The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless are well-designed headphones that deliver rich and decently balanced audio reproduction. They feel sturdy and durable and sound great with most music genres. However, their noise isolation is not the best, so they'll struggle to isolate you in very loud environments. If you don't care about noise cancelling, check out our review of the wired version.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Minimal sound leakage.
- Sturdy and durable design.
- Mediocre noise isolation.
- Lacking comfortable padding.
The Momentum 2.0 Wireless are sturdy headphones that feel durable and are able to withstand a fair mount of physical stress. The metal headband is solid and the decently sized ear cups are comfortable. Unfortunately, they lack padding on the headband and the ear cup padding is a little stiff, lessening their overall comfortability. The control options offered are also slightly confusing because of the overlapping functions.
The Momentum 2.0 have an inspired old school esthetic that is visually appealing and looks high-end. Their headband has a simple design made of metal and covered with a faux leather fabric. The oval ear cups have a dark gray matte finish highlighted by the black padding on the ear cups and headband cover. The Momentum 2.0 also come in a variety of colors, including the black color scheme of the unit reviewed.
The Momentum 2.0 Wireless are comfortable. The ear cups successfully encompass most ears and although the Momentum 2.0 Wireless are slightly heavier than the wired version, they exert the same pressure on the head and do not cause pain or soreness. Unfortunately, they don't have any padding on the headband and the padding used for the ear cups is slightly stiff, which may bother some.
The control options provided by the wireless Momentum 2.0 are good but not as well defined as those of the wired model. They offer volume, track skipping and call/music controls but no dedicated noise cancelling switch. The power button is also the Bluetooth sync and noise cancelling switch, and there are no talk-through or mute options. The control scheme is functional but confusing because of the overlapping functions.
These headphones have above-average stability. They easily maintain their position during casual listening sessions. They are also wireless unlike the Momentum 2. 0, which means they're a little more stable when used wirelessly and will not be yanked off your head because the cable got hooked by something. Sadly, they are not designed for sports and will slip off your ears, during high-intensity activities like running and jumping.
The Momentum Wireless 2.0 are adequately portable. They're mid-sized over-ear headphones that fold up into a more compact format which takes up less space in your bag. Sadly they will not fit into your pockets even larger jacket pockets. they are also slightly larger than the Momentum 2.0.
The Momentum 2.0 Wireless have the same soft case as the other models in the momentum series. It will protect the headphones from scratches and will fit all the gear that is provided with headphone. Sadly, it will not protect the headphones from hard falls. Also given that these headphones are little larger headphones sometimes deform the case because of the tight fit.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless are amazingly well built. The ear cups are dense and able to withstand a few drops. The metal frame is sturdy and should not warp easily under physical stress. Their joints are weak points but the joint design limits the number of moving parts, reducing the likelihood that a part of the joint will come loose.
The wireless Momentum 2.0 deliver nice, balanced sound with great mid-range and tight, punchy bass. Bass has just the right amount of rumble and kick. Instruments and vocals are clear and evenly balanced in the mix, not sounding too forward or pushed back. They struggle a little with higher tones, which causes a slight lack in brightness but nothing that will deteriorate your listening experience.
Very good performance. The very slight emphasis of low-bass adds extra thump to the kicks, which should be pleasing to most.
Very good performance. There is a small dip in low-mid, which tends to make the vocals/leads a little thin, but the effect here is very subtle.
Subpar performance. These headphones lack in the 3KHz-7Khz range. This will negatively affect the clarity, intelligibility, and brightness of the vocals/leads/cymbals.
Good distortion performance, though slightly worse than that of the wired version of the Momentum 2.0. The results remain within good margins, even at 100dB SPL.
The noise isolation of the Momentum 2.0 Wireless is average at best. The ear cups deliver a decent over-ear seal that does not leak much and provides a good amount of passive isolation. The active noise cancelling, is decent and efficient enough to reduce the ambient noise of an office but may struggle with louder environments.
Average noise isolation. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups is good. It starts being effective around 400Hz and above, achieving an average of -30dB in the treble region. The active noise cancellation, on the other hand, does well mostly in the mid-range. In the bass region, the ANC is effective around 100Hz.
Good leakage performance. They leak most in the 400Hz-3KHz frequency range but the volume of sound that escapes is low relative to listening volume.
The Momentum 2.0 Wireless have decent range but are not the most far reaching headphones. They do well outdoors in direct line of sight, however, when indoors the number of walls or possibly interfering devices, considerably reduce their wireless range. On the upside, they offer NFC and are pretty easy to pair. They also instantly connect to the last synced device and the pairing procedure delivers good vocal feedback, which is better than just the beeps and tones some other headphones provide.
The Momentum 2.0 Wireless have a decent all-day battery life but take a bit long to charge. They should provide enough continuous playback time to last you a 22.8 hours without having to charge them. They also can play audio while charging, so they're decent headphones to use when you're close to a power source like being at the office or on certain buses/train/planes. Unfortunately, they have no power saving features so if you leave them on they will continue draining the battery.
The Sennheiser Cap Tune app is one of the most complete apps we've tested so far. It gives you a multitude of features. A deeply customizable parametric equalizer with presets, room and bass effects to enhance your audio, an in-app player, an auto-off timer and the ability to save your various set-ups to different profiles. However, the app does not offer noise cancellation controls for the momentum 2.0 wireless like it does for the PXC 550. It's also a little cluttered although this is due to the sheer number of features packed into this app.
In the box
- Sennhiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
- USB Cable
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Questions & Answers
Both our measurements and subjective impressions of these headphones favor the Bose. Its audio reproduction is more accurate, it has better noise cancelling and is a lot more comfortable than the Momentum (the Bose are actually our highest rated headphones in Comfort). The downside of the Bose headphones seems to be their leakage. If you listen at loud volumes and have people around you, they will be able to hear you. The Momentums are considerably better in this category.
One thing to point out however, is that both of the headphones you have considered are noise cancelling, and you won't be able to turn off their noise cancelling while using them wirelessly. We don't recommend noise-cancelling unless you really need it. The non-noise cancelling variant of the QC35, which has a near identical performance, is the SoundLink Around-Ear II.
Yes, we'd still recommend the QC35. But if you really want something from Sennheiser, the PXC550's performance is closer to the QC35's than the Momentum's. We don't think there's a big difference between accurate and appealing sound reproduction. When the sound of a pair of headphones is described as appealing or exciting, it usually refers to a few extra dBs of Bass (and sometimes also Treble). We try to account that in our compensation curve.
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