Great design is more than good looks: It is the coming together of aesthetics, purpose, ease of use and originality. Sennheiser’s commitment to design has once more been recognized by two of the world’s most prestigious design awards. At the iF DESIGN AWARDS 2016, Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless travel headphones have been honored with the prestigious iF Label in the Product Design category. The headphones are built to meet the demands of the frequent traveler with long-haul battery performance and an exceptional listening experience which can be tailored via CapTuneTM, Sennheiser’s first sound personalization app, which itself has won a Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016.
Sennheiser’s PXC 500 Wireless headphones received the iF Label after impressing a jury of 58 international design experts with their smart and premium design. Altogether, the judges considered more than 5,000 entries by 2,458 participants from 53 countries.
Created to offer discerning travelers a true first-class experience, the discretely stylish, lightweight PXC 550 Wireless was designed in collaboration with Berlin-based design agency nr21 DESIGN. It delivers Sennheiser’s renowned high-quality sound, with NoiseGardTM hybrid adaptive noise cancellation and a battery life of up to 30 hours which lets it span the world on a single charge.
The PXC 550 Wireless has been designed with a particular focus on the user experience: It anticipates the traveler’s every need, with a smart user interface that combines intuitive earcup-mounted touch controls, a voice prompt system and noise cancellation that adapts to ambient noise levels.
Class-leading ergonomics and lightweight, high-quality materials make it extremely comfortable even for the longest of journeys, while it can easily be folded away into the provided travel case thanks to the fold-flat, collapsible design.
“We are delighted to be honored with the iF Label for PXC 550 Wireless, a premium headphone that aims to satisfy the needs of the most demanding travelers,” said Oliver Berger, Head of Global Design Management at Sennheiser. “This is a product crafted to delight on every level, elegant in both appearance and use.”
Brilliant headphones deserve an award-winning app
Sennheiser’s CapTuneTM sound personalization app – a perfect companion to the PXC 550 Wireless – received the prestigious Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016. Judged by an international jury of experts, the highly respected Red Dot seals are given only to outstanding communication products from apps to online campaigns and packaging design.
Developed in cooperation with Munich-based design agency LUNAR Europe, CapTuneTM was created for the discerning headphone user. Free to download for Android and iOS smartphones, it is both a premium quality music player and a powerful sound-tuning tool. CapTuneTM permits users to tailor their listening experience with ease by allowing precise adjustments with the equalizer and featuring the unique SoundCheck with which users can tune their music’s sound by A/B-testing different set-ups. The plug-in for the PXC 550 Wireless additionally allows for personalization of the headphones’ adaptive noise cancellation, audio prompts, and the activation of Smart Pause.
“The ethos behind CapTuneTM is to engage the consumers’ passion for their music, making it possible to hear their tracks exactly as they wish,“ said Thomas Höverkamp, Director Consumer Strategy at Sennheiser. “A user-friendly design and smart interface put the consumer in control and are an essential part of CapTuneTM’s success. We are very pleased to see this extraordinary app being recognized by the expert jury of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016.”
Additionally, CapTuneTM has been nominated for a UX Design Award. The UX Design Awards honour outstanding design and user orientation in products, digital solutions and services. The nominated entries will be presented in a special exhibition at IFA 2016 (Hall 9 / Booth 118). The award winners will be announced during the fair.
About the iF DESIGN AWARD
The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world. The iF International Forum Design GmbH annually awards the iF Label for outstanding design achievements. In 2016, the jury of 58 international design experts considered 5,295 entries by 2,458 participants from 53 countries. Submissions from a range of disciplines were entered into categories covering product design, communication design, packaging design, service design, professional concepts and architecture and interior architecture. Outstanding entries were awarded the sought-after iF label.
About the Red Dot Award: Communication Design
The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and recognizes outstanding communication products in a total of 21 categories from apps to online campaigns and packaging design. The rating criteria include quality of design and aesthetics, functional and aesthetic aspects of the work such as originality and recognition.
Vorm geven aan de sound van morgen en voor zijn klanten unieke klankervaringen tot stand brengen… Dat is het doel waarrond wereldwijd alle medewerkers en partners van Sennheiser zich verenigen. De onderneming is opgericht in 1945 en uitgegroeid tot een van ’s werelds toonaangevende producenten van koptelefoons, microfoons en draadloze zendersystemen. Met zijn 21 verkoopfilialen en partnerrelaties van vele jaren is de groep actief in ruim 50 landen. Daarnaast telt hij nog eens eigen productiefaciliteiten in Duitsland, Ierland, Roemenië en de VS. Sinds 2013 staat met Daniel Sennheiser en Dr. Andreas Sennheiser de derde generatie van de familie aan het hoofd van de onderneming. In 2017 genereerde de Sennheiser-groep een omzet van in totaal € 667,7 miljoen.