Sennheiser CX 500BTSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Powerbeats ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sennheiser CX 500BT||Powerbeats Pro|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||✗||12mm|
|sound pressure level||94dB/mW||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||24hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|highest mic frequency||10000Hz||✗|
|lowest mic frequency||100Hz||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✗|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✗|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✗|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✗|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings is the rating of protection given by a casing, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Powerbeats Pro's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Powerbeats Pro, Sennheiser CX 500BT have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
Powerbeats Pro have a weight of 20.3g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT, at 12g are lighter than the Powerbeats Pro by -8.3g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Powerbeats Pro are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Sennheiser CX 500BT also is true wireless since it has no wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
The Powerbeats Pro come with wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Powerbeats Pro are resistant to sweat
Sennheiser CX 500BT's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Powerbeats Pro are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers, what this means is that Powerbeats Pro's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation makes use of advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 hence "diluting" the noise.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background noise.
Powerbeats Pro sit tightly in place, creating an acoustic covering that tones down your environment sounds and also prevents the device music from leaking out .
Both Sennheiser CX 500BT, and Powerbeats Pro have passive noise reduction which implies that both limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
Powerbeats Pro driver unit is 12mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass. The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the earbuds, its size determines the loudness of the device.
Powerbeats Pro's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest frequency is at 5Hz, this implies that Sennheiser CX 500BT can produce a juicier bass than the Powerbeats Pro
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest frequency is at 21000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio component makes high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Sennheiser CX 500BT's measurement is 94dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The Powerbeats Pro's battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's battery life is less than that of Powerbeats Pro by 1 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and Powerbeats Pro's case has a charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, less than that of Powerbeats Pro by 8 hours
It takes 0.7 hours to fully charge the Powerbeats Pro's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
Powerbeats Pro have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The Powerbeats Pro have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sennheiser CX 500BT has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Powerbeats Pro . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Powerbeats Pro have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Powerbeats Pro will work fine with your MacBook. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Powerbeats Pro have 2 microphones.
Sennheiser CX 500BT microphones are 4, more than that of Powerbeats Pro by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to filter out background sounds from the desired sound.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest mic frequency is 10000Hz, high frequencies are best for picking up treble. The highest mic frequency of a microphone is known as its upper limiting frequency.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest mic frequency is 100Hz, low frequencies are best for picking up bass. The lowest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its lower limiting frequency.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, Sennheiser CX 500BT have a find earbuds feature.
The Powerbeats Pro support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Sennheiser CX 500BT too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
With the Powerbeats Pro, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a control panel on them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Powerbeats Pro come with a special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your bag without a cover can easily damage them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a case included, which offers safe transportation.