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Sennheiser PXC 550-II $249.95 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Cheapest according to CamelCamelCamel. Own the first version, very comfortable and ticks all boxes for me.

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  • +5 votes

    Also available from Sennheiser directly as apart of the click frenzy sale. Also note that it is free delivery over $50.

    https://en-au.sennheiser.com/pxc-550-ii

    • +1 vote

      It’s probably better to get it from Sennheiser direct, considering you can get 7% cashback.

      • +2 votes

        Sennheiser is 9.8% at the moment on shopback :)

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    the most comfortable earphone I tested at jb-hifi and other retailers.all gaming earphones are instruments of torture.

    • +2 votes

      That's because this isn't a gaming headset… you can't possibly compare this pair of headphones to a gaming headset and vice versa.

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        For comfort? Of course you can. The HyperX Cloud series are fantastic for that, as is the Cooler Master MH751/752.

        Sound quality is the divide. These are solid for this price tag, certainly better than the Sony, Bose and Beats offerings.

        Still a bigger fan of the AKG N700NC MK2 at around $100-$110 though, but it's a lesser headphone with lesser features and resolution. Better value for ANC daily beaters though IMO.

  • +2 votes

    I personally would be hesitant to get a pair of these headphones, as I had two pairs of the PXC-550 (the original version) and they both developed problems after a while:

    • The left ear of the first pair started to intermittently cut in and out after 11 months.
    • The replacement pair lasted just over two years, but then it started randomly power cycling, or the Bluetooth radio would randomly disconnect and then reconnect itself from my devices. Not ideal when you’re on a work phone call and then the headphones randomly start to play up.

    Maybe (hopefully) Sennheiser got their game together for this revised version, but I am very happy with my XM4s.

    The PXC-550s were also damn uncomfortable for me (then again, I have a big head), so I would recommend trying the headphones on before purchasing.

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      If you found these super comfortable headphones tight, then I suspect your larger than average head resulted in high clamping force. That probably also stressed the on/off twist function, as these turn on and off with a cup twist, that probably was the cause of power cycling and disconnects.

      I have used many many headphones, and these are top notch, comfort a1, sound very detailed and full, noise cancelling superb, I can even sleep all night in mine as noise blockers. Highly recommend these cans!

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        To be fair, if it wasn’t for the reliability issues, I would have otherwise been happy with my Sennheisers.

        I like the fact that the Sennheisers have USB audio, can be used whilst charging, has support for the AptX codec, plus have decent microphones for phone calls (which are all missing from the XM4s).

    • +2 votes

      The swivel/switch mechanism is definitely a point of failure for this design, yeah.

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        yup, I like the headphones but dislike this feature. Always feel weary it breaks easily - so I always pick up my XM4 and QC35 more often. Sound wise is good!

  • +1 vote

    It charges via microUSB, in case that's a deal-breaker for anyone interested in buying.

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    Does it support Bluetooth multipoint?

  • +2 votes

    I would personally hesitate buying these. I had 3 pairs of the originals and they just kept failing. The weak point was the on/off mechanism which used a magnet in the hinge of the right headphone cup. I was thankfully able to return them each time but when the 3rd pair began developing the same problems, I just asked for my money back (which JB kindly offered without much hassle). I've owned and loved other Sennheiser headphones for 15 years that just needed expected maintenance now and then. Was very disappointed with the PXC's. Would not recommend (unless this new version has a completely different hinge/power switch design, then maybe).