From the excellent sound pickup and noise cancellation, to the user-friendly Smart APP design, wearing comfort, gesture control, appearance design and wireless connection technology, Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones make up for all the shortcomings at once.
More importantly, Sennheiser consistent insistence on sound makes Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 stable. Under the premise of excellent experience, to choose a headset with excellent sound quality, Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones is undoubtedly one of the suitable choices.
Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 specs and features:
- Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive codec
- 42mm audiophile inspired transducer
- adaptive active noise cancellation
- 60 hours of playback
- Support touch control
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Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 has become more rounded as a whole, reducing a lot of unnecessary design. At the junction between the headphone and the head beam, a rotatable hinge is used, which is finally connected to the headphone through a Y-shaped bracket.
Not only that, but the extension shaft design is actually hidden inside the head beam. Change the width of the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless head beam by pulling the white part of the head beam.
The extension shaft uses a stepless design with moderate damping. In particular, the extension shaft of the white version of the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless echoes the grey material on the outside of the head beam. The gray and white color scheme not only shows the Nordic minimalist style, but also more in line with today’s minimalist aesthetics. The extended head beam and the earmuffs are designed to adjust the pitch angle, allowing MOMENTUM 4 Wireless to have a more comprehensive match to the head shape, and the headphone unit can fit different ear shapes.
In order to increase the comfort of wearing for a long time, the inner side of the head beam uses a soft silicone lining, which is widened and thickened, and has an ergonomically shaped foam pad. The ear pads are made of synthetic leather, which supports detachability and ensures the convenience of daily care.
With all the attention to detail, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 has a very comfortable sense of envelopment. Even if it is worn for a long time, it will not cause significant pressure on the head. The comfortable and in-place sense of envelopment also provides an important guarantee for the acoustic performance and noise cancellation performance of MOMENTUM 4 Wireless.
In addition, MOMENTUM 4 Wireless also provides a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and a dual-connector aircraft adapter. Among them, the 2.5mm interface of the headset cancels the bayonet design, which also means that Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 can choose the mainstream 2.5mm interface cable to achieve compatibility with different audio devices.
In the default packaging, MOMENTUM 4 Wireless also comes with a storage box. Practicality is further enhanced with an aircraft adapter, audio cable, USB-C charging cable, and a passport mesh pocket.
Control and Battery Life
There are no buttons on the headphone other than a button for activation and pairing. The whole headphone is smooth and simple, without too many design elements.
The rest of the button functions are completely replaced by the touch panel on the right headphone. Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 has designed a reasonable gesture operation logic. If using the pinch-to-zoom gesture, you can also adjust the active noise cancellation strength.
- Tap once to play/pause
- Double tap to switch to ANC/transparent mode
- Swipe left/right to answer/reject calls
- Swipe up/down to volume +/-
All operations can be quickly responded, even if it is a quick switch between transparent mode and ANC mode, all controls can be completed quickly.
In daily life, you don’t even have many chances to touch the only physical button of MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones. Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4’s smart sensor is very sensitive, as long as the headset is worn on the head, it will automatically activate and turn on the pairing function. If the pairing has been completed, the headset will directly press the play button to connect to the mobile phone to play the paused music last time.
The most impressive thing is the battery life of MOMENTUM 4 Wireless, which can continuously play music for 60 hours when the ANC mode is turned on.
The built-in lithium battery capacity of Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones is 700mAh. The headphone weighs about 293g, which is lighter than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 Wireless. It can be seen that the Bluetooth 5.2 protocol and the Sennheiser power consumption optimization design have greatly improved the battery life of the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless.
At the same time, MOMENTUM 4 Wireless can listen to music for 6 hours with only 10 minutes of charging. The maximum charging rate of the USB-C interface of the headset is 5V 0.8A, which is 4W.
Noise Cancellation Performance
In addition to the overall upgrade of the appearance, the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones have also undergone a leap-forward upgrade in terms of call pickup and sound noise cancellation. For example, the microphones used for voice pickup have changed from the original two microphones to two exposed microphones for each of the left and right earphones to ensure that the call pickup can be correctly identified on the road.
The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 also performed well in actual calls in noisy environments. In the background noise of about 62dB, using the headset for voice chat can also achieve a mute effect similar to a conference room call. The headset can automatically suppress wind noise to ensure clear calls even in environments where calls are made against the wind.
If the wind noise is too large, the automatic wind noise suppression function will also filter out some human voices, resulting in poor call signal or distant call sound, but this is already the physical limit of the built-in microphone. Overall, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4’s call performance in complex environments is good enough.
Interestingly, the sidetone during the call is also adjustable. At the bottom of the settings page in the Smart Connect APP, there is an independent side tone module. By moving the slider, you can monitor your own voice pickup status in the headset, restore the natural voice pickup and find the call status in the environment in time.
In addition to calls, the noise cancellation performance of Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 has also been enhanced. The active noise cancellation microphone of headphones also adopts a single headphone dual microphone design. One of them is set on the outer edge of the headset, and the other is designed inside the headset to ensure sufficient noise cancellation performance.
Not only that, the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless also uses the adaptive ANC function found in Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3. And the effect between ANC mode and transparent mode can be adjusted steplessly, which is a big improvement compared to MOMENTUM 3 Wireless, which only has 3 noise cancellation modes.
In addition, the noise cancellation settings of MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are also slightly different. For example, in the active noise cancellation option, you can adjust the wind noise in three ways: close, automatic, and maximum. Same as MOMENTUM True Wireless 3, there is an automatic sound zone adjustment mode available in the Smart Connect APP. Through mobile phone positioning, when the headset enters a fixed location, corresponding operations can be triggered, such as noise cancellation mode, equalizer adjustment and so on.
From the actual experience, the noise cancellation of MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones is good. Loud background sounds on the street or subway can be easily filtered, especially when the music is turned on, the ambient noise can hardly interfere with the music. In headwind conditions, the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless also performed well. As long as the wind noise is set to automatic mode, the wind noise that interferes with the external microphone will be quickly filtered out, in sharp contrast to the “huhu” sound when the wind noise is turned off.
Sound Quality of MOMENTUM 4 Wireless
Sennheiser, who has always had strict requirements for sound quality, did not relax in the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless. The 42mm audiophile inspired transducer is still used to further optimize dynamic contrast and sharpness.
Same as MOMENTUM 3 Wireless, the rated frequency range of the 42mm transducer is between 6Hz-22kHz, the coverage is wider than the normal human hearing range of 20Hz-20KHz, and the sound pressure level is 106dB SPL (1kHz/0dB FS). The transducer has an impedance of 470Ω in MOMENTUM 4 Wireless active mode. But in passive mode, that is, only 60Ω is required in the state of an external audio cable. This is a lot lower than the 100Ω passive mode of MOMENTUM 3 Wireless, and it also ensures that more music players, including mobile phones, can easily drive Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4.
While Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 supports Bluetooth 5.2, as well as A2DP, AVRCP, HFP specifications, the codec version is also updated, including SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX Adaptive. In particular, mainstream playback software has fully enabled Hi-Res audio source support, so the matching of mobile phones released recently with MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones will be more friendly.
In the actual experience, MOMENTUM 4 Wireless has a good grasp of popular music. For example, Jay Chou’s “还在流浪” is one of the few 86-beat songs. MOMENTUM 4 Wireless can easily interpret the piano sound at the beginning and the vocal electronic sound in the middle.
The Japanese concert version of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, the headphone’s 42mm transducer gave enough soundstage. The audience cheered and beat, and Ukulele’s strumming, pitch-cutting, and chord-swinging performed well in Live.
On Haim’s “Let Me Go,” the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless’s quick low-frequency response brings the ambience up quickly. The vocal line of the singer, with the drum kit and electric guitar, gives the sound clear enough resolution is also the consistent style of Sennheiser.
From the overall feeling, Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 has a good low frequency response, and the sound is cohesive, and the purity of the sound will not be destroyed by turning on noise cancellation. With the mid-frequency performance, it can get a good performance for pop music and songs with a strong sense of rhythm.
In addition, the tuning and equalizer presets enabled in MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are also featured on MOMENTUM 4 Wireless. The equalizer presets include rock, pop, dance, hip-hop, classical, and movie tracks.
Tuning can be more perceptual to adjust your preferences for headset tuning. Smart Control will prompt you to play a piece of music you like and make 3 fine adjustments. In each adjustment, you need to choose your own tendency among the three sound presets, and finally filter out your favorite style.