The Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling Headphones is the second generation of the hugely popular PXC 250 model, which promises greater noise cancelation along with a greatly improved battery life.
On the outset this set looks fairly similar to the previous generation a compact foldable set of on-ear headphones but this is where the similarities end and these headphones start revealing the improvements that can be had from just a few years of technological innovation.
If you are a regular reader of this site you will know that I have owned a set of the first generation for a number of years now, and I absolutely love them so the Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling Headphones need to be exceptional for me to approve them.
Layout & Design
Like the first generation the MK II is a foldable set of compact on-hear headphones, which feel slightly more rugged then the previous model, this set can be easily distinguished from the earlier version by the
silver banding on the outside of each ear cup as well as a white Sennheiser logo on the headphone arms.
Technologically Sennheiser have put a lot of innovation in to this set, for a start it is powered by a single AAA battery (that’s right single) as opposed to the double set which powered the original MK I model, and get this that single AAA can power the set for up to 50 hours of continuous use, which nearly enough juice for two Los Angeles to Sydney return trips
Like the original model this set houses its noise cancellation circuitry, battery and noise cancellation activation switch in a small compartment approximately halfway along the audio cable, which is a clever design which allows this set to be a lot more compact than if it was to be included in the main headsets.
Trying the Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling Headphones on for the first time they feel much the same as its predecessor, so going by my previous experience with the original model you will be able to comfortably
ware them for the longest of long haul flights.
Sound Quality and Performance
In my opinion this is the part of the review that either makes or breaks a set of noise cancelling headphones, the moment of truth. On activation of the noise cancellation is quite evident blocking out the vast majority of repeating low frequency noise.
Comparing side by side the original and the Sennheiser PXC 250 II noise cancelling headphones there is a noticeable improvement in both noise cancellation and sound quality, notably this set slightly improves on the bass issue that I mentioned in my previous review of the original model.
What’s in the box?
1 x Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling Headphones
1 x Soft Carry Case
1 x AAA Battery
1 x 3.5mm to 6.3mm (1/4”) Phono Adaptor (Mini to Large phono adaptor)
1 x 3.5 to 3.5 double mono phono adaptor (mini to double pin airline type adaptor)
What we like:
- Improved an already great set – Sennheiser has made this all time favourite NC headphone set even better
- Battery Life – Up to 50 hours on a single AAA battery
- Foldable Compact Design – Sennheiser has given this set the right balance between quality and compactness
Final words and comments on the Sennheiser PXC 250 II Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sennheiser has done the near impossible making the original version even better, this set is ideal for anyone from your most demanding Business Traveler or Frequent Flyer through to you daily commuter.
If you are a regular flyer this set is compact enough that you don’t need to worry about the amount of space it takes up and with the 50 hour battery life you should not be caught out too often with no power, however we do recommend packing at least one extra AAA for the unlikely scenario you are caught out mid flight.
On the noise cancellation side this set is tops and will ensure you get the quiet and peace in-flight which you deserve.