Has changed hands to the Swiss company Sonova, the classic German Sennheiser brand has gradually shown the results of the transformation to a more friendly direction. First, the Momentum True Wireless 3, which has more comprehensive functions and an overall positioning that can compete with similar TWS products, is now the protagonist of this review, the headphone Momentum 4 Wireless. The shape, materials and functions have also changed, the only constant is the excellent sound quality. Just such a change in direction, can Sennheiser gain a firm foothold in the fiercely competitive market, and even win the favor of more consumers? Let me try it out with you below.
After changing the design of the previous series with noble metal + leather elements, the Momentum 4 Wireless switched to a more common plastic body with fabric embellishments also found on the MTW 3 charging box, bringing a more consistent brand design language. In addition to the materials, the storage method of the Momentum 4 has also become monotonous. You can only rotate the earmuffs to lay flat and cannot fold them inwards. However, this is better than the Sony WH-1000XM5 that only rotates in one direction.
Because of the plastic material, the Momentum 4 earphones have a large area of the panel for touch operation, reducing the need for physical buttons and making the earphones overall simpler. The borrowed version is mainly made of white plastic, with brown artificial leather lining the ear pads and headband, and a white and brown two-color mixed headband as embellishment, this Nordic modern minimalist style is visually appealing. It's more refreshing and doesn't make people directly think of the direction of cheap plastic materials.
The included carrying case is fixed with a rubber band and marked with a patterned USB-C charging cable, 3.5mm-2.5mm headphone cable, and even the adapter for aircraft continues to be provided, and they are all in contrasting colors. These small details are well taken care of, which is a bonus.
During the evaluation period, the editor was able to interview Christian Ern, the product manager responsible for Momentum 4 Wireless, and mentioned that many brands have canceled the aircraft adapter for environmental protection reasons, even regardless of the theme color of the headset, they are uniformly given. Tonal accessories. It turned out that they had similar discussions internally, but considering that there are still many aircraft still using the old two-pin plug, and some airport outlets are more selling it, but Christian added that they will continue to evaluate the configuration of the aircraft before making a decision , which is currently reserved. The other is the color matching of accessories, which is also the result of the persistence of colleagues in the Christian team.
As mentioned above, the Momentum 4 headset has changed from button-based operation in the past to a touch panel-based operation, with more automation functions, so that the operating experience is in line with everyone's imagination of the new flagship in 2022.
Unlike MTW 3, Momentum 4 only supports touch operation on the right earphone. According to Christian, it is because most people are right-handed, and the space on the decorative panel is enough to complete all operations, but the editor also suggested that users should also Each has different habits. After making a wish, you can customize the design of different gestures on the left and right.
Momentum 4's touch gestures cover most of the functions. In addition to basic playback control and volume adjustment, they also wonderfully thought of using a "two-finger pinch" gesture similar to that of a smartphone to zoom the screen to control the ANC level. When I used it for the first time, I thought it was a little subtle, but after getting used to it, I found it to be quite intuitive, and in this way, it is basically unnecessary to set the headset mode in the mobile app.
Users also use the Smart Connect app to pair and adjust the Momentum 4 headphones. Since the editor is borrowing an engineering machine, and Sennheiser has also scheduled an update before the August 23 release date, so here What is said may also change. However, Momentum 4, like MTW 3, will support the Q&A-style personalized EQ setting Sound Check function. Of course, there are also ANC adjustments. If you start, you can go in and play.
When Christian introduced Momentum 4, he focused more on battery life. After all, a single machine can be used for 60 hours, and the power achieved when both Bluetooth and ANC functions are turned on, it is indeed worth showing off. However, in the real world, users may be more concerned about the function of automatic switching, which can further delay the need for charging. According to Christian, instead of adding an "auto-off" trigger to the joint this time, they added a unique sensor to sense whether the headset is in use, for example, the Momentum 4 will automatically turn on when the headset box is opened. ,Fantastic.
sense of hearing
As a headset, there are many changes in appearance and function, but the most important thing is sound quality. Momentum 4's ANC function can well isolate external noise, giving a quiet enough environment to enjoy music. In terms of specifications, Momentum 4 uses the same 42mm unit, but because the materials and internal design of the headset are different from the previous generation, the engineer has to tune it again. Fortunately, in addition to a lot of hard work, Christian, who is the chief product manager, was able to get goosebumps and a very satisfying tone.
The Momentum 4 has the clarity typical of Sennheiser over-ear headphones, while retaining a sense of power that's perfect for playing a variety of genres. In addition, Momentum 4 supports aptX Adaptive encoding, so friends who listen to high-quality streaming music on their mobile phones can also choose to broadcast directly on their mobile phones.
Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is a fairly competent contemporary wireless headset with complete functions and outstanding sound, but the Sennheiser in the minds of consumers, especially enthusiasts, may not stop here, they also pursue more noble and classic shapes. But as Christian said, when they designed Momentum 4 this time, they wanted to go to the public and give more people affordable access to their products, so they saw the price of HK$2,999.
Of course, audio products are a very personal choice, so the editor also recommends here again that you can go to the store to audition before making a decision. However, in terms of functionality and design, Momentum 4 has managed to achieve high scores.