Sennheiser PXC 310
The Sennheiser PXC 310 is a collapsible premium headphone that features a highly effective noise cancellation technology. It is an on the ear headphone that has a closed back design that is dynamic. It has been specially designed for travel, and comes with an airline adapter. This promises up to 90% noise cancelling and weighs less than half a pound, lesser than most of its counterparts in the market.
The first good feature of these headphones is the noise cancellation. Although I personally did not experience 90% cancellation of the surrounding environmental noise, it was satisfactory. The circuitry is a built in feature, hence enhancing its size slightly. However, this increases the comfort. The noise cancelling can be switched on and off at any point of time with the press of a single button. This is something I found very convenient. Also, the controls are nice and big, unlike those in most other headphones. One of these controls can be used for shutting off the music by the press of one button, which particularly comes in handy during flight announcements, which you can hear through a built in microphone. The build quality is very good. It might not be the best in the market, but it is quite satisfactory, making it very durable. The components are sturdy and solid.
The sound quality is very good. The music that I listened to was extremely clear and crisp, with equal focus given to the bass, mids and highs. For the quality of sound that it produces, the price is justified. Personally though, I found the music to be better when the noise cancellation was not switched on. Even with the noise cancellation switched on, the sound quality is very good. The 22 hours of battery life that is specified is definitely true, as I have my personal experiences with it. Also, to save on battery, the noise cancelling can be switched off and music can be listened to. The carrying case that comes along with a pair is very convenient, is not hardbound and can also store accessories. This makes it an ideal travel companion, and as promised, is a travel specific pair of headphones.
One obvious flaw in the component build is that the battery pack pulls out very easily, because of which problems are experienced after charging, as disconnecting it tends to pull out the entire battery. Another drawback is that it is not the most comfortable pair of headphones that you will find. Since it is an on the ear headphones, people with a rather large head will find it to be too tight fitting. It is also a little tiring on the ears when listened to continuously for more than a couple of hours. For the $390 odd that you pay for each of these, you would expect more comfort.
- Great noise cancelling
- Excellent sound quality
- Carrying case is very handy, and is easily portable
- Some small flaws in the mechanical build
- A little strenuous on the ears
- A bit too expensive