MORE: Best noise-cancelling headphones 2016On the battery front, the PXC 550s have a claimed 30 hours of noise-cancelling duty before they need a top-up via the USB-type B charging port, though invariably that number will take a hit when listening wirelessly.
When it’s flat, a cable for wired listening can slot into 3.5mm socket on the right ear cup so the music doesn’t have to end when the battery does.
And when you’re away from a charging mat, you can use the Lightning port to charge.
When you use Air Pods, Siri automatically speaks your incoming messages as they arrive — and you can choose which contacts you hear them from.
Bose and Sennheiser could make that list too, for when it comes to producing noise-cancelling headphones, the rivalry is rife.
The battle began in 2007, when the multi-Award-winning Sennheiser PXC 450s lost their Awards crown to Bose's Quiet Comfort 15s – sparking a contest of one-upmanship that has lasted ever since.
In Jamie xx’s , there’s a lot of tune competing for your attention – the overlapping rhythms of drubbing beat and shakers that roll over the top of steel drums – but thanks to the Sennheiser’s roomy, open soundstage and dependable footing, the presentation is arranged and orderly; each note hits the mark within a presentation that sounds naturally, almost effortlessly, together.
Taking the effort out of pressing buttons, it powers up automatically when unfolded – or, more specifically as the right ear cup twists open – and turns off when folded.
MORE: Best headphone deals: in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more The PXC 550 Wirelesses sound lovely, but are they as good as the slightly pricier Award-winning Momentum 2.0 Wirelesses?
While not necessary to operate the PXC 550s, it’s worth a look for its music player, battery status indicator and EQ settings adjustments.
The Sennheisers fold and can easily be scrunched up in a ball and slotted into their soft material case, but there’s more to it than that.