Considering a set of Apple AirPods Max or another one of the best headphones currently on the market? Maybe read this first – you’ll just have to wait until August for the release.
Sennheiser has just officially launched its Momentum 4 Wireless noise canceling headphones ahead of their now confirmed global arrival in August.
The German brand has pretty concisely revealed the first images and official details of its long-awaited wireless cans, which will succeed 2019’s Momentum 3 Wireless – but we have a few key facts. And one in particular is seriously impressive.
Three years is a pretty long span between headphone iterations in the ever-evolving world of wireless audio and Bluetooth technology, but 2020 hasn’t been a great year for anyone. And given the information now available to us, Sennheiser has clearly used the time to go back to the drawing board and start over, rather than tweaking and tweaking an older model for its latest release.
The Momentum 4 Wireless promises “best-in-class sound, advanced adaptive noise cancellation and an all-new design that offers exceptional comfort”, and that gray fabric covering the headband (which looks a lot like what adorns the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 and older Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 charging case) is certainly a new direction for Sennheiser’s flagship headphones.
Opinion: With this specification alone, Sennheiser could rule them all
What’s striking here is the claimed battery life, at (frankly amazing) 60 hours. Whether or not that number is with ANC deployed remains to be seen, but given Apple’s top-tier AirPods Max only have a third of that, at 8pm when listening with both ANC and Spatial Audio enabled, it’s a bold statement.
Need another reference? The Sony WH-1000XM5 can run for up to 30 hours with noise canceling on or 40 hours with noise canceling off – which is a two hour improvement over the still excellent WH-1000XM4.
How Sennheiser managed to stretch to a 60-hour battery life when Sony was only able to get two more hours of juice out of its flagship wireless earbuds, even after a drastic upgrade, we can’t say yet.
But we Does we know to expect an “audiophile-inspired 42mm transducer system” with slightly angled speakers to “ensure sound is channeled slightly from the front to the user’s ears”, which should promote a “more natural sound stage”.
Elsewhere, we can anticipate advanced voice pickup for optimized calling and voice assistant access, as well as “multiple customizations to allow users to tailor the sound to their unique preferences.”
Will we see Bluetooth 5.3 and support for the new Bluetooth audio-sharing Auracast protocol, scheduled to arrive in the coming months? We don’t know yet – but given Sennheiser’s track record, it seems likely.
Also still big is the price. But remember, Sennheiser’s newer headphones have actually reduced the launch price of their predecessors, so an order fee below $399.95 (about £280 / AU$500) is hardly out of the question. … And wouldn’t that be cool?