88points

Philips SHB8850NC

78points

Plantronics Backbeat Pro

97points

Sennheiser PXC 550

Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Comparison winner
Sennheiser PXC 550
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37 facts in comparison

Philips SHB8850NC vs Plantronics Backbeat Pro vs Sennheiser PXC 550

Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550
88
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78
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97
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Why is Philips SHB8850NC better than Plantronics Backbeat Pro & Sennheiser PXC 550?

  • Has an on-ear form
  • Wireless charging
  • Has voice commands
  • Has an open-back design

Why is Plantronics Backbeat Pro better than Philips SHB8850NC & Sennheiser PXC 550?

  • Has a tangle free cable
  • Has included ear pads
  • Has a noise canceling microphone

Why is Sennheiser PXC 550 better than Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics Backbeat Pro?

  • Weight
    227gvs232,340g
  • Has an in-line control panel
  • Number of microphones
    3vs2,1
  • Has an L-shaped plug
  • Bluetooth version
    4.2vs4,4

Top specs and features

Design

1.has stereo speakers
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has a detachable cable
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

3.has an over-the-ear form
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

4.weight

232g

340g

227g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

5.can be folded
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.has a tangle free cable
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

Sound quality

1.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

2.has a neodymium magnet
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

3.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.Bluetooth version

4

4

4.2

Best

RHA TrueConnect

5

3.has a 3.5mm male connector
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

4.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

5.Has WiFi
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

6.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.can be used as a headset
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has an in-line control panel
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

4.number of microphones

2

1

3

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Best

Parrot Zik Sport

8

5.has a noise canceling microphone
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

6.has voice commands
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics Backbeat Pro
Sennheiser PXC 550

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

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