Today's Deal of the Day is the Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling headphones. The PXC 250's are highly portable and deliver a powerful, detailed sound with a wide frequency response. Also the PXC 250's are equipped with NoiseGard to screen out ambient noises. The Sennheiser PXC 250's originally retail for $160, but today the Sennheiser's have dropped to $130.
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Cinelawyer wrote: This is my second pair of these lightweight noise-canceling Headphones, which should tell you how much I liked the first set. I use them for travel, especially long plane rides to and from Europe.
PROS: (1) Light weight and portability. When I travel, minimizing weight and space is very important, and these featherweight headphones are perfect for those of us who find ear buds annoying. I wore them for 9 straight hours on a flight back from France and they never hurt my ears or felt heavy. By contrast, when I've worn the Bose on transatlantic flights (American Airlines loans you a set if you fly business class), I can't go more than about 3 hours before they start to feel uncomfortable. (2) Low price — less than half the cost of the price-controlled Bose. (3) They work just fine (only without the noise canceling) if the battery dies. (4) The new ones have a small volume control on the battery compartment which I found very helpful on a long flight.
CONS: Their light weight makes them a bit delicate. They must be folded and unfolded with care — don't get them for your teenaged son. If he sits on them, they can break. My son has a pair of Panasonic noise-canceling ear buds that work almost as well as the Sennheisers and he has been unable to break them (yet).
MATTER OF PERSONAL PREFERENCE: They don't cancel as much noise as the Bose. Personally, I find the Bose a bit eerie because they cut you off from all ambient sound, which is not the way one normally listens to music. I prefer the Sennheiser because, when I am waiting for my plane, I can usually still hear the announcement that the gate has changed or they are beginning boarding. I guess if you want a “home theater” experience with huge bass sounds swirling around while Vin Diesel blows stuff up, get the Bose. If you listen to music, get the Sennheiser.
I give it 5 stars for portability and technology, and 4 stars for music quality (bass a bit thin) and its slightly flimsy construction, but they won't let me post a 4 1/2 star rating.