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Sennheiser PXC-360 BT Noise-Canceling Headphones review

Sennheiser PXC-360 BT Noise-Canceling Headphones - Almost Perfect

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
8
Performance:
8.5
Features:
9.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Good audio performance
TalkThrough is useful on flights
Bluetooth connectivity
THE BAD
Uncomfortable for long usage
SRS WOW surround sound not effective


Conclusion

A Tight Fit

Sennheiser is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to headphones and it’s for good reason. The new PXC 360 BT headphones are packed with features and it has a high level of audio performance too. Sadly, it is far from perfect. But before we elaborate, here’s a summary of the PXC 360 BT’s audio performance.

Summary of Audio Results
Test Type Scores
CD 8.5
MP3 8.5
Movies (DVD) 8.5
Overall Audio Performance 8.5

In terms of audio quality, it is hard to fault the Sennheiser PXC 360 BT. One could argue that its sound is too bass-driven and that the highs could do with more resolution, but overall the PXC 360 BT can hardly be described as a terrible sounding set of headphones. Compared to the Bose QuietComfort 15, we prefer the Sennheiser’s more natural rendition of music.

Noise-canceling performance was good too, as it significantly reduced the amount of whirring noises in our simulated environment. However, it did feel as if it was marginally less effective than the QuietComfort 15, but we are nitpicking here really. On the other hand, TalkThrough is a really thoughtful feature, allowing us to hear our surroundings without taking off the headphones. We also liked that Sennheiser has included Bluetooth connectivity for a wireless listening experience. Admittedly, not everyone needs this and it does drain the battery faster, but it is still a useful feature to have.

 

Unfortunately, good audio performance and features aside, the Sennheiser PXC 360 BT is let down by its disappointing fit. The damping on the headphones is a little too much for our liking, and this problem is compounded by the stiff leather cushions and paddings used, which makes the headphones uncomfortable to wear. And that really is its biggest problem, because as a pair of noise-canceling headphones targeted at frequent fliers, comfort is of the utmost importance. To sum things up, our experience with the PXC 360 BT is like finding a really nice shirt (or dress, for the ladies) that you really like and then discovering that it doesn’t come in your size.

That said, much like the audio performance of headphones, how comfortable a pair of headphones are is also subjective and depends very much on individual preferences. We might think its uncomfortable, but others might think otherwise. After all, our ears comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Therefore, while our advice is to try these headphones for yourself to see if they fit nicely, we would also like to caution that we didn't feel much discomfort until after an hour of actual usage.