Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless VS Sony WH-1000XM5: Which Headphones Are The Best?

Rithika Biswas
Rithika Biswas August 18, 2022
Updated 2022/08/18 at 8:57 AM

Sennheiser and Sony are two of the worldwide known names when it comes to best quality headphones. But who would win if compared to its biggest competitor? Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless & Sony WH-1000XM5 has continuously ranked the charts when it comes to mainline Bluetooth headphones with a hype house behind it. Here is us pitting them against each other so one can come to conclusion on what’s best for them. 

Sennheiser Momentum 4 :

  • Wireless Bluetooth headphones,
  • Carrying case;
  • USB-c type and USB-a type charging cables;
  • 3.5mm audio cable;
  • Aeroplane adapter;
  • Warranty card and instruction manual

Sony WH-1000XM5 :

  • Wireless Bluetooth headphones
  • Carrying case;
  • USB-c type charging cables;
  • 8” audio cable;
  • Warranty card and instruction manual

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Design – visual and sensory :

Both models have a similar design with solid, sturdy headbands and big ear cuffs. They have soft earpads and non-pressuring headbands so that users can comfortably use them for hours on end. The XM5 has been known to be a little lighter in weight over the other but it, unfortunately, used a lower quality plastic. Momentum feels a tad bit more durable. 

Functionality :

The sony headphones come with audio quality and features similar to its previous iterations. Both have similar press button functions, and they activate different commands at a tap. Both headphones have a fantastic response to touch-sensitive panels; anyhow, Momentum feels a nanosecond faster and smoother than the other. The former seems a lot more responsive than the latter, 

But it needs to be noted that Sony provides a little more variety over Momentum 4, with a stronger EQ and DSEE. on the other hand, the sound zones of Momentum are pretty powerful. One of their biggest comparison points is the ANC. Normally, Sony would have been the no-brainer winner, but this is where Momentum comes in. Sony’s 1000X series has some of the biggest innovations in the audio industry. But after hearing Momentum 4’s ANC, one might change their mind. Both the Bluetooth headphones have incredible ANC and they are undoubtedly the best in the market. But Sony might be a tad bit better with its adaptive ANC capabilities. 

Bluetooth & Battery Life :

Both the headphones come with incredibly stable and fast connections using 5.2 Bluetooth. Both these brands use a variety of CODEC including LDAC used by Sony which is arguably one of the best. 

The XM5 has a battery life of 30 hours, which is nothing when compared to its rival and powerhouse housing 60hours of playtime. Momentum might just be at the highest when it comes to playback time. 

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Audio Quality :

Undoubtedly, Sony’s 360 reality audio gives it a bonus point over Momentum which in turn use a natural stereo field. However, Sennheiser has an incredible natural stereo field. They treat imaging in a realistic way with all their focus on breathability and layering. On the other hand, the XM5 can only be so wide in its spatial and native forms.

Both headphones in question have a heavy bass effect with different timber approaches. The XM5 relies on the booming bass heaviness and EQ. The clear bass setting is preferred for dominating response which resonates through different frequencies. This sound signature might also get overwhelming really quick if one isn’t doing regular EQ cleanup. However, Momentum 4 has a more in-depth clearer quality of bass. The tone is more on the textured side and the details appear buttery smooth and richer over MX5. All in all, Momentum provides a richer experience. 

Both headphones come with a good shine to their high-end timbre. The elements are evened out due to its EQ and the treble is more prominent. With respect to texture, Momentum has a higher sizzle over Sony, making the timbre revealing and fuller. 

In Conclusion:

Sennheiser & Sony are undoubtedly the best wireless headphones available on the market in their price bracket. One can’t possibly go wrong with either of them. It all depends on a person’s choice, preference and what they are looking for. Though it can be said that Sony convey various features but Sennheiser ushers the best wireless sound signature. Both wireless headphones coney pure sound quality and it all comes down to what specifics one is looking for. It’s not fair on either Sennheiser or Sony to pit them against each other as they are splendid in their own way. 


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