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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless: Full-size Bluetooth headphone with active noise cancelling rivals Bose QC35Marketed toward discerning business travelers, the feature-packed PXC 550 offers a comfortable fit and delivers strong performance.
[MUSIC] Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless is a premium over ear bluetooth headphone that also features active noise cancellation and is targeted at the business traveller. It is a direct competitor to Bose's Quiet Comfort 35 and costs $400. Like the Bose this is a very comfortable headphone and relatively lightweight at eight ounces or 227 grams. It folds up for storage in an included a carrying case that seems well built, though it doesn't have the premium design touches of Sennheiser's Momentum 2 wireless. What differentiates it from the Bose is that it has touch controls on the right ear cuff and automatically turns on when you put the headphone on your ears. It then shuts down when you pull the headphone flat. Battery life is rated at a healthy 30 hours. There's a companion app for iOS and Android called Captune that lets you customize the sound. But to customize the sound you either have to play file sort on your device or use the TIDAL music service. The app doesn't support Spotify or other music streaming services at this time, however a small button on the right ear cup allows you to toggle through a few different effects modes including club, movie, speech or no effect mode. That works with anything you're listening to. I found the sound quality and adaptive noise canceling very good. I don't think either manages to quite top the Bose But this is a very strong over ear bluetooth headphone that works really well as a headset for making calls with multiple microphones and noise reduction technology. I preferred the sound quality of the Momentum 2 Wireless, but the noise canceling on this model is stronger. In the end, I'm not sure I would recommend this over the Bose QC 35 which cost $50 less but, it certainly is a recommendable headphone, it's an excellent Bluetooth model, it's comfortable, feature-packed and performs very well, I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com, thanks for watching. [SOUND]