Great audio at a price, but great nonetheless.
AT A GLANCE DesignOver-Ear Frequency response 16 – 22,000Hz Sensitivity 111dB Weight 210g PriceS $589
The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless On Ears headphone is a well-constructed device when you look at the sum of all its parts. The headband and ear-cups are reinforced using Alcantara, which is a suede-like textile with durability against stains. The frame itself is stainless steel, and the combination of these two primary materials gives us a solid pair of cans that feels reliable and light.
That’s not to say that the headphones lack weaknesses – the cable that runs along the adjustable plastic cups feel like they’d be caught in the moving mechanism if you’re not careful, and it takes extra care to make sure that the cables do not appear messy when you shift the ear-cups along the frame’s bracket.
These Sennheiser on-ear headphones have one of the most interesting active noise cancellation features. Besides cutting out ambient noise, the integrated VoiceMax microphone (with a dual mic configuration) lets you hear you own voice when you’re in a call. This way, you won’t be half-yelling at a caller when you’re in public.
Besides noise cancellation, the Momentum Wireless also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and NFC pairing. All these features can be controlled from the headphones alone, as Sennheiser crams its switches and toggles along the rim of the ear-cups. If you like wired audio connection, there’s still a port for 3.5mm audio cables.
Audio-wise, the Momentum Wireless provides distinct separation between the high, middle, and low frequencies. It comes with a bright sound signature, while being versatile and tight across the board. For Adele’s track, Melt My Heart To Stone, the headphones handled her vocals well, and it was distinct from the instruments.
Hotel California by The Eagles showed that the headphones had a great soundstage by capturing the live atmosphere brilliantly, while keeping the instruments tight. Element Of Life by Tiesto pointed out how the on-ears had less detail over the synthesized parts, but it still played the song with good depth – it was able to reproduce the subtle bass notes below the electric gallop the track had.If you’re willing to drop nearly $600 for a pair of headphones with great audio and quality construction, these Sennheiser headphones certainly won’t disappoint you.
The headband and ear-pads are made from suede-like Alcantara, textile material used in high-end furniture and décor.