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With a pricetag of £330/0, these Sennheiser headphones might cost more than the average Joe might ordinarily spend on headphones, though anyone looking to defend the spend here should know that they won’t have to shell out for new earmuffs next winter.
The thick leather pads hug your ears – snug, not too oppressive – and do a good job blocking out external noise.
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Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan accompanies the instrumental lullaby with his pensively deep vocals.
Now with more talk time, voice-activated Siri access — and a new wireless charging case — Air Pods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience.
Simply take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices.
Taking the effort out of pressing buttons, it powers up automatically when unfolded – or, more specifically as the right ear cup twists open – and turns off when folded.
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In Jamie xx’s , there’s a lot of tune competing for your attention – the overlapping rhythms of drubbing beat and shakers that roll over the top of steel drums – but thanks to the Sennheiser’s roomy, open soundstage and dependable footing, the presentation is arranged and orderly; each note hits the mark within a presentation that sounds naturally, almost effortlessly, together.
And when you’re away from a charging mat, you can use the Lightning port to charge.
When you use Air Pods, Siri automatically speaks your incoming messages as they arrive — and you can choose which contacts you hear them from.
Sennheiser married noise cancelling and Bluetooth for the first time in its Momentum 2.0 Wireless (£380), and Bose has replied by applying the same functionality to its Quiet Comfort 35s (£290).
Now, right on cue, we have the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless: noise-cancelling, wireless follow-ups to the PXC 450s, and more affordable options to the existing Momentum 2.0 Wireless model.
Having two similarly priced, similarly featured models in a headphone line-up may seem odd, but Sennheiser says the PXC 550s are aimed at the ‘discerning business traveller’.‘Fruity’ seems an unusual adjective to describe a pair of headphones – especially ones as polished and businesslike as these – but with its thick extra cushioning in the middle and silver metal details at either end, the headband is banana-shaped, while the oval ear cups are like enlarged pear drops.