- Rich sound, great treble, good detail, comfortable
- Battery pack is large, slight lack of refinement to the sound
A typically high quality product from Sennheiser, the PXC250 headphones offer a good alternative to products from Bose if you're looking for something a little cheaper. The audio quality is impressive although it doesn't quite beat what's produced by some top tier IEM manufacturers.
Price$ 349.95 (AUD)
The noise-cancelling headphone market has really been heating up lately, with a slew of companies releasing over-the-ear or in-ear headphones with frequent travellers in mind. Sennheiser has always been at the forefront headphone production and so we were expecting good things from the company's new noise-cancelling line up, the PXC series. The PXC250 sit in the middle of the range and offer a good option for those regularly on public transport or who spend more than their share of time in the air.
Audio quality is one area most noise-cancelling headphones suffer. All the processing that occurs to block out external sound obviously has an impact on your music and while this is somewhat evident on the PXC250, on the whole it sounds pretty impressive.
Sporting a typically rich Sennheiser presentation, these headphones offer a very complete sound, with nice presentation across all registers. The bass is a little slow and probably the weakest element of the music, but it still extends deeply; just a little more punch would have helped some of our faster paced music.
Treble notes were most impressive with a lot of sparkle and a vibrant, clear sound. They were very strongly emphasised, which particularly came across in some of our piano driven tunes. This may bother some users, but we found the overall balance to be pleasing. The mid range is detailed and lacks any kind of harshness. There was nice separation between all the musical elements and a reasonably impressive soundstage considering the small design.
Our main complaint with the sound is a slight lack of control and refinement. Sometimes everything comes across just a touch bloated or too strongly emphasised. It wasn't a big deal and most users probably won't notice, but audiophiles who are used to tight, clear, detailed sound will pick up on it.
Utilising Sennheiser's new NoiseGard technology, the noise cancelling on the PXC250 is fairly good, but truth be told we expected a little better. It does the job fine in an average office environment but even then it wasn't the complete absence of external noise that we're used to. Unfortunately we didn't get to test them on a flight, but on public transport they managed to dull the sound of the train rattling down the tracks without omitting it completely.
The design is fairly flimsy but will be familiar to anyone who has used Sennheiser portables in the past. They are comfortable and sit nicely on the ears, but we'd definitely recommend treating them with care as several of the joints are far from sturdy.
With folding hinges towards the top of the band and a lightweight build they would be perfect for throwing into a small bag or pocket, except for the fact that the battery pack and noise-cancelling unit is enormous. It is more than 10cm long and quite hefty, which may be a turn off for some users. Unfortunately you can't disconnect it from the rest of the headphones so you have no choice but to lug it around. The noise cancelling can be turned on or off to save battery power, but the sound quality changes a little. It flattens out a little and loses some of its richness, which some users may prefer.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTTechnical Consultant - SQL Server programming skillsACT
- TPMicrosoft Analyst ProgrammerSA
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)VIC
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)NSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD
- TPScrum MasterVIC
- TPProject Manager to manage two concurrent ProjectsQLD
- CCUser ResearcherNSW
- FTPMO Specialist - PermanentACT
- TPSpatial Science OfficerQLD
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- CCSAP/ Nakisa Implementation ConsultantQLD
- TPJava DeveloperVIC
- TPAgile Business AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Systems EngineerNSW
- CCGIS Developer - GeocortexWA
- CCSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsNSW
- CCFullstack .Net DeveloperNSW
- TPBI & Report Developer (SQL Developer)QLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)VIC
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)WA