Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review
Sennheiser is a brand most people looking for headphones will recognise, well known for producing accurate sound & high quality. With these new sennheiser momentum wireless headphones they have really raised the bar.
Concentrating on 2 key areas, they have absolutely smashed it with the Sennheiser momentum wireless headphones (m2AEBT). Packaging is first rate, with a nice protective case included in the box & precious little else – perfect in our opinion. The headphones unfold satisfyingly & then you get to take in the quality & design. The folding action of the earcups only makes them a little more portable – make no mistake these are full sized headphones & are still pretty much full sized when folded.
We’ve got the ivory version here & they are gorgeous. Stainless steel slide, leather padded headband with contrast stitching, fantastic leather memory foam earcups – they are a bit retro, but you can see exactly where the money went. Placed next to our other headphones these stand out as being far & away the prettiest – top marks to the Sennheiser design team.
The earpads are covered in lambs leather which is super smooth & supple, with a memory foam insert. They are super comfortable for extended wear, and it’s one of the best features of the Sennheiser momentum wireless. This is the part that touches your face & is so important to get it right – top marks to Sennheiser here also.
Feature wise they are right up there with the best also – aptX high def bluetooth connection (so no cord) works with all smartphones (the latest android phones give the highest definition, iPhone users miss out there but it still sounds great). A cord is included so you can connect to other legacy devices if required. If you are not sure what these connectivity formats mean, you can check out our in depth look at the aptX and other protocols here: Best Bluetooth Audio Formats – How to Get the Best Wireless Sound
The built in noise cancellation is always active & works well. We think the Bose noise cancellation gives a more ‘silent’ feel in noisy environments, but the Sennheiser momentum wireless proprietary noise cancellation is certainly very effective & along with the great earpads serves to provide a high level of isolation. While the noise cancellation may be a little less effective than the Bose QC35 it is also less intrusive, with none of that subtle ‘pressure’ that some users are sensitive to. We like it a lot.
The Sennheiser momentum wireless supports 1st generation active noise cancellation – check out the link where we look into the advances in technology with 2nd generation active noise cancelling headphones.
Battery life is rated at 20 hours which is plenty long enough, the battery recharges using a provided micro USB cable & takes about 3 hours from flat. More importantly, we’ve found that the battery stands up well to occasional use which really matters to many people. There is nothing worse than charging something up, using it for an hour & then leaving it in a cupboard for a couple of weeks. You come back to a flat battery! No such issues here, occasional users for maybe an hour or 2 a week will find these headphones only need charging every couple of months. Very good!
The bluetooth connectivity is well handled, just hold down the power button whilst switching on to force pairing mode. This worked seamlessly on everything we tried, and the last 9 connections are remembered. Very easy to live with – other manufacturers should take note! There is NFC connectivity built in also, so if your phone is recent you will be able to just touch the headphones to your phone to make the connection.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review – Sound Quality & Performance
So – the main event for the momentum wireless review – how do they sound?
It’s good news here also – the Sennheiser momentum wireless headphones sound flipping fantastic. Not neutral, there is a little bit of bass boost going on (just a little – you may notice it, but they are not for bass heads). The sound profile seems to be tailored towards the vocal & midrange which we definitely prefer in headphone, but the bass & highs are still served up remarkably well for a closed headphone.
On a phone with aptX connectivity (most modern phones with the exception of Apple), the sound quality really pops & is in another league to some of the previous generation of headphones.
The bluetooth sound volume on some phones is not as high as we would like (due more to the phone than the headphones), but on the Samsung Galaxy S7 & iPhone 7 we tested on, it was just fine.
It’s in impressive trick to pull off for a closed back wireless design – but these Sennheiser momentum wireless headphones really perform superbly & have nothing to apologise for next to wired models. We’ve tested these back to back with the wired version of the momentum 2 & the sound performance is virtually the same – that is so impressive!
So to sum up – with a couple of caveats, we think these are the best wireless headphones available right now in 2017.
The caveats? They are not cheap (but you get what you pay for here) & you need to love the ‘look’. Everyone here is smitten with them at first sight – but maybe if you are under 21 you may prefer something more fashion oriented. You can check out our best wireless headphones 2017 roundup to see how the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless stack up against the latest top performing wireless headphones.
- Feature Set 95%
- Build Quality 95%
- Sound Quality 88%
- Value for Money 80%
- Overall Rating 90%
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review – final thoughts
Sennheiser has raised the bar & produced what is in our opinion the best premium wireless headphones available in 2017. Great sound quality, solid noise cancellation, special build materials…. what’s not to like?
Sennheiser hit the nail on the head with the momentum wireless, the build quality and overall ownership experience is on another planet to the competition. Highly recommended.