Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 2024: Reviewed

The new Sennheiser Momentum 4 wireless could be one of the most important products to come out this year. Right now, the market for Bluetooth headphones is very competitive, with every audio company trying to beat the well-known Sony WH-1000XM5. The XM5 is known for having great noise cancellation, a long battery life, and sound quality in general. The Momentum costs $350, which is a little less than the XM5, which costs $400. Today, I’m going to look at the two and decide which one is better.

Both the Momentum 4 and the XM5 look very similar in terms of how they are made. Both are simple, comfortable, and made to last. The size, weight, and carrying case are almost exactly the same. Both have a touch control on the right ear cup, ports for wired connections and charging, and a small button for alternative commands.

The only difference is that the Momentum 4 seems to be made a little bit better, and the ear cups can be turned more. The differences in how they look and feel are so small that they wouldn’t change my mind.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Comparison Table

Sennheiser Momentum 4 WirelessSony WH-1000XM5
Connectivity:Bluetooth 5.2, aptX Adaptive, USB-C, aux-inBluetooth 5.2, LDAC, USB-C, aux-in
Battery life: 60 hours 30 hours
ProcessorUnknownSony HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1

Price and availability

When it came out in August 2022, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless cost $349.95, £300, or AU$549.95. The Sony WH-1000XM5, which came out a few months earlier in May 2022 and cost $399, £380, or AU$649, is a lot more expensive.

Still, at the time of writing, the XM5s are on sale for a good price, which brings them within £20/$20 of the Sennheisers. We can’t promise that these prices will stay the same or be available everywhere, but it’s something to think about as we compare the two headphones in more detail below.

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on a pair of over-the-ear headphones that block out noise. The JBL Tune 750BTNC is a cheaper option for over-ear headphones. No, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless and Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones are better in every way. But for more than half the price, they have good sound, block out noise, and look good.

Check out the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones instead, which are the headphones that came before the XM5s. Most places still charge a lot for headphones like these. But now that they are better, you can find them for less money. In fact, we still recommend the XM4s over the XM5s for most people because they are cheaper and the differences between the two headphones aren’t big enough to matter.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Design

Sennheiser momentum 4 vs sony wh-1000xm5

Both the Sennheiser Momentum 4 and the Sony WH-1000XM5 look very different from their predecessors, and for the most part, this is a good thing. The WH-1000XM5 ditches the solid moulded plastic headband and foldable headphone hinges of the past in favour of a band with a friction rod for adjusting and very soft vegan leather ear pads. The headphones are also a little bit different in shape.

The headset from Sony is light and has just the right amount of tension to keep it in place without feeling too tight. Sony isn’t just changing the way the headset looks; it also has brand new drivers and a better microphone system. The only problem with the WH-1000XM5 is that it doesn’t fold up like the WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM3.

The Momentum 4 Wireless looks a lot friendlier than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 Wireless. The old headset is made of metal and has leather on the ear pads and headband. It has hinges that can be folded and headphones that can be moved to fit different head shapes. It’s comfortable, but it’s a little heavy.

On the other hand, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is made of plastic instead of metal, and the headband is made of fabric. The hinges no longer fold down, but you can tilt the headphones much more than before. But while the headset is very comfortable, it doesn’t look as unique as the one it replaced. It might also wear out over time, but we didn’t have any problems with it during the review period.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Features

Sennheiser momentum 4 vs sony wh-1000xm5

Sony’s XM4 has a lot of great features that have been carried over to the XM5. One of these is support for Sony’s LDAC Bluetooth codec, which lets you stream at a higher bitrate than standard Bluetooth from an LDAC device.

The XM5’s Wearing Detection has been improved so that when you take off your headphones, the music stops and starts again when you put them back on. Sony’s Precise Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming mics and AI-powered noise reduction to make sure you don’t have to shout when taking calls outside.

The specs for Sennheiser’s fourth-generation Momentum headphones are just as impressive. They support aptX Adaptive, which is like LDAC, one of the best Bluetooth codecs out there, for the benefit of people who have an aptX source device that works with it.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Active noise cancellation

For a short time, the noise cancellation on the WH-1000XM5 was almost as good as that on the Bose 700. With the QN1 ANC and V1 processors from Sony and modes like Adaptive Sound Control that change the ANC based on how you’re wearing them, these headphones can block out a very high level of background noise. Sounds with low and medium frequencies are rarely heard.

There are some high-frequency sounds, but nothing too scary that will make you lose your focus. The WH-1000XM5’s 20-level Ambient Sound feature might be its best-kept secret because it makes voices and sounds clear from far away.

The Momentum 4 pushes the WH-1000XM5 aside to become the biggest noise-cancelling threat to the Bose 700. Sennheiser’s technology is almost the same as Sony’s, but it can handle high-frequency sounds better and is less affected by wind. You have a lot of control over how much noise you want to let in or block out with Transparency Mode. No matter which mode you use, the results are great.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Sound quality

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless sound great to us. In our review, we talked about how rich, detailed, and spacious these headphones sounded. No matter what genre we played through them, we thought they sounded open, detailed, spacious, neutral, and clear.

There is also no congestion, and nothing gets lost in the bass. We even said that FKA Twigs’s “Two Weeks” has never sounded so deep and free in the low end, and as soon as her bell-like voice starts, we hear nuances in it and in the engaging treble that other headphones just can’t find.

How are the Sony headphones different? Very well. During our testing, we were impressed by how big and powerful the soundstage was, which gave all the parts of a mix room to breathe. Kirk Hammett’s high-register finger tapping really stands out and cuts through Metallica’s classic song “One.”

Jeff Buckley’s Grace gave us a chance to hear the acoustic strum rattle below the harmonised vocals and chorus-pedal guitar line, but there’s also room for a walking bassline to sit next to soaring strings. In short, the Sony WH-1000XM5 has a place for everything. Even without the 360 Reality Audio spatial settings, the result is a sound that really wraps around you.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 vs Sony WH-1000XM5 Battery Life

Sennheiser momentum 4 vs sony wh-1000xm5

Both the Sony WH-1000XM5 and the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless have very good battery life, but there’s a clear winner here, and it’s not even close. When we tested the Sony WH-1000XM5 with music at its loudest (75dB SPL), it lasted 31 hours and 53 minutes with ANC on and over 53 hours without it. This result is definitely nothing to scoff at, and it’s a big step up from the Sony WH-1000XM4’s battery life of only 19 hours.

But with ANC turned on, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless lasted more than 20 hours longer than the WH-1000XM5: 56 hours and 21 minutes. If you turn off the ANC, the battery will last even longer. With this kind of battery life, not only will you be able to listen to your headphones for longer between charges, but the battery will also last longer in general.

The faster its capacity goes down, the more often it needs to be charged. Having a battery with a large initial capacity means you won’t have to replace your wireless headphones as often, which means less headphones (and batteries) in the trash. Having a wired option to use when the battery dies helps even more.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Pros and Cons


  • Crisp, detailed sound
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • 60-hour battery life
  • Very comfortable


  • Not the most stylish
  • Or the most portable

Sony WH-1000XM5 Pros and Cons


  • Light and comfortable
  • More balanced, tighter sound
  • 30-hour battery life
  • Pairs with two devices at the same time
  • Even better active noise cancellation


  • New design is less portable
  • Still no water resistance
  • More expensive than previous models
  • Not a gigantic upgrade over the still-excellent WH-1000XM4

Which one should you consider?

There is no clear winner between the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM5. If you choose the best over-ear headphones from Sennheiser or Sony, you’ll get great sound, good ANC, and a good battery life.

But their strengths are different. The ANC on the Sony XM5 blocks out background noise a little bit better, and it has the LDAC codec for high-resolution sound. We think the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless are a little bit more comfortable, have a longer battery life, sound a little bit better, and work with aptX Adaptive lossless codecs.


What is better than the XM5?

Even though the XM5’s battery lasts about 30 hours, the Momentum 4 is a powerhouse. It’s about 60 hours, which is twice as long as the XM5. That’s the longest time I’ve seen for headphones to play music.

Is there anything better than Sony WH-1000XM4?

The Sony WH-1000XM5, their newest top-of-the-line model, is a clear choice here. It cancels out noise better than the Sony WH-1000XM4.09, has a longer battery life, and sounds better.

Editorial Staff
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