Sennheiser PXC 350
The sound of these headphones is quite good, with a slightly emphatic presence region--most excellent for dialogue and speech intelligibility in movie watching. The Sennheiser PXC350 is a full size closed-back design headphone and the noise cancelling feature is excellent and provides a dramatic reduction in outside noise. In-line volume control allows easy adjustment of listening level. Fit and finish are also superb and the headphones come with handy travel case, various 1/8" to 1/4" and airline adapters.
- Very good sound quality, especially for movies.
- Excellent isolation provided by closed design, and terrific "Noise Guard" canceling circuitry.
- Fully accessorized and comes with handy carry case.
- Good fit and finish from this fine maker.
What's In The Box:
- carrying case
- airline adaptor
- 1/4" adaptor
- 2 AAA batteries
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German headphone geeks at Sennheiser have recently rolled-out some of the best full size noise-cancelling headphones we've gotten our ears on. The PXC350 are good-performing noise-cancellers within a tricky category of headphones. Normally, we decry 'active' noise-cancelling headsets as being but a pale shadow of audiophile headphone listening. Given all the electronic processing, on-board batteries, and extra hoo-haas required on the design, it's no wonder most noise-cancellers leave something to be desired for demanding listeners who want great, accurate sound. However, noise-cancelling technology is quite effective on airplanes and for commuters in noisy environments, so the market has slowly begun to deliver better and better active noise-cancelling headsets with Senn pushing to lead the pack. The PXC350 updates the proprietary Sennheiser 'NoiseGard 2.0' technology with a claimed 85% reduction in background noise (up to 1kHz). Clear highs and a good bass response bracket the mid-ranges; it's actually a fairly decent sound considering they're noise-cancelling headphones.
The PXC350 is outfitted in an unobtrusive all-black color scheme and is significantly larger-sized than the previous-model PXC150, PXC250, and PXC300 ergonomics. This full-size Sennheiser PXC350 model has deep soft black leather earpads on its conveniently folding 'circumaural' sealed-back earcups. An adjustable headband allows for a personalized fit. You'll find a volume control slider integrated in the single-sided detachable 5-foot cable which is terminated to a 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-plug. Even without the batteries and/or noise cancelling feature engaged, the headphones can still play audio. Further, one can activate the noise-cancelling without audio to use the PXC350 as hearing protectors with a claimed minus -32dB of ambient noise attenuation. A soft but rugged Sennheiser travel case contains the folded PXC350 headphones and all included accessories like a two-prong airline adapter, full-size 1/4" adapter plug, and even handy slots for extra AAA batteries. An excellent 2-year product warranty remains standard on all Sennheiser headphones ONLY when purchased from true Sennheiser-authorized vendors -- like HeadRoom!.
- Sensitivity: 108 dB/V
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Detachable Cable: Yes
- Weight: 14.5 oz
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 150/750 Ohms
- Ear Coupler Type: Noise Cancelling
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Coupler Size: Large
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Noise Cancelling: Yes
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Posted by Now Hear This! from Pleasant Grove, UT on 2010-01-25
Recommend Product: No
Pros: quintessential Sennheiser sound, good NC for lower frequencies
The sound is near-perfect Sennheiser sound (if you like the Sennheiser sound—which I do) and the carrying case is well-built (ballistic nylon clamshell with zipper).
The noise canceling is effective for noises below 1000 Hz, which includes most forced air systems (furnaces, etc.), airplane engine, and road rumble. It does *not* cancel out signals above 1000 Hz, which is where most speech and household or office noise is: these are airplane noise canceling headphones, not for finding a quiet place around the town.
After trying them on, I noticed that they're for people with small ears or ears that lie flat against the head. My ears extend away from my head a little and touch the inside of the headphones in an area that makes me wonder why they did this.
The inside area of the headphones is not flat like most of their headphones: Sennheiser has put a raised prism area in the mesh that would follow the angle of an average ear on an average head, which mine must deviate from a bit, since the back of my ear is constantly being scratched by this mesh, and the mesh is not soft.
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Posted by araho from Maryland on 2010-01-16
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable with quality sound - Build quality
Cons: Pricey, short battery life
Build quality, as is the case with most Sennheiser products, is superior.
Take along an extra set of batteries. The long flight pretty much emptied the tank and the performance of the headphone is poor without the sound suppression.
HeadRoom service was, as always, great!!
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