What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 2:00pm

Sennheiser PXC 450

Tested at £300
100100
5

Best noise-cancelling 'phones in Awards 2007, with a detailed, dynamic performance

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For

  • Sound far better than most rivals
  • snug, comfortable fit
  • effective

Against

  • Not cheap
These Sennheisers have been our Award-winning cans for two years on the bounce, but they've now been beaten by the Bose QuietComfort 15s, which sound better and are more adept at noise-cancelling.
 
But the PXC-450s remain a great buy. There's a volume control and a talk-through button on one ear, the latter silencing your tunes in one touch.
 
Sonically, they're dynamic and detailed – and smoother in the treble than the QC15s – but the Bose cans beat them for space and insight.
 

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