Spending over 20 Grand INR on a headphone is almost a once in a lifetime choice for many customers. There are many factors to compare various headphone models before finally landing on your decision. Here we compare two of the popular brands in Sennheiser and Sony and their models, the Sennheiser PXC 550  and the Sony WH-1000XM3. We compare every specification of the two products and at the end give you reasons to choose one over the other. We hope this helps you in making a decision and saves you some money – Sennheiser PXC 550 vs Sony WH-1000XM3 comparison.

Sennheiser PXC 550 vs Sony WH-1000XM3

Design

  • Both the Sony and Sennheiser models have stereo speakers capable of delivering sound from independent channels on both left and right sides ensuring a better acoustic experience than the rest.
  • They also have an over the ear design with earcups that fully cover the ears offering better isolation from external noises. This close-tight design ensures music won’t leak out while listening and enhances the bass and loudness of the audio.
  • Both headphones also come with detachable cables offering you the choice of replacing them with alternate cables in case the existing one damages.
  • A disadvantage of paying such a huge amount to buy these models is that they are not suited for workouts. Neither models are sweat-resistant and not suited for jogging and other sports activities.
  • When it comes to weight, Sennheiser is slightly lighter weighing in at about 227 grams compared to the 255 grams of the Sony model. The difference of 28 grams shouldn’t affect your judgment too much though.
  • Both models come with a travel bag or a pouch that will come in handy while on commute.
  • They can be easily folded and will take up less suitcase space and are ideal travel companions.
  • Neither models are weather-sealed meaning you shouldn’t use them outdoors while it is raining or snowing which will cause damages to the headphones.
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Sound Quality

  • The Sony model produces crispier treble courtesy of its higher frequency response. The highest frequency at which Sennheiser produces audio is 23000 Hz whereas, for Sony, it is a staggering 40000Hz.
  • Sony also wins the battle between the two when it comes to producing crisp and clear bass because of its lowest frequency being 4Hz. Compared to the 17Hz of Sennheiser, this comparatively lower frequency rating of Sony makes it a clear winner in the Sound quality department.
  • The 110dB/mW rating for the sound pressure level of Sennheiser means it can produce louder sound when supplied with the same audio source as compared o Sony which has a rating of 104.5dB/mW.
  • The tightly sealed ear cups provide the Sennheiser model with passive noise reduction which allows a user to listen to music with less external noise. This feature also means the sound won’t leak out while listening to music.
  • Lower impedance rating of 46ohms compared to the 47ohms of Sony means Sennheiser requires less power to produce louder volume.
  • Both headphones have active noise canceling feature enabled meaning it has additional hardware installed that will cancel out external noise signals. This is in addition to the tightly sealed ear cup passive isolation in Sennheiser. The advantage of this feature is that you can listen to music at lower volumes without the need for cranking up the volume to overcome external disturbances.
  • Both headphones use neodymium magnets instead of ferrite magnets making them lighter and enable them to produces crisp bass notes.

Power

  • The Sennheiser and Sony are wireless Bluetooth headphones running on rechargeable batteries. The Sennheiser model gives a battery life of about 30 hours on a full recharge of the battery whereas Sony provides almost 38 hours of battery backup.
  • Both headphones take almost 3 hours to fully recharge the batteries.
  • They come with battery level indicators that blink for low battery levels.
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Connectivity

  • These headphones from Sennheiser and Sony mainly work using Bluetooth technology. However, they can be used as normal headphones with a standard 3.5mm male connector cable as well.
  • Both of them uses the Bluetooth version 4.2
  • Sony also has USB Type-C connectivity on its model.
  • They also support faster connectivity through NFC.
  • These headphones also have built-in microphones that make them suitable for Skype chats and voice calls. They surprisingly have 3 microphones resulting in better sound quality.
  • They have a control panel on the headphone to easily control the volume and to connect and disconnect with your audio device.
  • With voice prompts, you can control the functions of the headphone easily without any physical buttons for both the devices.
  • Sennheiser provides a mute function that can be used to mute or unmute a conversation.

Comparison of Features

Feature Sennheiser Sony
Passive Noise Reduction Yes No
Active Noise Reduction Yes Yes
Weight 227 grams 255 grams
Highest Frequency Rating 23000Hz 40000Hz
Lowest Frequency Rating 17Hz 4Hz
Sound Pressure Level 110dB/mW 104.5dB/mW
Water/sweat Resistance No No
Battery Life 30 Hrs 38 Hrs
Charging Time 3 Hrs 3 Hrs
USB Type-C No Yes

Verdict

Reasons to choose the Sennheiser  PXC 550 over Sony WH-1000XM3

  • The Sennheiser model provides passive noise reduction.
  • It also has a higher sound pressure level of 5.5dB/mW over the Sony model
  • It has a slightly lower impedance beating the Sony model by 1 ohm.
  • The Sennheiser model also weighs less than the Sony model by about 28 grams.
  • Sennheiser has a mute function on its headset.

Reasons to choose Sony WH-1000XM3 over Sennheiser  PXC

  • Superior Battery Life
  • Presence of USB-Type C port
  • Better frequency rating
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