The Sennheiser PXC 250 II are compact, lightweight on-ear headphones that have great audio reproduction and don't leak much sound. Unfortunately, they feel very flimsy and the small, poorly padded ear cups are uncomfortable and let a lot of ambient noise seep into your audio.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Minimal leakage.
- Compact, lightweight design.
- Poor isolation.
- Flimsy build.
The PXC 250 feel flimsy and susceptible to breaking under moderate physical stress. The small ear cups and poor padding feel uncomfortable. They also lack decent controls, which is disappointing. On the upside, they are very lightweight and have a compact design that's easily portable.
The PXC 250 II are uncomfortable. The small ear cups are poorly padded and do not rest well on the ears. They are lightweight but the thin headband is not stable, which gets uncomfortable if you are often on the move.
There are only two control options offered by these headphones: A noise cancelling switch and a volume dial. They are functional but disappointing, as all major changes to the audio need to be done on the audio source or device, which can be quite frustrating for some.
These headphones are not stable. Their lightweight design applies enough pressure to maintain a stable fit during casual listening sessions. Unfortunaely, the small earcups do not rest well on the ears and move a lot when simply tilting your head. They quickly slip off your ears, while running or doing any physical activity and the long audio cable can easily get tangled or hooked by something in your environment. Also, the noise cancelling generator is big and heavy enough to cause the headphones to sway, especially, while doing sports
The PXC 250 are above-average portable headphones. They fold up into a compact format and have a thin frame that easily fits into your bag. They are smaller than most on-ear headphones and may even fit in jacket pockets however the control module is slightly bulky and could be cumbersome to carry around.
The audio reproduction of the PXC 250 is surprisingly well balanced. They have a nice, even bass and do a great job with instruments and vocals. They cater well to a lot of music genres but may push vocals and instruments a little too forward in the mix. That, combined with the relatively flat bass, makes them sound less exciting and a little harsh. The high tones are also a little sharp for some ears.
Good performance. Given that these are on-ear headphones, they don't produce a lot of low-bass thump and are light on bass. But the rest of the bass response is quite balanced.
Very good performance. The low-mid and mid results are nearly perfect, but there is noticeable overemphasis in high-mid, which pushes the vocals/leads to the front of the mix. This makes these headphones forward sounding.
Decent performance. The dip in low-treble could negatively affect the clarity of vocals/leads, but the main problem here is the peak around 8KHz, which makes these headphones tend to sound sibilant.
Sub-par distortion results. These headphones do well at lower volumes, but seem to struggle at higher volumes, where they produce a significant amount of harmonic distortion.
The PXC 250 do not successfully isolate listeners in loud environments. The small ear cups do not leak much sound but unfortunately they do not block much noise either. The active noise cancellation is weak and may not be sufficient for the rumbling noise of planes or trains and will barely isolate you from the chatter of an office-like environment.
Poor isolation overall. The isolation provided passively by the ear cups is decent, considering the on-ear design of these headphones. The mid range performance is also below average, but not too bad, considering the design. However, these headphones don't isolate any bass, and are a little high on self-noise.
Very good leakage results. The leakage happens only in the treble range, with its peak around 6KHz. The overall level of leakage is also quite low.
The PXC 250 II only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless features or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the AAA cell delivers up to 44.6 hours of continuous playback, which makes them decent travel headphones as you won't need to change the battery as often,
The PXC 250 II have an above-average battery life that delivers up to 44.6 hours of continuous playback. They use a AAA cell but thanks to their surprisingly long battery life, you won't need to change the battery as often. They can also play audio passively when the battery is dead by switching off the noise canceling. Unfortunately, they do have any additional battery saving features so they will run out of power if you leave them on.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser PXC 250 II Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- AAA battery (x2)
- Airline Adapter
- Carrying case