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Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, Over Ear Wireless Headphone with Active Noise Cancellation, Matte Black - £89.99 @ Amazon
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Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, Over Ear Wireless Headphone with Active Noise Cancellation, Matte Black - £89.99 @ Amazon

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Posted 22nd Aug 2019

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Down to the price they were on prime day.

Worth bearing in mind though if using wireless, they support aptX codec so will be better for android devices. Apple AAC codec not supported so standard Bluetooth only for iPhone users so sound quality won’t be as good.

decent price for good headphones though.
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  • Special edition Matte Black colour - exclusive to Amazon
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX technologies deliver exceptional wireless sound quality. Connectivity Technology: Bluetooth
  • Noise Gard active noise cancellation reduces ambient noise levels improving the listening experience.
  • Intuitive ear-cup mounted controls for changing tracks and for making calls via the integrated microphone.
  • Up to 19 hour battery life with Bluetooth and Noise Gard activated and is supplied with connecting cable for battery-free listening.
  • 2 year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer
  • Comes in environmentally friendly Amazon Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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I had these for a month. Very comfortable to wear (I wear glasses), but I ultimately returned them.

For starters they didn’t fold flat, so the comfy thick padding throttled me whenever I put the headphones around my neck.

The noise cancelling was spectacularly weak. It only muffled basic ambient noise like engines from buses, trains and planes. I could still hear all noise easily and voices seemed to be amplified! The passive cancellation of the cans themselves did most of the lifting. Even £40 basic brand headphones like taotronics do a better job.

The sound quality was good enough, but really lacking in any bass or lower end. There was also a noticeable lag when watching videos, which was very annoying. They were paired to an iPhone 7 though so maybe the aptx on Android might fix that. That said, cheaper headphones like the JBL e55bt absolutely destroy them in both areas.

Ultimately, I paid a little more and got the Sony hear.on 2 (wh-h900n), which have these beat in every conceivable way. I recommend keeping an eye on sonys like that as there’s always offers here and there
Edited by: "nyasham" 22nd Aug 2019
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I was interested in these until I saw the negative reviews of the noise cancelling. Heat for the price though
Edited by: "MonkeyMan90" 22nd Aug 2019
Less than this on the sennheiser outlet, refurbished, if that's your thing.
Sspecciall....
These are ok. Comfy. But they don't "cancel" noise like the Sony or Bose headphones do. They muffle it, but you can still hear people talking, you just have to listen consciously to hear them.
Lost mines in a train... with mobile phone and sd card in it with favourite music on few Gb... and personal data
Heat for the aptX!
I had these for a month. Very comfortable to wear (I wear glasses), but I ultimately returned them.

For starters they didn’t fold flat, so the comfy thick padding throttled me whenever I put the headphones around my neck.

The noise cancelling was spectacularly weak. It only muffled basic ambient noise like engines from buses, trains and planes. I could still hear all noise easily and voices seemed to be amplified! The passive cancellation of the cans themselves did most of the lifting. Even £40 basic brand headphones like taotronics do a better job.

The sound quality was good enough, but really lacking in any bass or lower end. There was also a noticeable lag when watching videos, which was very annoying. They were paired to an iPhone 7 though so maybe the aptx on Android might fix that. That said, cheaper headphones like the JBL e55bt absolutely destroy them in both areas.

Ultimately, I paid a little more and got the Sony hear.on 2 (wh-h900n), which have these beat in every conceivable way. I recommend keeping an eye on sonys like that as there’s always offers here and there
Edited by: "nyasham" 22nd Aug 2019
If you're on a budget for noise cancelling, look out for the first gen Sony 1000X deals
HD? I'll wait for the 4K version
I don't really like mine, noise cancelling isn't great - you get loud white noise often to compensate for wind. - don't really know if that's well explained. With noise cancelling off they're okay but you may be able to get better non noise cancelling headphones for this.
Have these and wear them in work every day so I can concentrate, the "noise cancelling" is plenty enough when accompanied with atleast some soft music.
Perhaps with no sound on the cancelling won't be enough as you'd expect with higher end headphones but I guess that depends on if you need it for that
Would the mic be good enough for pc gaming?
AptX Low Latency or just AptX/AptX HD?
I quite like these - but I spend half my life on planes for work. These do a cracking job at cancelling noise on smaller planes - 737, A320 and the Embraer jets that go from London City. As the planes get bigger they’re less effective (possibly as they’re usually quieter). When the plane gets cracking on the runway they panic a bit and start crackling as they struggle with noise cancelling, but when you’re in the air it’s bliss.

Essentially, if you‘re on short-haul flights often then these are great value. I don’t use them for anything else but that’s probably because I prefer IEMs.
ScottMcKendrick23/08/2019 01:07

Would the mic be good enough for pc gaming?


No. Because of the Bluetooth version you won't be able to have audio and mic on a pc at the same time. I bought a secondary £5 desktop mic to compensate.
SQ balanced but average. Compared to decent wired headphones they come up short.
ANC is weak, but still worth having. Provides some mask to being on a train/plane.
BT connectivity isn't rock solid, but I would assert that's a problem that is with all headphones?
Comfort and portability are great. Without a doubt strongest area.
Battery is also very good. Charged every two to three weeks.
Value is ok (£90), but never tried the non-brand variety to compare.
coffeehair23/08/2019 07:55

No. Because of the Bluetooth version you won't be able to have audio and …No. Because of the Bluetooth version you won't be able to have audio and mic on a pc at the same time. I bought a secondary £5 desktop mic to compensate.


Thanks for the reply.

leafmulch23/08/2019 10:09

SQ balanced but average. Compared to decent wired headphones they come up …SQ balanced but average. Compared to decent wired headphones they come up short.ANC is weak, but still worth having. Provides some mask to being on a train/plane.BT connectivity isn't rock solid, but I would assert that's a problem that is with all headphones?Comfort and portability are great. Without a doubt strongest area.Battery is also very good. Charged every two to three weeks.Value is ok (£90), but never tried the non-brand variety to compare.


Great breakdown!

Would anyone be able to help me find a decent Bluetooth receiver for my desktop? I built my own PC, but didn't include any internal Bluetooth capabilities.

Most dongles I've researched are 50/50 on the reviews
Great price but Sony and Bose noise cancelling is much better. These also make your ears sweaty!!

You get what you pay for.
These are good headphones I have used these for two years and they have been superb. I recently upgraded to the Sony WH-1000Xm3 and they are a significant step up but currently 3x the price so not a fair comparison.
I would note that some airlines (flybe) are clamping down on Bluetooth headphones on every other flight I get told to not use them in the flight without the cable..
I have a pair of these and they are good value at that price point. I havent used them commuting at all so cant comment on how good the ANC is.

I use them mainly for Netflix etc and they are just brilliant for that. I have zero latency issues with them, the connection is rock solid and the battery lasts for ever.

The cup size is a little weird, sort of between on ear and over ear. They fold up quite well and come with a soft carry case so they fold down quite compact.

Sure they arent in the same ball park as Sony or Bose but look at the price!
It my be my big head but these are so uncomfortable. Got them from John Lewis for £60 at Xmas
nyasham22/08/2019 21:06

I had these for a month. Very comfortable to wear (I wear glasses), but I …I had these for a month. Very comfortable to wear (I wear glasses), but I ultimately returned them. For starters they didn’t fold flat, so the comfy thick padding throttled me whenever I put the headphones around my neck.The noise cancelling was spectacularly weak. It only muffled basic ambient noise like engines from buses, trains and planes. I could still hear all noise easily and voices seemed to be amplified! The passive cancellation of the cans themselves did most of the lifting. Even £40 basic brand headphones like taotronics do a better job.The sound quality was good enough, but really lacking in any bass or lower end. There was also a noticeable lag when watching videos, which was very annoying. They were paired to an iPhone 7 though so maybe the aptx on Android might fix that. That said, cheaper headphones like the JBL e55bt absolutely destroy them in both areas.Ultimately, I paid a little more and got the Sony hear.on 2 (wh-h900n), which have these beat in every conceivable way. I recommend keeping an eye on sonys like that as there’s always offers here and there



If there's ever a clear example of why you shouldn't pay too much attention to personal headphone reviews, it's this. Take some pointers, but hold off on judging them before trying them yourself, i.e. this person found them comfortable to wear - I didn't. They start hurting my ears after 90 minutes of use. The noise cancelling worked MUCH better for me as it nearly removed the sound of a bunch of whiney fans in my computer room. Heck, when I went into the kitchen one night with them on, I could hear rain which sounded fairly light - turned off the anc and it was very heavy sounding rain!

The mention of lag was something I never experienced on any android device or even my PC. Now, the sound of the headphones they described is how they sounded to me when I first got them. I hated it! But, after at least 10 hours of burn-in, they opened up and actually had decent sound and flat-ish bass. These headphones are not for bass heads

As for the JBL comparison, I tried those recently and didn't think much of them. They had stronger anc, definitely, but the sound was worse which defeated the point for me.
The Sony's are better

I bought these headphones last Christmas and found out that they won't pair up with my kindle, so though I like annualised I have been put off buying anymore.
imdurc23/08/2019 22:40

If there's ever a clear example of why you shouldn't pay too much …If there's ever a clear example of why you shouldn't pay too much attention to personal headphone reviews, it's this. Take some pointers, but hold off on judging them before trying them yourself, i.e. this person found them comfortable to wear - I didn't. They start hurting my ears after 90 minutes of use. The noise cancelling worked MUCH better for me as it nearly removed the sound of a bunch of whiney fans in my computer room. Heck, when I went into the kitchen one night with them on, I could hear rain which sounded fairly light - turned off the anc and it was very heavy sounding rain!The mention of lag was something I never experienced on any android device or even my PC. Now, the sound of the headphones they described is how they sounded to me when I first got them. I hated it! But, after at least 10 hours of burn-in, they opened up and actually had decent sound and flat-ish bass. These headphones are not for bass heads :)As for the JBL comparison, I tried those recently and didn't think much of them. They had stronger anc, definitely, but the sound was worse which defeated the point for me.


This is very similar to my experience with them. I also find them start to get a bit uncomfortable after a couple hours, whereas my my other headphones which fit completely over my ears with less pressure, I can wear all day and forget they are on.

I found the noise-cancelling decent enough for my use (a noisy office, with people talking across the room and on the phones) allowing me to focus, but then I guess part of that is the music I am playing also. From my testing wearing them switched on with NC active, but nothing playing through them I found they do a great job of cutting out ambient background noise like the fans you mention, but perhaps only half the noise of someone talking on the TV, but then with my music playing in the office I can have someone come right up and talk directly to me, and I wont even notice.

From my research before buying them a year ago, the general opinion seemed to be that the audio was great, and the NC was not as good as the Bose, but then I also found the odd review with almost opposite opinions (great NC, poor audio). as ever ymmv.

As for the comment about lag, I generally listen to music with them, but have watched video on my phone and noticed no latency issues at all.
Edited by: "Puppeh" 24th Aug 2019
Do these beat these?
These are uncomfortable to wear, bar across top off head is main comfort issue and ears get very hot with these too, also the noise cancelling isn’t great.
ScottMcKendrick23/08/2019 01:07

Would the mic be good enough for pc gaming?


It's...ok.
Does the job at least but don't expect it to be awesome
Works for me?
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