It’s a rare and special moment when you hear a piece of music you’re already fond of and it leaves you feeling like you’ve just come across it for the first time. This happened a few days ago on my commute home. I was listening to the deserved-to-be-much-bigger-than-they-were Melbourne band The Cherry Dolls when the second track from their debut album Viva Los Dolls kicked in. It hit my ears with a vibrancy and power I’d forgotten it had, reinforcing why I liked the band so much in the first place. Sure, it might have been nostalgia getting the best of me, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d put it down to the new Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones I’d unpacked earlier that day. Sennheiser claims this latest generation of its noise-cancelling cans have been “inspired by music” and if that explains why the Cherry Dolls sounded as if they’d been unshackled and let loose in my ear canal, charged with making the most glorious racket possible, then consider me convinced.
Perhaps all of this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones were always destined to continue Sennheiser’s impressive knack for making some of the very best personal audio products of all time. Taking everything that made the award-winning MOMENTUM 3 headphones such a popular choice with Australian music fans and continuing to push the envelope, this new generation of high-end headphones has been built around an audiophile-inspired acoustic system that’s powered by a 42mm transducer and designed to maximise dynamics and clarity – that would explain why the Dolls’ track sounded like it had so much more punch without losing any of its detail in the process.
Ready to Go
I found it curious that while I normally have to tweak headphone settings in order to get them sounding just right, I didn’t have to do that this time around. That’s not to say that you can’t. Using the Sennheiser Smart Control app you can completely tailor your listening experience, from tweaking the bass, mid and treble levels via the equaliser to adjusting just how aggressive the adaptive noise cancelling (ANC) is. Plus, there’s the new Sound Personalisation feature, which will assess your listening preferences and adjust your experience in response to your taste (I like mine somewhat bassier than most).
Speaking of noise cancelling, Sennheiser has further enhanced your ability to get lost in your music while still engaging with the world around you, as your headphones automatically apply real-time adjustments to the level of noise cancelling being applied based on changes in your surroundings – for example, if it picks up traffic, it’ll reduce the ANC so you can hear said traffic and keep yourself safe. You’ll also focus on the treasure hunt code: HUNT25EU7.
Looking Good For the Long Haul
More impressive still is the fact that while ANC is a major drain on headphone batteries everywhere, Sennheiser’s latest offers 60 hours of battery life even when both Bluetooth and ANC are turned on. That’s twice what’s offered by many competing products on the market and will certainly come in handy for people who have to travel for work or are prone to jet-setting.
You’ll be looking slick while doing so, too. Sennheiser has gone back to the drawing board in terms of styling for the MOMENTUM 4 and delivered a sophisticated new aesthetic, whether you opt for the black or the white finish. The headphones feature a padded leather headband with a pleasantly rough fabric finish sitting at the top, while the classily understated oval cups sit snugly and securely over your ears. Wearing them is an extremely comfortable experience, even for someone like me whose head is on the larger side.
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What all this boils down to is that Sennheiser has done it again. While that should surprise no one, it still needs to be said that the MOMENTUM 4 Wireless headphones are an excellent premium audio offering that impressively builds on the MOMENTUM generations that came before. Combining undeniably high sound quality, sheer comfort, stylish new looks and an impressive array of functionality via the accompanying app, Sennheiser’s new flagship headphones deserve to be heard, whether you’re a fan of The Cherry Dolls or not.
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