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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. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- 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
- Its especially low profile was optimized for the use on mobile devices.Fitted with jack plugs on both ends, the cable is completely detachable and can be replaced if necessary.
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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 Active Noise Cancellation in use.
|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|
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|Item Dimensions||7.4 x 4 x 9.9 in||5.91 x 3.15 x 7.87 in||3.2 x 6.7 x 7.1 in||7.08 x 3.94 x 10.25 in||6.7 x 4 x 9.9 in||6.89 x 2.95 x 7.87 in|
|Item Weight||2 lbs||7.76 ounces||0.52 lb||7.84 ounces||1.6 lbs||0.79 lb|
|Additional Features||noise-cancellation||—||Bluetooth, Lithium-ion battery||Wireless, Microphone-Feature||foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight||Motion-sensitive Play/Pause/Stand-by|
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.
The HD1’s come in three colors - the two you see here at Amazon, plus one with purple ear cups and multi-color stitching called the Pink Floyd edition, available only from Sennheiser’s online store. (That’s the one I have, and it’s gorgeous.).
I bought these about 6 weeks ago after owning the Bose QC35 for over a year and wanting something with better sound quality. I looked at several alternatives in the $350-500 price range and picked the Senn’s mainly because of Senn’s reputation for excellent sound quality and their looks. I’ve had a very positive experience with another pair of Senn headphones: the HD650’s, a wired open-back headphone for home use. Plus, the Sennheiser Momentum over-ear wireless headphones with noise cancellation received excellent reviews when it came out a couple years ago.
I am happy with the HD1s in most ways, especially the ways that count: sound quality, the use of premium materials, comfort, battery life (20 or more hours), and looks.
But they are more expensive than the competition and lag the competition in features.
The competition includes the Bose QC35s, the Sony WH-1000XM2, the brand new B&W PX (which is basically the excellent wireless B&W P7 plus noise cancelation).
The Senn HD1’s have some things in common with these competitors. Each comes with a detachable audio cable for corded use, a travel case, an airplane adapter, and a standard micro USB charging cable. All of these models get at least 20 hours of battery life. The HD1’s case is soft neoprene and lightweight. It isn’t as small as the Bose’s hard-shell travel case, but it’s lighter.
But the competitors have some advantages. All have a smartphone app that lets you tweak settings such as the amount of noise cancelation and when the phones will power down if they’re idle for a while. These apps and these phones’ firmware is updated from time to time to add features or improve performance. Some of them have cool new tech, such as atmospheric pressure optimizing, ambient sound control, equalizer & surround/sound position control (on the Sony) or environmental filter (B&W).
In contrast, the Senn HD1’s do not have upgradable firmware and do not have a smartphone app for adjusting settings - there are basically no settings to adjust.
Also, the Senn HD1’s are the only wireless noise-canceling headphone in this price range that do not allow you to set a power-down time. So, if you forget to turn them off, they will stay on until the battery drains. (According to Senn customer support when I asked them about this.) That is a really annoying omission in my opinion.
Why does the HD1 lag the other models in features? One reason is that the HD1 is a rebranding of the two-year-old Sennheiser Momentum 2. The only thing that’s changed from the M2 is the headband is slightly wider and thicker, for more comfort. But the change is subtle and easy to miss. More importantly, there do not appear to be any upgrades to the sound quality or features in the HD1 compared to the M2’s, according to published specs and professional reviews.
If you can live with a two-year-old feature set--and I’m struggling with this given the very high price of the HD1’s, then you’ll probably be very happy with them otherwise.
The HD1’s ear pads are covered in rich, buttery leather that look and feel great. The metal band is mostly covered in leather, except for the sides to adjust the height of the ear cups. The backs of the ear cups are plastic, but it’s nicely finished and looks & feels good to the touch. The HD1’s are slightly heavier than the ultra-light Bose QC35’s, but still light and perfectly comfortable for hours-long listening sessions. (The Bose are lighter because they’re mostly plastic. They look cheaper and boring.)
And last but not least: sound quality.
The HD1’s sound signature is classic Sennheiser: mids are clear and present, bass is tight and not boomy nor over-emphasized, and highs are laid back. The sound signature is well-balanced and natural. In comparison, the Bose QC35 sound signature puts the highs way out front and has very little mids.
Besides the difference in sound signatures, the Senn’s do very well with complex, layered sound, like an orchestra with 50 or 80 instruments playing at the same time. The Bose really blows it here, while the Senn and the other competitors are champs. On the other hand, for recordings with a small number of instruments (e.g. voice, guitar, bass, drums), the Bose do just fine—except for the lack of mids. The average consumer seems to like the Bose sound signature: other Bose headphones and speakers also have this sound signature and Bose sells millions of them (kind of like McDonald’s sells millions of hamburgers).
All of the professional reviews say that Bose has better noise cancellation than the other models in this group, but the noise cancellation in the other models is still pretty good. I agree. And all the professional reviews say that the other headphones in this group sound better than the Bose. I agree.
However, I don’t think the difference in sound quality is as great as is claimed in other reviews. The Bose do not sound bad (despite the vitriol they get from audiophiles). The Senn HD1, Sony, and B&W models sound better than the Bose, but not spectacularly better.
I think you’ll be disappointed if you buy one of these expensive high-end models expecting audiophile sound, as some reviews claim they have. The better sounding models in this group are NOT audiophile grade. Audiophile grade headphones are something like the Senn HD650 or the Hifiman HE400i, both of which are corded, larger, and open-backed (and both are a bit less expensive than the Senn HD1’s!). They’re intended for home use, not travel. You give up audiophile grade sound when you go for portable, wireless headphones.
But for portable wireless headphones, the ones I’ve mentioned here (not counting the Bose) sound the best.
Regarding the Senn HD1’s, I can’t recommend them over Sony or B&W because they cost a lot more and are missing some useful features that the others have. All three of these sound very good, though the sound signatures differ and which one you like best is subjective.
That said, the finish is horrible. It stayed in-tact throughout my long trip to South Asia (where I now live). After I arrived I put these neatly back in their bag and case, and didnt pull them out until my trip to Singapore. When I pulled them out, I was frustrated at the peeling finish that seemed to have come from nowhere on the right earcup. Theres no way a $500 should have this issue. Its unacceptable. I also saw from another reviewer that the exact same thing has happened to them.
Currently, they sound great and look horrible.