95points
63points

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

94points
58points

Sony WH-1000XM4

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Cost-effectiveness winner
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57 facts in comparison

Sennheiser PXC 550-II vs Sony WH-1000XM4

Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4

Why is Sennheiser PXC 550-II better than Sony WH-1000XM4?

  • 27g lighter
    ?

    227gvs254g
  • Has Bluetooth aptX
    ?
  • 1 more years under manufacturer's warranty
    ?

    2vs1
  • Has a mute function
    ?
  • 0.2m longer cable
    ?

    1.4mvs1.2m
  • 9.4% cheaper
    ?

    255.00 €vs281.46 €

Why is Sony WH-1000XM4 better than Sennheiser PXC 550-II?

  • 13Hz lower low-frequency
    ?

    4Hzvs17Hz
  • 17000Hz higher high-frequency
    ?

    40000Hzvs23000Hz
  • 30 Ohms lower impedance
    ?

    16 Ohmsvs46 Ohms
  • 8mm bigger driver unit
    ?

    40mmvs32mm
  • 2 more microphone(s)
    ?

    5vs3
  • Has USB Type-C
    ?
  • 1.51x more battery power
    ?

    1100mAhvs730mAh
  • Has ambient sound mode
    ?

Price comparison

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Buy used:

$60

ProductStorePrice
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$263
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$300
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$45
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$4.80

Sony WH-1000XM4

Buy used:

$70

ProductStorePrice
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$348
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$348
Sony WH-1000XM4 walmartSony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling...Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones with Google Assistant - Black
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$280
Sony WH-1000XM4 walmartSony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling...Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones with Google Assistant - Silver
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$343
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User reviews

Overall Rating

Sennheiser PXC 550-II
9.5
4 User reviews
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
9.5/10
4 User reviews
Sony WH-1000XM4
9.5
17 User reviews
Sony WH-1000XM4
9.5/10
17 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.3/10
4 votes
9.3/10
16 votes

Sound quality

9.0/10
4 votes
9.4/10
16 votes

Value for money

9.3/10
4 votes
8.8/10
16 votes

Comfort

8.8/10
4 votes
9.4/10
16 votes

Noise isolation

7.5/10
4 votes
9.6/10
16 votes

Comments

Itamar

Itamar

7 months ago

10 / 10

Qualidade e preço com um design inovador.

Itamar

Itamar

7 months ago

10 / 10

Sem dúvidas o PXC 550-II faz jus à marca Sennheiser!

Pros

  • Som
  • Conforto
  • Custo-benefício
  • Construçao

Cons

  • Isolamento de ruído
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TREYRU

TREYRU

6 months ago

8 / 10

Not a good fit for big ears.

TREYRU

TREYRU

6 months ago

8 / 10

All of the hype indicated these were a good choice if you had big ears, not so for me. Therefore if you can't get a good fit it's hard to say that they sound good and give good noise isolation / cancellation. In all fairness I must say that they were an exceptional build however.

0 users found this helpful
Kamo

Kamo

2 months ago

10 / 10

Outstanding Sound Quality

Kamo

Kamo

2 months ago

10 / 10

Most crispy sound quality I’ve ever heard on a Bluetooth headset. ANC works well especially when playing music. Bass is natural and unfiltered. Sound separation is excellent for both music and video.

Pros

  • Excellent comfort
  • Isolation is very good
  • Battery is good

Cons

  • Device switch is poor
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Design

1.weight

227g

254g

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.
2.has a detachable cable
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
3.can be folded
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
Foldable devices are easier to transport and take up less storage space.
4.has a tangle free cable
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The cable is designed to minimize tangling.
5.travel bag is included
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
6.has an open-back design
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The device is designed in a way that allows sound to go out through the back of the ear cups, which usually have vents or perforations. This design provides very natural and accurate sound.
7.is dustproof and water-resistant
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
8.sweat resistance
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
A long cable ensures more freedom of movement.

Sound quality

1.has active noise cancellation (noise control)
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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.
The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
3.highest frequency

23000Hz

40000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
5.impedance

46 Ohms

16 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.
6.sound pressure level

110dB/mW

105dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
7.has a neodymium magnet
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
8.has passive noise reduction
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

Power

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.
The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
3.Has USB Type-C
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
4.has a battery level indicator
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
5.has wireless charging
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
6.battery power

730mAh

1100mAh

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.
7.has a rechargeable battery
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
8.has a removable battery
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
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.
3.has aptX Adaptive
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
4.Has Bluetooth aptX
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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.
5.has LDAC
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
6.has aptX Low Latency
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
aptX Low Latency is a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag (e.g. when playing games).
7.has aptX HD
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
8.has AAC
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
AAC is a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
9.has a 3.5mm male connector
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

Features

1.has a noise-canceling microphone
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
2.has ambient sound mode
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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.
3.has in/on-ear detection
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
Sensors can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
5.has a mute function
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
6.multipoint count

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

2

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
7.control panel placed on a device
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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.can be used as a headset
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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.
9.Has an in-line control panel
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Sony WH-1000XM4
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)

255.00 €

281.46 €

Updated on Wed Jun 29 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

-34dBV/Pa

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
3.lowest mic frequency

50Hz

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.
4.maximum operating temperature

55°C

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

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

0°C

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
6.highest mic frequency

10000Hz

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

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

Price comparison

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Buy used:

$60

ProductStorePrice
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$263
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$300
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$45
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$4.80

Sony WH-1000XM4

Buy used:

$70

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$348
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$280
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$343
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