Sennheiser fails to renew its overheard Momentum noise canceling headphones since 2019however changing today. the company announced momentum 4, a fresh take on flagship earphones featuring exterior design, new features and 60 hours of battery life. What’s more, Sennheiser is offering these updates for $50 less than the Momentum 3 at launch.
First, it’s the design that Sennheiser has carried through much of the Momentum lineup since its launch. A mix of metal and leather with visible wires has been traded for a simplified, more plastic affair. The new look is definitely less premium than previous Momentum models. But the Momentum 4’s aesthetic shortcomings are offset by increased comfort. The company states that the new hinge adjusts easily and doesn’t put too much pressure on your head. The earbuds also now spin flat, which makes them a little easier to store. Another big change is the onboard controls: Most of the physical buttons have been replaced with the right-hand touch panel.
Inside, Sennheiser says it chose an “audiophile-inspired acoustic system” based on 42mm transducers for sound. The company explains that the setup creates “excellent dynamics, clarity, and musicality,” and you can also use an EQ, presets, and a new Sound Personalization feature to further tune the tune. Audio Personalization takes into account your personal preferences and adjusts the “listening experience” accordingly.
Of course, these are flagship headphones, so active noise cancellation (ANC) is on board. The company says its updated adaptive ANC works to preserve sound quality even in the noisiest environments. Transparency Mode is also available, and Sennheiser’s app has a slider control between it and ANC. In other words, you’re not just left with one or the other, so you can mix in some environmental noise if needed. This model can also automatically change the sound settings according to your location, A feature Sennheiser first released in March.
Sennheiser also offers a feature called Sidetone that lets you adjust how much of your voice comes through during calls. It’s a tool that helps you feel less noisy, and it works on the Momentum 4’s automatic wind noise suppression for beamforming microphones during voice and video chats.
Sennheiser says you can expect up to 60 hours of battery life on one charge, and that’s with ANC on. The fast charge feature provides six hours of use in 10 minutes. To help save battery, Momentum 4 is equipped with both auto pause and auto on/off. The company says the headphones will turn off when you leave them unattended and turn back on when you pick them up.
Momentum 4 will be available for pre-order on August 9 in black and white color options before shipping on August 23. The earphones are priced at $349.95, which is $50 less than the Momentum 3 when it launched in 2019.
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