Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Review
They’re stylish, comfortable, and sound superior to their predecessors.
- Good noise-canceling tech
- Great phone call quality
- Looks stylish
- Adjustable size
- Good battery life
- Power light fades
- Must use Bluetooth and NoiseGard simultaneously
The Momentum line of headphones has always been impressive, but the 1.0 headphones left a little to be desired. In our Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless review, we’ll take a look at what Sennheiser has brought to the table to meet the challenges posed by competitors like Bose and Sony.
Right away, you’ll notice how classy the Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones look. They have an all-leather headband and sculpted ear cups on an adjustable rail. The rail is made of stainless steel and covered by the leather, so you get durability and comfort all at once.
The frame is also collapsible so you can fold them and fit them inside a book bag. This is true even though the ear cups are a little bigger compared to the Momentum 1.0s. The 2.0s accomplish this through the use of a hinged design.
The earpads are nice and comfortable, as well, without being too hot or making your ears itch. They use memory foam on the inside, cushioning your ears and remembering their shape. This makes the headphones more comfortable the more that you use them.
The headphone’s various controls are located on the right earcup. This is where you can turn the headphones on and off, and the power button doubles as the pairing button. This button lets you connect the Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones to your mobile device or music system. The headphones can remember up to eight separate devices.
The volume controls are also on the right earcup. These controls are operated with a multifunction button that can also handle the minor operations and controls for the headphones. Check your manual to make sure you know how to maneuver this versatile button so you don’t accidentally change something you didn’t mean to.
The headphones provide a stable Bluetooth connection whenever you initiate the feature. They feature AptX support, making it easy to pair the headphones with any mobile device made in the last few years.
The noise-canceling technology integrated with the headphones is excellent. The NoiseGard tech doesn’t quite reach the level of noise-canceling supremacy that you’ll find in Bose headphones, but it’s good enough for day-to-day listening. We found that the noise-canceling power was good enough that you could walk down a busy street and still enjoy quieter music.
However, one odd facet of these Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones is the connection between the Bluetooth and noise-canceling aspects. If you use the Bluetooth functionality, you must also use the NoiseGard feature. This drains the battery considerably, and we’d like it better if you could choose one or the other.
The Momentum line has shown great sound quality in the past, and this quality returns with the 2.0 Wireless headphones. The full spectrum of most tracks’ sounds is well represented, with plenty of weight and heft to the lower sound range. The headphones deliver a solid bass performance, as well.
Vocals are also fairly focused and expressive. The timing of tracks and each song’s various instruments are accurate and punchy. We think that tracks or artists that take advantage of the entire musical spectrum will sound excellent when heard on these headphones.
Overall, everything you hear will be warm and rich across a wide auditory range. With the closed-back design of the earcups, you’ll truly feel immersed in the sound of your track in a way that few other headphones manage to deliver.
You can use the wired functionality to make the sound even crisper, but we feel that the wireless quality is good enough most of the time. The only time the difference will be detectable is if you’re sitting in a quiet space already and listening to music without any distractions. For day-to-day listening, the wireless quality is superb.
You can automatically accept phone calls while wearing the Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones. There’s already a microphone integrated into the earcups, so you don’t need to provide an extra mic.
The quality of calls is excellent. Both your voice and the voices of your conversational partners should come through loud and clear. The noise-canceling tech can work in conjunction with this and offer you some peace as you make your call.
In terms of battery life, these headphones can play back music for around 22 hours with the noise-canceling tech activated before needing a recharge. If you turn off the noise canceling aspect and lower the volume, you should be able to push the battery life up to 30 hours or so.
This is more than the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs, so it’s a very impressive amount of power. Keep in mind that the power light for the headphones doesn’t stay on all the time. Remember to make sure they’re switched off when you’re not using them. Otherwise, you waste power.
You can charge the Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones using the micro-USB cable that comes inside the box. This makes it easy to charge them no matter where you are.
You’ll get a soft-shell carrying case with your purchase. This is perfect for carrying your headphones inside a more cluttered backpack. The Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones also come with an audio cable if you’d prefer a wired connection, a charging cable, plus an inflight adapter.
You’ll save battery life by using the inflight adapter to listen to your tunes on an airplane instead of the Bluetooth functionality.
Overall, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless over-ear headphones are a solid choice for those seeking to balance price and quality. They’re not quite budget-friendly, but they aren’t too expensive to be reserved for the wealthy. They deliver high-quality sound, great design and comfort, and one of the better battery capacities you’ll find in the wireless headphone market.
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