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Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 18, 2020 at 08:29 am
Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.6
Neutral Sound
7.1
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
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Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are alright wireless over-ear headphones. While they have a similarly sleek and decently built design as the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC, they offer over 24 hours of continuous battery life which is outstandingly long. However, most other aspects of these headphones are okay and don't really stand out too much from their competitors. Their active noise cancelling feature has a fair performance but it struggles to reduce bass-range noise like bus or train engines. They also have a tight fit, helping them stay stable on your head during a light run. On the downside, their headband doesn't have a lot of padding and their ear cups may not fit larger ears well, which can make them uncomfortable to wear for several hours at a time.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are fair for mixed usage. They have an underpadded headband and small holes in their ear cups, which some users may find uncomfortable, particularly if you want to wear them during your 9-5. They also have an okay ANC feature that can help slightly reduce the noise from buses or trains but they're better able to reduce office chatter. You can wear them for light physical activity as they're very stable on the head. They also have a slightly bassy and dark sound but you can tweak it using their graphic EQ. You can also game with them too, but you can only receive audio when wired, and you won't be able to use the mic.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Okay ANC feature.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
  • Disappointing integrated microphone.
  • Inconsistent mid-treble delivery.
6.6 Neutral Sound

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are okay for neutral sound. They have a slight overemphasis across the bass range and their treble is a bit dark. These headphones also have inconsistent mid and treble delivery, and their small ear cup holes can affect their seal on your head. Luckily, you can tweak their sound to be more neutral via the graphic EQ and presets on their companion app.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
  • Inconsistent mid-treble delivery.
7.1 Commute/Travel

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are satisfactory for commute and travel. These bulky headphones have an okay ANC cancelling feature that can help cut a small bit of bass-range noise like bus or train engines, but it likely won't be enough for an ambient noise-free experience. Their headband isn't well-padded either and some users may find their tight fit uncomfortable. Their ear cups may not have enough space to fit larger ears without breaking their seal on your head either. On the upside, they have a good battery life that should last a long travel day.

Pros
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Okay ANC feature.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
7.1 Sports/Fitness

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are satisfactory for sports and fitness. While they're a little bulky, they're stable enough to wear for a light run or jog. Thanks to their wireless design, there's no audio cable to snag on something and yank them off your head. However, some users may find their fit to be a little tight or that the headband feels uncomfortable. More rigorous physical activity can also knock them off your head.

Pros
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
7.0 Office

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are decent for office use. They have a tight fit and some users may find the headband or the ear cups uncomfortable, especially for long listening sessions. That said, they have an okay ANC feature which can help cut down office chatter, and they don't leak a lot of sound either. They also have a very long battery life so you don't need to worry about your headphones dying before the end of your work day.

Pros
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Okay ANC feature.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Sennheiser HD 450BT aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They're Bluetooth-only so they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency will likely be too high for gaming.

7.0 Wired Gaming

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are satisfactory for wired gaming. If you only want to hear your game audio, you can plug them into a PC or into a PS4 or Xbox One controller but you won't be able to use their mic. They have a balanced but dark sound, and you can use their companion app to further customize its sound via its graphic EQ and presets.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets.
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
  • Disappointing integrated microphone.
6.3 Phone Calls

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are mediocre for phone calls. They use an integrated microphone but while it can capture the depth of your voice, it sounds noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. It also has a lot of trouble separating speech from even moderately noisy environments. On the upside, the headphones have an okay noise isolation performance and their ANC feature can further help to reduce noise around you.

Pros
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Okay ANC feature.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
  • Disappointing integrated microphone.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.1 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are very non-descript-looking headphones. While they're fairly similar in look to the Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC, they don't have a silver ring around their ear cups. They also come in a white variant if you prefer a different look.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.53 lbs
Clamping Force
1.0 lbs

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have a satisfactorily comfortable fit. While they feel fairly lightweight, some users may find it a little tight due to their high clamping force. The headband isn't thickly padded either, which can be uncomfortable when worn for multiple hours at a time. The ear cups' holes are also somewhat small, and it can be difficult to put your ears into, especially if you have larger ears. On the upside, the faux-leather padding feels nice on the skin. If you want an even more comfortable pair of headphones, consider the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Mediocre
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have okay controls. They're not the most intuitive to use and there's not a lot of voice prompt feedback to know which controls you're changing. There's a voice assistant button, a call/music management rocker, and a volume toggle. There's also a multi-function button that turns on/off ANC, power, and pairing.

6.0
Design
Portability
L 6.4 "
W 4.5 "
H 3.5 "
Volume 101 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are passably portable. They can fold up to save a bit of space and they come with a carrying case, which is handy. However, they're still big and bulky headphones that can be a little difficult to carry with you on your person.

6.5
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 7.1 "
W 4.5 "
H 3.3 "
Volume 105 Cu. Inches

The Sennheiser HD 450BT come with a soft case that doesn't really do much to protect the headphones from impacts or drops.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have decent build quality. They're mostly made of plastic but they feel sturdy, especially as they're designed to fold into a more compact size. A rubber-like material coats the headband, and the ear cups have faux-leather padding. They should be able to withstand a few drops or accidental bumps.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless have good stability. They clamp fairly tightly on the head, but they may fall off with big head shakes, so they're not the best choice for more rigorous physical activity.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sennheiser HD 450BT headphones
  • 1/8" TRS cable
  • Carrying case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.55 db
Treble Amount
-4.41 db

Their sound profile is balanced but a little dark. They've got just a touch of extra bass, which fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. That being said, they're well-suited for a variety of audio genres, such as podcasts or classical music. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets.

6.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.83 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Sennheiser HD 450BT is mediocre. Due to their tight fit and the small holes for their ear cups, the padding of the ear cups doesn't necessarily lay flat on the head, which can result in an inconsistent mid to treble delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.81 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
16.34 Hz
Low-Bass
1.98 dB
Mid-Bass
3.27 dB
High-Bass
3.23 dB

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have great bass accuracy. It's just a little overemphasized across the range but it's even, resulting in a thumpy sound. However, some listeners may find it to be a little too boomy.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.48 dB
Low-Mid
0.11 dB
Mid-Mid
0.72 dB
High-Mid
1.99 dB

The mid accuracy is excellent. It's well-balanced and accurate, ensuring the clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. However, these headphones have a somewhat inconsistent mid-range delivery that's reliant on fit and positioning. Thus, this mid accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

5.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.19 dB
Low-Treble
-3.43 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.12 dB
High-Treble
-11.11 dB

The Sennheiser HD 450BT has disappointing treble accuracy. It's quite underemphasized across the range, resulting in a dark and veiled sound. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.86 db
Dips
1.75 db

The Sennheiser HD 450BT's peaks and dips performance is decent. Just like the Sennheiser HD 4.5 BTNC, there's a peak in the high-mid that descends into a dip in the low treble but it isn't as severe. It makes vocals and lead instruments sound honky and harsh while lacking detail and clarity.

6.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
3.12
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.32
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.18

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have alright imaging. The GD graph shows that the group delay has a few spikes in the low-bass range but this shouldn't be noticeable to most listeners. There's also a bit of amplitude and frequency mismatch in the L/R drivers, which may affect the placement and localization of objects such as voices, instruments, and sound effects in the stereo image. That being said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

4.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.16 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.65 dB
PRTF Distance
6.91 dB
Openness
3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.9

The Sennheiser HD 450BT's passive soundstage is poor. As these headphones have a closed-back design, they sound less open than open-back headphones. Overall, their soundstage is natural but somewhat small, so sound will be perceived as being located inside your head instead of out in front of you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.453
WHD @ 100
0.231

The Sennheiser HD 450BT's weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There are a couple of spikes in the treble range which appear at both a normal volume as well as max volume. However, it likely won't be too noticeable to most people.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
5.0.0
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
6.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-18.03 dB
Bass
-8.82 dB
Mid
-14.34 dB
Treble
-31.28 dB

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have an alright noise isolation performance. Their active noise cancelling feature only manages to reduce bass-range noise. However, it's still pretty poor at cutting down noise like bus engines and may not be enough if you commute a lot. That said, it does a better job of reducing mid-range noise like chatter and treble-range sounds like the hum of an A/C unit.

8.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
31.31 dB

These headphones have a great leakage performance. While their leakage sounds fuller than that of in-ears or earbuds, it's quieter than the noise floor of an average office, so you can listen to audio at a high volume without bothering those around you too much.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have an integrated microphone.

5.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
397.39 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.41 dB
HFE
3319.91 Hz
Weighted THD
7.57
Gain
2.74 dB

The recording quality of the mic is disappointing. While your voice sounds natural, it sounds noticeably muffled and lacking in detail.

5.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
10.32 dB

The noise handling of the microphone is disappointing. Your voice gets lost, even in only moderately noisy environments.

Active Features
7.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
28.6 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
28.6 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Sennheiser HD 450BT's battery performance is good. The manufacturer advertises a continuous playtime of 30 hours with only a couple of hours of charging, and even with the noise cancelling feature on, our tests are nearly able to match it. However, while they can be used passively, you won't be able to listen to them while they charge.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sennheiser Smart Control
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

Sennheiser Smart Control is a just satisfactory app. It has a very limited parametric EQ as well as a three-band graphic EQ. You can also check for firmware updates, as well as see the battery level but that's about it.

Connectivity
8.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
282 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
231 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
271 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
44 ms
iOS Latency
242 ms
Android Latency
96 ms

The Sennheiser HD 450BT have great Bluetooth connectivity. While they don't have NFC pairing, you can connect them to up to two devices at a time, which is handy if you like to use your headphones with your laptop and phone. They have an outstandingly long line of sight range. However, they have high latency on PC and iOS when streaming videos. Their Android latency is much lower, though. That said, some apps and devices compensate for lag so your real-life mileage may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-compatible.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a 1/8" TRS audio cable. It doesn't have an in-line mic.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

If you're using their 1/8" TRS cable, you can plug these headphones into a PC or a PS4 controller. However, they only transmit audio, so you won't be able to use the microphone.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are audio-only compatible when plugged into an Xbox One controller. You won't be able to use your microphone, though.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base/dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sennheiser HD 450BT come in two color variants: Black and White. Although we tested the black variant, results should be valid for both colors.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are fair wireless headphones. They have an ANC feature that doesn't really stand out too much amongst other ANC headphones, especially as it struggles a bit more to cut down bass noise. It also has a very tight fit, and similar to the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC, its headband is only lightly padded, which can be uncomfortable for some users, especially during long listening sessions. If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best headphones for music.

Sony WH-CH710N Wireless

The Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless are slightly more versatile headphones than the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. The Sennheiser are more stable, and they have better noise isolation performance. Their default sound profile is a bit more balanced than the bass-heavy Sony, and they also have a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app, which the Sony lacks. Unlike the Sony, the Sennheiser can be paired with up to two devices at the same time. However, the Sony are more comfortable headphones.

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless

The Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless and the Sony WH-XB900N Wireless are similarly performing headphones, but the Sennheiser have a slight edge. The Sennheiser have a more neutral sound profile, their ANC feature can isolate more bass noise, and their leakage performance is better. They also charge in less time, even if their battery life doesn't last as long as the Sony, and they can be paired with up to two devices at a time. The Sony, on the other hand, feel better built, their controls are easier-to-use, and their companion app is better. They also have a better performing integrated microphone, and some users may prefer their bass-heavy sound.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are better overall performing over-ear headphones than the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless. The PXC 550 are more comfortable, feel better built, and have a more neutral and balanced sound. Their integrated mic performs better, and they come with an in-line mic too if you like to use your headphones wired. Their battery performance is better as well. However, the 450BT leak a lot less sound and their ANC feature does a better job of isolating bass and treble noise.

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless

The Jabra Elite 85h Wireless are better overall performing over-ear headphones than the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless. The Jabra are more comfortable, have a significantly better control system, and their sound profile is more balanced and neutral. They also have a much better sounding microphone, their battery lasts longer, and they have a more comprehensive app. However, the Sennheiser are more stable, leak less noise, and their ANC performs a bit better in the bass range.

JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless

The JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless are better overall performing over-ear headphones than the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless. The JBL are more comfortable, have more intuitive controls, and feel better built. They have a more neutral and balanced sound too, and their ANC feature is a bit better than that of the Sennheiser. They also have a slightly more comprehensive companion app, their integrated mic performs better, and they come with an in-line mic. However, the Sennheiser have a slightly better battery performance and they leak less sound.

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