Even although Sennheiser in some cases has problems placing with each other a full package, the corporation pretty much normally nails the sound high-quality of its headphones. I am content to report the streak continues right here. The Momentum Wireless has a good, warm tone and a stellar clarity exactly where even the subtlest notes and noises are clearly heard. Across a variety of genres, snare and kick drums are punchy alternatively of muffled and muted, and general, the sound has an immersive high-quality — it really is not just flat, compressed noise becoming blasted into your ears.
This is evident on Tool’s Worry Inoculum. On “Pneuma,” in distinct, grungy prog-metal guitar riffs envelope you, but the drums retain their punch just underneath and a driving bass line has lots of depth. The spatial high-quality is also apparent on The Appleseed Cast’s The Fleeting Light of Impermanence. With songs like “Time The Destroyer,” droning synths and keyboards make a soundscape with a sense of space and dimension that the Momentum Wireless handles pretty properly. When the strings come in more than the major for one more layer, and the drums, guitars and vocals all choose up steam a couple of minutes in, the headphones manage the intricate indie rock ambience admirably. No, we’re not speaking Ambeo levels of immersion right here, but it really is nevertheless very excellent.
If bass heavy genres are much more your style, the Momentum Wireless does a strong job with these also. There is tons of thump in the bass line to Phantogram’s “Mister Not possible” that does not overpower or turn out to be muddy. Even that kick drum itself has some dimension to it, complimenting the bass guitar completely.
With noise-cancelling headphones in 2019, someplace about 30 hours is the mark most corporations have set for battery life. Some handle to eek out much more, and some supply slightly significantly less. Sennheiser only promises 17 hours, a small more than half of what Sony provides on the WH-1000XM3. Once more, that is a key disappointment for a set of headphones that expense $50 much more. I could’ve lived with 25 hours, but just 17 is a bit of a head scratcher. That becoming mentioned, I employed these on the flight back from IFA in Berlin (about nine hours) and for a couple of days soon after (one particular to two hours at a time) just before I required to plug in. A speedy-charge function provides you 1.five hours of battery in 10 minutes when you cannot wait 3 hours for a complete tank.
The Momentum Wireless also packs in Tile object tracking. With the Tile app, you can hunt for exactly where you left your headphones if you neglect. We’ve noticed this from other corporations just before, and I am positive it will be valuable for some people today. Nonetheless, I believe it would be considerably far better served for issues that are a lot easier to shed — like correct wireless earbuds.
When there is a lot to like right here, the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bose 700 stay my major two noise-cancelling headphones picks ideal now. The WH-1000XM3 is $50 less expensive than the Momentum Wireless and outperforms it at just about every turn. The 700’s ANC chops are far better than Sennheiser’s at the similar value. Regardless of sounding excellent and becoming super comfy, it really is tough to suggest these more than the present greatest from Sony, in particular with the distinction in expense.