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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Got Your Ears On?

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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Bluetooth, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons, Ease of use, Listening to music

    Sennheiser was the brand that started me down the road to becoming an audiophile. Their HD280PRO headphones were the starting point into a journey that spiraled through countless further headphones, amplifiers, a resurgence of CDs, lossless audio codecs, and more. I still reach for a set of Sennheiser cans when I want to really listen to some music, and now it seems they want me to reach for one of their products when I need a bluetooth headset, too. The HD450BT’s are as well-rounded a set of bluetooth headphones I can fathom, knocking it out of the park where audio quality is concerned, but a few small issues both personal and objective give me pause. A disclaimer - headphones are a tough item to review when comfort and sound are the two major factors that influence the buying decision. Though things like frequency response can be measured, sensations of comfort and sound are extremely subjective. My impressions will be different from someone else’s, and as such I would recommend finding an avenue where you can sample these headphones, such as in-store at Best Buy, before buying them. - Physical Impressions One of the first things I noticed after unboxing the headphones is that the earpads are not sized as expected. Marketed as an “over-the-ear” set of headphones, the diameter of the pads are over an inch shorter than Sennheiser’s wired over-the-ear offerings, and thus fit much more like a set of “on-ear” headphones as a result. This is a very odd design or marketing choice since true over-ear headphones disperse their clamping force around the ear and need less pressure to seal off sound for passive noise canceling, while the HD450BTs press onto the ears. The biggest drawback from an on-ear design is that extended comfort is difficult to achieve, at least in my case. I couldn’t wear these headphones for more than an hour or two before I had to take a break. Even though foam inside the pads is very soft, and the leather padding equally forgiving, I just couldn’t find a position that was comfortable after the first half-hour. Your experience may vary greatly, however - my head and ears are on the larger side with my preferences formed from years of wearing over-ear headphones. Fortunately, the headset is reasonably lightweight without feeling cheap. There’s just the right amount of heft here that makes it feel like a premium device without it weighing your head down, and the clamping force is enough that it won’t slip off your ears while walking or turning your head. - Headset Controls All of the buttons on the HD450BT are on the right earphone and can be thumb-operated. The power button serves multiple functions depending on the length of time it’s held, including noise cancellation toggle and pairing mode. The volume rocker is easy enough to use, with a physical nub on one end to signify volume up, and a “digital assistant” button triggers Google Assistant when connected to Android phones and Siri when connected to iOS ones. The media and call buttons are set on a spring-loaded rocker with a push-click, and I found this the most troublesome to use both in that the center press (play/pause) usually also resulted in a slip where I pushed either direction and the playlist skipped forward or back accordingly. Needless to say there’s a learning curve with the button layout, but because the media buttons double as call controls, I found myself continually pressing play/pause expecting my music player to resume from my phone’s home screen but instead it would act as a call control by default and dial the last person I spoke with. This functionality occurred on PC as well, where pressing play/pause didn’t hook to the media app first, and instead tried to place a call on my default messenger. Not sure if this is the headset’s fault or issues with my own configuration. - Active Noise Canceling (ANC) The selling point for bluetooth headphones in this price range is noise-canceling. Active Noise Canceling, or ANC, uses microphones on both sides of the headset and a small onboard computer to listen to noises in the surrounding environment and play an opposite, offsetting tone inside the headset at the same time, causing a sensation where the listener hears little to none of the noise. The quality of noise cancelation depends greatly on the quality of the microphones and algorithms used in the headset, and Sennheiser’s are among the better I’ve tried. The headphones are able to cancel out a lot of droning background noise (such as HVAC systems, engines of trucks driving by the office) and quiet down abrupt noises (such as typing on a loud keyboard) by about half. It’s a solid performance all around. - Sound Quality Sennheiser’s reputation for high-quality audio makes its mark here - the HD450BT’s sound great all around when ANC is enabled. These sound very close to their HD380 PRO headphones, a highly-regarded set of studio monitors, though perhaps lacking just a tiny bit in power comparatively (as is expected when comparing a wired headphone to a bluetooth one). These get quite loud as you approach max volume, and I didn’t pick up a hint of distortion on the way. The signature trait of Sennheiser headphones is replicated here just about perfectly - bass is incredibly clear and balanced so that they neither “boom” nor “punch.” Competing headphones in the lower price brackets will assuredly have one of those profiles to their sound, but here you get just the bass as you expect it. Midrange and treble are also well balanced to the point where the headphones seem to have a pretty flat response curve overall. Small adjustments to equalizer settings are all you need to dial in your preferred sound balance, since these start so neutral already. Sadly, the bass falls off by a considerable margin when ANC is disabled, resulting in tinny audio that doesn’t sound all too great for most kinds of music. It’s probably better for calls, podcasts, and TV shows at that point. - Microphone & Call Sidetone Speaking of things involving a lot of talking, the HD450BT’s biggest weakness is its microphone or set of microphones it uses for calls. While I expected just passable sound quality since voice microphones are difficult to get right when the microphone is by the ears rather than by the mouth, the audio is still not particularly great, with those I called all noticing my voice sounding hollow, low-frequency, and somewhat distant. But the worst part about making calls on the HD450BT’s is by far the sidetone, or the little bit of vocal feedback that goes from microphone to headset to compensate for the wearer’s ears being covered. Most headsets simulate this just fine, but in the Sennheiser’s case, the sidetone volume is both too loud and has a delay. This results in a voice echo that’s incredibly distracting and irritating, and I found no way to disable or adjust the sidetone. I haven’t experienced this on any of the other headsets I own, wired or wireless, and it frustrates me to the point where I found myself wishing I had the time to turn off bluetooth when I answer a call and just use the handset rather than dealing with the echo. - Range & Battery Life Connection range on the headset is very strong. I left my phone on one end of the house and walked all over searching for where it would drop, but the connection held solid everywhere I went and it wasn’t until I stepped outside and got about 20 feet from the door that I finally lost connection. An impressive performance - I’m sure the bluetooth antenna extends into the headband. Battery life is similarly impressive. Although my time in testing has been limited to only a few hours of use so far, the headset reported 95% battery remaining after several hours of listening with ANC enabled. I have no doubt that the headset will hit Sennheiser’s rated 20-25 hours of battery life estimate, and when it does need to recharge it uses the familiar, ubiquitous USB-C port to get back to full in just 2 hours from a properly-spec’d charger. - Bottom Line Though I’m not a fan of on-ear headphones, Sennheiser’s HD450BT’s deliver great sound, strong noise cancelation, and a bevy of features that earn their spot on the shelf next to the high-end headsets. The weak microphone, sidetone issue, and frustrating controls detract from an otherwise solid headset that’s well-built and has a long battery life. I just wish they were proper over-ear headphones so I could wear them comfortably for a longer period of time, but if on-ears are the style that you prefer for your headphones, then the HD450BT’s come recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very comfortable with great sound

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Bluetooth, Noise cancellation

    Overall these are great noise canceling headphones with many features that are very comfortable to wear. My initial impression from opening the box was that the headphones appeared to be well built and were designed for comfort. Included with the head phones is a carrying case, an usb-c charging cord, and pleasantly, an auxiliary cord. The carrying case isn’t impressive, seems very cheap, but I was very happy with the aux cord and the functional length of it. Prior to using the headphones I made sure to charge them for the 2 hours required for a full charge. I have had the head phones for nearly two weeks and still haven’t had to recharge them yet. Most days I’ve only used them for an hour or two, but a couple days have included 3-4 hours of use. The headphones are flexible and fit perfectly when worn. I had no problems connecting to my android phone or iPhone upon the first use with each device. The sound quality from the headphones is great. Everything sounded crisp and clear. The noise cancellation is excellent, although I couldn’t tell much of a difference from when the active noise cancellation was on or off. With being so limited on hearing my surroundings, I’m not sure I would ever wear these while out running or exercising, but I didn’t intend to wear them for that. (I prefer my earbuds for running outside.) The buttons on the right ear piece are quick to get use to, and are perfect in sensitivity in that they aren’t too sensitive to touch but also aren’t so stiff that they’re difficult to use. The microphone feature of the head phones seems to work great as well. I took a couple phone calls while wearing the head phones, and each time the person I was talking to didn’t mention any problems with hearing me. (I was worried that there would be too much background noise in the call because the microphone seemed to pick up a lot of sound; which I could hear since the microphone also lets you hear yourself speak.) What I like the most about these headphones is the noise cancellation. A couple days I wore them for 3-4 hours while I tackled tasks around the house. One day I wore them while extensively cleaning inside, and another day I wore them while power washing the exterior. Instead of dealing with the loud noise of the vacuum and power washer, I blocked out the noise and listened to music. It made the tasks much more pleasant to tackle, and the headphones are so comfortable that wearing them for the 3-4 hours resulted in zero discomfort. Last, the range of the Bluetooth is impressive. While cleaning I left my phone in the kitchen and never lost connection, even when going outside, and while power washing I was able to leave my phone in a dry area without losing the connection. If you’re looking for an excellent pair of noise cancellation headphones, with multiple features that are super comfortable and reasonably priced, then I would recommend trying these.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Simply not comfortable to wear

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Price

    I am a member of Best Buy’s Technical Insider Network, TIN for short. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. Summary: The 450BT sound is crisp, clean, and bright. So bright that I had to turn down the treble and boost the base in the Sennheiser application. The ANC reduces constant ambient noise, such as a computer fan, to a little more than half. Sounds such as typing, doors closing, or cars driving by is reduced by a little but not enough to make my listening experience truly immersive. Hands free calling works well. The people I spoke with over the phone did not realize I was wearing a wireless headset that did not have a dedicated microphone boom. The controls on the right ear cup are useful, well placed, and responsive while connected too my phone over Bluetooth. Only ANC is functional when connected over the included stereo cable. The headphones are attractive and low profile. You can get away with walking with these on the street without looking like a dork. Construction is plastic, light weight, with stiff cushioning. The ear cups can accommodate any size head up to 9 inches from ear to ear. The head band is flexible and is covered with soft padding. The ear cups are smaller than on other headphones I have used at this price point. I have two issues with these headphones. First, the ear cups are too small for my ears. I am forced to push my ears into the back of the ear cups and then fold the ear cups forward to towards the front of my head to get a correct fit. Second, the ear cup padding is very stuff. I have TMJ. The padding puts enough pressure on my jaw that I cannot wear these headphones for more than an hour without discomfort. Please read on for the details. Sound: I started off with the K-Pop single “Pop/Stars” by K/DA, Madison Beer & (G)I-DLE. The very first thing I noticed was how weak the bass was and how bright the highs were. I immediately loaded up Sennheiser’s control app, boosted the base, and dropped the treble. This evened out the sound and brought it more in line with my personal tastes. I followed up with Momoland’s, “Boom Boom”. The base was punchy and fun. Next is a little-known track, “Train Wreck of Electro Swing” from the video game A Hat in Time. This piece if electronica and base heavy. Every sound was crisp, clear, and the base was punchy. I then switched over to Mega Death’s, “Holy Wars… Punishment Due” and “In my Darkest Hour”. The 450BT’s did a great job of representing the guitars, drums, bass guitar, and the vocals. These headphones held their own at all volume levels. Finally, I threw some classical to get a feel for how lengthy homework sessions may go. For this I chose Bach’s “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Orchestra BMW 1043: III.” The violins high pitched violins were distinct and present. The 450BT’s did a good job of representing the orchestra in the background. Overall, I think these headphones did a good of reproducing a rather complicated piece of music. Setup: Setting up the earphones was easy. The very first thig I did was make sure they charged for two hours. Holding the power button for a few seconds put the headphones into sync mode. My iPhone had no issues picking up the 450BT and adding it to the Bluetooth wireless device list. A few seconds later I was listening to my favorite iTunes. I also set these up for use with my Windows 10 laptop. The headphones did protest a bit jumping connection from the iPhone to the computer over Bluetooth. The solution was to turn the iPhone’s Bluetooth off. I have other Bluetooth enabled headphones that swap easily between devices. The 450BT is inconsistent. I never have issues with the iPhone. It is switching devices that give me issues. Sennheiser’s Smart Control app allows for a single configuration item, the Equalizer. The 450BT allows for three adjustments: Bass, Mid, and Treble. There are two presets: Movie and Neutral. You can adjust the three sliders to your personal taste and then save that as a new preset. Personally, I think Sennheiser should have taken a little extra effort here to add a few other presets such as Rock, Jazz, and Classical. The app also reports the 450BT’s battery level and firmware version. Controls: First, the good. The button layout on the right ear cup will take a little practice to get used to. Everything works as advertised. The power button performs triple duty with the Bluetooth sync activation and the noise cancelation, or ANC. Then there is the volume control rocker button, forward/skip/pause switch, and the voice assistance switch. The right ear cup also houses two microphones, the stereo jack, and the USB charging port. The buttons are easily accessible, have good travel when pressed, and are responsive. Pressing any of the buttons immediately activate the corresponding feature on my phone. The same is true with my Windows 10 laptop. However, unlike my iPhone, I can only control the features available through the app I am using. For example, I cannot skip from one YouTube video to another using the skip forward/back features on the right ear cup. Finally, the only 450BT feature you can control while using the headphone jack is the ANC. Construction: The headphones are light weight plastic construction. Even the extension arms and ear cup holders are plastic. The ear cups are soft vinyl covering stiff foam. The head band is stiff enough to hold its shape and flexible enough to allow for larger heads. The head band expands to accommodate a space of about 9 inches from ear to ear. The ear cups are also on a swivel along the Y axis to allow for use with big hair or hats. You can get about 7 inches of clearance from the middle of the ear cup to the top of the head band in the right situation. The ear cups also swivel about 10 degrees forward and back to accommodate different head shapes. Finally, they have a little “L” and “R” molded into the decorative molding on the head band. They are hard to see unless you are looking straight at them. The controls are on the right ear cup. Why I cannot recommend these: The ear cups are too small. The padding is too stiff. The opening is 1-inch wide front to back and 2 ½ inches long from top to bottom. A child will probably do fine with the size and fit. Certainly not your average teenager or adult. If Sennheiser hallowed out the earcups then the comfort issues would vanish. As designed, the padding partially covers the speakers, forces the ear into an unnatural position, and puts undue pressure directly to my jaw’s joint which causes fatigue and pain. To illustrated the point, I load my ears starting from the back of my head, catch the back edge of my ears inside the ear cup, and then fold the earcups over my ears until the earcups rest flat against my head. The tips of my ears touch the speakers. I could wear these flat against my ears, however, these are marketed as over the ear and not on the ear. Also, wearing them flat is equally uncomfortable. I gave these to my youngest. This is most likely the age group these headphones are marketed towards. She gave me similar feedback to what I wrote above. She does not want to wear these headphones. All the positives of these headphones become irrelevant if no one in my household is willing to use them. I own other Sennheiser headphones and am very satisfied with them. The 450BT is not one of them. Human comfort needs to be front and center for headphones at this price point. And then everything else. Thank you for reading this review.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice Mid-Range Headphones

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons

    Sennheiser is one of those recognizable names that speaks quality. I find it no different with these HD 450BT headphones. There are lots of features that make these a great value and one that I would recommend to others for a great listening experience. The build quality on these headphones seems to be top notch. They are minimalistic and attractive looking headphones. They are light weight, yet very sturdy. They do fold down to a pretty small compact size. The hinges so far seem to be well built and I am not worried about them failing or breaking any time soon like I have seen on other folding headphones. These have a nicely padded headband and soft ear cups. Overall, these are very comfortable to wear for long listening sessions. I would note that my ears did start to get a bit warm after a few hours, but it was not enough for me to have to take them off and stop listening. Sound quality on these is fairly good and you do have the option to adjust the EQ settings in the app. They have a range of 18Hz-22kHz and a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of .3% which seems to be a good standard for these. I did feel the need to adjust the EQ settings right away, as out of the box, they lacked some brightness on the high ends. You can also create custom EQ settings so you can easily switch depending on the kind of music you are listening to. These do utilize Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and along with a closed back design, works very well for sound isolation. Some of the great features on these are USB-C Charging – full charge in about 2 hours and an outstanding 30 hour battery life claim. I used these on a full charge for 3 full 8 hour days of work and they have not died yet. Simply awesome! These do come with a physical 3.5mm headphone cable for hardwired connection in case you do run out of battery. These do have a built in mic and the ability to be used for phone calls. I found the phone call quality was clear and I was able to use these for calls while working from home. There are a few things to take note of. The buttons are not labeled at all and I kept having to reference the user guide to use them until I was able to remember what buttons did what and where they were when I was wearing the headphones. These utilize Bluetooth 5.0 so be sure that what you are trying to connect them to is compatible. Other than that, these are a great pair of what I would consider mid-range headphones. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for a nice pair of feature rich, nice sounding headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great sound - phone calling could improve

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Listening to music, Voices

    The Sennheiser HD 450BT come well packaged. Opening the box you find the headset, storage case, AUX cable (2.5mm one side and 3.5mm the other side), USB-C cable, safety guide and quick start guide. You have everything you need to get started. As always, the first thing I do is give the headset a full charge. According to the manual the charge will last 30 hours. I have used it at least 10 hours and the charge is still full. According to the manual it takes 2 hours for a full charge. I found the quick start guide not as easy to follow as it could be. So here is a rundown of the functions on the right headset from front to back (see picture): 1. Power and Bluetooth pairing button. Hold for 4 seconds. 2. Receptor for the AUX cable 2.5mm side. Make sure you insert it all the way and turn to lock. I did not the first time and the sound is not great unless inserted all the way and locked. A cool feature actually to keep it secure. 3. USB-C cable connector. 4. Volume adjustment 5. Slide button. Listening to music: Press 1x press to pause a song. Forward to skip to the next song. Backward to skip to the previous song. Using the phone: 1x press to answer or hang up a call. Hold for 2 seconds to hold the call. 6. This has two functions as well. This will enable or disable active noise cancelling. This will also activate voice assistant (Siri, Google, etc.) Pairing the headphones was simple. All of the buttons are on the right headphone. The most forward button is held for about 4 seconds to pair the headphones. You will hear the voice tell you “power on – connected” every time you turn them on. Downloading the Sennheiser Smart Control app is recommended. With all electronics, you should update the firmware immediately. There are often new features or bug fixes in the firmware upgrade. My headphones came with v5.0 and I updated to v5.4 using the app. It took about 8 minutes to update the firmware. You can also set the sounds the way you like it using the equalizer feature. There are 2 choices: 1) use a slider to pick your EQ setting, or 2) use the traditional bands to pick you EQ setting. Now on to the listening experience. I find the headphones to be well balanced. The highs are crisp and clear and not to “tinny”. The bass is solid and punchy but not overbearing. Some bass junkies may want more bass. With the EQ I am sure everyone will find their perfect sound. I used the headphones for making some calls. The microphone is very sensitive and picks up your voice as well as other sounds. I was told they could hear me very well with no feedback or distortion. I found their voice sounded kind of hollow like I was in a large room. You can adjust the headband for a comfortable fit. These are snug on the head by default. I listened for about 3 hours straight before I noticed any uncomfortableness. For me, over the head headphones are rarely comfortable for long stretches. These were more comfortable than others I have used. With the Sennheiser name, you know you are getting a quality product. The build quality is solid as well as the sound and features. You can use them for phone calls but the sound was not as great as other headphones I have used. I rate these 4 stars due to the calling experience. From a music listening perspective they are awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing headphones!

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    This was my first Sennheiser Headphone and I was really impressed by how good this Sennheiser HD 458BT sounds at very good sale price plus the quality of this headphone is really good and it has its own app which is really cool!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A set that doesn't get in the way of music

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Listening to music

    I received this pair free to test and review. If I had to pick one word to describe this headset that word would be, effortless. Everything on this set and the app are intuitive and easy to navigate. Physically these are very comfortable. They sit firm on ear and over the head without any movement during natural head movement. I can wear these for hours without any discomfort with our without my glasses. Audio is great across the board. I was able to pick up all the tiny nuances in my music that other sets miss. The volume doesn't break apart at high volumes. Noise cancelling works very well. I could barely hear the hum of my air conditioner unit sitting 5 feet away. At the time of writing this review I'm actual using them and there's nothing but great quality audio coming through. I love the equalizer UI in the phone app. You can adjust settings the traditional way using sliders for individual ranges or slide a point across a XY axis grid. The later being my preferred method for quick toggling for when I want quick adjustments for music across different genres. It's something that I find myself using a lot because it's so easy to set. Build quality is nice. Buttons don't feel cheap and materials seem like quality parts with no fear of early wear out. They fit very well in the given bag with enough room for the cords. Usually I don't wear over the ear headset as a daily driver, but I am using these pair almost everyday, that's how noninvasive they are. They don't come between me and great quality music.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Very good I’m very like it. And I ask my cousin she want buy too

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not Enough For The Price

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    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    I like these headphones a lot. Just want get that out of the way. They're comfortable, sound great and they look good. There's easily 33 hours of listening / talk time in each complete charge. I had no problems wearing them for long periods of time. I used then for a light workout( I don't recommend using these to workout in.) and they did well, for that session. The noise cancelling is pretty top notch, so I can't be mad at that. There's a little carrying pouch to stuff your muffs in when they're not in use. Not too protective yet effective. There's also 3.5mm aux cord available if you for some reason or another , run out of juice. And hopefully, you'll have a music player with a headphone jack to use it. But it's there if you need it. There's no real ambient noise option or noise pass through like other headphones in this price range. That's where I start my gripes. These are, for the most part, really good and well made headphones. Unfortunately, if you can shell out $200 for some headphones, you should go for a more complete brand. If you're giving them as a gift, don't tell them how much you spent and the recipient should be more than satisfied with them. And hopefully They aren't into name brands. All in all, these are a solid pair of bluetooth noise cancelling headphones, but they just simply cost too much. So, in good conscience, I can't recommend them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Sound If You Decode The Mystery Buttons

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    Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons

    I got the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless headphones because of a recommendation that Sennheiser makes good quality audio products. I’ve never heard of the company before my research so I can’t speak to their legacy but these headphones are what I consider a mixed bag. As wireless headphones their audio quality is loud and clear which is really all you need in a set of headphones, so that’s great! The noise cancelling capabilities I felt were a little lacking, either on or off I felt like I was not hearing the world outside the cushioned ear pads. Speaking of the ear pads I’m not sure why they picked the narrow shape they did. You can see in my picture that rather than typical full circle pads the HD 450 headset uses narrow ovals, my assumption is that your ears aren’t circles but it was mildly annoying until I got used to it. Just an unusual pressure on my ear top, nothing to lose sleep over and I did eventually get used to it but I think I’d prefer the classic round design. The foam is thick and squishy so if you have smaller to medium size ears you should be fine and may not even know the difference, but my ears are a little large and that’s why I noticed. Another positive I liked was the way the two sides fold in and under the headband for compact storage. The other headphones I’ve owned would just stuff full size into a large bag or sit on my desk but the folding design of the HD 450 is super convenient! The headphones come with a zippered bag that resembled an old electric razor case and I didn’t think they would fit without some work but actually they slide in with room to spare and I was able to keep the instructional pamphlets in the pockets inside the case too. Very impressive carrying case set-up! However the downside to these headphones comes with the middle man of listening to music through them: using the controls to pair and adjust volume. These headphones do not label their switches and buttons! The instruction pamphlet gives you simple drawings to intuit which end of the headphone is which so you can then deduce which switch/button is the one to press for that function being described...however this was SEVERELY lacking in user friendliness! To me this is a deal breaker for me on headphones, I do not want to review a large folded map of instructions to figure out where the features I need are. Perhaps this is another “use it and get used to it”situation but whereas the narrow foam ears are a passive “get over it” the interaction with the buttons is something I shouldn’t have to think about. Overall I think these are good headphones, you’ll enjoy your music at great quality and volume with them but other than the folding storage the design of the Sennheiser HD 450BT headphones is bad. For me the sound quality can’t be enjoyed if I can’t adjust the volume, or even pair my phone with them unless I dig out a wad of instructions. If you’re the kind of person that can learn things without hassle then maybe these are the headphones you’re looking for but otherwise, if you’re like me, these will sit on your desk and you’ll just get a cheap pair of simple wireless headphones instead to save the complications and hassle.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Goldilocks would be pleased.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Bluetooth, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons, Ease of use, Voices

    #Sennheiser Headphones When it comes to headphones, there are just so, so many options to consumers right now; this market blew up a few years ago and there’s seemingly no slowing. For me, that’s an OK thing—I love trying out new stuff—but if you’re that guy who wants to buy something and keep it as long as you can, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to wade through the hundreds of options available at all different prices. Yet sometimes, there’s a secondary result of this ‘over saturation’ of options: good headphones are becoming more ubiquitous, regardless of their price. Recently I tested a pair of sub-$100 headphones that had phenomenal sound quality, and if you can get past the silly design choices that manufacturer made (or if you actually like those choices), getting ‘into the game’ is less likely to break the bank now than it was even a year or two ago. I love high-quality headphones, and I’m willing to pay for them. But big brands like Bose and Sony spend so much on advertising that the price of these headphones is often higher than similarly-performing headphones at lower price points. Don’t get me wrong—some $300+ headphones are well worth the price in my mind, but I guess what I’m trying to say is, dishing out that much money for a pair of decent headphones, for most people, just isn’t necessary. Sennheiser is a long-time player in the consumer audio space (not to mention, ‘prosumer’ and professional spaces), so they know their way around a pair of headphones. One of my top 3 favorite pair of headphones (598SE) is made by Sennheiser, so when given the opportunity to offer feedback on the HD 450BT, pair of noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones, I jumped at the chance. Getting into the box was what I would consider a ‘run of the mill’ experience—super simple packaging, not overly fancy. The box itself opens from the bottom, which I thought was weird, but only barely weird enough to mention in a review. The headphones are presented folded, which undoubtedly minimizes the size of the box, along with a soft carrying pouch. The 450BT headphones are entirely plastic, yet in spite of that, the hinges and size-adjustment slide mechanism feels sturdy and solid. Overall construction is good; there is nothing ‘cheap-looking’ about these headphones, although I immediately noticed that the thick cushioning on the ear cups is not consistent with the crown padding, which is almost non-existent. I actually kind of prefer the look of the minimal padding on the crown, although I was concerned that this would have an impact on wear comfort over time. The crown itself flexes well with minimal plastic creaking.’ The folding style employed on these headphones is one of ‘inward’ folding; the ear cups themselves don’t rotate much, although they do rotate enough to accommodate different head shapes and sizes. The case that is included with these headphones is, well, probably the cheapest part of the product: it is made of what I would call ‘duffel bag’ material and is not much to look at. It is not a hardshell case and doesn’t have any sort of soft liner, so it’s functionality is limited to storage more than protection. It does offer plenty of space for extra cables and possibly a small charging brick, so that’s at least something. And yes—these Bluetooth headphones are also wired-capable headphones, and the included cable locks into place in the headphones thanks to a small notch on the headphone port. Another pretty immediate observation upon unboxing these headphones is the sheer number of buttons on the right ear cup, and the total lack of buttons on the left. After some use, it’s easy to get used to the layout, but it still seems a bit excessive. There is a dedicated voice assistant button, a slider for skip/search, a volume rocker and a combo button that controls power (when pushed and held) and noise cancellation adjustments. There is also a USB-C charging port on the right ear cup, alongside the 3.5mm headphone port. To reiterate: the left ear cup is oddly vacant of any controls or ports. From a comfort perspective, I found the HD 450BT headphones to be relatively comfortable with only a couple of caveats. The ear cushions are very thick and plush, but not particularly large: the profile of the cushions _inside_ is such that the edges of the cups are regularly in contact with your ears (and keep in mind, I by no means have big ears). This may not be a big deal to most, but it is something I noticed—and impacted the ‘adjusting’ that I had to do when putting them on. In some ways, these are the closest thing to ‘on-ear’ as you can get while still being technically ‘over-ear,’ although I found it interesting that Sennheiser refers to these on their website as ‘around-ear,’ which is a much more fitting description. The cushions, by the way, are removable, but putting them back on is pretty annoying. The crown cushion, as I said before, is essentially non-existent; the crown is coated in a rubber-like material that I assume helps keep the headphones in place while wearing them. This looks great, but I wasn’t particularly blown away by the comfort it provided. Straight out of the box, the jaw pressure/pinch of the headphones was in that ‘Goldilocks’ range of being not too tight and not too loose, although I gather they will loosen over time. If you’re the type who is sensitive to this pinch on headphones, I think you’ll notice it (and it may even cause you some discomfort), but otherwise this offers a secure fit, and to be honest, I have kind of a big head. Performance on these headphones is also good, offering a slightly-accentuated bass profile without any customization. Lows, mids and highs were all clear and crisp, even at higher volumes, and this is what I was getting at early in the review when I was talking about ‘good’ headphones being ubiquitous at all different price points...it’s a nice thing to see. And, while these headphones don’t get drastically loud, they are plenty loud enough at max volume without sacrificing sound quality at any frequency. The onboard microphones are likewise acceptable, but they are nothing to write home about. I always encourage people to not buy a pair of good headphones with the expectation that the onboard microphone is going to be great, because in most cases, this is a bit of a white whale. There are plenty of headphones available that offer a good microphone experience for those on the other end, whether it be taking calls or attending video conferences—but very few things will beat dedicated microphones near your mouth. In my testing, folks on the receiving end of my audio said the call quality was ‘totally fine,’ although pointed out that a significant amount of background noise, such as other voices, typing, etc., was captured and played through to them. That said, I would suggest using these for calls only in a relatively quiet environment, but the microphones are totally functional here. Noise isolation on these headphones is aided by the relatively tight fit along the jaw, and I’d say the noise cancellation is not nearly as good as the noise isolation is. For starters, the ANC is not tunable—I was not able to find a way to manually adjust _how much_ noise is being canceled versus passed through, although there is a pass through mode that is turned on when the voice assistant is activated. In general, the ANC is most noticeably blocking out lower-frequencies (clothes dryer, car engine, etc) and less good for blocking higher frequencies like voices, clock ticking and entertainment audio from other speakers or televisions. The power/ANC button allows you to turn ANC on or off, and I really like that when cycling this there are no voice prompts to tell you it’s happening, which can be kind of annoying on other headphones. Sennheiser's app experience is (what I would consider) as a unique experience, not in line with most audio companion apps I’ve used. It is simple, and has basically one feature: to provide an equalizer to the user. It’s not a particularly complicated equalizer, either, just three levels and no fine-tuned control within those levels. Sennheiser also doesn’t make an iPad specific app (nor does the app support rotation), so if you plan to use these with an iPad be prepared for a small bit of annoyance. The app is perfectly functional, regardless of device/platform, just not very feature rich. In many ways I like this, and I definitely prefer it to a more feature-rich over-engineered companion application. I mentioned Goldilocks earlier and have alluded many times to the HD 450BT headphones having good (but perhaps, not great) performance in several areas. This, I think, is the crux of the review when it comes to my overall impression: it’s just right. The look is simple, run-of-the-mill headphone stuff, but perfectly functional. There’s nothing exciting about the design, but the design also doesn’t impede on comfort (except, maybe, the padding on the crown). While the ear cups could be wider, they’re still functional and you do eventually adjust to them. From a sound perspective, these are everything they need to be; nothing more, nothing less. Sound performance, much like the ANC, wasn’t crazy awesome, but it does the job and won’t leave you dissatisfied. The app is nothing more than what it’s meant to be, and does a good job being what it is. And the price, at $150, is about what I’d expect it to be given that summary. And, re-reading that paragraph, I think it may reflect negatively on the headphones...but it shouldn’t. I fully believe Sennheiser knew exactly what they were doing when they designed these headphones: they are intentional.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sonic Serenity

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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Bluetooth, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons, Listening to music

    I have owned several over-ear headphones over the years, but these Sennheiser HD 450BT offer a listening experience that cannot be replicated by any others that I have used. The frequency response and level of auditory detail that these headphones offer is astounding. In addition to the phenomenal sound quality, these headphones boast a fairly robust active noise cancelling system offering the user a listening experience isolated from nearly all outside sources of noise. My only gripe with the headphones, initially, was the fact that they are not extremely loud; however, I quickly realized that volume is not the focus of the product. Instead, the focus is squarely placed on providing the most accurate-to-recording listening experience possible. Taking a look at what is included in the box, the headphones come with a USB Type-C charging cable, a white aux cable for when an analog listening experience is preferable, as well as a compact, non-rigid travel case containing space to carry the headphones and aforementioned cables. Upon unpacking the headphones, I had them connected to my phone via Bluetooth in about two minutes. A brief scan of the quick-start guide shed some light on the functionality of the numerous unlabeled buttons on the headphones. After about ten minutes of fiddling with all the controls (i.e. volume, media control, noise cancelling toggle, voice assistant, and power), I was comfortable operating them without giving them much thought. While the functionality that the mechanics of the product have to offer is certainly convenient, the most impressive aspect of the headphones is easily the quality of sound that they offer. As previously stated, I have never used headphones that have offered the intimate level of detail that these bring to the table. With active noise cancelling enabled, these headphones offer near-total isolation from the outside world and provide complete immersion in the piece of music you’re listening to. While the headphones are a tad lower in volume while active noise cancelling is enabled, the trade off is well worth the reward in the listening experience for doing so. That being said, even without active noise cancelling enabled, the plush and comfortable leather ear cups provide a good bit of noise isolation on their own and the headphones do offer a bit more volume and punch when this functionality is deactivated. I have only listened to music with them so far, but I would imagine the listening experience for movies, podcasts, and audio books would be equally impressive. However, if you are in the market for wireless headphones you could use for gaming, look elsewhere. As I have stated, the headphones do not offer an incredibly loud sound and, as a result, would probably not offer what most gamers are looking for in the headphones that they use. Additionally, the Bluetooth connectivity of these headphones is impressive to say the least. I wanted to test their range and connection strength, so I put on the headphones, set my phone down on one end of the house, and began walking to the other. To my surprise, even on the other end of the house (60-70 feet away) they still functioned as if I was standing directly next to my phone. This would make them perfect for doing house chores such as vacuuming without having to worry about getting too far away from your phone. Overall, I believe that these Sennheisers offer a listening experience as close to studio sound as one can get with wireless headphones. While they certainly are not the loudest headphones I have ever used, they are absolutely the most pleasant and immersive. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who strives to get the most accurate listening experience out of their headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pretty good for the price of Bluetooth headphones

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    Comparing from 450BT, there isnt much really to be said as both are able to compete and go head to head with eachother with neither being a decisive winner. the ONLY difference that probably would be important to someone would be that the 458BT, has a Passive Noise Reduction. in other words, the headphones sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for YouTube viewing

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I purchased this headset while it was on sale. $100 off. I have owned this for 30 days and I am very happy with the headphones. I like the style and the comfort. They work very well to keep out a lot of ambient noise around me. I don't think these are great for listening to music. I mainly use these when I watch YouTube videos, not for listening to music.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great sounding headphones

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons, Ease of use

    The Sennheiser name has been around for as long as I can remember and it's a name that's synonymous with quality. This is my first pair of their headphones. The sound quality is some of the best I've heard in a pair of headphones like this. One of the most important aspects of a pair of good headphones is that they deliver good sound quality. These phones definitely deliver on this point. The first thing you will probably notice is the bass response. It sounds deep and rich and the sound pressure level was truly noticeable. They have a very airy, spacious quality to them and I really enjoy listening to them. They have plenty of volume headroom and for once I was able to listen at a volume I like without wishing they would go louder. I find most noise canceling phones sound much better with this feature turned off and never enabled. These are no exception. Maybe I've never found the need for this feature, but they always seem to introduce some strange sounding elements, and take away the cleanliness. To be fair, I didn't really try very hard with this feature but they sound so good I didn't want to explore it for longer than a few minutes. The look is actually quite simple and plain. Not really what I expected but not a bad thing. They're lighter than similar headphones I've used which should translate to a more comfortable fit, and looking at them I would have bet they were very comfortable, however after about an hour I found them to start hurting my ears. This is not uncommon for full headphones but it was a bit disappointing. The ear cups have a nice soft pseudo-leather covering and the foam underneath is nice and cushy so I attribute the discomfort I experience to the firmness of the spring headband. In an effort to ensure headphones stay in place these days I think this is a common trait, especially with more and more people wearing headphones for a variety of workouts. It's truly a fine line for head phone manufactures to walk and it's very subjective because everybody has a different shaped noggin. The button layout is not especially intuitive and on top of that they aren't labeled. The volume rocker switch is easy to feel and the transport switch is too. I like the transport switch, you push it forward for the next track, push it backward for previous track and press it for play/pause. The two small mysterious buttons, one at the front and one at the back would really benefit from some type of label. Surprisingly, one of them is the power button, which also doubles as the noise canceling button. The other turns on or off the voice assistant. You can choose your favorite one. A small and often overlooked feature is the ability to fold them down to a relatively small size for traveling. In fact they even come with a carrying zippered pouch. Nothing fancy, just a nice nylon case. Perfect for a carry-on, a backpack, etc.. They come with a USB charging cable and an 1/8” phone cable. Battery life seems good and even after listening for a couple hours I was still at over 90% battery life. I really love the sound of these phones and they will be one of the pairs I grab for first. I wish they were a bit more comfortable, but they are certainly fine for shorter periods of time. The controls are “ok”, nothing ground breaking here, but in all fairness, you really don't need to touch them very much, so not a big issue. There is a companion app available for download and I didn't need it to pair the headphones. It does offer some EQ abilities and you can save as many as you want but there were only two pre-defined settings included. It's not necessary to use the app and it's really pretty basic so you may not find a need to anyway. Sennheiser did put the majority of their efforts into the great sound. And at the end of the day, isn't that the bottom line anyway?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sennheiser knows better, these aren't over ear....

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I should get this out of the way first. This isn't an over ear headphone. It's closer to an on ear headphone. I have several over ear headphones including another Sennheiser headphone (HD 599, Sony XM3, Steelseries Pro Wireless, Astro A10) and these have MUCH smaller earcups. The Sennheiser 599's are like 3-4x as big and even the cheapest Astro A10 (bought for $20 on sale) is significantly larger (1.75x?). As such, anyone looking for an over ear headphone should look elsewhere. That out of the way, the sound is pretty solid. At least on Android. If you know what a Sennheiser sounds like, these come pretty close for a wireless. I'd say it's a solid option for Android users looking for an on ear headphone. The story is different on Windows though. For some reason, there was a quiet, but incessantly notable buzzing sound in the left ear cup while in use. The microphone also seemed to be always on with no easy way to turn it off, basically negating the entire point of a noise cancelling headphone when it's funneling all the sound directly in. I tried a lot to get it to work, but couldn't find a solution and ended up just returning the darned thing. I probably would've done so anyways since I hate on ear headphones, but I did like the aesthetics of the headphone and am a fan of Sennheiser in general so was looking for reasons to keep it. The noise cancelling when it does work (on Android) is only okay. The Sony XM3's stomp these into the ground in that regard, but that's to be expected from headphones that cost way more. But I've also owned Cowin E7's in the past, cheap noise cancelling headphones that performed better, which was surprising. These definitely have a better sound than the Cowin's, but the noise cancelling was honestly pretty ineffective. The build of it is okay. I bought mine on sale for $100, and for that price it's more than acceptable. Sennheiser generally doesn't ever disappoint here. Aside from their extremely questionable choice to market an on ear headphone as over ear, I have no problems with the build. 2/5. I wouldn't recommend these unless you're just looking for wireless on ear headphones and really like the design. Sound is fine enough, but the earcups are all wrong and I experienced lots of problems on Windows. Sennheiser needs to go back to the drawing board and take all their other over ear earcups and glue them onto these, since they clearly know what over ear earcups are supposed to be like but failed to deliver with these headphones.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good phones, reasonable prie

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Sound great, as far as I can tell at my ears' age. Noise canceling seems to work great. Three drawbacks: 1. the enclosed quick start instruction stink. Download the real manual. 2. uses a proprietary cable that is a bit tricky to connect. I'd prefer a non-locking generic cable. 3. I find it a bit tricky to tell if the phones are on or off when using the cable. That being said, be cognizant that there are voice instructions only when using the Bluetooth. When using the cable, the noise canceling is on when the phones are on, off when the phones are off. Also, the app is pretty rudimentary

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good sound but they hurt my ears

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    I just purchased HD 458BT headphones. The sound was clear but I have to return them for two reasons (which may possibly be related): (1) The actual openings for the ears were rather small, so that my hearing aids were somewhat muffled, and (2) use of these headphones led to a rather sharp pain below one of my ears. Note that I have had pain with certain industrial noise-blocking hearing protection devices, but not others. For this reason, I am giving this a fairly good rating, since they may be good for certain people, but not for me.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good Headphones

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Noise cancellation, Price

    First of all, I received the Sennheiser 450 BT headphones as part of the Best Buy Tech insider network program in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. At first glance the 450 BT doesn't really stand out from other headphones. The pair I received is all black, fairly large with large comfortable ear cushions and all of the controls on the bottom of the right ear pad. On that side you have a power/pairing/Active Noise Cancellation button, wired headphone jack, volume toggle and a dedicated button to activate google assistant or siri and a play/FF/Replay/phone answering, multi-purpose button. Controls are well placed and easy to remember although the FF and replay button toggle opposite from what I would expect. Pairing was easy and quick to my Samsung Note 10 plus. Volume on these headphones doesn't seem to be as loud as a couple of other BT headphones I use on a regular basis, but is plenty loud enough to hear over noises such as lawn mowers and tractors, maybe because of the very good active noise cancellation feature and a soft ear-pad the really cradles my ears. If you are a heavy bass lover, these particular headphones may not suite you as well as some others, but these do have a balanced sound that makes them enjoyable to use with most music types. The battery seems to last forever. In fact, in the days I have been wearing these headphones, I have not charged the battery back up. I believe these have a 30 hour advertised battery life and they might just come close to that. Overall, these are very good headphones for the money. Not as loud as some and not as much bass as I would like, but overall a very well balanced sound with great battery life and fairly easy controls that would suite just about anybody looking for nice headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fair price for good product!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    The ear pads are small if your ears are relatively big. Noise cancelling is not as good as Sony 900, but the sound quality is better!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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