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Sennheiser PX 210 BT Headphones - Usability, Sound Quality & Verdict

By Hugo Jobling



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The PX 210 BT headphones are charged over a micro-USB cable, the port for which is hidden under a small flap on the left earcup. Sennheiser quotes 12 hours of battery life, we managed to get about 10. The discrepancy is likely a result of our having to keep them at full volume the whole time when using an iPod. Even then they weren't particularly loud - at least our hearing is safe though.

The right earcup has controls on its outside. The track forwards/backwards and play/pause buttons will work with any AVRCP-compatible player with which headphones are paired, while the volume buttons control the PX 210 BTs directly. This is worth noting as with our iPod touch we had to adjust both volumes to get decently audible sound.

What's good to note is that there's a tangible difference between using standard A2DP Bluetooth and apt-X. Indeed switching between Bluetooth with apt-X and the provided cable, there wasn't any noticeable difference in quality, suggesting that the codec is doing its job properly.

The audio quality isn't what we'd call stellar, but it's still pretty good. There's good clarity, with vocals coming across well and a nice warm base, but the high end is a bit lacking in definition for our tastes. Without using an apt-X adaptor the results are less good, with noticeable compression on some tracks, but it's still listenable.

Inevitably a similarly priced pair of non-Bluetooth headphones won’t struggle to best the PX 210 BTs. But, and the 'but' is important, once you get used to listening to your headphones, unimpeded by cables you really won't want to go back to a pair of tethered cans - especially now the use of Bluetooth doesn't necessarily mean degraded audio quality.


There's something slightly incongruous about Bluetooth headphones that actually sound good, but the PX 210 BT wireless headphones manage it. You'll have to factor in the cost of an apt-X adaptor on top of the headphones themselves to get the best out of them, though.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Sound Quality 7


May 22, 2010, 12:28 pm

Do you have any details of the Sennheiser BT300i adapter (or any other Apt-x enabled adapter)?

Can't find a price anywhere to factor into the verdict as suggested.

Geoff Richards

May 22, 2010, 12:50 pm

@gonzorv - it's Saturday morning so I can't check with Hugo, but I think "BT300i" is a typo, and it should read BTD 300i. As in BlueTooth Dongle 300i


Looks like it goes for £60-100 depending on the reseller. I'm sure Hugo will clear this up on Monday for everyone.


May 22, 2010, 2:21 pm

I know the audio quality demands it, but its such a shame you need the adaptor. Most people listen to their portable music on a device that already has bluetooth, to have to plug an adaptor in to use these is a bit sad. For my basic travelling headphones I use the TR reviewed http://www.trustedreviews.c...

They may not have the best sound quality, but for convenience and ease of use you cant beat them, pair instantly with my BB as soon as they are switched on and the controls all work perfectly as well. No wires!

Digital Fury

May 22, 2010, 9:27 pm

Have you tested it with video sources? What kind of latency does it have?


May 23, 2010, 12:38 am

I've been using a pair of Motoroa HT820 bluetooth headphones for the last couple of years and have just bought a pair of MOtorola S9-HD - both for less than £25 each. For commuting these are fine with good clarity - and no wires and no adaptor!


May 24, 2010, 8:55 pm

So now you'll not only have to worry about how long your mp3 players battery will last but also how long your headphones will hold their charge. Isn't technology wonderful.


May 25, 2010, 10:07 pm

@Geoff: Thanks, I did do a cursory search both in Google and on the Seinheiser site but didn't turn up anything, a typo in the model number would explain this.

p.s. My name is also Hugo so your reply was quite confusing for me to read.

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