Sounds exceptional: Sennheiser's wireless headphonesby Justin Bennett
For more than 70 years, Sennheiser has been synonymous with producing a wide range of high-quality products aiming to reproduce sound that is as lifelike and direct as possible.
They sent me two of their latest top of the range wireless headphones – over-ear and in-ear versions – to test and see if they live up to the hype. If you’re in the market for a high-end pair of headphones with exceptional sound quality and without sacrificing daily portability, then keep reading.
Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
The MOMENTUM Wireless Over-Ear Headphones cost a little shy of $700 putting them in the slightly pricey market, and up against notable competitors include the Sony MDR-1RNC, Samsung Level Over, Beats Studio and Bose QC 25s.
The wireless 2.0 version is currently the most expensive in the MOMENTUM lineup. Improvements over the original MOMENTUMs include bigger ear cups and softer earpads for better comfort, slightly tweaked sound signature for better bass response and clarity in the mids and highs.
Weighing around 265g, these are quite light when compared to competing products. Looks are of course subjective, but they hold their own with a very vintage appearance and are easily one of the most stylish headphones currently on the market.
Made with real leather and stainless-steel arms, and good cushion around the headband, even with stress testing they are very durable and feel like they would be in it for the long haul.
The earcups are very plush and feel like memory foam. They are also easily foldable to make for good compact design when you're travelling.
They come with a 1.4m cable to connect physically, an airplane adapter, USB charger which can also be used as default speakers on a laptop and a luxurious carry case which includes a convenient inside pocket to store all cables.
The USB cable that came with the headphones made for a full charge within three hours; the light on the side gave a good indication when this was complete.
We found the headphones to be easily paired with the iPhone X using NFC (Near Field Communication) which is also available on newer Android devices.
The overall wireless performance was great and didn’t lose connection at any stage when leaving the phone in the bedroom and moving around the apartment.
The noise cancelling was able to block most noises with ease, not the best overall out of its competitors but safe to say much better than most. Even in louder environments, there is a minimal amount of hum outside and will be a pleasant experience.
Turning up to 80% you can clearly hear all varieties of music, good bass with mid-range and high-range, and it works well with EDM, pop, rock and hip-hop genres. These appear to be designed specifically for modern music.
Sound leaking is good and kept to a minimum, so you won’t irritate your fellow passengers while travelling on public transport.
Sennheiser claims 22 hours of battery life and we never had any battery issues while using all day. Even for the heavy user, you’d probably only need to charge a few times a week which is a refreshing change.
With a stylish vintage portable design, excellent build quality and good overall balanced sound, the MOMENTUM wireless headphones are one of the best in the current marketplace even if the price tag leaves a little to be desired.
Verdict: 4.5 / 5
passive: 28 O (Article No. 506250)
active: 480 O (Article No. 506250)
Frequency response (Headphones)
16 Hz - 22000 Hz
THD, Total harmonic distortion
Approx. 3.6 N
Sennheiser MOMENTUM Free In-Ear Wireless Headphones
These are the most compact Bluetooth headphones Sennheiser has produced. These on-the-street headphones are wireless, however still have a cable between the ear-pieces and are priced around the $369 range.
There have been significant improvements to sound quality since the neckband. Not the cheapest on the market, however they pack a punch with audio quality.
Weighing under 40g, these stylish and highly portable headphones are made from stainless steel and feature red and black cabling, which is fully adjustable and can be worn around the front or back depending on preference.
In addition to the headphones, there is a leather carry case, four sizes of ear tips to choose from and a USB charger that with full charge can give up to six hours of play time.
Despite not having NFC, these headphones were easily paired with an iPhone 7 and support most Android phones. Thanks to Bluetooth v4.2, AAC codec support and Qualcomm Apt-X support, these are some of the best sounding in class with true hi-fi sound, low latency and great reliability.
The integrated microphone also allows management of both calls and music with ease, an intuitive system of voice prompts notifies you about the pairing or battery status. We found upon receiving calls these came through clearly and the recipient could also make out everything we were saying without any issues.
Whilst we did have some issues with the headphones becoming loose during running or intense exercise, standard travel seems to be most successful overall.
The mids and highs of the sound came through clearly and the bass still had prominence without being too overbearing.
A modern stylish design with a rich and warm sound that’s arguably one of the best in its class. Despite the cable between earpieces and the rather inflated price tag, my rating is:
Verdict: 4 / 5
Magnetic - can be joined together and worn around the neck when not in use
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