I never travel without my headphones. Even before my passport is slipped into one of the pockets in my bag, my headphones are already nestled in for the journey. As someone that doesn’t particularly enjoy awkward small talk very much, my headphones provide the perfect escape from overly friendly check-in staff, peppy duty-free assistants, and nosy seatmates. So if you’re anything like me, headphones are a godsend.
If you’re currently in the market for a good pair to take with you on your travels, you may want to consider Sennheiser’s wireless range. They provide great sound quality without the hassle of cables. To make things a little simpler for you, we’ve picked out two you should check out, the PXC 550 Wireless, and the MOMENTUM Wireless.
PXC 550 Wireless: For the no-nonsense pragmatist
If you’re averse to superfluous additions to your headphones, the PXC 550 Wireless, is for you. It’s simple in design, functional, and provides great sound quality. The mark of great cans for traveling lies in comfort and noise cancellation. The PXC 550 comes with NoiseGard, which is Sennheiser’s nifty hybrid adaptive noise cancellation that will help drown out all the screaming infants on the flight while you kick back with some Bach or Kendrick Lamar, whatever tickles your fancy.
In the spirit of progression, Sennheiser has also thrown in a couple of smart features to enhance functionality. The headphones are NFC compatible so connecting at a touch is effortless, can be controlled via voice prompts, and it can automatically pause music when it is taken off so you don’t miss a beat when you ask the flight attendant for a refill. If you’d rather not have to remove your headphones when you do that, the PXC 550 also offers the TalkThrough function, which is activated by a quick double tap on the control surface which pauses the music and activates the microphone so you can listen to your surroundings. The headphones boast an incredible battery life of up to 30 hours, but also come with a handy feature that turns it off when it’s folded.
Available for a promo price of $449 (U.P. $649) at sennheiser.com
MOMENTUM Wireless: For the pleasure-seeker
A keen eye for design is both a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to tech gadgets. Most times you can only get products that either look great, or work great. It’s a rarity for a gadget to check both boxes. The MOMENTUM, is one of them.
At first glance, these headphones look like they belong in the 70s. The stainless steel sliders, the high-quality leather, and the vintage-looking ear cups are definitely a throwback. The technology in these cans however, make them a modern classic. In place of a 3.5mm cable is the apt-X technology, which provide quality even an audiophile can appreciate. Sennheiser retains the classic MOMENTUM sound with this iteration – detailed, pure, and a slight emphasis on bass.
Available for a promo price of $399 (U.P. $699) at sennheiser.com