Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 review: A refreshing big upgrade

time:2022-11-27 02:00:15 source:scripttoolbox.com author:Hard disk
Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 review: A refreshing big upgrade

After three years, Sennheiser has finally launched the fourth-generation product of the MOMENTUM series of head-mounted noise reduction flagships (hereinafter referred to as MOMENTUM 4). Compared with the previous generation, MOMENTUM 4 has undergone a very thorough change this time, especially in this brand-new design, there is hardly any shadow of the previous generation. In other respects, this important update of MOMENTUM 4 includes a new touch operation, ANC adaptive noise reduction (new anti-wind drying option), sound personalization settings, and a long battery life of up to 60 hours in ANC mode ( The previous generation was only 17 hours). In terms of price, the starting price of the new generation of MOMENTUM 4 is 2,699 yuan, which is 300 yuan cheaper than the previous generation. After a week of headset experience, today I will talk to you about the overall experience of use. 01 Bold and innovative design Sennheiser has always been conservative in product design. For example, you can see that the MOMENTUM series from wired to wireless, the design language has always been relatively unified, and there are few major changes in appearance. But this time, MOMENTUM 4 has a "big face change". The design style is more simple. The lightweight head beam and the wide and thick ear pads are also good for wrapping the ears, and there is no obvious sense of oppression. For users with big heads It will not be too burdensome to wear. As far as this design is concerned, I personally like it, especially the white model. The color combination of light gray and milky white is very fresh, while the black model is more conservative. However, some colleagues around me said that compared with the new design, they still prefer the classic appearance of the previous generation. I don't think it's a problem, radishes and vegetables have their own preferences. MOMENTUM 4 adopts the design of rotatable earmuffs and round headband this time, instead of inheriting the adjustable and foldable metal slide rail design of the previous generation; the disadvantage is that the headphones can only be rotated horizontally but cannot be folded, so the MOMENTUM 4 The earphone storage bag is also larger than the previous generation. If you are used to touch operation, MOMENTUM 4 should be easy to use. The headset only retains a power switch/Bluetooth pairing button, and all other operations are concentrated on the gesture touch area on the right earcup, and various operations are controlled by different gestures such as tap, double-tap, and two-finger pinch/open. However, this part of the actual experience has its own advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that the touch response is very sensitive and there is almost no delay; the disadvantage is that the gestures are too complicated and need to be adapted, and in my opinion, the most important voice prompt function (such as noise reduction) is missing. function on/off), which is more intuitive than the feedback from the previous physical buttons. The product design and operation experience of MOMENTUM 4 are not perfect, especially the operation experience. Maybe for the old users of MOMENTUM, it may take two days to get used to the new product. 02 Loose and warm sound In terms of the hardware configuration of the sounding unit, the configuration of MOMENTUM 4 is basically unchanged. It still uses a 42mm large moving coil diaphragm. The presentation of details is still at the level that "wooden buns" should have. In addition, the Bluetooth protocol supported by MOMENTUM 4 has been upgraded from the previous generation of Bluetooth 5.0 to Bluetooth 5.2, with higher Bluetooth bandwidth and more stable transmission; Bluetooth audio coding is based on SBC, AAC, and aptX, and aptX adaptive is added. As the most advanced Bluetooth transmission protocol of Qualcomm, the latter can transmit audio signals on Bluetooth devices up to a lossless level. The disadvantage is that the power consumption is significantly larger than that of SBC and AAC; That said, this power consumption is naturally not a problem. Next, let's talk about the subjective sense of hearing of this headset. In terms of sound style, MOMENTUM 4 still continues the consistent sound characteristics of "Wooden Mantou": loose, warm, and the clarity of vocals and instruments is definitely a high level in this price range. Although it is a closed-back headphone, the MOMENTUM 4 still has a relatively wide sound field, which can present excellent dynamic contrast and rich musicality. The low frequency of MOMENTUM 4 feels a little thicker to me. It has good control under large dynamics, and the sound is not loose and cohesive. However, the resolution is slightly lacking, and the low frequency will be a little "stuffy" when listening to some large-scale classical music. ”, but this time in Sennheiser’s own “Smart Control” APP, a corresponding solution is provided. Users can adjust the tri-band in the EQ settings to suit their personal "taste", but I don't recommend adjusting too much (the taste will get weird). For the pop, rock, classical and other music styles that everyone usually listens to, my personal favorite "tuning style" is shown in the picture above for your reference, about 1dB to 2dB of fine adjustment. With the support of aptX adaptive lossless decoding, the amount of information in the songs is significantly richer. When listening to Cai Qin, Faye Wong and Deng Ziqi with MOMENTUM 4, the vocals are very delicate, the mouth shape and image are clear, and even some soft breathing sounds are clear identifiable. In terms of classical music, the test track is still the usual "Schubert-Death and the Maiden-Jerusalem Quartet". The sound performance of this earphone can be described as gorgeous, the details are explained clearly, the sound positioning of the instrument is accurate, and the sound layering is distinct. , this is also where I think MOMENTUM 4 is the most catchy in terms of listening. In general, the sound quality of this headset can be firmly ranked in the first echelon, and the overall sound performance is commendable. It can not only control pop, rock and other genres, but also take into account the more challenging music such as classical music and jazz. Headphone quality music. The sound performance of MOMENTUM 4 should not disappoint the sound quality party. 03 Balanced full-band noise cancellation, rejecting dizziness After experiencing numerous active noise-cancelling headphones, I think the key to evaluating the noise-cancelling effect of a headphone is the depth of noise reduction, and the other is whether the ear pressure is obvious. On Sennheiser's official website, I did not find the noise reduction depth parameters of MOMENTUM 4, but in terms of actual experience, its noise reduction depth is at the same level as Bose and Sony's current flagship headphones, but the ear The pressure sensation is significantly better than that of the Bose QC45. The latter is prone to dizziness after wearing it for a period of time and must be taken off and rested for a while. In contrast, Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 and Sony WH-1000XM5 have no such problem, and the noise reduction experience is very natural. This time, MOMENTUM 4 provides the ANC adaptive noise reduction function. After it is turned on, it can automatically adjust the noise reduction amount according to the external environmental noise. It can also be adjusted by two-finger pinch/open gestures on the touch panel of the headset, which is very flexible. In addition, the newly added anti-wind noise mode will be a good blessing for outdoor use, which can effectively reduce the interference of wind noise. In daily commuting and office scenarios, when the headphones are turned on to the maximum amount of noise reduction, you can clearly feel that the noise cancellation effect of MOMENTUM 4 on external environmental noise is still very strong; the roar of the engine, the noisy conversation of passengers, and the noise of electrical appliances such as air conditioners will all Attenuated to a very low level, giving you a very quiet listening space. In general, MOMENTUM 4 can not only ensure the comfort of noise reduction, but also give you a relatively powerful full-band noise suppression effect, and the experience is praised. 04 60-hour long battery life, no need to worry about battery life when flying internationally More than double the price of flagship noise-cancelling headphones! The earphones also support fast charging. You can listen to music for 4 hours more with just 5 minutes of charging. The time to pack or have a cup of coffee before going out can solve battery life anxiety. The smart pause function of MOMENTUM 4 stops playback when the earphones are taken off and resumes when they are put back on; in addition, the automatic on/off function allows users to quickly start the earphones when they are picked up, and turn off the earphones at any time when not in use. You save power, which is very practical. Judging from my usage in the past week (mainly commuting and office scenarios), this headset can easily meet the needs of a week of use, even for long-distance international flights, and the battery life is very powerful. 05 Summary Comparing Sony's annual "squeeze toothpaste" on the 1000X series and Bose QC series' "remaining unchanged", the upgrade of Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 this time can be said to be very thorough: design, operating experience, The functionality is more in line with the positioning of a new flagship product. Of course, it may also be because this headset has undergone a new design and improvement from the inside out, its experience is still insufficient, and the coordination of hardware and software needs to be further optimized; but in general, MOMENTUM 4 is still a Excellent headphones, the product strength is worthy of the title of the new flagship. (8001123)

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