This can be achieved either by pressing a button, or by holding your hand over the right can (the latter is best for listening to something briefly). Buy now We reckon the sleek, understated design of these cans might just be the best of Sennheiser’s current range – they're certainly a far cry from the more hardware-heavy Momentum 2.0 pair (featured below).
The touch-sensitive controls, also on the right can, which allow you to play, pause, skip and change volume, are responsive and simple. They're on-ear, but the large cushioning covers the ear sufficiently and comfortably, so much so that they sometimes even feel like over-ears.
The open listening mode helpfully allows you to tune into the world around you, and the music pauses when the headphones are taken off, thanks to sensors (although we found these sensors can, at times, be overly sensitive).
Controls on the ear, to play, pause, skip and change volume, are simple and intuitive.
And there’s certainly a lot of detail to pick out – the soundscape is wide, nuanced and impactful.
The ambient noise feature is useful, dimming your music and enabling you to hear voices with ease.
Some people find this uncomfortable, although it doesn’t bother others.
In terms of looks, things haven’t strayed too far from the QC25’s decidedly unflashy style, although there are now volume controls on the right headphone.
Can connect via NFC and gives around 20 hours of battery life.
Whether you’re commuting, on a lengthy flight or trying to concentrate in the office, noise-cancelling headphones can be a godsend.
In a nutshell, the headphones work by creating their own sound waves, which are 180 degrees out of phase with the penetrating waves, thus cancelling out the unwanted noise.
And with this latest iteration, the reputation holds firm.