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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless: A terrific but pricey Bluetooth headphoneIf you can afford the Momentum Wireless' $500 price tag, you're getting a great sounding and comfortable Bluetooth headphone with premium build quality.
Hi, David Carnoy and this is the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, one of the best bluetooth headphones you can buy right now, though not exactly cheap at $500. What's great about it? Well, for starters it's a very comfortable, well-built headphone. Sennheiser has tweaked the designs of both it's both Momentum over-ear and on-ear models. Both of which now come in wired, and wireless versions, and have a new folding design that gives the headphones a little smaller footprint when they're in there included carrying case. With both then new wired momentum m2, and this wireless model, Sennheiser has made the ear cups a little bigger so they fit over your ears better, and don't pinch anything. The designers also made the ear cup softer. Aside from its wireless capabilities this headphone also features active noise cancellation and nfc tap to pair technology for compatible devices, bluetooth 4.0 and also supports the apt-X CODEC. On top of that you can also use the headphones as a wired headphone. And sounds very good in this mode, and actually plays louder with a cable attached. But back to wireless mode, for that the playback and volume controls, as well as the power, on off button, are on the right ear cup, and I was able to operate everything easily enough by feel alone. The noise cancellation which isn't too heavy is always on. There's no switch to turn it off but battery life is still quite good at 22 hours. The noise cancelling worked well int he streets of New York and the integrated microphone, which is actually dual mic's, worked very well for making calls with my cell phone. As you talk, you can hear your own voice inside the headphones which keeps you from talking louder then you need to. In many ways this is a direct competitor to the $379 beats studio wireless. Which also has active noise cancellation, the beats is an excellent wireless headphone, and just as comfortable the sennheiser just sounds a little bit better with tighter bass and an overall more textured refined sound. It's not a huge difference but there is a difference. As far as the differences between this model and the smaller and less expensive Momentum [UNKNOWN], this is a more balanced audio file oriented headphone while the Momentum on your wireless is a zippier, more exciting model. I'm not sure which one I like better for sound, but I do prefer this larger, over ear model for its fit. It's just a little bit more comfortable. And with that fit, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, it's a shame it costs $500.00, but hopefully that price will come down over time so more people will be tempted to buy this excellent bluetooth headphone. It's great if you can afford it. I'm Dave Carnoy, thanks for watching