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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless: New full-size Bluetooth headphone with active noise cancelling rivals Bose QC35

Sennheiser's latest wireless headphone is a comfortable over-ear wireless model that also includes active noise cancellation.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.

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Sennheiser is marketing the PXC 550 Wireless to "discerning business travelers." Undiscerning ones need not apply.

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When it comes to headphones, one tends to associate Bose with the "business traveler" demographic. But Sennheiser's making a pitch to that segment of the market with its new PXC 550 Wireless, a "premium" over-ear Bluetooth headphone that also features active noise-cancellation. It's a direct competitor to Bose's QuietComfort 35 and costs $399, £329 or AU$630.

Sennheiser is not only touting the PXC 550's sound quality, but its customizable sound modes (via the company's CapTune app for iOS and Android), touch controls, long battery life (30 hours) and strong headset performance for making phone calls.

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The PCX 550 Wireless will ship by the end of July.

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I haven't tried the headphone yet but look forward to getting my hands on one when it goes on sale later in July. In the meantime here's a quick look at the PCX 550 Wireless' key features, according to Sennheiser:

  • Price: $399, £329, AU$630
  • Fold flat, lightweight design (8.0 ounces or 227 grams)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation monitors ambient noise levels to provide the exact level of suppression needed
  • Up to 30 hours of battery life with noise cancellation engaged
  • Four presets for adjusting sound and one customizable Director mode that can be tailored using Sennheiser's companion app, CapTune
  • Earcup-mounted touch control panel and voice prompt system
  • Music automatically pauses when headphones are removed
  • NFC tap-to-pair technology for devices that support it
  • "Unrivalled" speech clarity for business and personal calls ensured by a beamforming array with three microphones
  • Travel carrying case included
  • Ships late July 2016
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