I own both the Sennheiser PXC450 and its little brother the PXC250. I’ve tried the PXC350. Although expensive, the PXC450 is worth every penny. It beats out the competition in terms of comfort (the PXC250 is supra-aural) and the SQ had me amazed. I never expected such clear, balanced and fun sound from NC headphones, although the bass is lacking a bit. I was afraid that when active the noise-cancelling might somehow interfere with the SQ, but although that might have been the case with the PXC250 (SQ is really much lower), the PXC450 sound like quality headphones and interference is minimal. Some detail disappears, treble becomes a bit thinner and the bass suffers, but the extent to which is forgiveable as well as academic, I guess, since no headphones will be able to give you such detail while on a plane. With the NC switched off, you're still left with very good headphones. If you need NC headphones and are looking at a long flight, I recommend the PXC450; SQ is significantly better than the PCX350, its build is sturdy and has a luxurious feel over it, it has an efficient talk-through button and comfort is incomparable with the PXC250. It’s a personal thing of course, but having circumaural NC headphones feels much nicer (especially if you fly from Europe to Australia and back) than IEMs. Even with the music switched off and the NC switched on, the PCX450 delivers… it’s quiet and you get to enjoy the silence. Relatively, that is, because human voices aren’t filtered out completely (which I like, especially before boarding) and NC only goes so far. Far enough for me though.
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2/18/08 at 4:59am