Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless review

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is a really good wireless over-ear headphone with excellent active noise cancellation, a number of impressive features, and excellent sound and call quality.

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless are Sennheiser’s newest wireless on-ear headphones, and if Sony is not worried, they should be. These cans have amazing battery life, a nice app, a rich feature set, easy on-ear controls, talented adaptive noise cancellation, and enthusiastic sound that will have you nodding happily wherever you go. Will the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless make its way straight to the top of our best over-ear headphones buying guide? And while the slightly quirky pinned-aluminum headband aesthetic of the third-gen Sennheiser Momentum Wireless cans has gone in favor of a more professional black cloth-and-plastic aesthetic, as soon as you put them on you’ll forgive it: the sound is like that.

Well, we’d use them even if they only came in slime green and had a big wobbly bug eye on each earpiece. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is an evolution of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless from November 2019, even if the family resemblance has been removed. We rated the older cans and praised them for their excellent sound, feature set, built-in tile tracking, and active noise cancellation (ANC), but were disappointed by the 17-hour battery life.

Things have changed, and not just because two years and nine months is a long time in audio technology. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless now boast an incredible 60 hours of battery life, even with the implementation of ANC, and to save you the trouble of checking, we’ll tell you right now that the Sony WH-1000XM5 have only 30. If you are not put off by the somewhat stubby design, the sound quality is unbeatable.

Design

For the Momentum 4, Sennheiser completely abandoned the design it had used consistently since the first model. We doesn’t want to give the company a design award, but the metal slide mechanism for adjusting the fit gave these products a unique look, whereas many headphones tend to all look the same. Now, Sennheiser has embraced an aesthetic that matches much of the competition. In fact, the Momentum 4, mostly made of plastic, now have swivel earcups so they can be stowed and worn around the neck. The headphones no longer fold in on themselves before being stored in the case.

The ear pads are still made of soft leather with plenty of cushion and the outside of the headgear is wrapped in woven fabric. However, the rest of the Momentum 4 is made of a lot of plastic. In particular, it lacks the premium look of previous models. One thing I like about the new design is the arch in the headrest. Many headphones have a flatter curve and thus have a broader look. For those, like us, who have a big head, the direct look is a bit odd and reinforces the idea that you have a big head. The arch is a little rounder on the Momentum 4 and the headband fits on the top of the headphones rather than the outside.

Comfort

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 wireless headphones differ from the Sennheiser Momentum style we have come to know and love over the years. If you compare these headphones to the previous Momentum, you realize the huge difference. For what it’s worth, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a change that has already pushed many fans of the company to dive into these headphones; our biggest criticism is that they don’t close up like previous Sennheiser headphones or previous Sony headphones.

Unless you’re a design snob, you won’t find much to complain about when it comes to these headphones. There’s not a huge amount of clamping force to make them comfortable for long periods of time, though they can loosen them up a bit if you move your head around a lot. They were fine when you were working or cycling, but that doesn’t mean something more intensive won’t cause problems.

Connectivity

The headset supports Bluetooth 5.2 with universal audio formats SBC and AAC for Apple and other devices. But they also support the new aptX Adaptive format, which offers superior sound quality, lower latency and is backwards compatible with the old aptX standard common to Windows PCs and Android devices. Multipoint simultaneously connects two devices, such as your phone for music and your laptop for video calls, and works seamlessly. They’re equipped with a 2.5mm to 3.5mm analog headphone cable and can play audio via USB-C while charging, like the B&W PX7s, offering plenty of connectivity options. The touchpad on the right earpiece supports a range of excellent gesture controls.

Swipe forward or backward to skip tracks, raise or lower the volume, tap once to pause music or twice to switch to ambient sound mode. Unusually, you can also use a smartphone-like pinch-to-zoom gesture to slowly turn down the noise cancellation and increase the ambient sound, or vice versa, somewhat like turning up or down the volume in the outside world. Music stops when the headphones are removed, while a single button activates the phone’s voice assistant or turns the headphones on and off.

Noise Canceling

The sound quality of a pair of headphones is probably the most important part of the whole process, and we imagine it is also the part that most people care about. Fortunately, these headphones sound amazing, and we were very impressed with the clarity of the audio. We reviewed these headphones by listening mainly to this playlist, and we will refer to a few tracks when we talk about the different aspects of the audio experience. For starters, tracks like Famous Prophets (Stars) by Car Seat Headrest are a great song that demonstrates the dynamic range of these headphones.

Not only can they handle the cacophony of sounds at the end of the song, but they also reproduce beautifully the buildup of bass and piano that precedes the song. In some parts of the song, in particular, we noticed a strange crackling in the right earpiece. This problem was also found in other tracks, although it is not present in the new pair that Sennheiser sent us. For other tracks, such as Literary Mind by the Sprints, these headphones are able to hold up to the barrage of fast noise without muddling the sound.

Audio Performance

We tested the audio performance mainly without any improvement in EQ or Bass mode. On songs with heavy sub-bass content, such as “Silent Shout” by The Knife, the headphones produce a powerful low frequency response. The bass is not distorted at the highest volume levels, and at more moderate levels the audio is still strong. Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with much less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better idea of the sound signature. The drums in this track have a heavy, bass-enhanced sound but do not push into abnormally thunderous territory.

Interestingly, even the Bass Boost mode doesn’t add much thunder, although it does boost the bass a bit. Callahan’s baritone voice sounds rich and crisp, while the higher-register acoustic and percussive hits maintain a bright, detailed presence. If you want a more clinically accurate sound, you can reduce the bass slightly in the app’s equalizer, but as it is, this is a balanced if somewhat chiseled sound signature.

Call Performance

For calls, Sennheiser has equipped the Momentum 4 with two beamforming microphones on each side. Like ANC, the headphones block out constant noise during calls better than music or TV in the background. The person on the other end of the line can still hear you loud and clear, but it’s obvious you’re talking above the noise. Also, voice is reproduced better than most headphones and earphones in general, many of which offer speaker-quality sound rather than something with a hint of midrange and bass.

Momentum 4 can automatically switch to slide mode when you make a video or voice call. With a side tone that allows you to hear yourself talking, they are a good choice for completing any task. Plus, multi-point connectivity allows you to answer a call on your phone and easily return to a podcast or music on your computer.

Battery and charging

The Momentum 4 last an impressive 60 hours of playback with noise cancellation enabled, twice as long as its nearest competitors and long enough that you don’t have to worry about recharging them very often. They turn off automatically after 15 minutes of standby or when placed back in the case, but we found it more convenient to turn them off manually with the power button.

The headphones’ battery can’t be replaced, but Sennheiser estimates that it retains at least 80% of its original capacity after 30,000 hours of listening, the equivalent of 27 years of listening for three hours a day, which means it will probably never need to be replaced. Replacement parts are available, including pads and cables. The headphones do not contain recycled material.

Conclusion

We hope you like this article on Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless review. The Momentum 4 is Sennheiser’s most comprehensive set of headphones to date. The company improved its ANC performance to better match the excellent sound quality that was already a staple of the Momentum line.

Conveniences like Side tone, Auto Pause, and Sound Zones make your life easier, but aside from stellar audio, the main draw here is battery life. Sennheiser has duplicated much of the competition there and, perhaps even more impressively, has managed to do so while keeping noise cancellation active.

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The Momentum 4 is Sennheiser's most comprehensive headphone yet. The company has improved the ANC performance to better match the excellent sound quality that was already a cornerstone of the Momentum range.Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless review