superior noise cancelling facility. This reduces the annoying rumble and hum of a flying aircraft and it's air conditioning. The active noise cancelling technology is called NoiseGard 2.0. This is said to cancel out 90% of exterior sound and works by monitoring that exterior sound with microphones and counteracting it with 'anti-sound', or phase-inverted sound. They also have a "talk through" feature, this is of great use as you don't have to remove your headphones every time someone speaks to you or the pilot makes an announcement. All you have to do is simply push a button located on the exterior of the right ear-cup and you can hear everything clearly. These headphones can also be used with or without "Noise guard" turned on, this will of course help preserve the battery power.
The volume can be adjusted directly on the headphones. The audio transmission is "guarantied" to always work, even in passive mode and without the batteries.
The ear pads and cable are fully detachable and replaceable for long service life
*** accessories ***
2 audio adaptors (in-flight entertainment and 6.3 mm)
1 AAA battery
*** Technical data ***
Headphone design - Headband set
Ear coupling - circumaural
Transducer principle - dynamic
Weight w/o cable - 240g
Frequency response (headphones) - 8 - 28000 Hz
Attenuation (passive) - up to 32dB
Noise guard noise compensation - up to 23dB (NG 2.0)
Impedance - 150/750 Ω
THD, total harmonic distortion - < 0,1%
Sound pressure level (SPL) - 108 dB
Battery Specification - one AAA battery
Operating time - >21h
Cable length - 1,4 m single-sided, replaceable
Connector 3,5mm right-angled
These are top quality headphones with a price to match.
They are great for at home and wonderful for air travel.
The sound quality is what makes these worth buying. But there may be other headphones out there for far less money with just as good a sound.
So remember always shop around.
The PXC 450 is a circumaural high-end travel headphone set with NoiseGard 2.0 technology and TalkThrough function for the best possible attenuation of ambient noise.
The PXC 450 enables an unprecedented sound experience for people on the move, thanks to its adaptive baffle damping in combination with the patented Duofol diaphragms, which prevent unwanted partial oscillation and thus guarantee a highly natural, lifelike sound quality.
Users of a PXC 450 who wish to communicate with their neighbors can do so without taking off the headphones: when the TalkThrough function is activated, professional quality microphones mounted on the outside of the headphones pick up all acoustic signals in the immediate vicinity. Unwanted background noise, such as the sound of the engines on a plane, is filtered out electronically to a great extent, so that only the neighbor's voice is passed on through the headphones into the user's ear in top audio quality.
The PXC 450 is foldable. Volume control integrated in the headphones and a single-sided detachable and replaceable cable ensure maximum convenience for the user.