Sennheiser is a company that seems to rarely get the spotlight they deserve, despite the fact that they are constantly developing high quality products. In fact, they have been going strong for decades, capitalizing on technology and bringing us some of the most innovative products on the market. Although we are most certainly not a Sennheiser spokesperson, the acclaim is well deserved. Even with their low-key image, Sennheiser is still probably the first name that comes to mind when thinking of a company that produces high-end audio products. Sure, their lineup will set you back a few euros, but anyone familiar with the brand can tell you that it is usually well worth the price. This brings us to the PXC 450, a set of noise-cancelling headphones that pack a hefty price and a high performance punch to match.
The Sennheiser PXC 450s leave a lasting impression as soon as you open the box. When handling the magnetized flap you’ll know that what you invested in is far from the average. The headphones have a nice to feel to them and an appealing design that screams comfort. The headband and circumaural ear cups which rest over and around the ears are wrapped in posh soft leather with a heavenly soft padding. Underneath this glamorous protection are of course the headband, and a set of bulky hinges which are constructed of hard, durable steel and aluminum. The cable is thick and even replaceable, thus ensuring longevity of the product. The entire package is a winner in the way of design with an attractive look and industrial feel, boasting luxury that almost makes the PXC 450 worthy of its price tag.
As we mentioned, these headphones are bulky and may prove to be a good self defence weapon, should you ever need one. However, they are being marketed by Sennheiser as traveling headphones. Some might question this as the cord is pretty short at 165cm which is not long enough to enjoy the best of Hi-fi listening. There is an aeroplane adaptor that comes in the package along with the popular noise-cancelling feature. We suspect that all this is designed to reduce the engine buzz of an airplane and other aggravating background noises you may encounter. Aside from this, there is no downsizing these earphones. They’ll still make you look like a traveling DJ whenever you pull them out. You can fold them flat and stow them away in the provided case, but they’ll still take up a decent amount of space in your traveling bag.
Just because Sennheiser PXC 450 is advertised as a traveling companion, that doesn’t mean you have to explore the globe with them - these marvelous headphones work fine at home. Equipped with NoiseGard 2.0, they allow you to jam your music or favorite podcasts without missing out because of the background environment.