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Sennheiser - HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 169 reviews

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Quite Sennheiser Quality - Cell Phones Only

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    Yoshmaista
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    These headphones are decent, for what they are. If they were 100 or even 120 dollars cheaper, they'd be a great deal and a great pair of headphones. The build quality is what you'd expect from Sennheiser, the battery life is really great, and overall they're quite good. However, I ran into a few problems when using them with my PC. Number one, after extended use sessions (3-8 hours plus) my ears and the top of my head began to REALLY hurt. The cups on the cans (portion that goes over your ear) are quite small, very difficult to keep comfortably on your ears for any extended periods. Just a slight increase in size would make a world of difference here. Number two, I found that when using them with my PC especially I received a NUMBER of audio artifacts when listening to anything below lossless or 320kbps quality. Streams, youtube, and most kinds of music created weird audio distortions when I was watching at less than the highest quality settings (audiably speaking). Finally, last but not least, there's the specific pain it created in the top of my head over time. I don't know if it's the specific mechanism of action squeezing the headphones onto your head, the leather support on the top, or just its specific size compared to my head's, but it would create horrible headaches which would last for hours, as I used these about 6 hours a day. All that said, if you're looking for something to use on the go with your phone, it's a decent option. If you're looking for any high quality audio...I'd look elsewhere. PS--other than the long term comfort, if I was using these for only an hour at a time they were quite comfortable (although very hot), and the noise cancelling seemed to mess with audio quality even worse when it's on--and if you're using them wirelessly I found no way to turn the noise cancelling off.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Just ok

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    yogidang
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    I bought mainly to use at the gym. Good: sounds good, not great. Good Sennheiser app to control headphones. Multi-point feature, lets your can be connected to 2 device at once, is awesome. I really like this feature because I have 2 phones. Noise cancelling is good at this price point. Skip songs toggle is much better than double pressing or triple pressing on other headphones. Bad: To turn the noise cancelling off, you have to press the volume up and down at the same time. Its a pain. You almost always have to take the headphones off. I think I have an average size head and the headphones was very tight out of the box for me. I actually put them on a small ball, when not in use, for a week hoping to break them in. Btw this was suggested in the manual. Still tight after a week. The top of the head band has such little cushion that it constantly rubbed on top of my head and I could feel the metal. It was a good headphone with good features at a good price ($139 on sale). But, it was just so uncomfortable on me. I do think this might be relative and may be ok for someone else. The nc on/off was just crazy stupid. I returned these headphones.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great entry set of ANC cans

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    CommuterDude
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    Balanced sound with some surprising oomph of bass but skullcandy/beats fans probably will say these lack punch, but these still sound awesome. I’m a big fan of Tidal’s hifi service and these cans definitely sound fantastic when pumping up the volume. NC is effective, I commute by BART everyday for a couple hours so I had some time to test out these bad boys for awhile. The ANC takes a lot of lower frequencies out but by no means are these magic wands that will isolate you. There is hardly any hiss, and I find it enhances my listening experience. I kinda still want to have a bit more ‘bite’ when jamming metal or electro pop but classic rock and anything else shimmery sound awesome. I wear glasses and my ears tend to hurt after awhile, but that’s a minor gripe that usually happens with every set I own except for the Astro A40s. (But that’s an entirely different headset for a different purpose. Anywho, I did as much research as I could before buying these even though they ain’t as pricey as other anc headphones. Will I keep em? Totally! Will I still try upgrading for something else in the future? Yes

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding headphones

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    KB4MTO
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    These are my second set of Sennheiser BT headphones. I bought a set of 4.40's that I carry between work and home. After forgetting them a few times, I decided to buy a set for each place. When I went back, they no longer had the 4.40's, but the new 4.50's. I am pleasantly surprised by these headphones. I did comparisons between these, B&W's, Bose, B&O, JBL, and Masters & Dynamics, all in the price range of $125.00 through $400.00. I also talked to some of the folks in the Magnolia room. For the money, I settled on these because of the great sound for the price. I paid $175.00 for these. I have to admit, some of the headphones sounded a little better, including the Sennheiser HD1 and PXC-550. But I didn't feel like they sounded so much more for the price. These headphones have great sound, clear audio, and the bass is much tighter than the 4.40's I have. I love these headphones, and I highly recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality wireless sound

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    Bligh
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    I was looking for sound quality to match my decade+ old pair of AKG Pro headphones but give me the ability to wirelessly connect with modern sound sources in the process. After looking at a a few options, I settled on this model. The brand is one that I've been familiar with for nearly 30 years, having at one point a long time ago grabbed a set of phones meant to be a significant upgrade to the ones shipped by Sony with a WalkMan. These did not disappoint. I found them comfortable to wear with good sound and reasonable range and excellent battery life. The quibble I would have is that they do seem to get a bit "warm" on your ears after a long enough time. the closed back does reduce outside annoyance and the pads are a dense comfortable foam, but that does lead to not much "air" getting in to counter a little sweating under the leather covering of the cup. All told? good value for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Maybe I'm missing something..

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    sevlucas

    This is going to sound crazy, but these paled in comparison to the Beats Solo3 I've owned for a while now. I wanted to try a good pair of over ear headphones and thought I couldn't go wrong with Sennheiser. The noise cancelling only muted very ambient noises (cars passing outside). I could barely tell when the feature was activated or not. The sound was the most disappointing. I'm by no means an audiophile, but I know what sounds good and what doesn't. I tried toying with the EQ on the app and that only helped things marginally. Also if you have bigger ears, these will fit more like on ear headphones. My ears are smaller and I still had to tuck them into the ear cups. The only positive thing I can say about these cans is that the build quality is excellent for being all plastic. Doesn't feel cheap and creaky like the Solo3's that I own.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid NC BT offering

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    samfromAL
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    The sound is clean. NC has worked well on planes and most other travel arena. The controls for smartphone interfaces are easy to use and logical. Battery life is significant, quoted as 25 hours. I haven't challenged that in use but when fully charge will easily last an 8-10 hour travel day. Light weight. Would like it if I could more comfortably hang the crosslink at the shoulder the mechanics make this a little awkward. The wired sound is not impressive, which I thought may be a problem but not with battery life. I generally think this is good value compared to other mainstream offerings!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

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    Rappy
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    These headphones sound really good. The noise canceling isn’t the best on the market but it does the job to tune out most of background noise. It’s not over your ear completely but i have smaller ears and they work for me. The only complaint I have with these is that the band over the top of your head doesn’t really have cushion to it and after awhile it can get uncomfortable. But they’re easy to pair and the charge lasts a good amount of time. When not using, they fold easily up and come with a bag to store them in. If you’re not ready to drop $300 on Bose headphones, these are a good compromise

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Weak sound but great noise cancellation

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    oalexis
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    I spent 2 months reviewing headphones and for my tastes it was down to this and the Sony 950. Listened to both in the store and thought the Senneissers gave clearer sound... wasn't heavy with bass and saw that I could adjust the bass with the app. Bought it and was disappointed. The volume was low. Even at max vol on the device and music source. Downloaded the app and played with those settings.... not much difference. Plugging the headphones in did give a slight boost but it's not enough for me to want to keep them. I have returned them. The noise cancellation is great though! These are great headphones but I want something with a little more full powerful sound. I know there are others but this was my price range.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great and great battery life

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    xerophile
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    I wanted to get something better for traveling than the in ear bluetooth earphones that I used for working. Something that sounded better and offered better battery life. I tried on several other over the ear style headphones at the store and the biggest problem with all of the ones I tried except for the HD 4.50 ones was the bass was just too heavy. I listen to a lot of audio books in addition to music, but the heavy bass would not be good for the audiobooks. It's not the nicest case, but the Sennheiser 4.50's do come with a case and who doesn't love voice prompts with a British accent?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easily comparable to other high end headphones

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    BobG
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    I listened to both Dre Beats and Sony headphones and found the initial quality equal to all in the same price range. I feel the Dre Beats are good but too much base is the subject, the sony were ok. The Sennheiser was overall the best of balanced sound and noise cancelling. Fit and comfort are also acceptable. Ease of use is the same as any other Bluetooth set. I def recommend these if you are a music lover and not just a thump thump bass listener.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best noisecanceling for price

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    bblack11211
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    My daughter has Autism she can't handle loud noises. So these headphones have given her peace at a good price compared to Sony and overpriced Bose. All really good but no a noticeable difference for some one who uses the noise canceling to improve her quality of life. Also the above average sound quality. I would only put Sony abit higher in comparison. Unless your looking for bass thumping sound then these aren't them. These are highly reccomended especially for noise canceling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but not perfect

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    Egperez
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    As far as the pros, the headphones are durable, very easy to set up, and have great sound quality. However, the Bluetooth connection will breath up and stutter from time to time (ex: when I lock my phone), the bass does, at times, leave something to be desired and the fit (though excellent for my small ears) could essentially make them on-ear headphones for some. All in all, they're a great first pair of wireless headphones, but they're not perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great pair of headphones, affordable price!

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    UrbanMusic2001
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    Initially I was looking to replace my beats headphones, the service rep recommended the Sennheiser brand. I went and tried them out and looked at their reviews. They had favorable reviews and had all the features I was looking for. So far they have worked very well with Bluetooth and keeps the charge much longer than beats brand and has a very strong sound quality. I would highly recommend. Only drawback is too many buttons along the frame of the headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I’m so much happier with these

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    Rlara319

    So I’m very peculiar on comfort and sound. I’ve gone through so many headphones like I do with underwear. Some don’t fit right, the sound quality isn’t all there, etc. I’ve gone through so many pairs looking for the right one and I finally found them. I’ve tried, Sony, Jabra, and I just now recently just traded in my Bose Quiet Comfort 35 for these. These by far have much better acoustics than anything I’ve tried. I’m very happy with them!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great set of headphones

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    Maggie
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    These are a great set of headphones. I'm not an expert and only occasionally use headphones when listening to music or watching videos on my laptop, but in my opinion these sound better than the beats headphones. I own both, and again, I'm not an expert, but for me these are much better. The only negative thing about them is that they tend to get too hot while wearing, where you'll need to give your ears a breather. Other than that, they are very comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Battery Life - Poor fit

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    Egnurlaup

    I had high expectations from Sennheiser and wanted to go back to over-the-ear headphones when they became available wirelessly. I am no audiophile, nor would I expect too much when listening in the noisy environment of a jetliner. So the sound quality and sound cancelling was just okay for me. The cups are simply too small for my ears, so they really worked as on-the ear rather than over-the ear. I'm going to return them. But still, for $200, they are not "horrible"...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best headphones ever

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    NJ4hand
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    bought for teenage son. likes music and gaming and tried others (wireless & wired) and originally he wanted Sony wireless NC version. did some online research and although not top of the line, most audiophiles said this was the way to go.... do no regret at all ! Great sound, seals out noise.... only con? we cannot call him when he is wearing as he cannot hear us now!! haha

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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    Vron
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    Don't buy these expecting that sennheiser sound. The price point was pretty good considering it has the sennheiser name but it turns out its just like any other commercial set of cans on the market. Too much bass. Another annoying thing.. the lowest setting on the volume weirdly wouldn't get quiet enough?! Do yourself a favor and save up and get the Bose q35 2.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value, forever battery

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    celbich
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    I needed something to take the edge off airplane noise, and these deliver at a lower price than competitors. The sound quality is excellent, and the app has a totally customizable equalizer. The battery lasts forever, especially if I use the cable instead of bluetooth. Callers report that the phone function has distracting qualities, but that's a rare use.

    I would recommend this to a friend