Sennheiser's new PXC 350s are the latest additions to the Sennheiser catalogue and are essentially a cheaper version of the excellents.
These new high-end noise-cancelling cans retail at around £230, so although they're cheaper than their bigger brothers, they still have much to prove.
One of the things we loved most about the PXC 450s was their rock-solid construction. Build quality seen in this new model is as impressive as we were hoping for, and the £230 'phones are also nicely lightweight. Retained is the feeling of solidity, the comfortable earcups and the soft padded headband.
Also carried over from the 450s is the invisible positioning of the battery compartments, which reside inconspicuously behind the earcup bracket when being worn.
The thick, professional audio cable is both gold plated and detachable from the 'phones. But this isn't the only feature aimed at making your life easier. The 350's earcups can be swiveled, allowing flat packing in the supplied carry case, which is about the size of a hardback book.
Driving sound from each earcup is a dynamic transducer, coupled with a dual-layer Duofol diaphragm. Jointly they're capable of working within a frequency range of 8Hz-28kHz. The result is a very clean, powerful overall sound. As far as we could tell, the 350s and 450s are almost identical in tone: very crisp highs, punchy mids and balanced, powerful bass.
Bodyrox's club track 'Yeah Yeah' has a deep, gently reverberated kick drum that pounded into our skulls without distorting. We fired up some Pendulum next to make sure this sound was consistently good, specifically the track 'Tarantula'. Without deep, thumping bass, this track is lifeless. Thankfully, the 350s perform admirably well enough to recreate an in-skull club experience, though the tiniest bit more bass oomph would please those who primarily listen to dance.
But enough with electronically generated sound -- time for some cutthroat, no-one-left-alive metal, notably from Cannibal Corpse. This fiery onslaught of brutal death metal exploded into our head with all the unrestrained malice and energy that this band pumps from a stage, all recreated realistically by the 350s.