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Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 07, 2022 at 09:47 am
Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless Picture
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
7.6
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are the next generation of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. Their design looks much more minimalistic than their predecessor, and there have been a few key updates to their performance. They don't support High-End Sound Tuning, an EQ advertised to create a more dynamic and vibrant audio experience, but that exacerbated driver mismatch in our Momentum 3 unit. Instead of aptX-LL codec support, they utilize aptX Adaptive, which ensures low latency and high-res audio experience. They also have a significantly increased battery life compared to their predecessor and other competitor models like the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless.

Our Verdict

7.3 Neutral Sound

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are decent for neutral sound. Using their 'Flat' EQ preset, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers a bit of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. Vocals and instruments are clear but a bit veiled. Luckily, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. Keep in mind that the headphones are prone to some inconsistencies in audio delivery. If you have thick hair or wear glasses, you may experience a drop in bass.

Pros
  • 3-band graphic EQ and presets available.
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive soundstage.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are very good for commute and travel. These well-built headphones have over 60 hours of continuous playback time, and their fit is comfortable enough for long days on the go. They also come with a sturdy hard carrying case to help protect the headphones when not in use. While they have an ANC system that can help block some background noise, they struggle to cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which is a bit frustrating. They do a better job when it comes to passenger chit-chat, though.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit and premium build.
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines.
7.3 Sports/Fitness

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless aren't designed for sports and fitness. They're over-ear headphones, so they're not certified for water resistance, and their fit can fall off with moderate movement. That said, their wireless design ensures that you don't snag something and accidentally pull them off of your head. They're also well-built.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit and premium build.
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive soundstage.
  • Can fall off of your head with moderate movement.
7.6 Office

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are good for office use. These over-ears have a comfortable fit, support multi-device pairing, so you can connect them with your PC and smartphones at the same time, and deliver over 60 hours of continuous battery life, which is great for long days at the office. They also have an adaptive ANC system that can help reduce office chit-chat and the hum of computer fans. If you like to listen to your favorite audio at high volumes, others around you shouldn't be bothered by it.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit and premium build.
  • Can be paired with up to two devices at a time.
  • Can cut down ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of fans.
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive soundstage.
  • Mic has mediocre noise handling performance.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They're Bluetooth-only headphones and have high latency, which can disrupt your gaming experience.

7.3 Wired Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are decent for wired gaming if you don't need mic support. These over-ears have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming marathons. Their 'Flat' EQ also has a touch of extra bass, which can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. It doesn't drown out dialogue and instruments, but these kinds of sounds are a little veiled due to a dip in the high-mid to low-treble. On the downside, their passive soundstage doesn't feel very immersive or spacious.

Pros
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive soundstage.
6.9 Phone Calls

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are fair for phone calls. They have an integrated mic, which offers a fair recording quality, ensuring that your voice is intelligible. However, the mic struggles to separate your voice from background noise, so if you're taking a call in a busy office, speech can be drowned out. On the upside, the headphones have an adaptive ANC system that helps reduce a good amount of ambient noise around you.

Pros
  • Can be paired with up to two devices at a time.
  • Over 60 hours of continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Mic has mediocre noise handling performance.
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.6 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Oct 07, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 03, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless come in two color variations: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'Black' variant. The label is found underneath the ear cup padding and is hard to reach without damaging the padding. Unfortunately, this is also our second unit. The first unit couldn't hold a charge, and we replaced it with another unit, which works as intended.

If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review. 

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are the next generation of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. In this rendition, they have a new look that's closer in design to the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless than their predecessor. These over-ears have retained a similarly comfortable fit and high-end build quality, but there have been some key changes to their design. They support aptX Adaptive instead of aptX-LL, which is nice if you want to stream hi-res audio and reduce audio latency. Sennheiser has also tweaked their sound profile and added more thumpy bass. However, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound.

Check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best headphones for music.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are similarly performing over-ears with different strengths. The Sony have a virtual soundstage feature, which helps to create a more immersive audio experience, their ANC system does a better job of blocking out background noise, and they support LDAC codec for hi-res audio. However, the Sennheiser are more comfortable, better-built, have a significantly longer continuous playback time, and they support aptX Adaptive codec. Their sound is also a bit more neutral, which some users may prefer. 

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are the next generation of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The fourth generation have a different look than their predecessor and lack High-End Fine Tuning, so their sound profile is more bass-heavy. Their battery life is significantly better, they support aptX Adaptive, and they come with a sturdier carrying case. However, the Momentum 3 have a better noise isolation performance and support aptX-LL. 

Apple AirPods Max Wireless

The Apple AirPods Max Wireless and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have different strengths. While both headphones are well-built, the Apple have a more immersive passive soundstage, support Spatial Audio, which can help make your audio seem more immersive, and are able to block out significantly more background noise. They also have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your Apple devices. However, the Sennheiser are more comfortable and have a slightly more neutral sound profile. They have a significantly longer continuous battery life, have sound customization features, and support multi-device pairing. 

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. While both pairs of headphones have a premium build, the True Wireless 3 are lighter, more portable, and stable, thanks to their in-ear design. They're less prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery and have a better noise isolation performance. However, the MOMENTUM 4 are more comfortable. They have a significantly better battery performance, support multi-device pairing, and support aptX Adaptive codec for hi-res audio.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless look more similar to the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. Sennheiser has removed the metal hinge design and opted for a plastic frame with cloth detailing, with the manufacturer's logo on the lower part of the headband. These headphones come in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.65 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are comfortable headphones. They're lightweight and don't clamp too tightly on your head. However, depending on the size of your ears, they may touch the driver housing inside the ear cups. If you have a large head, you may also have trouble getting a good fit. The headband can put a bit of pressure on the top of your head, but it's not as fatiguing as the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless.

8.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control Adjustable
Talk-Through
Adjustable
Additional Controls Multi function

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have great controls. There's only one button and a touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup, which is easy to use. There's also a unique pinching movement you can use on the touch surface to adjust the strength of the ANC and transparency modes. However, to use this command, adaptive ANC needs to be off in the app. The touch-sensitive surface is also a bit too responsive, and you can accidentally register a command if you move the headphones on your head. There are beeps to let you know when you've registered a command, as well as voice prompts for a Bluetooth connection. However, the volume and track-skipping beeps are the same tones. You also need to use the app for some features to be active.

Power button:

  • Single press: Mutes and unmutes the mic.
  • Press and hold: Turns the headphones on and off.

The touch-sensitive surface on the right earcup:

  • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends a call.
  • Double tap: Cycles between ANC on and transparency mode. Also accepts an incoming call and puts an active call on hold.
  • Swipe forward: Fast forwards through your track. Also accepts calls.
  • Swipe backward: Skips to the previous track. Also ends calls.
  • Hold center for two seconds: Rejects a call.
  • Swipe up: Turns the volume up incrementally.
  • Swipe down: Turns the volume down incrementally.

6.0
Design
Portability
L 7.6" (19.2 cm)
W 7.4" (18.9 cm)
H 1.8" (4.6 cm)
Volume 101.86 inยณ (1,669.20 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have mediocre portability. Their ear cups can swivel to lay flat, but you can't fold them up into a more compact shape.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 8.3" (21.2 cm)
W 7.8" (19.8 cm)
H 2.4" (6.1 cm)
Volume 156.25 inยณ (2,560.50 cmยณ)

The carrying case is great. It feels sturdy and secure, thanks to its hard shape and fabric covering over the zipper. There's space inside the case to store the accessories.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' build quality is great. We had to order a second unit as the first unit we purchased was defective and couldn't hold a charge. However, our second unit doesn't have this issue. It may indicate issues in quality control, so if you've experienced this issue, please let us know in the discussion section below. The headphones are mostly made of plastic with a silicone and cloth headband, as well as faux leather ear cups. The plastic ear cups are fingerprint prone, which is a bit annoying. Overall, these headphones feel solid and sturdy.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have decent stability. They shouldn't move around much if you're casually listening to music at your desk. However, they can fall off of your head with more intense head movements.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones
  • 1/16" to 1/8" TRS audio cable
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Airplane adapter
  • Hard case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.63 dB
Treble Amount
-1.33 dB

Using the 'Flat EQ', these over-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble to mixes. This sound is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, but if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets. You can see a comparison of the EQ presets here.

Unlike the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless don't support this manufacturer's High-End Fine Tuning feature. Instead, there's Sound Personalization, which is a 3-band EQ that's based on your own listening preferences. This feature will ask you to listen to a song and choose between different settings.

7.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.6 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' frequency response consistency is decent. There are some deviations in audio delivery. You may notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.32 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
6.21 dB
Mid-Bass
2.13 dB
High-Bass
0.9 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' bass accuracy is good. The low to mid-bass is overemphasized, resulting in extra thump and punch in your mixes, which is great for genres like EDM and hip-hop. The overemphasis can also be heard in songs like Help I'm Alive by Metric, as the ever-present kick-bass has intense presence throughout the song, which slightly overpowers the vocals. The high-bass is fairly flat and neutral, so mixes have warmth but little boominess or muddiness.

8.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.94 dB
Low-Mid
-0.05 dB
Mid-Mid
0.5 dB
High-Mid
-1.38 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have excellent mid accuracy. The low to mid-mid are well-balanced and flat, which results in present and clear vocals and lead instruments. It can be heard in acoustic songs like The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, as both vocalists' voices are well-present in the mix. Although there's a dip in the high-mids, which weakens vocals and instruments, it's fairly minor.

8.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3 dB
Low-Treble
-1.98 dB
Mid-Treble
0.32 dB
High-Treble
-4.69 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' treble accuracy is great. The recessed low-treble veils and reduces the detail in vocals and lead instruments, but the fairly neutral mid-treble means that sibilants like cymbals are bright without being too piercing.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.49 dB
Dips
1.08 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' peaks and dips performance is good. A bump in the low-bass adds thump and rumble mixes, while a peak between the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the front of mixes. The high-mid is uneven, so the upper harmonics of vocals and instruments are alternatingly weak and harsh. A peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like hi-hats piercing.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.33
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.48
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.72

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' imaging performance is excellent. Our Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless unit has mismatched driver issues, and it seems like their High-End Fine Tuning feature makes it worse. However, these headphones don't have this feature and are very well-matched. It results in the accurate placement of objects like voices in the stereo image. Keep in mind that imaging can vary between units, and it can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

3.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.88 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.44 dB
PRTF Distance
2.77 dB
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.3

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have a poor passive soundstage, which is normal from closed-back over-ears. Their soundstage seems small, unnatural, and as if the sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.226
WHD @ 100
0.103

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. The frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.9.12
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
aptX HD, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
Adaptive ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless. These headphones support aptX Adaptive, which is backward compatible with aptX HD. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.19 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-11.02 dB
Mid
-23.12 dB
Treble
-33.64 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' noise isolation performance is good. These headphones have adaptive ANC, and while they have some trouble reducing the low rumble of bus and plane engines, they do a better job of blocking out ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of AC units.

These headphones don't have an ANC off mode and can only switch between ANC on and transparency mode. As a result, we tested the passive noise isolation with the headphones off.

8.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.74 dB

The leakage performance is great. Leakage is mostly concentrated in the mid to treble range and sounds fairly thin. It's unlikely that you'll bother others around you if you like to listen to your audio at high volumes.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
6.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
โ‰ˆ 179.59 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.3 dB
HFE
7,240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
1.601
Gain
0.68 dB

The integrated mic has a fair recording quality. We used an estimated value for LFE as the processing job is recording LFE at -3dB by default, which isn't reflective of its performance. To account for this, we measured LFE at -6dB, as this is the point in the response that we feel is closest to the true LFE. Even though there isn't much bass in the recording quality, it's not as bad as the graph indicates. We are looking into this issue, though. Your voice sounds fairly clear and easy to understand.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
7.33 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's noise handling performance is mediocre. The mic has trouble separating your voice from ambient noise. As a result, your voice can be drowned out if you're taking a call from a moderately noisy environment.

Active Features
9.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
62.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
62.3 hrs
Charge Time
2.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless' battery performance is outstanding. The manufacturer advertises them to last 60 hours continuously with their ANC on, and we measured just over 62 hours, which is fantastic. Battery life can vary depending on usage, though. Luckily, they're equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use, and you can even use the headphones passively or while charging.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sennheiser Smart Control
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
Adjustable
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Sennheiser Smart Control app is great. This app offers a 3-band graphic EQ, customizable presets, and a Sound Check feature, which is a custom EQ that uses settings you select after listening to your favorite songs. You can also access sound zones, which change the EQ and ANC settings based on your location. There are ANC controls, so you can turn the ANC on and off and adjust the Wind Noise Reduction settings. You can even adjust the sidetone, turn on or off head detection, see which codecs are being used, and reset the headphones.

Connectivity
8.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
312.66 ft (95.30 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
347 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
249 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
218 ms
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
18 ms
Android Latency
36 ms

These headphones have great Bluetooth connectivity. They support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected with two devices simultaneously. They also support aptX Adaptive and are backward-compatible with aptX HD, which can help stream hi-res audio content with better audio quality. Unfortunately, latency using SBC, aptX, and aptX HD is high. It's a lot lower on iOS and Android devices, though, which is handy if you like to stream video. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.2
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
USB Type A
Detachable Yes
Length 4.10 ft (1.25 m)
Connection
1/16" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
32 ms

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless come with a 1/8" TRS to 1/16" TRS cable so that you can use them wired. You can also connect the headphones via USB-C to receive audio. However, this means you can't use the mic.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio Only
Wired USB
Audio Only
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless have full audio and mic compatibility when connected via Bluetooth to your PC. However, if you want to use an analog or wired USB connection, you'll only receive audio and can't use the mic.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PS4 Wired USB
Audio Only
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio Only
PS5 Wired USB
Audio Only
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are only compatible with PlayStation consoles via analog and wired USB. However, you can only receive audio, so you can't use their mic.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless are compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S when you plug their analog cable into your controller's AUX port. However, you can only receive audio and can't use their mic.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

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