81points
32points

Apple AirPods Max

95points
64points

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Apple AirPods Max
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Apple AirPods Max vs Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Why is Apple AirPods Max better than Sennheiser PXC 550-II?

  • 8mm bigger driver unit
    ?

    40mmvs32mm
  • 6 more microphone(s)
    ?

    9vs3
  • 1h shorter charge time
    ?

    2hvs3h
  • Has ambient sound mode
    ?
  • Has Dolby Atmos
    ?
  • Has a gyroscope
    ?
  • Has no wires or cables
    ?
  • Has an accelerometer
    ?

Why is Sennheiser PXC 550-II better than Apple AirPods Max?

  • Has a detachable cable
    ?
  • 10h longer battery life
    ?

    30hvs20h
  • Has a 3.5mm male connector
    ?
  • 157.8g lighter
    ?

    227gvs384.8g
  • Has Bluetooth aptX
    ?
  • Can be folded
    ?
  • 1 more years under manufacturer's warranty
    ?

    2vs1
  • Has a mute function
    ?

Price comparison

Apple AirPods Max

Buy used:

$397

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$406
Apple AirPods Max amazonApple AirPods Max - Space Gray
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$479
Apple AirPods Max amazonApple AirPods Max - Silver
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$479
Apple AirPods Max amazonApple AirPods Max - Pink
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$479
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$1.18

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Buy used:

$60

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User reviews

Overall Rating

Apple AirPods Max
9.0
13 User reviews
Apple AirPods Max
9.0/10
13 User reviews
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
9.5
4 User reviews
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
9.5/10
4 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.6/10
13 votes
9.3/10
4 votes

Sound quality

9.7/10
13 votes
9.0/10
4 votes

Value for money

7.4/10
13 votes
9.3/10
4 votes

Comfort

8.2/10
13 votes
8.8/10
4 votes

Noise isolation

9.3/10
13 votes
7.5/10
4 votes

Comments

Hugo

Hugo

5 months ago

9 / 10

Meilleure isolation sonore du marché

Hugo

Hugo

5 months ago

9 / 10

Ce casque posède la meilleure isolation sonore du marché et le mode transparence est inégalé. En comparaison avec tous les autres casques qu j’ai testés, la qualité sonore est incroyable sans distortions, tout est bien ajusté, ni les mediums ni les graves et les aigues ne se prennent le dessus. La qualité de fabrication est folle aussi on entend aucun craquage du chassis.

Pros

  • Qualité sonore
  • Qualité de fabrication
  • Fonctionalités
  • Comfort

Cons

  • Prix
  • Adaptateur Jack 3.5mm non fournis
1 users found this helpful
William

William

1 month ago

5 / 10

Really nice sound and noise canceling

William

William

1 month ago

5 / 10

With the sound and noise cancelling being one of the best(better: Bose noice cancelling headphone, Sony wh1000-xm3/4), the rest is meh

Pros

  • Sound
  • Apple quality
  • Tech galore
  • ANC

Cons

  • Apple price
  • Basically for apple devices only
  • Uncomfortable and heavy
  • ANC sounds muffled
  • Useless and ugly case
  • Pretty fragile
1 users found this helpful
Amet

Amet

5 months ago

10 / 10

The best ANC headphones I have ever owned.

Amet

Amet

5 months ago

10 / 10

0 users found this helpful

Design

1.has stereo speakers
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has an over-the-ear form
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.
3.weight

384.8g

227g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
4.has a detachable cable
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
5.sweat resistance
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
6.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
7.can be folded
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Foldable devices are easier to transport and take up less storage space.
8.has a tangle free cable
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The cable is designed to minimize tangling.
9.travel bag is included
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.

Sound quality

1.lowest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

17Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
2.highest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

23000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
3.impedance

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

46 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
4.sound pressure level

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

110dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
5.has passive noise reduction
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
6.has active noise cancellation (noise control)
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
7.has a neodymium magnet
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
9.diaphragm size

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sennheiser PXC 550-II)

The diaphragm moves air back and forth to create sound. The bigger the diaphragm, the more bass it can produce.

Power

1.battery power

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

730mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
3.Battery life of charging case

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sennheiser PXC 550-II)

The battery life of the charging case as given by the manufacturer. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your headphones on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
5.Has USB Type-C
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
6.has a battery level indicator
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
7.has a rechargeable battery
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
8.has a removable battery
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Connectivity

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
2.Can be used wirelessly
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
3.Has Bluetooth aptX
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
aptX is a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm, and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
4.has a 3.5mm male connector
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
5.maximum Bluetooth range

10m

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sennheiser PXC 550-II)

The device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.
6.supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Wi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
7.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
8.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
9.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

Features

1.can be used as a headset
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
2.has a noise-canceling microphone
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
3.has ambient sound mode
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Ambient sound mode uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re jogging but still want to be able to hear traffic.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
5.has a mute function
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
6.has wireless charging
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
7.control panel placed on a device
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
8.has an accelerometer
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
9.Has an in-line control panel
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

Miscellaneous

1.Price (global median value)

516.20 €

247.10 €

Updated on Fri May 06 2022
The global median price is determined by calculating the median value of all the prices available for a product, taking into account all markets.
2.mic sensitivity

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

-34dBV/Pa

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
3.has Dolby Atmos
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. By doing so, Dolby Atmos allows for immersive, 360-degree sound.
4.lowest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

50Hz

The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.
5.has a gyroscope
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
A gyroscope is a sensor that tracks the orientation of a device, more specifically by measuring the angular rotational velocity. Initially, they were built using a spinning rotor to detect changes in orientation, like twisting or rotation.
6.maximum operating temperature

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

55°C

The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
7.lowest potential operating temperature

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

0°C

The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
8.has no wires or cables
Apple AirPods Max
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
9.highest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Apple AirPods Max)

10000Hz

The highest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording treble.

Price comparison

Apple AirPods Max

Buy used:

$397

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$406
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$479
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$479
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$479
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$1.18

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Buy used:

$60

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