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New Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones gun for AirPods Max

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Sennheiser's new Momentum 4 ANC wireless headphones changed up their look and claim 60 hours of battery life.
Sennheiser's new Momentum 4 ANC wireless headphones changed up their look and claim 60 hours of battery life.
Photo: Sennheiser

Venerable audio brand Sennheiser rolled out its new Momentum 4 wireless over-ear headphones Tuesday. The successor to the much-liked Momentum 3 aims for the same high-end sound and comfort along with a more modern look.

The cans, which will compete with the likes of Sony’s top headphones and AirPods Max, also claim an impressive battery life of up to 60 hours.

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Sennheiser launches Momentum 4 ANC Wireless headphones

Sennheiser said the new headphones offer “best-in-class sound, advanced Adaptive Noise Cancellation and exceptional comfort” plus intuitive features and battery life of up to 60 hours.

That’s roughly three times the battery life of many high-end wireless headphones, including AirPods Max. And fast-charging capability means 10 minutes of charging adds 6 hours of listening time with the Momentum 4, the company said.

“Our Momentum range has always set the standard for sophisticated listening with superior sound,” said Sennheiser Principal Product Manager Christian Ern. “The new Momentum 4 Wireless once again raises the bar. Thanks to features including Transparency Mode, Built-in EQ and a new Sound Personalization feature, users can listen in their own customized way.”

“Sennheiser Signature Sound” comes through the cans via an “audiophile-inspired” acoustic system powered by a 42mm transducer. The headphones’ updated Adaptive Noise Cancellation lets users hear musical detail even in noisy environments, the company said, while Transparency Mode lets them hear outside sounds through the headphones at a touch.

Sennheiser Smart Control App

Sennheiser’s Smart Control App lets users customize sound using a built-in equalizer and various sound modes. A new Sound Personalization feature assesses and adjust to the user’s listening preferences.

The company added that a pair of digital beamforming microphone in each headphone, plus automatic wind noise suppression, help improve voice pick-up.

The headphones flatten out in their carrying case.
The headphones flatten out in their carrying case.
Photo: Sennheiser

Built for comfort

The redesigned Momentum 4 Wireless headphones aim for all-day comfort, the company said. They’re lighter than their predecessors and look more like competing cans from Sony and Bose. Some early reviews lament the loss of the retro-cool look of the previous models, with their exposed metal in the headband.

They feature a padded headband and cushioned earpads along with a the low-friction hinge mechanism for easy adjustment, Sennheiser said.

The fold-flat design is also comfortable when worn around the neck and can be easily slipped into a bag or backpack in the slim case, Sennheiser said.

Intuitive controls

Additional features include Smart Pause, which halts playback when the headphones are taken off and resumes when placed back on the ears. Auto On/Off rapidly powers up the headset when it’s picked up and shuts down to save energy when not in use, Sennheiser said.

The touchpad interface of the Momentum 4 Wireless headphones, combined with voice and sound prompts, make controlling music, calls and voice assistants intuitive, the company said. Set up is also simple thanks to Bluetooth device management that allows multiple devices to be connected at the same time, as well.

The Momentum 3 headphones had an old-school look and physical buttons on one ear cup.
The Momentum 3 headphones had an old-school look and physical buttons on one ear cup.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Pricing and availability

You can preorder Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless headphones for $349.95. They officially go on sale on August 23, the company said.

Where to preorder: Sennheiser or Amazon