Sennheiser Momentum 4 review: titanic noise-cancelling headphones

Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4

Sennheiser has been at the top of the active noise cancelling for years, and it was partly due to the Momentum series of headphones. Now the company has the new Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Headphones in pocket. In addition, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 offer advance sound signature with adaptive noise cancellation. We’ve had our hands on the headphone for weeks at a time since its release to understand all that the headset has to offer. So, is it worth your money over the newer Sennheiser headset?

Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 offers a two colour variants White and Black, the price is $349.99/£299/ A$549.99. The price is high but still £50 cheaper than their predecessors and undercut key competitors from Sony, Bose and Apple.

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Things We LikeThings We Don’t Like
Great sound qualityCostly
Excellent battery lifeMiddling ANC
ConnectivityDon’t fold up as compact as the best
Effective noise-cancellingNone

Sennheiser Momentum 4: Tremendously comfortable to wear

Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4

The Momentum 4 has been designed from scratch to be more enjoyable and quieter than the forerunner, with a more minimized look. The ear cups are adjustable and super-soft and plush cushion for a pressure-free fit on the sides of your head. The headband’s wide, soft-touch plastic lining prevents it from sliding over your hair. While an extra-soft bit right on top relieves pressure on the ridge at the top of your skull.

The synthetic leather pads are sufficiently dense to offer decent isolation, and the band also provides a bit of padding on the top. The earcups are band horizontally to perfectly fit into the carrying case. In my opinion, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 will be considered as one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones on the market, and for good reason. 

Sennheiser Momentum 4: Controls and connectivity

All the juice offer by the outer panel of the right ear. Which act as capacitive touch control pad and works very well. That said, like all touch panels this large, it’s easy to accidentally trigger them when you’re handling the headphones. Regardless, a single tap in the center controls playback, while forward and backward swipes handle track navigation and phone calls (forward to answer, back to end). Swiping up and down controls the volume.

You can also double-tap to toggle between ANC on and transparency modes. If you do these successive taps quickly enough, this gesture doesn’t affect playback, but we did occasionally pause the music inadvertently. You can also use two-finger swipe gestures to toggle between modes—pinch and expand for transparency or pinch and drag inward for ANC. Alternatively, you can turn off touchpad controls entirely within the app itself.

The headphone come with a Bluetooth 5.2, you can connect your headphone to other devices such as PCs, TVs, Gaming and iOS. The MOMENTUM 4 supports SBC, AAC, aptX™, and aptX adaptive™ thankfully, so iOS users will benefit, and you won’t be stuck out in the rain when it comes to latency at least.

In addition, the headphone sports a Bluetooth MultiPoint connectivity, which let you connect two devices at once. If you wanted to see movie with your friend, simply connect with multi connectivity. They come with a 2.5mm to 3.5mm headphones cable and can play audio over USB-C while charging.

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Specifications

  • Weight: 293g
  • Drivers: 42mm
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with multipoint, 2.5/3.5mm, USB-C (charging and audio)
  • Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive
  • Battery life: 60 hours (ANC on)


Sennheiser Momentum 4: Balance sound and powerful noise cancelling

The proprietary Triport design vents the earcups to add depth and completeness. All without increasing their size. So, you get better sound from smaller, lighter and more comfortable headphones. Also, the volume-optimized Active EQ boosts high and low to maintain the same high-fidelity performance, no matter how loud or soft you listen. The bass stays consistent when you turn down the volume and the music is still clear when you turn it on.

The headphones work great with all music listing, making them highly pliant. While also handling action packed movie soundtracks with the right amount of bluster and immersion. The Control app has an equalizer, bass boost, podcast mode and a system that helps you tailor the sound of the headphones to your liking.

The headphone offers powerful noise cancelling that can easily decrease the background noise and give a perfect clear sound. However, they can’t match the effectiveness of the Sony or Bose, But not far from it. It’s difficult to say whether the ANC has an obvious effect on the audio performance because there’s no way to turn it off completely. You can only toggle between ANC and Transparency modes or opt for some blend of the two.

The Transparency mode provides a clear way for you to hear your background noise without removing the headphones. You can set the pair to auto pause your music, whenever this mode is active. The app doesn’t give anything beyond a basic transparency function. Though—some apps offer a conversation mode that highlight the human voice.

Sennheiser Momentum 4: Massive battery life

Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4

Sennheiser claim that the headphones can last around 60 hours on battery at mid-level volume with ANC turned on. Turning off ANC will give you more battery life, although listening at top volume levels will reduce runtime. Regardless, 60 hours is an impressive figure. Sennheiser says the battery takes about two hours to fully charge from empty. And a five-minute charge gives you about four hours of playtime. But these numbers depend on your charging source and headphone usage.

Sennheiser Momentum 4: Price

The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless cost £299.99 ($349.99/A$549.99) in black or white and ship on the 23 August. For comparison, the Bose QuietComfort 45 cost £319.95, the Sony WH-1000XM5 cost £379 and Apple AirPods Max cost £549.

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Conclusion

They are at the top of the ANC headphones range in price. The headphone is premium quality and users are very happy with its performance. They get some mismatch that may make other headphones a more appropriate fit. Even so, the price is quite high means consumers looking to Apple, Bose, and Sony may want to save some money by checking out Sennheiser’s latest instead. The Active noise cancelling is average compare to Sony or Bose. The sound is more pleasing and battery life blows every other competitor out of the water.

Most people don’t really think of Sennheiser as a “budget” option, but the Momentum 4 Wireless competes with other greats at a price that shaves around $50 off the bundle. That alone may be enough to convince people looking for a clear answer when the tradeoffs are relatively minor. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is not currently available for purchase, but will be available on August 23, 2022 for $350 USD.

What are some alternatives to the MOMENTUM 4 headphone?

Skullcandy Hesh Evo is great alternative to the MOMENTUM 4 headphoneLikewise, there’s no app, no active noise cancellation, no exercise-focused features. These are just wireless headphones, plain and simple. That’s OK with us.  On the contrary, the audio becomes the sole focus, and the audio here is decent, but never wonderful. There’s actually less bass depth than you might expect from Skullcandy, as well as less crispness and definition in the high-mids than there could be. By no means do these headphones sound bad, but there’s nothing here that stands out in a field with better options, either in the features department or the audio performance realm. 

Technics EAH-A800 is another good alternative to the MOMENTUM 4 headphone. The Technics EAH-A800 come with a PEEK/Polyurethane 3-Layer Diaphragm 40mm driver, LDAC™ high resolution wireless audio, 8 distinct mics and wind reduction technology, industry leading long battery life, Hybrid noise cancellation, Bluetooth Multipoint pairing and much more.

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