Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless is the company’s new flagship set of headphones. That’s why they are among the Best Bluetooth Headphones in 2017 and probably the strongest contender to the top prize!
Absolutely brilliant in almost every aspect – superb sound quality, excellent noise cancellation, extremely stylish and outstanding looks. Sennheiser isn’t shying away from showing off their style and technology with these headphones.
Momentum 2.0 Wireless are not to be confused with Momentum 2.0 which are the wired headphones from the same series. Though they should have gotten away with “2.0” to be less confusing, make sure that you check the “Wireless” tag before buying.
Before we go into the detailed review, it should be noted that the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless (Black version) are priced at Whopping $499 in the US and £373 in the UK (in July 2017). This makes us wonder if they are really targeted at average consumers or for the audiophiles. At this price range, we don’t expect anything less than the best.
Let’s find out!
Brilliant headphones for those who can afford it, but won't make anyone envy. Great for travellers as these headphones are quite sturdy and won't wear down easily. Due to low sound leakage, it might be suitable for office use.
- Outstanding sound quality and low leakage
- Durable and strong design
- Low sound leakage
- Average noise cancellation
- Cushioning needs improvement on the top
- Not as feature-rich as Sennheiser PXC 550
Design & Features
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless are refreshingly different than other similar priced headphones in the market. While most of the headphones have a plasticky and hip look, Sennheiser have given them a classy metallic and elegant look.
One of the most significant design changes done from the wired Momentum 2.0 is the foldable earcups which provides for an easier portability. Also, they are bit heavier due to added bluetooth technology.
With plush leather on the stainless steel headband, these headphones surely look pricey. They come in two colour options – Black and Ivory. I absolutely loved the premium looks of black version, but if you are into vintage looks, the Ivory version steals the show.
Sennheiser has done some pretty branding on these headphones with their logo on the earcup ball joint and ‘Momentum’ on a metallic tag on the headband. Thankfully, they haven’t gone overboard with branding on these headphones.
The right earcup holds the control buttons and the 2.5 mm headphone jack. There is a power and pairing button and a volume control button next to it which also controls the track forward or backward by pressing twice or thrice. The controls are simple and easy to understand and nothing much to write about them.
With all the buttons being physical and no touch sensors like that in PXC550, Sennheiser really wanted to separate themselves design-wise from the rest of the modern headphones.
Are they comfortable to wear?
With solid stainless steel construction on the headband, they are quite durable and weigh only 265 gms. They are definitely not the lightest headphones but still quite comfortable to wear. The clamping force around the earcups is quite alright and shouldn’t cause any problem with longer duration listening.
The earpad cushioning is very soft made with Alcantara material but the headband cushioning could have been improved. It’s not very poor, but you can feel the pressure on your head due to a denser cushioning. The earcup size is made to fit most ear sizes and are larger than the wired Momentum 2.0. If you have large ears, you shouldn’t have problems with these headphones however, it might not be much gap for the ears.
The earcups have wide range of movement and should fit anyone without a problem. However, those who like to hang their headphones around their neck will be disappointed as these headphones can’t be turned flat. Again, Momentum 2.0 Wireless are made to go with a classy style, not so much for the modern hip style.
I’m starting to see a pattern here with these headphones!
The packaging of these headphones is absolutely premium. They come with a soft leather like case with a flat design to be stored easily without taking much space. You get a USB charging cable and an airline adapter to be used during the flights.
Along with that, you get an audio cable, if you want to attach wires to your headphones when the battery is low or otherwise. This is pretty much standard in all the $300+ headphones, but we are not complaining.
I wouldn’t make the mistake of saying that these headphones are for the audiophiles. No bluetooth headphones with serious amount of noise cancelling can match the pure sound quality of wired headphones. But these headphones are surely going to charm the music lovers.
With just enough bass to make you love your music, they perform very well over mids and high range as well. If you are a bass lover, you might not get the kick out of these headphones. However, the bass response is almost similar to the Bose QC35.
Mids and highs are quite pronounced, clear and pitch-perfect. According to me, this is where these headphones win over others. Instrumentals and vocals sound very clear and balanced.
These headphones will be enjoyable for listening to all genres of music, be it rock and hip-hop or acoustic and classical music.
These headphones sound quite good when connected with the wire but there is slight difference in the sound quality. You can switch on or off the noise cancellation only while using the wire.
Overall, Momentum 2.0 Wireless have a very balanced sound signature with a smooth tone and slightly high bass.
As expected, these cans have a superb noise cancellation and do block out most of the noise. In an independent test, conducted by Rtings, the overall noise reduction was -19.98 dB which is significantly lesser than that of Bose QC35.
If you are in a quiet background, some of you might hear the white noise or a hissing sound a little bit. However, it is not something too loud or too annoying to be worried about.
When you connect to your device via bluetooth, you can not switch off the noise cancellation which, according to me, is quite disappointing. I don’t always want to have the noise cancellation on, especially when I am at home so that I don’t miss the doorbell.
While still not as good as Bose QC series, Sennheiser’s NoiseGard technology does a pretty good job at cancelling most of the mid and low range noises in the background. These headphones fair above average in terms of noise cancellation but not among the best.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless support Bluetooth 4.0 but also offers NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity. The pairing of the device is instantaneous. The bluetooth connectivity range is around 34 feet or about 10 meters.
In terms of bluetooth connectivity there was no delay or hiccup while working within the connection range of 10 m (or 34 ft ). However, you may expect some track skipping after that. There is a vocal notification when bluetooth or NFC is paired or unpaired with the headphones.
Do Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless support Qualcomm aptX?
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless support Qualcomm aptX codec which ensures a good quality of sound reproduction over bluetooth transfer. Due to this, the sound quality of the headphones are quite superior.
However, if your smartphone doesn’t support aptX, an aptX supported headphone won’t make much difference. iPhones do not support aptX codec yet, so to the iPhones owners, it won’t make much difference.
Sennheiser claims a battery life of about 22 hours but practically they last longer than 25 hours at a medium volume level. The battery requires 3 hours to charge via the USB charger which is standard for many headphones. However, Sennheiser could have made a unique differentiation with reduced charging time.
One thing I like about these pairs is that if you install the headphones drivers and set up your headphones as the default speakers, you can listen to them through the USB cord while they are charging. Pretty useful for many of us!
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