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Sennheiser PXC 310 BT Compact Noise-Canceling Travel Headphones with Bluetooth Technology (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Wireless Bluetooth technolgy
- Dynamic closed back design
- Optimized for portable audio
- Single sided cable eliminate tangles
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Wireless noise cancellation head phone.
From the Manufacturer
The ideal headphones for frequent fliers who want to be enveloped in their music rather than the drone of outside noise, the Bluetooth-enabled Sennheiser PXC 310 BT noise cancelling headphones provide a detailed sound image, while patented NoiseGard-2.0 technology minimizes background noise in trains or planes.
The PXC 310 BT combines all the advantages of travel headphones with the new apt-X Bluetooth codec--a sophisticated audio compression technology for true hi-fi quality when paired with a Sennheiser Bluetooth adapter (sold separately)--for wireless listening while on the move. It's compatible with countless Bluetooth enabled digital audio devices.
These closed mini headphones are embedded with NoiseGard 2.0 technology, which provides up to 90 percent active noise cancellation. They are also equipped with TalkThrough function, which is able to distinguish between background noise and speech, enabling you to continue your conversations with fellow travelers without removing the headphones.
When not in use, the PXC 310 BT can simply be folded away and stowed in the included carrying case. Convenient extras also help to make your journey more comfortable. To ensure that the lithium ion batteries for wireless use can be recharged anywhere in the world, the set includes a battery charger with adapters for a wide range of different countries.
Sennheiser's NoiseGard Technology
Sennheiser's NoiseGard 2.0 technology guarantees undisturbed music enjoyment and ensures that you have a relaxed journey. Irritating background noise is minimized by anti-noise, a technology that was initially developed for pilots and which has already been used successfully in the cockpits of major airlines for several decades.
And if you want to talk to the person sitting next to you, that's no problem either. The convenient TalkThrough function enables you to conduct a conversation without removing the headphones. At the push of a button, miniature microphones mounted on the outside of the headphones pick up the surrounding sounds while an electronic circuit filters out the voice of the person speaking to you and plays it clearly through the headphones.
What's in the Box
PXC 310 BT headphones, detachable audio cable (2.5 mm to 3.5 mm jack plug), in-flight audio adaptor (3.5 mm double mono jack), 1/4" (6.3 mm) audio adaptor, USB charging cable, multi-country wall charging adapter, rechargeable Lithium polymer battery (BA 370), carrying case
- Wireless technology: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; supports A2DP, AVRCP profiles
- Range: Up to 33 feet
- Noise cancelling: Up to 90 percent
- Noise cancelling technology: NoiseGard 2.0 (with TalkThrough)
- Frequency response: 15 - 22,000 Hz
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 107 dB
- Ear coupling: On-the-ear
- Transducer principle: Sealed (closed)
- Battery: BA 370 - 3.7 V Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
- Operating time: Up to 20/12/8 hours (NoiseGard/Bluetooth/NG+BT)
- Standby time: Up to 200 hours
- Charging time: Approximately 3 hours
- Impedance: 100/590 ohm (Active/Passive)
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.1 percent
- Connector: 1/8-inch (3.5mm)
- Cable length: 4.9 feet, detachable, single-sided
Optimized for MP3, iPod, iPhone (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries), and portable media players.
The Sennheiser PXC 310 BT is covered by a 2-year warranty with the backing of Sennheiser's worldwide service network. Also great with in-flight entertainment systems.
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The other good thing about this headphone is that you can still use it as a regular headphone when the battery dies.
It also has a talk option wich is really helpful when someone wanna talk to you
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Here are the pros and cons of this terrific piece of audio technology after using it nearly daily.
- Very good build quality. Not as high as you might expect for the price but better than everyone else's except the top of the the line Sony BT headset.
- Nice big controls. Most headsets get this wrong and make the controls too tiny to adjust easily while biking or jogging.
- Amazing, truly mind-blowing sound. Extremely crisp, punchy bass and ultra clear high trebles. No other Bluetooth headset I've ever used sounds nearly as good. This is where the expense justifies itself alone in my opinion.
- Long battery life. This headset takes a listening and keeps on ticking. I recently ran it through an entire cross country flight. Can't be beat.
- USB charging. No need to pack another charger, this one has a mini-USB connector so you can use your laptop or existing USB charger.
- Talk through. A nice feature that allows you to talk easily without taking it off.
- A really good case. It's not a hard case, but it fits extremely well and has a useful accessories pocket.
- Folds down very small. Given that it's a full-sized headset, it's surprising how small it folds down to.
- The Li-ion battery pack pulls out too easily. It's not a major problem but disconnecting it after charging often pulls out the whole battery. It's easily reinsertable but a device of this price should not have this kind of obvious mechanical flaw.
- Tiring on the ears after a few hours. This an ON the ear headset, not an OVER the ear and it grabs pretty tight if you have a larger head. Ear fatigue sets in after a couple of hours but is manageable.
- Active noise canceling doesn't seem very powerful. A huge attraction for those that care about audio quality is that it is noise cancelling, one of the few Bluetooth headsets to do so. It just doesn't seem to be very powerful, yet the sound quality is breathtaking even in a noisy plane so not sure this is really a big problem.
- The Bluetooth LED is big, bright, and blinky. You'll get stares if you wear it since it practically beacons its presence.
In short, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat and really hope they keep making these. Finally, the virtually perfect Bluetooth headset.
I can't really defend my collection. I am not sure I can even explain it, except to say that (with the possible exception of the Sennheisers) I'm always wondering if there's something better out there...
Anyway, I got a pair of these Sennheiser PXC-310 phones to test. Now, I own a previous model in this series, the Sennheiser PXC-250. Those are small and quite comfortable, and the sound is very good. But the noise cancellation is so-so (owing the small earpads and on-ear design).
By comparison, these PXC-310 phones have bigger earpads. They are still ON ear (not over the ear, like the Bose), but ON ear. The fact that they are bigger results in better noise cancelation than the PXC-250s. BUT, and this is a BIG but, the fact that they're bigger and they're ON ear means that with extended listening they start to bother me. It's not terrible, and for an hour or two, I'm fine. But eventually, I find that bigger muff on-ear design starts to give me a headache. I don't get that with the over-the-ear Bose (my go-to phones for airplane listening, meaning they stay on for hours), nor with, for example the Sennheiser HD600s (also over the ear).
On the other hand, the sound quality of these headphones is better than the Bose: More neutral, and, in contrast to the pains induced by the physical construction, less fatiguing for anything approaching serious listening.
The Bose also don't offer bluetooth connectivity. I found the bluetooth on these worked well. I own a previous pair of bluetooth headphones, the JBL Reference 610 phones. These work as well as those, and I like the sound of these better. I also like the aesthetics of these better. Until I obtained these, the JBLs were my headphones of choice for bluetooth listening. Now they're in "the box" and these Sennheisers are my choice when bluetooth is being used.
If you're asking whether bluetooth is worthwhile...Don't think of it as a way to work at your computer or near your bluetooth enable ipod without a cord. Think of it as a way to walk around your house with a good sounding set of headphones talking to your PC or mp3 player in another room. Once you start using them this way, you'll love them...
Overall, these are very good headphones. I am very happy with the sound, especially for so-called travel headphones: Neutral, and not fatiguing. Much better than heavily hyped (and expensive) competitors such as Bose. The active noise cancellation is good. It isn't as good as over the ear headphones, which combine active noise cancellation with the noise isolation that type of design offers. On the other hand, these look a lot less massive (and nerdy) than many headphones with that design. My main complaints would be that the on the ear design can be uncomfortable for very extended listening (although an hour or so is fine), and that the price is fairly high. But try them yourself. If they're comfortable for you, you can't go wrong with these.
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Well, it's been about a year since I bought these and used them daily. About 3 months ago the battery stopped charging. I plug it in and nothing happens, Sennheiser refused to fix it because they don't cover batteries even if there was a manufacturing defect. On top of that, they refuse to honor their 2 year warranty unless you purchase their products from an authorized seller, I bought mine from BestPriceAudioVideo.com over Amazon.
I ended up buying 2 new batteries and everything went fine until this morning when I tried turning the headphones on. Nothing! Nada!
So, now I have a 300 dollar paperweight.
I can't believe this, these headphones retail for 500 bucks, yet can't stand normal use for a year.
The wireless Bluetooth connection gives these headphones a whole new level of usability, over and above any others I've tried. Of course it means you can use them wirelessly, and that makes a big difference when I'm running or in the gym, since I hate having wires get tangled around my neck or on my arms. It also means you can control your device or music directly from the headphones. When I have this hooked up to my iPhone or my iPod Touch, I can press a button on the right ear of the headphones to jump forward or back a track, and I can also control volume. One thing I really like about the Bluetooth connection is that you don't have to be right there for it to work. I've found I can move several feet away from the music source and these work fine - basically as long as I'm in the same room. Once again that's especially nice in the gym where I can set down my iPod Touch along with my keys and wallet on a counter while I'm on the elliptical and still enjoy high fidelity sound.
You can also hook it up to any device with an included stereo headphone wire - and then it works like standard headphones that won't control any devices, but on the plus side it doesn't drain the batteries. Obviously if it's being used wirelessly it needs its own power source, and the headphones come with both a USB wire that allows you to charge it from a computer and a plug that allows you to charge it from an outlet. I haven't tested it systematically, but it takes about 3 hours to charge, and you get up to about 8 hours of use. Less than that if you're using the noise-cancellation feature (that works great, by the way, at reducing or eliminating most low or repetitive sounds, but without isolating you entirely from the environment unless you've got the volume up high).
I've had no problems linking it with either my iPod Touch or iPhone or with my MacBook Pro. It takes a moment to go into the settings on the device and enable Bluetooth, but then it recognizes and links to the Sennheiser headphones in a moment. It can be set to automatically recognize up to ten different devices. What that means, sometimes, is that when I try to use it with one device it's already synched with another, but all you have to do is turn it off, then hold down the on button until the lights signal that it's searching for a new connection and then I can link it up with whatever device I choose.
I have found that sometimes after I've been using it a while the sound seems to flutter a bit, as if it's losing its Bluetooth sync. Interestingly, I've only seen that when I've got it linked up with my Macbook Pro and I wonder if the problem is there - since I haven't ever noticed it on my iPhone or my iPod Touch. I've always been able to fix that by turning the headphones off and on, but it's a bit annoying.
My only serious gripe with it is that there's no way to turn off the blinking lights. When it's got Bluetooth enabled, there's a blinking blue light that calls a bit of attention to itself. It's okay during the day, but I was listening to these at night in a dark room and the blinking was a bit annoying. I wish there was a way to turn that off.
Otherwise, I really love these. The sound is incredible, the bluetooth connection works great, they fold up conveniently for travel, and having wireless headphones that sound this good really changes my music listening experience.