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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation- Black
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- Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise using 4 microphones for ultimate isolation to dramatically improve sound quality in noisy environments
- 22 hour battery life with both Bluetooth and Noise Gard activated to ensure performance during long commutes or plane flights
- Technology uses 2 built-in microphones working seamlessly to improve voice quality and remove external noise during phone calls
- Two year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer
- ** VERY IMPORTANT ** Please Note: Detachable cable must be inserted into headphone until it "clicks" and twisted clockwise (to the right) to lock the cable in place
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Meet the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless
Momentum 2.0 Wireless is part of the all new, second generation Momentum headset family. Bluetooth technology frees you from wires while new NoiseGard hybrid active noise cancellation virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound further enhancing the audio experience. New, slightly larger ear cups using ergonomically designed, leather covered memory foam cushions provide extreme comfort for long listening sessions. The new folding headband features hidden hinges providing improved portability. Momentum 2.0 Wireless lets you experience crystal-clear Momentum sound without being attached to a cable.
- Did you know? Momentum 2.0 Wireless incorporates apt-X codec, delivering CD-quality audio when connected to an Bluetooth apt-X-enabled device
- Momentum 2.0 Wireless works with all Bluetooth enabled mobile smartphone devices, tablets and computers
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, touch control, voice prompts, 3-way calling and multi-connectivity.
Near Field Communication (NFC) provides effortless 'at a touch' Bluetooth pairing with any NFC-enabled device.
Stainless steel headband and leather covered ear cushions deliver style and durability to the iconic design.
Compact design is easy to collapse, store and take with you in the supplied soft case.
Hybrid active noise cancellation virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound.
Dual built-in microphones dynamically cancel out external noise for perfect speech intelligibility.
Connect up to 2 devices simultaneously (phones and computers) and up to 8 devices in the pairing list.
Long Listening Sessions
22 hour battery life with Bluetooth and NoiseRad activate.
|Momentum 2.0 Wireless||Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Wireless||Momentum 2.0||Momentum 2.0 On-Ear|
|Ear Coupling||Around Ear||On Ear||Around Ear||On Ear|
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic, Closed-back||Dynamic, Closed-back||Dynamic, Closed-back||Dynamic, Closed-back|
|Frequency Response||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||113 dB (Passive: 1 kHz/1 Vrms)||111 dB (Passive: 1 kHz/1 Vrms)||112dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)||113dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)|
|Volume Control||Earcup control when Bluetooth connected||Earcup control when Bluetooth connected||Smart In-line Remote||Smart In-line Remote|
|Microphone Type||Dual omni-directional microphone (2 mic beam forming array)||Dual omni-directional microphone (2 mic beam forming array)||In-line Omni-directional||In-line Omni-directional|
|Cable / Connector||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled|
|Weight||260g (9.17 oz)||210g (7.4 oz)||220g (7.76 oz)||172g (6.06 oz)|
|In the box||Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones / 1.4 m Audio Cable / 3.5 mm Low-profile Angled Plug / USB Charging Cable / In-flight Adapter / Carry Case / Manuals||Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Wireless Headphones / 1.4 m Audio Cable / 3.5 mm Low-profile Angled Plug / USB Charging Cable / In-flight Adapter / Carry Case / Manuals||Momentum 2.0 Headphones / RCA M2 Cable: 1.4m Cable with Integrated Smart Remote and Microphone / 3.5 mm Straight Plug / Carry Case / Manuals||Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Headphones / RCA M2 Cable: 1.4m Cable with Integrated Smart Remote and Microphone / 3.5 mm Straight Plug / Carry Case / Manuals|
The new Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless lets you experience crystal-clear MOMENTUM sound without being attached to a cable. This high-resolution headset sets the benchmark for performance, style and comfort in the wireless headphone category. Bluetooth technology is integrated with engineering expertise to ensure MOMENTUM signature sound remains intact. Near Field Communication (NFC) is provided for effortless “at a touch” Bluetooth pairing with any NFC-enabled device. Further enhancing the audio experience is Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation that virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound. Your voice will sound crystal clear during phone calls thanks to Voice Max; dual built-in microphones that dynamically cancel out external interference for perfect speech intelligibility. MOMENTUM Wireless features an iconic design using premium materials like stainless steel and real leather. New, slightly larger ear cups using ergonomically designed, memory foam cushions provide extreme comfort for long listening sessions. The stainless steel headband is now foldable for easy and compact storage in the supplied premium carry case. You can enjoy MOMENTUM Wireless everywhere!
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In addition to this soft touch case with a yellow stitching around the edges, other included accessories (all inside of the case) were a detachable audio cable, usb to micro-usb charging/data cable, a flight adapter, a soft draw-string pouch with headphones inside and the pouch placed in the case, and a comprehensive quick guide. Personally I prefer a more heavy duty hard shell case and eventually will look for one which shouldn’t be a problem to find since Momentum 2 has a foldable design, but I do have to admit this case looks really sweet with a yellow stitching matching the one used on leather headband. Audio cable has a right angled gold plated slim connector going to your audio source and 2.5mm twist-on connector going to earcup. This is the same connector used in the original wired Momentum, and my only comment here is that I would have liked to see some kind of an alignment marker so you know when connector is engaged and twisted correctly inside of earcup, but with a few tries you get used to it anyway.
Flight adapter is rather rare to see nowadays, but it also very appropriate since a lot of people use headphones with ANC during their travel, and sometimes you're required to turn off Bluetooth on a plane (putting your phone in airplane mode). Having a wired connection gives you the flexibility to use headphones when battery is low or when you don’t have access to Bluetooth or in a situation like an airplane. USB to micro-usb connector is obviously for charging, but there is also another undocumented feature which I’m going to talk about later in the review.
I already mentioned that unfolded Momentum 2 looks just like its original predecessor. You get the same stainless steel metal arc headband, split at the top, partially wrapped in premium leather with a dense foam padding inside and yellow stitching around the edges. Instead of a typical height adjustment mechanism and headphone yoke, you can slide the earcup up/down across a slit of exposed stainless steel headband sides. The sliding adjustment is very fluid and easily controlled with one hand without being too tight or too loose. The earcup itself is attached to a mounting pin and has a full 360deg pivoting rotation to adjust comfortably to the anatomy of your head and your ears. This adjustment mechanism has a pure German engineering quality written all over it, and at the same time it has a very fashionable modern-classic look. The wires from earcups going to headband are flexible and still have a heavy duty shielding. At the point of their entry to headband you will find 4 metal screws for additional security.
One of the most noticeable design changes introduced with Momentum 2 (both wired and wireless) has to be a foldable headband. Such mechanism is easy to implement with a traditional headband where you can design-in foldable hinges. Looks like Sennheiser decided to challenge themselves keeping the original design, making it look identical from outside, and adding a durable locking hinge on inside right at the point where leather band wrapping begins. This is another example of well executed German engineering - done with a slim hinge which is hardly noticeable from outside. The only comment I have here, you have to be careful when folding earcups in to make sure metal endpoints of the headband don't brush against leather earpads.
And speaking of earpads, you will be pleased to know these have been updated with a bigger opening in comparison to the original Momentum headphones. I never had issues with those original Momentum earpads, though my ears are just average and about 60mm in height. For me with original earpads it was tight but still comfortable. The new earpads are just perfect with an approximate opening of about 65mm in height, but that doesn't mean that 70-75mm ears won't fit in. The earpads are deep, with memory foam and a soft leather wrapping. According to a quick start guide, they are removable and replaceable, so it's definitely a big plus. The donut shape of earpads is not symmetrical where the thicker part is faced toward the back making fitment more comfortable. This also means that you can't flip left/right sides and always have to put headphones one way. The L/R marking is inside of the headband, right underneath of the hinges, and you also get 3 dimples on the outside of the left side at the folding edge, though I wish those dimples would be a little bigger for a “blind” id.
Looking closer at earcups, you will find the Left one having NFC pair up area and what appears to be a two microphone grills. A spec of M2 Wireless lists NoiseGard hybrid feature using 4 mics where I assume these are two of them. Right earcup is where you will find the actual controls. First of all you have a port for 2.5mm cable with twist-on lock, and also micro-usb port for charging and USB DAC input (more about it later). As a right handed person, I prefer cable attachment on the left side, but it’s not an issue moving forward since I’m planning to use these headphones mostly wireless. Right next to it you have another long microphone grill and 2 control buttons. One is a Power button (with led next to it) which also serves a purpose of initiating BT pair up once you hold it down. The other control has a spring-loaded rocking multifunction push button where you push it once for Play/Pause/Call and rock it up/down for a volume control. Furthermore, double and triple click while playing audio will trigger skip track next/prev, and double click and hold or triple click and hold will trigger a fast-forward/-back transport control. In idle, triple click informs you about battery status.
Moving on to Bluetooth functionality of these new Momentum beauties, let me first start with a "digital" domain of the design. As it was mentioned before, Momentum 2 Wireless supports BT4.0 and aptX codec which is among the latest Bluetooth standards that enables high definition sound without lossy compression of the source. Pair up was effortless and headphones connected to phone and media audio without a problem. As an alternative you can also use NFC pair up. Keep in mind, with power on, ANC will be enabled automatically and you can’t disable it. Also, I had no issues making/receiving clear phone calls, though it was a bit of a new hearing experience considering ANC noise isolation.
Another way to connect to your source is wired, using detachable cable. With wired connection you have an option to use headphones in passive mode (with power off) or active mode (with power on). According to Momentum 2 spec, this will change input impedance (where btw, the packaging box has a typo so please refer to a spec on the web), thus you will be able to drive Momentum 2 wired with power off like a regular pair of cans, even with addition of external portable amp if you prefer to. With a power on, I would recommend direct connection without any external amping to avoid sound artifacts. I don’t know the exact chipset inside of these earcups, but once you turn the power on sound becomes wider/deeper, more textured and better balanced (especially when it comes to bass) - suggesting a high quality of internal DAC and maybe some amplification stage. Furthermore, with addition of ANC you will also hear a cleaner black background.
Now, here comes a total undocumented surprise! You can push Momentum 2 wired performance even further by using a direct USB connection to your smartphone or laptop/PC. Yes, in a typical fashion of USB OTG connection (to your smartphone) or USB DAC connection (to your computer) you can now bypass analog HO driven by low quality internal DACs inside of your phone or laptop. It’s hard to quantify the level of improvement since with some of the latest phones, like my Note 4, I find a lot of USB OTG DACs to offer only a marginal step up, but when it comes to laptops – you can expect a better wired sound through usb cable.
Before I proceed to a more detailed sound analysis, I want to bring up another key feature of these headphones – Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). I typically don’t require ANC in my everyday routine since I don’t take public transportation or work in a noisy environment. As a matter of fact, I probably wouldn’t even take these headphones outdoors. But I’m well aware that a lot of people rely on it during their daily activities and very serious about the quality of ANC implementation. I have briefly tested ANC offered by other headphones, and a lot of you probably will agree that Bose is at the top of that game, but I also found Momentum 2 Wireless to be not too far behind and sometimes even better than others (such as noisy hiss of Beats Wireless Studio). Personally, I was pleased with a quality of noise reduction implemented in Momentum 2, and found no annoying hissing or periodic pulsating white noise. There were some occasional bursts, but it happens rarely. I’m not going to carry on about these having the best ANC in the world, and in my opinion if this is your only top priority – Momentum 2 Wireless is not for you. But considering everything else these headphones have to offer and their outstanding performance, ANC implementation is just an icing on a cake!!! And just to be clear, ANC implementation in Momentum 2 Wireless doesn't feel like an afterthought feature added to make them look complete. This is actually a well functioning active noise cancellation!
So how do these sound? I tested them both wired and wireless, and found some interesting differences. As it was previously mentioned, in wired mode you have an option of passive mode (w/power off) and active mode (w/power on and ANC enabled). In passive mode the input impedance is 28 ohms and headphones function just like a regular wired set of cans which you can drive directly from HO of your audio source or through external amp.
In this passive mode I found sound to be well balanced and with just slightly overwhelming mid-bass hump. What is interesting, the impact of this bass enhancement only comes out to play in the tracks with a strong 4x4 kick/bass drum, while it was hardly noticeable in mellow tracks. In general, wired passive mode is OK if you completely drained your battery, but I personally prefer to keep active mode always on. As soon as you turn on the power of active mode, you are greeted with an improved sound tuning and an expanded soundstage. One interesting phenomenon, most likely due to internal DAC, in active mode the input impedance goes up to 480 ohms (!!!), and it becomes quite noticeable since the volume drops and you need to compensate it from your source.
In active mode with a stock cable sound signature was close to a wireless mode performance. It was a very impressive comparison since this is a truly best audiophile quality wireless sound I heard to date. But for the sake of my testing, I will refer to how Momentum 2 sounds in a wireless mode of operation since I consider it to be the most important characteristics of these headphones.
So, overall I found Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless to have a balanced sound signature with a smooth warm organic tone and moderately enhanced bass.
Starting with a low end, you have a good extension down to a sub-bass layer which is smooth and well balanced with a mid-bass punch. The bass presence is excellent and builds a strong warm foundation without muddying the sound or overwhelming the rest of the frequency range. Also, it is well controlled without spilling too much into lower mids. The mid-bass hump I experienced in passive wired mode was completely gone and smoothed out as soon as you enter active mode.
Mids are warm and smooth, maybe just slightly recessed. They contribute to a full body sound starting with a thicker lower mids and going into a detailed lush of upper mids. Both male and female vocal delivery was very smooth and organic with an intimate feeling. Even though mids are warm and smooth, they still have an excellent retrieval of details without being harsh or analytically bright.
Treble is relaxed, detailed, organic, not too crisp or grainy and without any sign of sibilance. These are definitely great for extended listening period without ear fatigue. Some might perceive treble extension as a bit rolled off, but after a closer listening you realize that it's just a warm nature of the sound.
As I mentioned before, in passive mode soundstage was just average, controlled by your source, but once you put it in an active mode - soundstage expanded to a 3D depth and width with an amazing separation and layering of sounds.
Overall, I know that wireless experience can vary depending on the make and the vintage of your phone or tablet, BT version and aptX support, Android vs Apple (where aptX is not even supported by iDevices), and perhaps your location due to surrounding that can interfere with a signal. But in my everyday use during a test period I experienced a flawless performance with a wireless sound quality that rivals some of the top wired headphones I’ve tested. Of course a big factor in sound quality has to do with a great job Sennheiser team done in tuning of these headphones to have a warm and natural full body sound that oozes with a high level of detail retrieval. When people think of wireless headphones, usually convenience of cutting a chord is at the top of their list. With Momentum 2 Wireless you don’t have to compromise a sound quality and can add it at the top of your priority list as well. On top of that Momentum 2 Wireless has a remarkable 22hrs battery life, a choice of wired or wireless connection, USB DAC support to connect to your smartphone or PC/laptop, very high quality build and comfortable fitment, convenience of foldable design, latest Bluetooth with aptX support and also NFC pairing, 2 year extended warranty, and of course a bonus of very capable Active Noise Cancellation making Momentum 2 Wireless a complete package with a great value even at its premium price.
Regarding the way the headphones sound; that is so subjective. We've seen many reviewers delve deeply into the quality of the highs, lows, midranges; too much base; too little. You don't need more of that. You'll really never know until you try them for yourself. And that, my dear reader is something you definitely should do. As for me, I find these to be most excellent sounding headphones.
The hardware itself is exquisitely built and attractive to behold. Many have complained that the ear cups are too small, and I felt that as well initially. But upon closer evaluation, the circumference of the cups is fine. For me the problem is the depth of the cup is just a bit too shallow, such that the actual speaker within can press against the top of my ears. This is not necessarily a flaw in the headphones, but possibly just in the way my particular ears happen to be shaped. I can however adjust the positioning and find the sweet spot that fits perfectly.
So in conclusion, the only thing I would change about these headphones is the depth of the ear cup to accommodate those of us with unconventional ear shapes, without of course, sacrificing any sound quality.
Do that, and maybe then I could envision making the sacrifice to reach deep into the nether-regions of my pockets, and dig up the full retail price!
Vs. the just released Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless. This release was a surprise to me. I had just days earlier I purchased these Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. I simply had to try them out!
Sound: Both sound pretty amazing! The Bose have a slightly clearer sound and are better at lower volumes. where the Sennheisers have richer fuller sound overall. I'm having a difficult time deciding which is better so I have to call it even here.
Comfort: The Sennheisers are pretty comfortable once I find that sweet spot, but the edge definitely goes to Bose with their wider, deeper cups and supremely soft cushioning.
Noise Canceling: Hands down Bose. I tend to sing along while at home rocking out cleaning house, and I can't even hear myself (a good thing!)
Build quality: The Sennheisers have have it here. They are exquisitely tooled with metal and leather all around, and have a most distinguishing look about them. The Bose are made of a glass filled nylon, not plastic. They seem very sturdy, but it still feels like plastic. This does make them about an ounce lighter than the Sennheisers. Though they are quite handsome in a understated way that is pleasing.
Price: The Sennheisers are going for $400, (down from a a whopping $500) vs the Bose at $350.
Bottom line: I don't think you can go wrong with either of the headphones. I am still deciding. It will come down to comfort as noise canceling is not a great priority for me. I did get a great deal price-wise on the Sennheisers, that made them much less expensive than the Bose, so that is a consideration for me as well. But If I had to pay full price, I would have to choose the new Bose QC 35s.