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Sennheiser HD 450 BT Black Wireless Headphone, with Active Noise Cancellation, Circumaural, Color...
Sennheiser HD 450 BT Black Wireless Headphone, with Active Noise Cancellation, Circumaural, Color...
Active noise cancellation for uninterrupted listening pleasure; 30 hours of battery life
109,65 EUR

Sennheiser is well known for its unusual sound noise canceling headphones, and its latest, the Sennheiser HD 450BT, offers a cheaper alternative option to predecessor models like the Momentum 1000 Wireless and class leaders like the Sony WH-3XMXNUMX.

With a minimalist design and built-in noise cancellation, These fully foldable wireless earphones speak directly to the on-the-go crowd. Plus, How do they stack up against their more expensive contenders?

We have put the Sennheiser HD 450BT to the test, and we think the company is ready to win with these very stylish on-ear headphones.

[Update: Sennheiser has released an updated version of the HD 450BT. The Sennheiser HD 450SE come with Alexa support and are an Amazon exclusive.]

Prices and availability

The Sennheiser HD 450BT is available to buy for $199 / €159, which comes down to around AU$280, plus we're still awaiting official pricing and availability in Australia.

It's noticeably more affordable than the best headphones of 2020, the Sony WH-1000XM3 at $349 / €300 / AU€499 and the previous model of the brand; the Sennheiser Momentum three Wireless is $399 / €349 / AU$599.

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Design

These minimalist over-ear headphones are free in black and white color alterations. We tested the white model, which sports very stylish silver-grey ear cushions and headband details.

They look pretty fancy enough, if not as attractive as the recently launched Sennheiser Momentum XNUMX wireless headphones; For some, design wise can be a bit disappointing, but if you prefer design wise, these cans are sure to be right up your alley.

fully foldable, the Sennheiser HD 450BT is built for hearing on the go and can be easily stored in your bag when you're not on the job. Thanks to their collapsible design, they take up minimal space in your bag, making them ideal for travel.

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Compared to Momentum XNUMX Wireless EarbudsHowever, the construction of the new cases feels less premium and less sturdy: the plastic construction could still be described as flimsy.

The construction of the new cases is not as sturdy or premium as the Momentum three wireless earbuds, and the plastic construction can feel a bit shaky at times.

While this lower quality build is reflected in the lower cost tag, it wouldn't be crazy to expect a more sumptuous finish for the money.

One of the benefits of this plastic design is that the HD 450BT are very light and comfortable to use throughout long listening sessions. The ear cups are splendidly padded and do not cause the oppressive feeling that is common with on-ear and on-ear headphones.

At the bottom of the right earcup, you'll find a USB-C charging port, a 3,5mm jack, buttons to monitor music playback and voice calls, and a dedicated button to call the voice assistant. Of your choice, be it Siri or Google Assistant.

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Battery life and connectivity

With 30 hours of battery life (that is, with active noise cancellation enabled), the Sennheiser HD 450BT can compete with the Sony WH-1000XM3 and beat the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 by a significant 10-hour margin. It is also better than the 17 hours offered by the more expensive Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.

Pairing these wireless headphones with our devices was a snap, thanks to compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0. Gamers will be happy to know that, as well as codecs like aptX, AAC, and SBC, these cans support aptX Low Latency, so you shouldn't experience an annoying lag between what you see on your screen and what you hear on your screen. through audio. When we watch a video on our smartphone, we don't find any latency issues either.

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The Sennheiser HD 450BT works with the Sennheiser Smart Control app, which lets you toggle the equalizer settings. An excellent touch that will appeal to those who really like to personalize the sound of their headphones.

In contrast to the Sennheiser Momentum three Wireless, there is no option to switch between noise cancellation modes; You can only turn noise cancellation on and off with the dedicated switch on the right earcup.

We found noise cancellation to work quite well, though it did seem to block out stealthy noises and rumble better than louder tones. For example, when used outdoors, they did a great job of canceling out the sound of strong wind blowing through the trees, but we were still able to spot sirens in the distance (for safety's sake, this isn't necessarily a bad thing). .

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Sound quality

Sennheiser is on a winner with the soundstage developed for the HD 450BT; Detailed and clear, without sounding too dry and listless, these headphones deliver a fabulous combination of high-fidelity sound with warm low frequencies that are easy to listen to.

This combination of controlled (warmer) bass and clean, precise highs became apparent when we heard Kendrick Lamar's Alright; The soft, discordant vocals gave a rather difficult harmonic background that was cut by clean snares and booming drums.

The switch to King Kunta gave the Cans a chance to truly show off those low frequencies, with deep, fluffy bass lines supporting wry chimes and electric guitars worn with punchy energy.

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Looking forward to testing the Sennheiser HD 450BT on something a bit softer, we opted for Sprout and the Bean by Joanna Newsom. The plucked harp showcased the full range of these headphones, with booming low notes and dripping high harmonies.

While listening to this song, we felt that the headphones handled each and every temporary and active change really well. Sure, you'll get a more active range and longer soundstage with Momentum Tres Wireless, but the 450Bts HD sound is clear enough to bring out hidden details in your music.

We appreciated that the headphones had drawbacks with loaded and loaded midrange tracks like The National's Sea of ​​Love. We would have liked to hear more of the high end of this track, and found that certain higher guitar drones got lost in the mix.

If we had to be picky, we would also have preferred a more open sound from these headphones; they have a more closed feel than the Momentum XNUMX Wireless.

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Final verdict

Generally, we are quite impressed with the Sennheiser HD 450BT, especially with its sound; its well-balanced profile should appeal to audiophiles and wolf hunters alike.

Battery life and connectivity are great, and noise cancellation works quite well, although these headphones may not block out all external noise.

Our biggest scarecrow is the flimsy construction of these cans; Although they are more affordable than the Momentum tres Wireless at $159 / €159, it's still a lot of money to shell out for the earbuds, and so we think it's only fair to wait for a more premium version.

That said, they look pretty good, and if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM3, the Sennheiser HD 450BT is a great option.

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