Sennheiser PXC550ii GEN. 2 – Active Noise Cancelling Headphones – REVIEW

It has been a long time since I haven’t had any severe run here. Praise to God for helping me to come back even though I have waited so long. So, guys, this is Arundhathy here to help you guys make that purchase decision. Welcome everyone to another review!

Today I am going to have an in-depth review of the Sennheiser PXC 550ii. Well, I don’t need to introduce the german audio brand Sennheiser who is a traditional brand in the technological world.


The Sennheiser PXC 550ii comes in a matte square-shaped white box with labelling, specs and instruction on the front and backside. Inside our packaging, there is a good quality black carry case which is travel friendly.

A manual and a warranty card along with the headphone are beautifully arranged in that black sturdy stylish box. Also, remember to register for your warranty. An aeroplane adaptor, micro USB for charging, a standard line cable which can use as a wide option for your headphone along with the Sennheiser PXC 550ii is laid out inside the stylish pouch.

Design And Features

The Sennheiser PXC 550ii is an over-the-ear, wireless headphone. This premium-looking headphone is similar to its predecessor, the Sennheiser PXC 550. But the design has always looked quite modern.

The earcups are designed like an egg upside down. The cups are cushioned pretty well with premium quality plush material and it can be easily removable. The clamping force around jawline is not bad, but I think it is not much comfortable when compared to the Bose QC35ii.

The earcups have decent breathability, but it does warm up a bit, causing some minor ear sweat for me. The cushioned headbands look and feel premium. The arms which can extend down is thin and minimalist.

They weigh 227 g and the headphone features 32 mm dynamic drivers which have a  frequency response of  17 Hz – 23000 Hz,  active impedance of 490 ohms and passive impedance of 46 ohms.

The headphones automatically turn on and connect via Bluetooth when they unfolded. All the controls that I needed are available on the outer panels of the earcups. The touch controls are very responsive. A light touch against the right earcup can execute the actions like adjusting volume, play and pause or skip tracks, or accept calls.

You can move to the next track or video by swiping forward and adjust the volume by swiping up and down the touch panel.

Hazard mode or transparency mode can be turned on by double-tapping the touch panel which pauses the music or video and turns on the microphones allowing you to hear the surroundings without taking off your headphones. But you cannot resume the music and transparency mode at the same time. But the new Sennheiser Momentum 3 wireless and Sony WH-1000XM3 can turn both on at the same time.

The headphones do have auto-pause as well. When you take off your headset, the audio will stop and when you put them back on then the audio will resume.

Looking at the physical buttons, you have the active-noise cancelling button to turn on, off on the right earcup. If you leave it in the middle of on and off, this will provide adaptive noise cancelling in which the intensity of ANC will dynamically change based on your wish.

These headphones are Bluetooth-only for their wireless connection. They upgraded with Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility which reduces or eliminate any video syncing delays and support for the high-quality AAC codec and a Voice Assistant button for accessing Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. Alongside aptX support, these enhancements help to deliver uncompromised sound quality. They can also be paired with two devices at the same time.

They also feature a triple microphone array that makes it easy to stay connected while giving voice commands or taking phone calls in noisy environments. It has smart app support too.

Sound Experience

The Sennheiser PXC 550ii has a dazzling and well-balanced sound profile. The Mids and the Bass range are accurate, balanced and excellent. But the treble range isn’t as balanced as bass and mid, which may cause vocals to be lacking in details. The headphone is suited for most genres of music and content like podcasts and audiobooks.

Call Quality

The call quality is decent. When you are on a phone call, You cannot turn on the transparency mode. But of course, you can turn off the ANC mode. Even though the ANC mode turned off, your voice muffled because of the noise isolation of the earcups. Therefore you might end up in speaking louder than you should. These headphones reduce incoming noises to a great extend.

Battery Life

The Sennheiser PXC 550ii has an excellent battery performance. The headphones come with up to 20 hours of battery life with headphones connected via Bluetooth and ANC switched on. And 30 hours of battery life when using a wired connection with ANC turned on. It took only 2 hours to get fully charged while as per the company, it will take three hours to load.


Overall the Sennheiser PXC 550ii is great for who looking for clear, balanced and accurate audio. And it is perfect for travelling. But if comfort is your utmost priority, go for the Bose QC35ii because it slightly does better than the PXC 550ii. But the Sennheiser PXC 550ii do have a better specification.


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