Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless review: A worthy Bose competitor at a better price

Not everyone can afford a premium wireless noise-canceling headset, and that’s where Sennheiser’s more budget-conscious HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless comes into play. At $ 200 (£ 170, $ AU329), it’s not cheap, but it’s less than what you’ll pay for some models from Sony, Bose and even Sennheiser.

I like the simple look of the HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless and its understated black matte finish (it looks a bit like the Bose QuietComfort 35). However, Sennheiser has cut some design corners to come up with the lowest price. This is an all-plastic deal and while the earpads come with comfortable memory foam, the material that covers them is synthetic leather that doesn’t feel as luxurious and isn’t as breathable as the real leather you’ll find on step-up models.

The well-padded pavilions are covered in faux leather.

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There isn’t a fancy case for storing the headphones, but they fold nicely to fit in a simple canvas case included which I really liked.

Overall I got 8.4 ounces. (238g) comfortable headphones: they fit perfectly even if not too much. However, during the longer listening sessions I had to make a few small changes from time to time and give my ears some air. In other words, they are not as comfortable as Bose’s QuietComfort 35, PXC 550 from Sennheiser headphones or Sony MDR-1000X.

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