Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless – Review

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Design & Build Quality

Shell

Design-wise, the new Momentum Wireless 4 is a complete restyling of the previous Momentum 3, which is both a good… and a bad thing.

It’s still a Sennheiser to the core, but less ambitious than the previous design in my opinion. Gone are the metallic arm that holds the cups, replaced by plastic white telescopic arms, which may be easier to handle, but also seem easier to break. The same goes for the dual bridge headband, previously covered with leather, which is now made of a single band with soft TPU on the inner side and Kadvrat-like fabric on the outer side.

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The streamlined design is both minimalistic and classier, but if you already own the previous generation, this new one might not feel like an upgrade as all materials stepped down in terms of perceived quality. And, if both headphones weigh almost the same (around 300g) in hand, I always favoured the older version when in hand.

Still, over time, the design kind of grew on me and after a week, I had to admit that the new Momentum Wireless 4 remains a more modern headphone than the 3. It’s easier to handle on the go, or on the head, and the non-foldable design that I pestered on at the beginning, ended up being quite handy.

Build quality

Simply put, in terms of perceived quality, this new model falls short compared to the previous model. 

If the new headband feels nicer to the touch, everything else seems like a downgrade. The arms seem flimsier, the cups are made of super sensitive plastic that gets grazed by the slightest touch – pouch is now mandatory – and simply put, it doesn’t feel as good as before.

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Thankfully, everything isn’t bleak and some aspects of the Momentum Wireless 4 have been upgraded. The headband is thicker and feels nicer on the head, the new layout is simpler to understand and comfort-wise, the headphone is simply better – more on that later.

Yet, compared to my Apple AirPods Max, the Sennheiser clearly feels subpar and cannot match the exquisite build found on the Cupertino’s headset.

Comfort

If a tad smaller than before, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is supremely comfy, even more than I expected.

The plushy ear pads cover the whole ear and thanks to the memory foam, you will be able to wear them with glasses, and a mask. The engineers chose the right level of clamping, and the medium pressure applied by the swivel, make sure that the headphone stays where you want.

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I used the Momentum Wireless 4 for hours, and so far, they are one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever had the chance to use. It never felt warm on my ears, I couldn’t feel the headband on my head, and even while I ran to grab my train, the headset stood in place. 

Even compared to my Meze 99 Classics, or Apple AirPods Max, the Sennheiser gave me a better experience, in the long run. Big Kudos to the design team!

Inside the box

Sennheiser is quite generous with the Momentum 4 wireless.

Inside the box you have :

  • the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless
  • a travel bag made of grey fabric
  • one USB-A to USB-C cable
  • a Jack to Jack cable
  • an airplane adapter

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Enough to cover every major need for audiophile travellers and commuters.

The review continues on Page Three, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.

4.7/5 - (11 votes)

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

2 Comments

  • Reply November 24, 2022

    Vitek

    The review is true. The sound is amazing. I have tested Momentum 4 side by side with 1000XM5. The sound diference was so big that I’ve sent 1000XM5 right back.
    It seems like the ANC and app issues solved after the update.

  • Reply November 28, 2022

    Marc

    This might be the only negative review I’ve seen on this headphone.

    I am a big fan of the Momentum 3 wireless, the sound quality is fantastic for a Bluetooth headphone, especially when you use the high end setting in the app.

    The noise canceling on that headphone is not the greatest, but I’m very happy with the sound.

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