Conclusion: Overall, the Sennheiser PXC 350 headphones have done themselves proud once again and, with them going for £149.95 at Play.com there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t pick a pair up, if you’ve been eyeing them for a while.
Excerpt: The Sennheiser PXC350s are a cut-price version of the Award-winning PXC450s – minus on-ear talk-through and volume control (there's an on-cable volume dial), and using Sennheiser's second-tier NoiseGard noise-cancelling.
Excerpt: Back in October the Sennheiser PXC 450 were rated the best noise canceling headphone on the market, in november a black edition was released dubbed the PXC 350 and retailing for some £70 less. It’s this version I managed to obtain for the Gadgetoid once over, and it didn’t take much more than the insertion of batteries and the flip of just one switch to realize exactly how the Sennheiser PXC 450 stole the noise canceling crown.
Excerpt: Sennheiser's active noise-cancelling PXC 350s fit snugly around the ear. This helps reduce background noise, even without the noise-cancelling circuit engaged. Turn it on, however, and the din of air conditioning and engine noise retreats into the distance, replaced only by a slight hiss. Sound quality is crisp, with a deep, tuneful lower end and, despite questionable looks, the PXC 350s are more comfortable than physical noise-isolating earphones.
Conclusion: If you want the handy TalkThrough feature and improved noise cancelling, sell some old CDs and put it towards getting the model up. Otherwise, the PXC 350s are a very good set of cans for an attractive price.
Pros: No 'TalkThrough' feature as seen on PXC 450s, Less inspiring sound without batteries
Cons: Terrific sound quality, Good noise cancellation, Leak-free even at high volume, Great build quality, Lightweight