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Sennheiser HD 458BT over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black/Red) $149 (Was $299) @ JB Hi-Fi

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Overview

Great wireless sound gets a stunning new look: Sennheiser’s new HD 458BT remixes its exceptional HD 450BT wireless headset with a bold new red and black style. Whether at home or on the move, their captivating sound quality, advanced Bluetooth technology, and excellent 30-hour battery life make them perfect for audio lovers seeking a better wireless listening experience.

With active noise cancellation and a closed back design, the HD 458BT delivers superior, distraction-free sound with deep dynamic bass – even in loud environments. Exceptional quality is assured by high-quality wireless codec support, including AAC and AptX™, with AptX™ Low Latency to keep audio perfectly in sync with on-screen action when watching videos. Sennheiser’s Smart Control App makes it possible to tailor the sound via an intuitive equalizer or using the special podcast mode to boost speech intelligibility.

A great companion for travel, the HD 458BT has a superb 30-hour battery life with fast USB-C charging, a Voice Assistant button for Siri and Google Assistant interaction, and a robust folding design for take-anywhere durability.

Key Features

Active noise cancellation for uninterrupted listening pleasure

Superior wireless sound with deep dynamic bass and high-quality codec support including AAC and AptX™ Low Latency

30-hour battery life

Crafted from high-quality materials for outstanding durability with a minimalist design

Intuitive controls including Voice Assistant button for Siri and Google Assistant

USB-C fast charging and advanced wireless Bluetooth 5.0 technology for effortlessly reliable connectivity

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  • How do these compare to the ANC wireless headphones from TaoTronics like BH060 and BH085, that are often popular here, does anybody know?

    • +8

      Seinnheiser would be way better than Taotronics in sound quality wise IMO. Not too sure about comfort, ANC etc. if it was me I wouldn’t give a second thought to Taotronics.

      • +1

        But that’s the question though. Even at this special price, is this set 2x better than the TaoTronics

        • +1

          No, it's significantly worse in comfort. The clamp force digs into your head, and hurts the more you wear. In Summer your head feels like they're baking in an oven.

          These crappy Sennheisers are not worth buying even at the same price as the Taotronics.

      • +3

        I was going to buy a discounted Sennheiser to complement my Sony WH-1000XM3s but ended up with the TaoTronics BH085.

        The BH-085s are superb for the $$$$. $75 you really can't go wrong. Comfort, Sound, AC, latency and connection speed is all excellent.

      • The Taotronics are WAYYYYYY more comfortable than these head torture devices.

        I do not understand why you would want to buy better sounding headphones that you don't want to wear because they are uncomfortable and hurt your head.

        I also do not understand why Sennheiser keeps selling this design… is it intentional to try and convince people to upgrade?

  • +1

    also would like to know how they fare with calls.

    • +4

      Edit: Avoid Calls
      Upon correspondence with a Sennheiser representative, I learned there’s an undocumented feature that is not found on the website or in-package instructions. They called it sidetone, and it’s only enabled during voice operations. Sidetone is somewhat like a transparent mode, but not quite. Oddly distant sounds from my surroundings were amplified during phone calls or when speaking voice-commands to Siri. As a safety measure it probably works as expected. For calling, the HD 450BT’s are practically unusable as a wireless headset. Not only could I not hear the other end of the call well, but the recipient on a land line said my voice sounded like it was coming from a police radio — static and all.

      https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/sennheiser-hd-450bt-wirele...

      • All BT ANC headphones have terrible microphones, whether it's the XM3s, QC 35 IIs or these Sennys.

        People need to disregard that feature of them as entirely useless in practice.

      • I've been using Sennheiser HD 4.50s for 3 years now and they are the best pair of cans I've ever had. Calls have always worked perfectly for me so I can't relate to your experience in the slightest. I've replaced the foam pads twice now, they get a huge workout.

        The only time I've ever noticed anything remotely negative with them was when they started rubbing towards the end of a 16+ hour flight lol

    • +1

      I own the 450s and can confirm they are terrible for calls - even when wired.

      Music/show streaming playback sound is great though.

  • Looks like an upgrade to the Sennheiser HD 450BT. Except the color scheme not sure if there's any other differences.

    • +1

      From what I've read in the reviews, I can't actually see any differences besides the red accents. Still, this is solid value for those not wanting to pay at least twice the price for the WH-1000XM3.

    • +2

      Mainly:

      Bettery battery life (around 30 hours w/ ANC)
      USB-C over Micro-USB
      AptX-LL (a better BT module)
      Bluetooth 5.0 vs 4.2

  • Yeah was looking to get the Sony's, but this is great value… Only difference to the HD 450BT is the colour and you save $50 over the HD450BT on sale @ $199. Picking up a pair from my local this morning.

    • It would be great if you can compare this with Sony's (at store) and give some idea on which way to go. I am on the same boat choosing between two.

      • +13

        Just picked them up… You do sacrifice a Hard-case and premium build quality… I was a little disappointed when I first opened, but my expectations were probably too high. (Earpads look fairly cheap, and are quite narrow so press against ears) especially when comparing to high end sony/Bose. Certainly wouldn't pay retail $299, but for $149 I think the price is perfect. Excellent sound, and quite comfortable, obviously only owned for 30min… so by no means an exhaustive review.

        • You do sacrifice a hard case, LDAC and probably better noise cancellation, but I'm not sure on build quality as the Sony WH1000XM3 is quite plasticky.

  • +2

    I have Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 with ANC and it's amazing. I tested a bunch of headphones and I haven't tried this model but I'm on my 2nd pair on Sennheisers and I got my brother a pair too. Really quality sound from this company and this is a fantastic price for a pair that's in that $250-$300 price point.

  • out of stock in just over a hour. sigh

    • Still there are stocks available in Hornsby if that's closer to you.

      • Thanks dealspider!

  • USB-C charge where the 4.50 mini usb i think.

  • Do they also take a cable so you can use with Xbox ? Do they have a microphone?

    • +2

      I confirmed they have a microphone and come with an audio cable in case anyone else wants to know.

    • +1

      have a mic but it is very bad quality and can't be used via cable, only when you are using bluetooth

  • Would these connect to a smart TV? Any lag?

    • +1

      including AAC and AptX™, with AptX™ Low Latency to keep audio perfectly in sync with on-screen action when watching videos

      I don't own a pair. But looking at the specification. It should be to use with Smart TVs (with Bluetooth)

    • +1

      no lag with my samsung tu8000, same with any decent bluetooth earphones/headphones (even my $30 soundpeats have no lag which is great)

  • +3

    Only review I could find was here. Along with a couple of review for the previous model which appears to be pretty similar asides from a battery and USB C upgrade, here and here. Looks like pretty positive reviews with the only caveat being build quality, but for half the RRP that should be passable.

    • Also the smaller ear cups and ears may feel hot over time for HD450BT*.
      Dont think theres much changes between that and 458BT other than the colour difference due to it being released months apart.

    • That’s the problem with Sennheiser these days. They’ve flooded the market with so many models (dozens of them) with just slight differences in the model numbers, there’s no way you could find comprehensive reviews on them all. I feel they’ve really diluted their brand with their model strategy (and I was a big Sennheiser fan in the 80s and 90s).

  • +1

    Should I get these and return the ATH M50xBT? or stick with the ATs?

    • +1

      go in store and try it out?

    • Depends if you want ANC

      • Does ANC make a huge difference?

        Probably more concerned about sound quality

        • Well here's a specs comparison https://versus.com/en/audio-technica-ath-m50xbt-vs-sennheise...
          Without actually trying them both it's hard to say. It's personal preference.

          Ath-m50 would for sure have better sound quality. But I think the Bluetooth version uses different drivers.

        • I wasn't too much fuzz about ANC when buying a pair of headphones which I am going to use mainly to listen to music. All it matter to me was music quality. I remember trying these out at the store and the sound quality was pretty decent.

          I ended up with a pair of Sony WH1000XM3. Now I now why people talk about ANC.

    • How do you like ATH M50xBT? Is it comfortable to wear? Do you have any other good headphones to compare the sound quality?

      • sorry :( I haven't actually received them yet. I'll probably go instore and try them tomorrow

    • No

  • +1

    Great early xmas present got 2 thanks OP

    • You are welcome. Xmas in July :)

  • How does this compare to the last deal from Amazon? https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/540925
    I got 1 from the last deal but it's not as expected.

    • I returned mine.

      • why

      • I returned mine as well. I have no problem with comfort but because of this deal.
        This is the third time in a month I changed my ANC headphones. BH 085 -> BH 060 -> HD 4.50SE -> now HD 458BT. After picking them up from the local JB Hifi, I tested them through many rounds as I tested other headphones (I'm kinda an audiophile). I think the sound signature is slightly different from HD 4.50 which I used quite frequently before returning.

        • Sorry what ones did you stick with and how did you manage to return them so many times?

          • @boxall: I would say HD 458BT is the last one. After testing for around half an hour, I think I quite like how they sound.

            BH 085 and 060 are really good in their price ranges, especially their ANC. However, my highest priority for headphones is how they sound. After grabbing two Sennheiser headphones, I think I will never come back to 085 and 060 (although I think they are still great headphones).

            I have many headphones so I don't wanna spend so much money on Bluetooth headphones.
            458BT has a decent sound signature and all techs I wanted (Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, aptx, AAC, …) and most important thing - the price (under $150)

            • @plank89: And all by the others you managed to get a refund?

              • @boxall: Yes, I returned them and got refunds without problems. I usually kept all the boxes in like-new conditions. You have any problems with returning them?

                • @plank89: No, but wondered what excuse you gave? All Amazon and JB?

                  • @boxall: Yeah, all Amazon and JB. I just said that they didn't meet my expectations. Actually, they didn't. The return process was fast and easy.

            • @plank89: Man I really can't decide between 458BT and BH085.
              I picked up the 458BT for my girlfriend as a b-day present and gave them a test. I'm disappointed with the comfort and a buzzing in the low-end in the left ear when ANC is on.
              My sister just got a BH085 and it sounds very comparable a bit more bass heavy tho (which I actually like), and doesn't have the ANC issue (really noticeable in song "sail"). I'm thinking I might return the 458BT and get the BH085 for almost half the price (maybe one for me too haha). But I'm not sure what to do. She's only used to shitty earphones so both will be amazing to her.

              Have you noticed anything that you preferred about the BH085 now that you have the 458BT?

              • +1

                @Castcore: Hi Castcore,

                I had exactly the same issue with the annoyingly buzzing sound in the left earcup. I returned mine two days ago. I couldn't wear these for so long and the buzzing sound made me so annoyed. Honestly, I'm extremely disappointed with 458BT because I'm a big fan of Sennheiser with the series of HD650, HD600, and HD800. I couldn't believe that Sennheiser could make a pair of headphone that bad.

                I tried BH085 for about a week or so. Actually, I think that BH085 is excellent in terms of performance/price. It is way lighter, more comfortable, better connections, and especially much cheaper. If you ask me: Which should I spend $150 on? One HD458BT and two BH085, one for me and one for my partner? I'd say, 1 billion per cent sure that I'd choose two BH085s.

                Go for BH085, you will never regret at that price point.

                • +1

                  @plank89: Thank you for the update! This is just what I needed to hear to know it wasn't just my pair haha. Returned them today.
                  Will get the BH085s unless some other great deals come up. I'm just so disappointed that they're technically $300 headphones and the el cheapo BH085s are winning in the comfort and ANC category and don't have the weird ANC buzzing issue.

                  Also thank you @boxall for some extra BH085 feedback too!

              • @Castcore: I grabbed the 458BT from JB but cancelled the order before I picked them up. For me, the BH085s are great. Price, latency, sound, comfort, and pairing ease. I even like I can have just NC without BT.

                For my travels (whenever that is), I have my Sony WH-1000XM3s. For TV, gaming I use the BH085s.

        • I am picking up a pair of white beats studio 3 wireless brand new for $250 tomorrow. $450 retail. May regret it not sure, I have all apple gear so hoping for better connection between macs,iPad,iPhone like AirPods do with the W1 chip.
          Unless someone wants too talk me out of it haha. I am no audiophile mainly for Netflix etc.
          I also had Bose 700 but didn’t like the app and connection.

          • @DisabledUser341338: I'm not a fan of Beats, I'd say, an anti-fan. Haha.

            • @plank89: I’ve never owned a pair.

  • -2

    They have Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB and a shorter battery life all of which I would say is a slight step down.

    • I've read some reviews mentioning the noise cancellation on these seems to be much better than 4.50. I'm trying NoiseGuard on 4.50SE and it actually sucks.

    • +2

      No this product's description says:
      "USB-C fast charging and advanced wireless Bluetooth 5.0 technology for effortlessly reliable connectivity"
      and
      "30-hour battery life."

  • Been holding out for a Bose 700 deal.. wondering if I should go with this instead.
    Seems to tick the boxes for bluetooth & noise cancellation or am I totally off?

    • +1

      I've got the 450 version, which sounds like it's exactly the same spec-wise. Noise cancellation isn't the best, but if you like a little ambient outside sound so you're not mowed down by a electric scooter or Uber Eats delivery ride, it's pretty good.

      But, as mentioned above, it's near useless for phone calls unless your in a very quiet place. Don't even try it on your commute.

      Overall I find them really comfortable for eextended use, better than expected sound quality and good battery life. Well worth the money imho.

      • Nice!!!

        Anyone know what the big difference between this HD 458BT & DH 4.50?

        • +2

          I bought the HD 4.50 in the last deal ($139 from Amazon) and I would say 458BT is a big step up with just $10 difference:

          • Bluetooth 5.0 vs 4.0
          • Battery: 30 vs 19 hours (ANC+Bluetooth)
          • Supported by Sennheiser app (4.50 isn't supported by Sennheiser's app)
          • Noise Cancellation (based on some reviews) is better

          I think it's worth the $10 difference in the last deal.

    • Aren't they two different models?

      • Sorry yes. Vastly!

  • I just got a pair of Avantree Aria Pro AS90P https://avantree.com/au/as90p-hd-bluetooth-5-anc-headphones
    for combination work and personal use. My requirements were Bluetooth 5.0, APTX and APTX-LL, Aux-in, good mic, and good battery life. I love these avantree cans, but I think this Sennheiser deal might've been a better buy if I waited a week.

    • Actually the avantree comes with the removable boom mic, and has aptx-hd too, feature not found on the Sennheiser. Build quality and ANC quality is likely around the same on each, though the Sennheiser probably has higher sound quality if comparing both over analogue aux-in.

    • +1

      If you have a good mic for phone calls on those that is probably a better one than the Sennheiser hd458BT ones.

      Mic quality is pretty bad on these but because of the price it's not too bad. But your Avantree ones might be the best for you considering what you need.

  • Whats the best-in-line Senn ANC headphones?

  • +1

    Cheers OP, grabbed a set for mate's 50th birthday present.

    He better be happy!

  • I got some similar Sennheiser headphones from a previous JB clearance. I found the headband to be very thin & hard, which meant it was uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. Looking online, I found similar complaints. It might be worth trying it out before buying it.

    • Yep this is exactly why I'm on the fence about buying them now.. everything else spec wise is good.
      If only Amazon were selling them and at the same price at least there is a return option.

      • Doesn't JB Hifi accept returns?

      • You can try them on at JB store. I tested every decent pair of Bluetooth headsets before I settled on a pair of Sony WH1000XM3.

  • These or Beats Solo3?

  • +2

    don't do it, these suck! bought them last week because of the deal i saw here and they are so bad i am just throwing them off to my little nephew, cbf refunding

    sound quality is meh for the price, anc is pretty shit and the biggest issue was the comfort and build - just rubbish, could not wear for longer than 30 minutes, never had that issue with any other headset/headphones before (even the notoriously uncomfortable m40x)

  • +1

    I had the 450's and couldn't wear them for too long. The longer I wore them the more my ears sweated and dribbled down my neck, and the pressure from the headset after a while started to hurt.

    I even went to the Sennheiser store in Sydney to see if there were different types of pads - they told me to 'check ebay'

    Switched to Sony and had a better experience, which is a shame because I like Sennheiser.

  • +2

    I work from home and do video conferencing so I'll try and claim them off my tax returns

  • +4

    Just picked these up tbh quality is pritty shoddy and sound quality is ok they are alot better on paper than in person, the carry case and included cables is like something that would be $1 on eBay. I cancelled my second order but won't be able to return these because of covid jb HiFi won't accept returns on these FYI

    • Was tempted, but will stick with my Taotronics 85 for half the price.

  • +1

    10 minutes of use review:
    Just picked these up. 8.5/10, would buy again.

    • how's the build quality?

      • I'd say terrible compared to qc35 or athm50x TBH

        • Really? IMO the build quality of the Audiotechnica headbands and attachment to the cups is disgraceful.

          I've owned 2 pairs of Audiotechnicas, M50's and M70's, with a combined 4 or so headband failures between them, without a single drop or notable abuse. I don't know anyone who's had a pair of M50's for over a year without one of the attachment points of the cup to headband failing. It's a notorious problem with them and I have no idea why they don't fix it.