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Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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Product Highlights
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Duofol Diaphragms
  • TalkThrough Function
  • Bypass Mode
  • Integrated Volume Control
  • Uses 1 AAA Battery
  • Accessories Included

Ideal for the constant traveler, the PXC 450 headphones from Sennheiser provide high-quality sound and active noise cancellation that reduces up to 90% of ambient noise. The patented Duofol diaphragm technology produces clear, crisp sound with a wide frequency response. The thickly padded earcups fit around the ear to naturally block out noise, and when combined with the NoiseGard 2.0 technology, provide a pure listening experience.

The headphones have a TalkThrough function that allows you to hear those around you without taking off the headphones. A built-in volume control makes it easy to make quick adjustments. The headphones operate on a single AAA battery for up to 16 hours, though a bypass mode is available that allows you to use the headphones without noise cancellation features, ensuring that a dead battery doesn't leave you stranded.

The single-sided cable helps to minimize tangles, and is detachable in case you want to use the noise cancellation features without listening to music. The cable has a standard 3.5mm plug, along with 1/4" and airplane adapters, letting you connect to MP3 players, CD players, home stereos, in-flight entertainment systems, and more. The headphones fold down for convenient storage in the included carrying case.

Switchable NoiseGard 2.0 technology reduces ambient noise by up to 90%
Patented Duofol diaphragms provide high-quality audio reproduction
Folding design for easy transport
Adjustable headband and thickly-padded earcups for comfort and noise isolation
Integrated volume control for making quick adjustments
TalkThrough function lets you hear your surroundings without removing the headphones
Uses a single AAA battery for up to 16 hours of operation
Bypass mode lets you use the headphones for music-only functions without a battery
Single-sided, detachable cable reduces tangles and lets you enjoy music-free noise cancellation
Standard 3.5mm mini plug with 1/4" and airplane adapters for wide compatibility with a variety of audio sources
Type Around-Ear, Noise-Cancelling
Frequency Range 8Hz - 28kHz
Impedance 150/750 Ohms
Sensitivity 108dB
Battery Type/Life 1 x AAA Battery
Up to 16 Hours of Operation
Connectors Standard 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with 1/4" and Airplane Adapters
Cable Length 4.62' (1.4 m)
Weight 8.5 oz (240g)
Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Carrying Case
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Airplane Adapter
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    SennheiserPXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
     
    3.8

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    72%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (9)
    • Great sound (8)
    • Good audio (7)
    • Durable (5)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (10)
    • Music (4)
    • Relaxing (4)
    • Home audio (3)
    • Home studio (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (7), Experienced (5)
      • Primary Use:
      • Travel (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You get what you've payed for.

    Excellent comfort, good quality sound, excellent noise cancellation, good quality construction, battery life "seems" to be good (2-3 hrs a day for a whole week now and noise cancellation...Read complete review

    Excellent comfort, good quality sound, excellent noise cancellation, good quality construction, battery life "seems" to be good (2-3 hrs a day for a whole week now and noise cancellation still working - sorry don't have exact time), audio works without battery. The talk through feature was not an option that I was looking for - but now I am glad that I have this as it is very convenient to switch on/off when someone is trying to talk to you. Best of all, I can play my music loud with very little leakage coming out so I don't annoy anyone standing or sitting next to me, and likewise, I can hear my music really well in a noisy room.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not even close to what I expected

    I spend between 8 and 40 hours on a plane every month and have for 5 years used two sets of noise canceling headphones that together cost less than the 450. I also drive...Read complete review

    I spend between 8 and 40 hours on a plane every month and have for 5 years used two sets of noise canceling headphones that together cost less than the 450. I also drive a noisy-ish diesel motor vehicle and on long trips I use noise canceling earphones while listening to audio books. After 5 years use the cheaper set of phones broke and I lost my second pair so I thought I would invest in a quality replacement. Everything about the 450 work is much better than the cheaper phones except the sound suppression. I like the way the 450s look, the way they fold up to a compact pack, their controls, and the talk thru feature. They seem robust enough to take the sort of treatment that happens on planes and cars, and they are very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately they simply do suppress enough sound in a noisy situation like planes, and the sound transmission at times sounds to me somewhat muddy.I don't think the 450s represent value for money and despite their positive features would not recommend them over other phones that are half their price.

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    5.0

    Audiophile quality

    By Someone

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Lack Of Remote And Micro

    Best Uses

    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Traveling

    Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

    Not as good as the Bose in noise reduction but has better sound quality.
    It's nice to finally hear a movie at normal volume without noise on the plane.
    Talk through and bypass are must-have features.

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    5.0

    Comfortable w/ great sound quality

    By Casual Listener

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Casual Listener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Traveling
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

      I don't have much experience with noise canceling headphones, but after quite a bit of research I settled on these (it came down to Bose and Sennheiser). For a casual listener, these are amazing headphones. Their maiden voyage was a flight from Seattle to New York and now I can't imagine taking a trip without them. I can't say much about how the noise canceling compares to other brands, but the difference between having them on and off was night and day. The sound quality, however, was far better than any other headphones I've ever tried. The other reviews that said you hear things in music you never noticed before, were not lying. I am very happy with my selection.

      • Primary Use:
      • Traveling
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Noise cancelling and no noise leakage

      By Chinophile

      from Melb, Oz

      About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Traveling

        Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

        Difficult to find true audiophile headphones these days. Newer ones tend to cater for gaming to hiphop with boosted levels. Great noise cancelling, no noise leakage and no wireless static. Very happy with purchase!

        • Primary Use:
        • Traveling
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Sennheiser hits a home run Dump the BOSE

        By Wally Gator

        from Westchester NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Traveling
          • Working Out

          Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

          Sennheiser is 100% on target with the PXC 450 cans! Noise cancel is excellent and the talk thru feature is VERY useful. In use in a noisy workout gym or on the red eye from CA I found these headphones deliver excellent noise cancellation WITH exceptional music reproduction. I tested them with hi res files at 192/24 using a tube based headphone amp and they compare favorably to the top of the line Sennheiser 800s'. I tried two BOSE models...not even in the same league with these Sennheisers'.I went the extra step and stripped all mp3/4's out of the iPod and now use full res files in the ipod, thay are good enough to tell the difference.RECOMMENED

          • Primary Use:
          • Working out
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Sen is living up to their name, but ...

          By Shimmering

          from New York, NY

          About Me Simple common sense user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • A machine
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • Tiny bit too BULKY

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Relaxing
          • Traveling

          Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

          If I would be a frequent flyer I might stick with it, but since I was looking for a headphone that produces beautiful and ACCURATE music/sound I went for the Sennheiser HD380 which exactly as this one, but without the noise cancelation. Sennheiser though gives you and gives you serious products, including the one I am reviewing right now here the PXC 450, and they added a few useful buttons to control the voice cancelation. Although the On-Off switch is somewhat hidden, there are is still a button to press while you want the cancelation to be off while you are actually having the headphone on your head. For me this was too bulky and I think that Bose is still doing better with voice cancelation. But if you have some not such good experience with Bose, then this is your next bet. Although this is bulky, but it feels so good on your ear. Well, not ON your ear, it's well built so it doesn't touch your ear.

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Works like a charm

          By Mike

          from Akron, OH

          About Me Frequent Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Traveling

            Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

            I bought these to replace an old pair of Bose QC 2 that I lost and used them on a recent trip from Cleveland to the west coast and back. They work as adverstised and noise cancelling is as good or better than the Bose. I like over the ear headphones better than on ear ones. What make the PXC 450s stand out is the talk through function which works great, the volume control, and the detachable cord. I also think they fold a little smaller than the Bose but not enough to make a difference. I would definitely buy them again if I lost them tomorrow.

            • Primary Use:
            • Traveling
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Not worth the money

            By Steve

            from Atlanta, GA & Milan, Italy

            About Me Frequent Traveler

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • For me none

            Cons

            • Poor Value
            • Too Much Ambient Noise
            • Uncomfortable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

              I just flew on a 8 hour flight. Maybe I'm asking too much, but it is still noisy. It does reduce a lot of the noise but to me it is still loud... & I have hearing loss. I then put in foam earplugs and they reduced more noise than this product does. They are 3 bucks for about 10 of them.

              In addition they are not comfortable to wear.

              In an office environment with A/C noise they work great, in a plane they are a huge disappointment.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great product

              By Robodoc

              from Michigan

              About Me Frequent Traveler

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • Traveling

                Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                The PXC 450 does an admirable job of noise canceling and delivering great audio quality. The fit and finish is terrific and the headphones are very comfortable. I use it at my office on a daily basis to wipe out ambient white noise as well as when I travel by plane.

                Highly recommend these phones.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                3.0

                Not even close to what I expected

                By Bob the builder

                from Perth Australia

                About Me Frequent Traveler

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Sound
                • Poor Value
                • Too Much Ambient Noise

                Best Uses

                • Portable Devices
                • Traveling
                • Working

                Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                I spend between 8 and 40 hours on a plane every month and have for 5 years used two sets of noise canceling headphones that together cost less than the 450. I also drive a noisy-ish diesel motor vehicle and on long trips I use noise canceling earphones while listening to audio books. After 5 years use the cheaper set of phones broke and I lost my second pair so I thought I would invest in a quality replacement. Everything about the 450 work is much better than the cheaper phones except the sound suppression. I like the way the 450s look, the way they fold up to a compact pack, their controls, and the talk thru feature. They seem robust enough to take the sort of treatment that happens on planes and cars, and they are very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately they simply do suppress enough sound in a noisy situation like planes, and the sound transmission at times sounds to me somewhat muddy.I don't think the 450s represent value for money and despite their positive features would not recommend them over other phones that are half their price.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                crystal clear sound

                By cube

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Frequent Traveler

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Average noise reduction

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • Traveling
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                These are my very first noise-cancelling headphones and honestly I expected a bit more of this technology. But ok, it works mostly for low buzzin noises, like engine noise while traveling. The sound is very good although a little flat when noise cancelling is on. I love the talk through function. But best of all is the superb quality of sound when noise cancelling is off. The headphones ale also very comfortable. Good for long flights or home, when one wants to enjoy fantastic sound quality.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not what i expected!!

                By Trance Freak!!

                from chicago

                About Me Gear Head

                Pros

                • Well built

                Cons

                • Not Loud Enough
                • Poor Sound

                Best Uses

                • Relaxing

                Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                Well what can i say the headphones are good quality and the sound is good.But since i come from having the beats by dre studio headphones i was kinda expecting a little bit more from the sound quality.For me they sound to flat and not that loud enough.The noise canceling is really good better than the studios for sure but bass and trebble wise their laking alot.If you listen to Rock,Heavy Metal,Rap or electronic music(trance,house,drum&bass like i do these are not for you.Go with the beats by dre studio.I bought these because of the reviews and because the beats that i had one speaker stop working and wanted to try something new.!!I guess their going back to shelfs!!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Sound great! Really Comfortable

                By Cody

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Talk Through feature
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Airplane
                  • At work
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                  These headphones sound wonderful. They are nice and big and will fit over my big ears. The noise-cancelling is good but not great. The sound is terrific. The battery life could stand to be longer, but you can switch to bypass mode which turns off the noise cancelling and does not require any batteries. That is a plus if the battery dies. The talk through function is really handy on flights, because you don't have to remove the headphones to talk to the flight attendant. Highly recommended.

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                  3.0

                  very bulky and heavy

                  By Shree

                  from Charlotte

                  About Me Child

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                  • Bulky/Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                  this is good buy for the sound clarity and all but it's very bulky and heavy

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                  5.0

                  You get what you've payed for.

                  By kahuna

                  from san jose, ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                    Excellent comfort, good quality sound, excellent noise cancellation, good quality construction, battery life "seems" to be good (2-3 hrs a day for a whole week now and noise cancellation still working - sorry don't have exact time), audio works without battery. The talk through feature was not an option that I was looking for - but now I am glad that I have this as it is very convenient to switch on/off when someone is trying to talk to you. Best of all, I can play my music loud with very little leakage coming out so I don't annoy anyone standing or sitting next to me, and likewise, I can hear my music really well in a noisy room.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Looks and

                    By winwar

                    from GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                      Seems well built. Worked well in tests at home. Will take it on long flight soon and then update this review and perhaps give it 5 stars. Seems to be in the Bose quality range at a slightly lower price. I have been happy with PXC 250 that I've owned for a few years now, so this should be better.

                      Be careful how you disconnect the cord, it goes sideways. Bulky.

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                      4.0

                      Great for long flight

                      By Guy

                      from alabama

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                        Used the PXC 450 on a 13 hour flight. Found it to be a great product that performed as advertised.

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                        2.0

                        Disappointed

                        By Moe

                        from Ontario, Canada

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                        • Events

                        Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                        I was disappointed when using the headphones in active mode as there was a constant 'sonic flutter' in the right ear. I should have done more homework as I've read that the PXC 450's don't perform well in relatively silent environments. I have RMA'd them.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent for price & quality

                        By Cabin Photographer

                        from Danbury WI

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sennheiser PXC 450 Around-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones:

                            Tried the PXC 350 and the 450. The 450 outshines the 350 by a longshot. Higher performance, love the talk through feature. Use it to make playlists in Itunes in the home office.

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