Even although Sennheiser typically has bother placing collectively an entire package deal, the corporate virtually at all times nails the sound high quality of its headphones. I’m pleased to report the streak continues right here. The Momentum Wireless has a pleasant, heat tone and a stellar readability the place even the subtlest notes and noises are clearly heard. Across a spread of genres, snare and kick drums are punchy as an alternative of muffled and muted, and total, the sound has an immersive high quality — it isn’t simply flat, compressed noise being blasted into your ears.
This is obvious on Tool’s Fear Inoculum. On “Pneuma,” specifically, grungy prog-metal guitar riffs envelope you, however the drums retain their punch simply beneath and a driving bass line has loads of depth. The spatial high quality can be obvious on The Appleseed Cast’s The Fleeting Light of Impermanence. With songs like “Time The Destroyer,” droning synths and keyboards create a soundscape with a way of house and dimension that the Momentum Wireless handles very effectively. When the strings are available excessive for an additional layer, and the drums, guitars and vocals all decide up steam a couple of minutes in, the headphones deal with the intricate indie rock atmosphere admirably. No, we’re not speaking Ambeo ranges of immersion right here, nevertheless it’s nonetheless fairly good.
If bass heavy genres are extra your fashion, the Momentum Wireless does a stable job with these too. There’s tons of thump within the bass line to Phantogram’s “Mister Impossible” that does not overpower or turn into muddy. Even that kick drum itself has some dimension to it, complimenting the bass guitar completely.
With noise-cancelling headphones in 2019, someplace round 30 hours is the mark most firms have set for battery life. Some handle to eek out extra, and a few provide barely much less. Sennheiser solely guarantees 17 hours, a bit over half of what Sony gives on the WH-1000XM3. Again, that is a serious disappointment for a set of headphones that value $50 extra. I might’ve lived with 25 hours, however simply 17 is a little bit of a head scratcher. That being mentioned, I used these on the flight again from IFA in Berlin (round 9 hours) and for a number of days after (one to 2 hours at a time) earlier than I wanted to plug in. A fast-charge function provides you 1.5 hours of battery in 10 minutes when you’ll be able to’t wait three hours for a full tank.
The Momentum Wireless additionally packs in Tile object monitoring. With the Tile app, you’ll be able to hunt for the place you left your headphones when you overlook. We’ve seen this from different firms earlier than, and I’m positive it will likely be helpful for some individuals. However, I believe it could be a lot better served for issues which are simpler to lose — like true wi-fi earbuds.
While there’s rather a lot to love right here, the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bose 700 stay my prime two noise-cancelling headphones picks proper now. The WH-1000XM3 is $50 cheaper than the Momentum Wireless and outperforms it at each flip. The 700’s ANC chops are higher than Sennheiser’s on the identical value. Despite sounding good and being tremendous comfy, it is exhausting to advocate these over the present finest from Sony, particularly with the distinction in value.