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Sennheiser PXC 250 Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Sennheiser PXC 250 Active Noise Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 10/23/2015
Based on 598 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Packaging5.0   above average
Audio4.8   above average
Compact4.8   average
Value4.7   average
Weight4.7   average
iPod4.6   above average
Light4.5   average
Travel4.5   average
Comfortable4.4   average
Listening4.3   average
Music4.3   average
Fit4.2   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Size4.2   above average
Sound4.1   average
Noise4.0   average
Frequency3.9   average
Video3.9   below average
Level3.6   below average
Battery3.5   below average
Design3.5   below average
Volume3.5   average
Plug3.1   below average
Cable2.8   below average
Loud2.4   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"The only problem I've had with the unit is the adapters disappeared about the third flight I used them on, but since I use the units with an ipod that hasn't been an issue."
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"2 adapters were missing from this shipment....policy of Tiger Direct is that I had to ship back the item instead of having the small parts shipped to me."
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"I bought both the 250 (as special offer) and 250 II many years ago and found the 250 superior in sound and the case is much nicer as it holds extra batteries, adapters, earplugs and credit card and an iPhone just fine."
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"The set comes with an airplane adapter (though I think most airlines are using standard mini jacks now), as well as a stereo adapter."
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"They are very comfortable to wear and it's nice that they come with the adapters for my surround sound system so I can watch a movie without bothering my family."
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"The kit includes an airline adapter, a mini-to-standard headphone adapter, and really nice carrying pouch."
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Audio

Audio:
"If an acceptable compromise, I'd have to recommend them for its better sound isolation, audio quality and lower price."
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"- If we want to reduce noise in full audio spectrum, then consider a good PNA, but they may be expensive, bulky and head pinching."
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"Not only do they block out most noise, the clarity and amazing audio reproduction of these headphones make them sound like they are worth 500 dollars."
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"I can't speak for the Bose or Sony headphones like this set, but I can speak to the fact that my wife and I spent an 8-hour flight with these headphones and they worked great, felt comfortable, and made the audio of movies and songs sound terrific on the plane (and in our hotels rooms)."
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"I found the Senn's to be equal, or better, in noise-cancelling capability, audio quality, and for me - long period wear comfort."
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"It has good audio quality and is not as large as the over the ear type and not too small as in-ear models."
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Battery

Battery:
"(I'm very careful with all my toys and there was never any abuse of the switch or the headphones- they're always in the pouch when not in use, etc).I was hoping that PXC-250II will not have the same issue, as the in-line battery compartment with the switch was redesigned completely from the original PXC-250 and only uses one AAA battery now, but I've already had at least one pair with a failed switch."
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"The separate batteries for the noise canceling can be annoying, but when you are seated on a plane, it doesn't really matter."
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"The only small drawback is having the battery chamber being located within the cord set up."
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"The main complaint - the size and weight of the electronic battery module and the wires."
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"The one drawback to the design is the external electronics and battery that are inline with the cord."
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"Other negatives are the battery holder is a bit bulky and there's entirely too much cable."
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"I used them for a trip with a total flight time of 20 hours a few days ago and the battery is still good."
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"Excellent sound when you use the battery."
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"Works even good with out the battery off."
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"I bought both the 250 (as special offer) and 250 II many years ago and found the 250 superior in sound and the case is much nicer as it holds extra batteries, adapters, earplugs and credit card and an iPhone just fine."
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"Battery life has been great so far."
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Cable

Cable:
"Recently the cable plug broke (reminder: it is not a toddler toy) and I was very sad to learn the 250 are not available anymore from Sennheiser."
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"The only small drawback is having the battery chamber being located within the cord set up."
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"I'm concerned with the cord and connector, which don't look robust."
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"I rarely have this problems with other headphones, but the combination of the length of the cord and having the electronics module attached to something seems to make these headphones prone to this type of thing happening, but this is really only an annoyance."
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"I do not find the on-off electronics unit on the cord a drawback."
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"They're not as 'pretty' as the Bose, and I did find the cord design and arrangement to be somewhat clunky and archaic, but at four times the price how much is pretty worth?"
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"Also, it took a little getting used to having the battery pack controller on the cord and just finding a good place to put it (if you have a shirt pocket, that's ideal)."
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"And the cord is nice and long for freedom of movement."
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"Haven't had it long enough to know about battery life but love the fact the control is straight line in the cord and not built into the ear piece (easier to remember to turn it off).I would buy this again for a gift with no worries about the quality."
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"You've got about 3' of cord so you might be able to keep it in a shoulder bag."
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"Getting used to the cord and battery pack may take some creative measures, unless you have a breast pocket."
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Clip

Clip:
"the module just gets inconvenient at times - it does have a clip to put in your pocket or other attachment point."
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"An example of the type of problem I was having is; on an airplane, I would clip it to my clothes or the seat in front of me and later stand up or shift around to let somebody out or to stretch and the cord would catch on something and then rip the electronics module off of whatever it was clipped to and pull the heaphones off my head."
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"The wand-sensor has reversable clip but its too bulky and I never found a good way to run the cords."
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"Cons: Separate noise canceling unit can be a problem to clip on and weighs more than it should."
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"At work it sits on my desk without causing any problems, but they don't work so well at the gym as I don't want to clip them to myself."
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"Only disadvantage is the processor module - it has a clip but you do have to find somewhere to put it."
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"The battery+ electronics cylinder clips easily to your pocket shirt belt, so you can just unplug and stretch your legs without feeling like you need to rewire yourself into that airplane seat."
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"There is even a nice clip on the sturdily built, plastic battery container that allows you to securely attach the unit to a shirt pocket to avoid simply holding it for a lengthy period."
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"There is a built in 'belt clip' on the wand which works perfectly whether I was on the plane."
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"It hungs loosely, so you have to make sure you get it out of the way, and the best way to do it is to clip it to your clothes, wherever is more comfortable for you."
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"I guess if you plan on wearing this unit on a belt clip, the engineering is perfect."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"In trying to drown out the noise of barking neighbor dogs this headset does good when the volume is turned way up, but not so good when it is at a comfortable volume level."
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"The headphones are comfortable, provide good, not great sound quality when noise canceling is turned on, GREAT sound quality when the noise canceling is turned on."
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"They were comfortable, not too hot and had good sound dampening cutting out most of the engine noise."
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"Headset is comfortable although the battery switch unit can be annoying."
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"My main complaint with these was the comfort."
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"- Place the on-ear phones a bit forward and downwards just before air-leak begins, for best comfort and air-seal."
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"Besides the price, they are much smaller to pack, good sound, MUCH more comfortable to wear for long periods, and lighter on the head...would definitely get these again if I lost them."
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"They are also pretty comfortable but can make my ears hurt (as with any on-ear headphones I have tried) after long periods of time."
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"I found these headphones to be very comfortable, highly effective and they provided very good sound quality."
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"Overall they're great headphones, very comfortable, and create noise reduction."
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Compact

Compact:
"The Sennheiser are compact-- folding them up has been a hassle, but once done they tuck quite nicely into a soft case that easily fits into a briefcase or purse."
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"Not as good as the Bose, but the compact size, price, and comfort makes up for it."
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"These are compact, light, efficient, good sound (is using for that) and good noise cancellation."
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"I can wear them for hours on end (like on those transatlantic or transpacific flights), without my ears getting hot or achy from pressure (and I'd say my head is fairly large- I wear size L for headgear).They are super lightweight, and compact (fold-up nicely to a very flat package), yet super sturdy- I haven't had a single pair that would break (except for the switch- more on that below)."
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"The compact carrying case fits well in my Laptop bag."
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"Compact and durable (have had them for over 4 years now)."
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"Nice compact and lightweight."
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Design

Design:
"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"Usually discomfort is by design and not our ears or cushion size."
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"The one drawback to the design is the external electronics and battery that are inline with the cord."
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"Most disappointing and I had expected more from a product designed to cancel noise in the office (I had purchased with the intent being to use them in the office, and for travel).I would buy them again in a flash if they produced a model that was shielded from interference."
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"They're not as 'pretty' as the Bose, and I did find the cord design and arrangement to be somewhat clunky and archaic, but at four times the price how much is pretty worth?"
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"The sound is good, the design is terrible."
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"(Passive Noise Attenuation PNA) versus (Active Noise Neutralizing ANN or ANC) and their Hybrid- A well designed PNA headset may outperforms a low~mid tier PNA+ANC Hybrid."
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"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"The folding design works well so that it fits in a somewhat small case."
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"The design of the headphones for travelling is very nice."
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"The earphones are very well designed and fit on my ears well."
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Fit

Fit:
"The loose fit against the ear makes them a bit ineffective as well."
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"I've owned two different models, so I knew what I was wanting: a light set that fits on the ears (not over them), effective noise canceling, accurate sound quality, and some durability."
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"I could not get a good fit and they remained loose resulting in noise pollution."
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"My only problem with them was the lack of adjustment in fit."
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"Whether I was listening to the in-flight movies, my iPod, or just trying to sleep, they performed exactly as advertised, blocking most, but not all, noise, with a very comfortable fit that allowed me to use them 10-12 hours without a break, something I couldn't have done with the other over-the-ear phones I had been using."
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"The sound quality is very good, and the cushioning is nice, but the pressure fit around my ears is somewhat uncomfortable on my temples after a while."
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"The folding design works well so that it fits in a somewhat small case."
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"The compact carrying case fits well in my Laptop bag."
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"However, the loose fit is very comfortable for long hours but I find that pushing them tighter against my ears makes the noise cancelling twice as effective."
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"The loose fit against the ear makes them a bit ineffective as well."
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"I tried them on and the fit is comfy...the sound is good to excellent but as another user says, the noise canceling feature makes a big differnce."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"They are very good for airplanes to knock out the low hum but are ineffective for higher frequency ambient disturbances."
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"But it gave me comfortable higher quality sound for the movies and musics during the flight by blocking irritating lower frequency components effectively."
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"While everything is definitely much quieter while wearing these things, they do add a surprising amount of white noise at some of the higher frequencies, which is a bit annoying."
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"Even foam earplus can only attenuate about 30dB (though arguably do much better at higher frequencies).All in all, I'm happy with these headphones, but annoyed with the price, the flimsy battery compartment, and the ridicuously short cord."
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"This product adds some high frequency noise in the background but is effective at reducing a lot of low frequency noise."
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"Noise reduction works well with lower, deeper frequencies."
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"But it gave me comfortable higher quality sound for the movies and musics during the flight by blocking irritating lower frequency components effectively."
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"Noise reduction is biased toward lower frequencies, but makes sleeping MUCH easier."
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Level

Level:
"No, you probably won't be happy with the level of noise cancellation for quiet times (for that you might want Bose and whatnot)- after all, these are rather small on-ear headphones, so can't possibly reduce the noise the way a big supra-aural (over the ear) headset would."
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"In trying to drown out the noise of barking neighbor dogs this headset does good when the volume is turned way up, but not so good when it is at a comfortable volume level."
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"I really wanted to like them but I cannot recommend them given the very low level of noise reduction."
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"If not then move to the next level or be disappointed."
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"You turn the volume level down so much with these its almost scary to think what you were doing to your ears before."
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"- If (attenuated noise) and (anti-noise) are perfectly matched by (level) at (co-incidence) we have total-neutralization."
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"On flights the units cancel out the background engine and wind noise on the plane allowing me to comfortably listen to music at a much lower level."
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"The side pads on the headband help with the comfort level on the top of the head."
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"While they do not provide the same level of sound suppression as heavier headphones, they achieve an amazing level of noise cancelation while preserving very good audio quality."
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"I was VERY pleased with the level of noise reduction, and the comfort of the headphones."
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Light

Light:
"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"I've owned two different models, so I knew what I was wanting: a light set that fits on the ears (not over them), effective noise canceling, accurate sound quality, and some durability."
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"The sound quality is OK, not the richest bass or the most full sound, but given the comfort and light weight, I don't know a better compromise."
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"I found these light and comfortable; I have disliked the feel of many previous headphones."
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"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"They are light weight and comfortably They repreduce music beautifully."
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"These are compact, light, efficient, good sound (is using for that) and good noise cancellation."
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"The PXC250 are quite light and comfortable, I have worn them for hours at a time, alternating from iPod to airplane movies."
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"Battery life on the wand is very good, and the indicator light that flashes when the batteries are low is tops."
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Listening

Listening:
"You really can't notice it very well listening to music, which is why other reviewers might not be noticing it, but during dead space in TV shows or movies, it is very noticeable."
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"I have not had a chance to really audition these back to back on any of my normal listening items as the Aiwa seems to be malfunctioning in one ear at this time (~3yrs old) with the foam around the ears deteriorating as well."
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"In a gym or on an airplane, the listening environment is not good."
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"Received order faster than expected and have many hours of good listening enjoyment."
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"Bass was stronger with the Aiwas than the Sennheisers, but the Aiwa bass was muffled (listening to Diana Krall's Christmas album with great backup base and strings).The Sennheiser was weak in the bass, but at least I could distinctly hear the plucking of the strings."
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"I use the noise canceling option when I travel by plane, and it blocks out enough noise to make listening to music a pleasure."
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"Cost aside, these are the perfect headphones for on the go and mp3 listening."
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"I take public transit (bus and light rail) daily and enjoy listening to music during my commute."
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Loud

Loud:
"The only negatives are that they do not do a great job of handling a lot of bass (Hip-Hoppers beware) and there is definetly a limit to how loud they get."
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"I bought these b c I work in a lab with machines under vacuum, and the pumps are loud and annoying."
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"To my suprise, as soon as I flipped on the button, that horrible loud swooshing noise of the plane went away."
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"You can still hear sound and people talking but the unpleasant loud swoosh totally disapears."
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"These headphones were nothing like I expected, I couldn't turn the volume up loud enough, and they weren't comfortable."
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"The bad:The headphones will not reproduce accurate, loud bass."
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"- Worked great on the movies for plane, but were very loud on the music option."
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"It is quite a bit flimsier, less comfortable, not loud enough, and the noise cancelling unit is large and unwieldy."
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"They are great especially if you have an ipod with your own music, but if not you can plug it into the airplane music (but when anyone comes over the speakers you hear them loud and clear! )"
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"noise canceling part is a little strange though, makes a very faint white noise sound, but if you are in a loud environment they work pretty well and you wont hear the white noise"
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"You can set the volume much lower and hear loud and clear as compared to the standard headphones that come on the plane! "
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Music

Music:
"These are not the best and when music isn't playing you can hear some feint static, but they are pretty good if you don't want to spend the money for Bose."
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"I just like my music in background when reading and the combination of either on at too high a volume or off was problem for me on the music section, the movies option on plane i had to turn up to hear, so it could have been plane, but i haven't flown since."
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"With the noise canceling on and music at a moderate volume, I'm not able to hear the hallway conversation at all; I can barely hear my office phone, even."
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"Negatives: When noise canceling is engaged the volume of the music audio increases, so that on a recent trip I couldn't listen to some of the audio channels: even at lowest volume setting they were too loud for my taste."
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"You really can't notice it very well listening to music, which is why other reviewers might not be noticing it, but during dead space in TV shows or movies, it is very noticeable."
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"Sound-wise, you won't get good quality on base - in fact, for some music, the base nearly disappears."
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"They are light weight and comfortably They repreduce music beautifully."
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"I bought a replacement AKG set for the return trip that cost a bit more (and despite having great success with AKG with my music studio phones where I love the AKG quality) I have to say that I really miss the Sennheiser noise cancelling travel headphones even more now that I bought the AKG replacements."
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"The bass response is tight, the highs and mids are well balanced, and overall they reproduce the music I listen to beautifully."
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"This means if i jiggle it around too much it falls out easily and the music starts playing outloud instead of in the headphones."
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"other htan that it's pretty portable, nice to use, music quality is pretty good."
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Noise

Noise:
"only ok in silencing noise, after an hour or so it is very painful, and I don't have a big head :-)"
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"However the cord and battery case for the noise cancelling feature are a little hard to manage and at times annoying."
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"- A strong PNA plus ANC = (Hybrid) was intended to handle excessive noise open outdoor like helicopter."
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"- Air-leak lets ambient noise rush-in, same time drain-out anti-noise, compromises the ANC and lovely base-tone."
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"- The definition of unwanted is loose so will the meaning of noise which cause review on NC so confusing."
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"Sound: for movies and music on plane; allows to have the volume on 2 instead of 10 (ear drums are thankful...)Noise canceling: good enough to drown out all airplane noises so you can hear conversations 2 rows back (unfortunately....)Often just use the noise canceling feature and no source sound when sleeping... and forget that I am on a plane."
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"The noise reduction is nice, helps block out extraneous noises."
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"They work really well, the noise reduction is very effective."
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"(Passive Noise Attenuation PNA) versus (Active Noise Neutralizing ANN or ANC) and their Hybrid- A well designed PNA headset may outperforms a low~mid tier PNA+ANC Hybrid."
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"- If (attenuated noise) and (anti-noise) are perfectly matched by (level) at (co-incidence) we have total-neutralization."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"They are excellent headphones, perhaps not quite as good as the original Bose noise-canceling headphones, but for the price they are very exceptional."
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"The only downside I've noticed is, like some others have said, the noise-canceling unit is a bit bulky."
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"Without the noise-canceling turned on, the sound from these headphones is a little weak; I was initially a bit worried."
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"I understand everyone else's comment on Bose being over-priced, but if you are looking for the best noise-cancelling performance on an airplane, unfortunately there is no other way around it."
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"I am a frequent traveler and was looking for a great set of noise-canceling headphones without spending hundreds of dollars on Bose."
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"The Sennheiser noise-canceling headphones do a marvelous job of reducing the external airplane noise."
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"The sound was quite 'tinny' with the noise-cancelling circuit off, but a very rich and beautiful sound with the circuit engaged."
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"Finally, these headphones can be used equally well as a noise-canceling environment at work or at home or wherever you go as long as you stay safe about noticing your local surroundings."
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"The noise-canceling functionality is pretty decent--good enough for me to not be distracted by background noises at work, though these over-the-ear headphones will not drown out as much sound as the Circumaural models such as the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7.The major drawback is the battery-pack; depending on where you are using them, it can be somewhat of a burden."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"I can wear them for hours on end (like on those transatlantic or transpacific flights), without my ears getting hot or achy from pressure (and I'd say my head is fairly large- I wear size L for headgear).They are super lightweight, and compact (fold-up nicely to a very flat package), yet super sturdy- I haven't had a single pair that would break (except for the switch- more on that below)."
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"Comes with a nifty carrying case, folds up into a tiny package that's great for traveling."
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"Everything works well and the sound is great, but the extra package is awkward to locate and carry."
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"You may not experience the same problem, but be sure to keep all the packaging just in case, so you can return them if they hurt."
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"The entire package is very easy to use; they fold up into a nice little package that's easy to transport."
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Plug

Plug:
"Recently the cable plug broke (reminder: it is not a toddler toy) and I was very sad to learn the 250 are not available anymore from Sennheiser."
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"The inferior phone plug connection is less immediately evident but more troubling over time."
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"However, the weak link is the durability of the plug -- specifically where the wire enters connects to the rubber insulation around the metal plug."
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"Only problem is that some airlines (United) has a 2-pin headphone plug is a combination of small & large and the adapter does not fit."
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"In-ear plugs have the possiblilty of damaging hearing, and I've never been happy with in-ear products."
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"The straight plug is not a good design for airplane travel, as it gets bent with almost any activity, even when trying to remember the warnings posted in other reviews."
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"I have used Etymotic in-ear plugs for years; I thought I would replace them with superior technology."
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"They are great especially if you have an ipod with your own music, but if not you can plug it into the airplane music (but when anyone comes over the speakers you hear them loud and clear! )"
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"However, the weak link is the durability of the plug -- specifically where the wire enters connects to the rubber insulation around the metal plug."
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"Thus the on-ear option is best for me, and they fold up in a small case for easy portability, plus come with adapter plugs for aircraft audio use."
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"The inclusion of the plane & stereo computer plug adapters was a very nice extra as well."
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Portable

Portable:
"I found that I was unable to hear movies or portable music very well on airplanes, and wanted to fix that."
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"The disadvantage is it's quite 'heavy' to drive for some portable player, due to high impedance (300 ohm) - you must increase the volume to around 70 to 80% of maximum in iPod to be able to drive it well."
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"other htan that it's pretty portable, nice to use, music quality is pretty good."
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"Nice and portable easy to use."
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"These are good, portable, affordable noise blocking headphones."
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"The PCX 250 is a nice size and very portable."
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"It make it harder to be portable and user friendly."
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Price

Price:
"Disappointing given the high price."
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"Not sure if this has anything to do with it but the cord is already twisted hellishly bad, I was so very careful with these and did not move around when using them but they twisted into a pile of garbage within the first 2 weeks of use, which is not acceptable - signs of poor quality wires used, I had this problem with some other cheap headphones I purchased but not my $25 Sony headphones which I may go back to after this."
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"The noise cancellation, while not quite as good as Bose (which are 4X the price), is excellent."
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"it's not the most expensive one, so not the best one, but for this price, it's good quality! "
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"Before our trip to grandparents' house this Christmas, I found that one set was missing and was so excited when I saw the price has dropped down drastically: I immediately ordered a replacement pair."
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"No where near as good as the bose, but for less than 1 3 the price, I'd recommend them to a friend."
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"Great price."
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"I cannot compare them to any other brand, but they were at a good price point, and they worked well for me."
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"These headphones work relatively well for the price."
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"Happy as child on x-mas....Why: in combination of size, usefulness of headphone and accessories and price it is the best travel headphone ever."
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"I think these are great for the money I spent, and if you just want earphones that are great for travel I would recommend them."
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Quality

Quality:
"I cannot recommend them for their lack of quality."
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"Not sure if this has anything to do with it but the cord is already twisted hellishly bad, I was so very careful with these and did not move around when using them but they twisted into a pile of garbage within the first 2 weeks of use, which is not acceptable - signs of poor quality wires used, I had this problem with some other cheap headphones I purchased but not my $25 Sony headphones which I may go back to after this."
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"The sound quality is pretty good, not on par with good full size heaphones but good for their size."
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"The headphones are comfortable, provide good, not great sound quality when noise canceling is turned on, GREAT sound quality when the noise canceling is turned on."
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"These headphones give absolutely terrible sound quality if the NoiseGard is not turned on, and when it is turned on, I can definitely still hear things around me."
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"I've owned two different models, so I knew what I was wanting: a light set that fits on the ears (not over them), effective noise canceling, accurate sound quality, and some durability."
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"Amazing Quality."
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"I find them to offer an optimal combination of sound quality, active noise cancellation, comfort and size."
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"In fact, I've auditioned about a dozen noise-cancelling headsets in the $200-300 range at an electronics shop, most of which were also bigger and bulkier, including Dr. Dre Monster Studio Beats and none came close in accuracy and quality of sound reproduction to Sennheiser PXC-250.And even know I own other regular (i. e. not noise-canceling) headsets, I practically never use any of them, as I prefer the sound quality of PXC-250 with the noise-canceling turned on even in quieter environments."
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"I bought a replacement AKG set for the return trip that cost a bit more (and despite having great success with AKG with my music studio phones where I love the AKG quality) I have to say that I really miss the Sennheiser noise cancelling travel headphones even more now that I bought the AKG replacements."
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"The sound quality is good, and the noise canceling works well."
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Size

Size:
"- Swap up to the next size ear-cushion to improve air-seal or swap down one size when ear develop discomfort."
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"Usually discomfort is by design and not our ears or cushion size."
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"The only small drawback is having the battery chamber being located within the cord set up."
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"The main complaint - the size and weight of the electronic battery module and the wires."
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"There's a slight hiss from the NC circuit when on buts its a very small negative compared to the Noise reduction I get."
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"The sound quality is pretty good, not on par with good full size heaphones but good for their size."
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"The folding design works well so that it fits in a somewhat small case."
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"Happy as child on x-mas....Why: in combination of size, usefulness of headphone and accessories and price it is the best travel headphone ever."
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"I find them to offer an optimal combination of sound quality, active noise cancellation, comfort and size."
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"The combination of sound, size and features is just unbeatable ! "
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"The size is great too."
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Sound

Sound:
"But I've hardly used them and already the NoiseGard pack's on-off switch is loose and causing problems with left-right headphone sound."
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"I can hear subtle little background instruments in live recordings that I have never heard before....just amazing sound reproduction, while at the same time I am in my own private oasis at work, not having to listen to others talk while I am trying to do my job."
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"I looked at the Dr. Dres , sound excellent, but too expensive and the cheaper version broke at the store."
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"However, for some reason now the left earphone has barely any sound coming through it and it seems like something regarding the sound on this side is broken ALREADY after only 3 weeks of use."
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"The headphones are comfortable, provide good, not great sound quality when noise canceling is turned on, GREAT sound quality when the noise canceling is turned on."
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"The sound is good but the noise canceling is not as effective as I thought it might be while riding on the train."
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"Excellent sound when you use the battery."
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"The sound and noise cancellation is great."
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"Great lightweight, good sound."
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"These are compact, light, efficient, good sound (is using for that) and good noise cancellation."
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"I bought both the 250 (as special offer) and 250 II many years ago and found the 250 superior in sound and the case is much nicer as it holds extra batteries, adapters, earplugs and credit card and an iPhone just fine."
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Travel

Travel:
"I like these because they work, they didn't break, folded and stowed very conveniently, and made air travel just that little bit less miserable."
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"The little dangle on this set is very annoying, at least for what I use them for, and they are a pain to travel with."
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"I recommend the headphones if you need to travel on the plane, train, or car with those annoying ambient noises."
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"The straight plug is not a good design for airplane travel, as it gets bent with almost any activity, even when trying to remember the warnings posted in other reviews."
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"Great for airplane travel, gym, train."
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"Glad to have this pair back for easy airplane travel."
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"Happy as child on x-mas....Why: in combination of size, usefulness of headphone and accessories and price it is the best travel headphone ever."
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"These headphones are perfect for airplane travel ... really superb functionality, comfortable for long trips, foldable in a handy case."
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"I think these are great for the money I spent, and if you just want earphones that are great for travel I would recommend them."
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Traveling

Traveling:
"I was afraid that after a while they would start to be uncomfortable, but I wore them for almost 30 hours straight traveling to southeast Asia from Texas and back (on one set of batteries) and they were soft enough I didn't mind a bit."
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"Comes with a nifty carrying case, folds up into a tiny package that's great for traveling."
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"We were going to be traveling a great deal and wanted headphones to use on airplanes."
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"The compactness is great for traveling, the noise cancelling isn't any better than the cheaper Sony's (don't know model number) but worked great and the sound is awesome."
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"I bet they would be great for traveling."
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"Relatively compact for traveling, comfortable to wear."
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Value

Value:
"They are okay, not too comfortable for wearing for a long time but good value for money."
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"I've used the PXC250 indoors with low moderate background noise and outdoors while operating the riding mower, and cannot compare reference to other NC sets as I haven't tried others, but here's my 2 cents:Good: lightweight; compact when folded; tonal qualities with NC on or off (a bit of an artificial bass boost with the NC on however)Neutral: external in-line NC unit.. good for phones to be lightweight and compact; bad if you are looking for total integration; can't really have it both ways...Bad: NC performance doesn't quite meet expectations... in looking at the specs the active NC is only canceling frequencies below 1000 Hz (the Bose does full-spectrum active cancellation according to their info); for sounds over 1200 Hz the PXC250 relies on simply blocking out those sounds by how well they seal on your ears (passive); largely but not totally effective in the lower ranges where active cancellation is happening... significant amount of mower engine noise is reduced but was expecting somewhat more cancellation; slight hissing noise with NC active and nothing being played through the phones; doesn't represent a good, but only an average value for the costI'm definitely keeping them as I'm unwilling to ante up the additional amount for the Bose... but the PXC250 needs to be priced around $100, or alternately offer full spectrum improved cancellation to be a better value."
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"It shipped fast and very accurate in description... good value to others that are offered on line."
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"Great overall value."
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"A great value for the price."
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"Use these regularly in my travels - great value for the money."
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"This is a good value."
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Video

Video:
"With them I can actually understand the dialog on the movies which can be hard to understand without."
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"I just like my music in background when reading and the combination of either on at too high a volume or off was problem for me on the music section, the movies option on plane i had to turn up to hear, so it could have been plane, but i haven't flown since."
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"I noticed with my old headphones that even with the volume turned all the way up on my iPod, videos were hard to hear."
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"Sennheiser's noise reduction is not quite as good, and the sound reproduction was OK for podcastsand airplane movies & music, but the bass is not strong enough for serious music listening."
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"However, if you're using it to watch TV or movies, there is more dead space (places with little or no sound) where the hissing is VERY noticable."
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"I found that I was unable to hear movies or portable music very well on airplanes, and wanted to fix that."
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"They worked well with the video player as well."
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"- Worked great on the movies for plane, but were very loud on the music option."
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"You will really enjoy the movie because it really get rid of a lot of the air plane engine noise."
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"They do not block out all ambient noise, but did make movies and music much clearer and easier to understand."
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"I found my video much easier to hear."
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Voice

Voice:
"However I wanted to use them in an office setting and they did not do so well on canceling out voices and telephone rings."
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"Voice quality is good, Active noise cancellation is average."
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"And they sound good when used for voice or music."
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"Although the headphones can't cancel the sounds of voices (oh, if only...), I was amazed at how they completely cut out the noise of the AC vent."
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"Human voice reproduction is good, and these headphones would make a good choice for listening to audio books."
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"Voice tends to get through without a problem."
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Volume

Volume:
"In trying to drown out the noise of barking neighbor dogs this headset does good when the volume is turned way up, but not so good when it is at a comfortable volume level."
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"So I plugged in my iPod and was disappointed to find I had to crank the iPod volume up full to get full sound."
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"I just like my music in background when reading and the combination of either on at too high a volume or off was problem for me on the music section, the movies option on plane i had to turn up to hear, so it could have been plane, but i haven't flown since."
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"With the noise canceling on and music at a moderate volume, I'm not able to hear the hallway conversation at all; I can barely hear my office phone, even."
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"I noticed with my old headphones that even with the volume turned all the way up on my iPod, videos were hard to hear."
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"But flipping the switch instantly mutes most of the engine and air roar and allows me to listen easily without blasting my eardrums with max volume to compensate."
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"One thing you will notice is that as soon as you turn on the noise cancelling feature, you will get a good 10db volume increase."
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"Sounds is quite good for the money, would have liked a lower volume and larger ear pieces."
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"I am able to turn the volume on the in-flight entertainment WAYYY down, and still hear well."
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"I was able to have it at a regular volume setting using these headphones."
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Weight

Weight:
"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"The main complaint - the size and weight of the electronic battery module and the wires."
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"The sound quality is OK, not the richest bass or the most full sound, but given the comfort and light weight, I don't know a better compromise."
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"- Part or all of PNA performance in a commercial Hybrid is transferred to ANC, to ease off cost and design challenge, for light weight, quiet and comfort."
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"They are light weight and comfortably They repreduce music beautifully."
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"Great lightweight, good sound."
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"I can wear them for hours on end (like on those transatlantic or transpacific flights), without my ears getting hot or achy from pressure (and I'd say my head is fairly large- I wear size L for headgear).They are super lightweight, and compact (fold-up nicely to a very flat package), yet super sturdy- I haven't had a single pair that would break (except for the switch- more on that below)."
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"Nice compact and lightweight."
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iPod

iPod:
"So I plugged in my iPod and was disappointed to find I had to crank the iPod volume up full to get full sound."
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"I noticed with my old headphones that even with the volume turned all the way up on my iPod, videos were hard to hear."
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"Other than the hiss the sound quality is quite good, much better than standard ipod headsets and only slightly under that of top notch ear buds."
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"The PXC250 are quite light and comfortable, I have worn them for hours at a time, alternating from iPod to airplane movies."
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"As far as comfort, they were significantly more comfortable than the standard iPod headphones."
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"One of the few headphones out there that can make an Ipod sound good."
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"These headphones come with a nice case that has an external pocket where I keep my ipod nano and a set of extra batteries."
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