Review: Sennheiser Momentum 4

Enjoy The Silence

Control the ambient sound while enjoying your favourite music with the signature Sennheiser sound

When the Sennheiser Momentum 4 was revealed, one of the talking points among the review community was the design which is a vast departure from the Momentum 3.

The large ear cups appear plain flat, providing a large surface area for the numerous gesture controls, though they are missed opportunities to make it look more unique. I believe this is a deliberate decision to make the Momentum 4 nondescript and in line with the other wireless headphones models. Nevertheless, the fabric headband with a stick-on logo makes it a little more recognisable for the sharp eye.

The Momentum 4 operates by touch gestures on the right ear cup, just like the Sony and the Bose. A new gesture first to be introduced on these headphones is pinch-and-zoom, which adjusts the ANC-to-Transparency level.
It means that as you reduce the ANC, you are increasing Transparency. The on-head detection, when enabled, will auto-pause the playback, auto-mute during the call, activate power saving mode to power down automatically after a preset time, and power up when you wear the headphones.

The advertised battery life of 60 hours was not put to the test, but throughout the 1-week review period, there was no need to charge the headphones at all and it remains at 60% after about 10 hours of use. Multipoint is supported on the headphones, which allows connecting 2 devices concurrently.

The ANC quality on the Momentum 4 is by far the best from Sennheiser, though, the upper frequency is not suppressed as well as the Sony WH-1000XM5 nor the Bose HP700. The Transparency level is also adequately natural but not open enough to match the sound when not wearing the headphones. It’s just a tad softer than with the headphones removed. What’s good is that the ambient noises do not sound processed.

I recall enjoying the predecessor Momentum 3, but only because the tuning favour the sparkles and the booms – a popular V-shaped EQ. With Momentum 4, the tuning is less extreme. The upper midrange delivers a bit more meat while retaining the signature treble clarity. The bass is also sounding slightly less intense but still retains prominence, with a little more substance at the upper bass. The instrument separation is distinct and sound staging is wide and close, allowing details to be easily heard despite a stronger vocal presence. The midrange is clear and not too bloated. The Momentum 4 retains the Sennheiser quality of prominently sizzling treble without being too overbearing.

One of the benefits of using the Momentum 4 is the Sidetone where I can hear the ambient sounds while on a call. This makes me aware of the surroundings and also prevents me from speaking too loud. Turning up 100% oers the most naturally open sound without excessive amplification.

Rating 4.0

We say:
The Momentum 4 may not look distinct, but the ANC and Transparency Modes perform sufficiently to match the competition. And the audio quality is what Momentum delivers.


Technical Specifications
Driver 42mm Dynamic
Frequency Response 6 – 22,000 Hz
Sensitivity 106 dB SPL (1 kHz / 0 dB FS)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0,3% (1 kHz / 100 dBSPL) Impedance 60 ohms (passive) / 470 ohms (active) Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX Adaptive Battery Up to 60 hours