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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tested: Sennheiser PXC 300 Headphones with NoiseGard Advance Technology

I wrote a few weeks ago that I gave up my Sony noise-cancelling headphones for an upgraded pair. Rather than choosing the marketing juggernaut of Bose Quietcomfort, I elected to pick to purchase the Sennheiser PXC 300 noise cancelling headphones. These particular headphones are light weight, foldable on top of ear headphones that come with a smaller sized semi-hard case.

Sennheiser PXC 300 Noise Cancelling Headphones with NoiseGard Advance Technology

After taking four trips with them, I am pleased to report that I am very satisfied with my purchase. Not only are the headphones effective, but they are very comfortable – even on 5+ hour flights. Thus far, I have worn them on noisy CFJ-200 regional jets, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, and Boeing 777 aircrafts. In every case, I have been happy with the Sennheiser’s NoiseGard Advance technology for removing the majority of the loud engine noise of the jet engines during the flight. And their sound quality whether listening to an iPOD, PSP, or the in-flight entertainment system is very good. This is an important point to note, as there has been mention that other headphone brands seem underpowered, especially when used with the Apple iPod.

The sounds works pretty well without the NoiseGard Advance noise-cancelling technology being turned on. That’s helpful to know, that even if you run out of batteries for you trip. On the battery note, it is important to know that they Sennheiser PXC 300 headphones take 2 AAA batteries in order to operate. The life seems pretty good, I have about 20 hours on the current set of AAA batteries and I have not had to replace them.

An unexpected area where the Sennheiser PXC 300 (PXC300, PXC-300) headphones with NoiseGard Advance technology gets high marks is the case that is included with them. The case is remarkable, just because many of the cases that come with headphones like these soft cases. It’s a semi hard case that is compact, zips easily and protects the headphones very well.

As I mentioned previously, I received a pretty good deal on the headphones. While the retail price for this pair is $295, I paid less than $150. In my opinion, if you can get them in this range, they are worth every penny for the peace and quiet when traveling and excellent sound quality to boot!