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Consumer Electronics Show: Sennheiser headphones stand tall

January 6, 2011 | 11:00 pm

If you pay $499 for a pair of headphones, you expect a lot from them. And if the manufacturer's feature list is anything to go by, the Sennheiser MM 550 Travel headphones on display at the Consumer Electronics Show deliver.

First, they come with NoiseGard 2.0 noise-canceling technology to block out unwanted sounds. Next they have a TalkThrough feature that activates a built-in mic so that you can talk to the person next to you without taking off your headphones. But the big thing is that they are wireless with stereo Bluetooth, which means you can use the buttons on the earpieces to control your music or even take calls if you have them paired with a smart phone.

One of the many buttons you will find turns on a feature called SRS Wow HD, which looks impressive on paper. The product website says this gives you "wider, taller sound." I'm not sure what that means, but perhaps we can ask the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, who have chosen them as their official travel headphones.

So if you are in the market for some noise-canceling headphones that meet the rigorous audio standards of the NBA, check out the Sennheiser MM 550 Travel headphones.


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