My first bluetooth headphones were a pair of boat rockerz that cost around 1500 Rs. They were a pair of on ear headphones that sounded good enough for the price. During September 2018, I chanced upon a great offer for the entry level noise cancelling headphone, Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC in Amazon, India. The mrp of the product was 14,999Rs and as a part of the sale, it was available for around 7,500 Rs. Nearly 50%off!. I decided to splurge and upgraded to the Sennheiser cans
The headphones arrived the next day. The packaging box consisted of the headphones themselves, a sennheiser pouch, charging cable (MICRO USB) as well as the usual booklets (usual books and shit as Flossy Carter puts it).
I soon paired up the headphone with my Galaxy S8 and also downloaded the companion app named Sennheiser Captune. However, the app offered limited functionality. The main features of the app were limited to the Sennheiser flagship ANC headphones called Sennheiser PXC 550. Headphones however did not disappoint. Nfc functionality offered easy pairing and the headphones also supported Aptx bluetooth codec. The only thing I was annoyed about the headphones were the small ear cups that made it very difficult to wear the headphones for long periods of time.
The headphones offered a very balanced sound signature with clear vocals and a decent soundstage. However, bass heads will be better off with a Sony XB series bluetooth headphone. I tested the noise cancellation at coffee shops like CCD and Starbucks and also at the streets of Chennai. The headphones did a decent job of blocking the sound of automobile engines. However, the sound of car horns still managed to get through. The headphones fared poorly in masking the chatter of people in coffee shops, but still managed to decrease the volume to a modest extent. Battery life of HD 4.50 BTNC was around 20 hrs.
I will recommend this headphone to anyone looking to buy their first pair of ANC headphones for a relatively low price. Just don’t expect lots of bass and the best noise cancelling performance.
Sennheiser recently released an update for this pair of headphones called Sennheiser HD 450BTNC.
P.S: I have also published this article in my Quora Space titled ‘Techgeek Literati’