Sennheiser hasn’t refreshed its Momentum noise-canceling headphones since 2019, but that’s changing today. The company has announced the Momentum 4, a new take on its flagship headphones with a new look, new features and a whopping 60 hours of battery life. Plus, Sennheiser is offering this series of updates for $50 less than the Momentum 3 when it debuts.
First, the design that Sennheiser had carried through much of the Momentum line since its introduction is gone. The mix of metal and leather with exposed cables has been traded for a more simplified, more plastic affair. The new look is definitely less premium than previous Momentum models. What the Momentum 4 lacks in aesthetics, however, it makes up for by more comfort. The company notes that the new hinge is easy to adjust and doesn’t put too much pressure on your head. Ear cups now also pivot flat, which makes storage a bit easier. Another big change is the onboard controls: most of the physical buttons have been replaced by a touch panel on the right side.
Inside, Sennheiser says it chose an “audiophile-inspired acoustic system” that relies on 42mm transducers for the sound. The company explains that the setup creates “brilliant dynamics, clarity and musicality”, plus you can use an EQ, presets and a new Sound Personalization feature to further customize the tuning. Sound personalization takes into account your personal preferences and adjusts “the listening experience” accordingly.
These are flagship headphones, of course, so active noise cancellation (ANC) is on board. The company says its updated adaptive ANC works to maintain sound quality even in the noisiest of environments. Transparency mode is also available and there is a slider between the mode and ANC in the Sennheiser app. In other words, you’re not just stuck with one or the other, so you can mix in a dash of ambient noise if needed. This model can also automatically change sound settings based on your location, a feature Sennheiser first debuted in March.
Sennheiser also offers a feature called Sidetone, which allows you to adjust how much of your voice comes through during conversations. It’s a tool to help you feel less loud, and it works on top of automatic wind noise cancellation for the Momentum 4’s beamforming microphones during voice and video chats.
Sennheiser says you can expect up to 60 hours of battery life on a charge, and that’s with ANC enabled. A quick charge function gives you six hours of use in 10 minutes. To help conserve battery life, Momentum 4 is equipped with both auto-pause and auto-on/off. The company says the headphones turn off if you leave them unattended and turn them back on when you pick them up.
The Momentum 4 will be available for pre-order in black and white starting August 9th and will ship on August 23rd. The headphones cost $349.95, which is $50 less than the Momentum 3 when it debuted in 2019.
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