Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Over The Ear Headphones Review

Sennheiser make some amazing premium headphones.  One of them is the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. Last year we had the opportunity to review the Sennheiser Momentum. They were standard over the ear in ivory color that was just sexy looking! So when given the opportunity to review the new wireless version, we naturally jumped on it. They are an over the ear design, wireless, and active noise cancelling. They came in matte black that looked simply elegant! MSRP is $499.

Features and specs:
  • Color
ivory, black
  • Impedance
passive: 28 Ω (Article No. 506381)
  • Impedance
active: 480 Ω (Article No. 506381)
  • Frequency response (headphones)
16 Hz – 22000 Hz
  • THD, total harmonic distortion
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  • Contact pressure
Approx. 3.6 N
  • Frequency response (microphone)
Wideband: 100 - 8,000Hz (Article No. 506381)
  • Frequency response (microphone)
Narrowband: 300 - 3,400Hz (Article No. 506381)
  • Pick-up pattern
Dual omni-directional microphone (2 mic beamforming array)
  • Sensitivity as per 121 TR 9-5
-44dB V/Pa (1kHz)
General data
  • Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
  • Supported Profiles
  • Ear coupling
  • Jack plug
3.5 mm, angled
  • Cable length
1.4 m (Detachable)
  • Transducer principle
Dynamic, Closed
  • Attenuation
Up to 25dB
  • Charging time
Approx. 3 hrs
  • Operating time
22hrs (HFP + ANC)
  • Battery Specification
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer (600mAh)
  • Codecs
  • NoiseGard™ noise compensation
NoiseGard™ Hybrid technology with 4 pick-up microphones

They came shipped in a premium printed color box with photos and specs of the product. Materials used in the construction were metal, leather, and some plastic. Quality of materials used were excellent. The same can be said for the fit and finish. You can see the quality in the details, such as the screws in the metal hinges, for example. They feel like a well made and solid product in hand. Also included were the owner's manual, hard zippered case, cable so you can use through wired if you so choose, charging cable, and airline adapter.  And now for what we have been waiting for:  how they sound.

Fresh Aire: Going To Another Place, strings and percussion was extremely crisp and clean with excellent resolution and dynamics. Drums had huge depth with good impact and authority. Piano sounded very natural. Flute was extremely smooth with excellent air and resolution to hear the tonguing.  Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, percussion was very crisp with excellent resolution. Kick drum had excellent depth, resolution, and impact with authority. Bass guitar also had nice low end extension. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent resolution and texture.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was extremely crisp and clean and extremely dynamic, without losing any of the details. Bass was very deep, in your chest impact, clean and with lots of authority. Vocals were amazing, so natural, smooth, excellent resolution, and just downright sexy!  Eric Bibb: Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, guitar was very natural with great resolution. Piano sounded very natural. Bass was nice and deep with good authority. Vocals sounded smooth as honey with excellent texture. Maria Muldaur can really wail, and it all came through. Imaging was spot on, and they also threw a large soundstage.

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless is the real deal.  The $499 price tag is not cheap, but you get what you pay for.  These premium wireless headphones provide a lot of functionality.  Whether it is sound performance, wireless performance, or active noise cancelling, they delivered in spades.  The wireless performance was great.  I was able to go about 40 feet before the connection was lost.  Add walls into the equation and they are good for about 20 feet.  The active noise cancellation also performed well, removing the low end rumble they are designed to do.  And of course I loved the Sennheiser build quality of the metal and real leather, simple design, and elegant look of the matte black.  And with the real leather, they were extremely comfortable to wear, even for long listening periods.  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless have earned our Editor's Choice Award.  For more info, check out their website at