The Sennheiser MM 450-X Wireless are compact on-ear headphones that sound surprisingly great. They reproduce vocals and instruments well and provide enough isolation for moderately loud environments. Unfortunately, the very small on-ear cups are uncomfortable and the headband does not feel sturdy or durable.
- Lightweight, compact design.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Uncomfortably small ear cups.
- Weak, flimsy build.
The Sennheiser MM 450-X are compact but flimsy headphones. They are lightweight but uncomfortable and feel susceptible to breaking, especially at the joints. On the upside, the control options provided are relatively easy to use and efficient.
The MM 450X are small, flimsy-looking headphones. They are fragile, and their understated design is a little unexciting compared to other on-ear models. The black color scheme is given a bit more flare with silver highlights from the metal frame, the headband, and the Sennheiser branding. They do stick out a lot laterally when on the head, which conflicts with their compact, understated aesthetic.
The on-ear design of the MM 450-X is not comfortable for everyone. They are lightweight, flexible, and the earcups swivel, providing a little more comfort. However, the lack of padding on the headband and the ear cups feels a little uncomfortable and fatiguing after long listening sessions. The headband exerts a noticeable amount of tension on the head in an attempt to keep the headphones stable but also causes discomfort over time.
Button layout and functionality is decent but cramped. The controls can be found on the right ear cup and include noise cancelling, Bluetooth, volume, call/music and track skipping. The cramped layout, however, is disappointing, as it becomes bothersome to use if you have larger fingers. The tactile feedback could also be improved.
The MM 450-X are decently stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions. They're compact and lightweight, which prevents them from swaying too much during moderate physical activity. However, they're not designed for sports and will slip off your ears while running or doing high-intensity activities.
The MM-450-X are more compact than typical on ear headphones. They are very portable and fold up into a smaller format to transport easily. They will comfortably fit in jacket pockets, purses and backpacks without taking too much space. They maybe a little too wide for regular pant pockets but they won't be too cumbersome to carry on your person.
Comes with a soft case that will protect the headphones from scratches and minor falls. However, the soft fabric and won't shield the headphones from heavy physical stress or water damage. The case also adds quite a bit of bulk to the headphones which is slightly dissapointing.
The wireless MM 450-X have surprisingly great audio reproduction and little harmonic distortion. The mid-range is well reproduced; guitars and vocals sound clear and forward. Bass is well balanced but lacking a bit in the low-end rumble that bass-hungry listeners may be looking for. Unfortunately, they struggle with higher frequencies. Hi-hats and sibilant sounds do not sound as bright, making these headphones sound less open.
Good performance. These headphones are a little lacking in the low-bass region, which is responsible for the thump and rumble in kick drums and low frequency effects.
Very good performance. The bump in high-mid slightly overemphasizes the projection of vocals/leads, and pushes them forward.
Average performance. There is a small but general lack of brightness and airiness here.
Decent overall results. At 90dB SPL there's very little harmonic distortion. However, at 100dB there is a dramatic and noticeable rise in distortion.
The Sennheiser MM 450-X have moderately good noise isolation. The small on-ear cups provide a surprisingly decent seal that doesn't leak much sound and adds some passive isolation. Their active noise cancellation does a good enough job blocking the ambient noise of an office-like environment but might not be efficient enough to cancel the noise of an international flight.
Decent overall results. The passive isolation is quite impressive, considering these are on-ear headphones. The active cancellation is decent too, achieving average results in the bass and mid regions.
Very good performance. These headphones leak little sound, as is expected from on-ear headphones.
The MM 450-x have a relatively short battery life at 7 hours of continuous play time, but they have a few power saving features that allow, them to last a bit longer when used casually. They also support aptX, which combined with their already pretty fast wireless connection, makes them latency-free when streaming audio and only slightly laggy watching videos. They also have a fairly decent wireless range. Unfortunately, they do not support Sennheiser's great downloadable app unlike the more recent models of the brand.
The Sennheiser MM 450-X have a decent line-sight range but deliver a surprisingly stable connection up to 40ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. This makes them good wireless headphones to walk around your house or a moderately sized office without necessarily carrying your Bluetooth source on you. They won't be the farthest reaching outdoors in direct line of sight but this is not a significant issue for most listeners. Unfortunately, their hold to pair procedure and lack of NFC makes them a little tedious to switch between devices.
The MM 450-x have better battery life than the MM 550-x but take a bit longer to charge. They won't be the best headphones to take on long road trips or lengthy flights, but you get about 7 hours of use when all the features are enabled and at regular volumes. Unfortunately, their auto-off feature is a bit slow at 60 minutes so don't forget to turn them off to save power.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser MM 450-X Headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying case
- USB cable
- (EU) power adapter
- (UK) power adapter
- (AU) power adapter
- (US) power adapter
- Airline Adapter
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter