LAS VEGAS - Bluetooth headphones have languished in an audiophile ghetto for years -- suffering from major downgrades to audio fidelity like floppy bass and a distorted soundstage. Sennheiser is pulling Bluetooth headphones out of that ghetto with the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones.
The announcement has led to grumbling in the audiophile community and they're right to be suspicious of any company promising audio fidelity in a Bluetooth package. Sennheiser is making use of the aptX codec in an attempt to circumvent those deficiencies though their competitor, the Beats Wireless headphones, also make use of the codec.
I found the Momentum Wireless to really shine in their control of the audio. They maintained a consistent and punchy sound where often headphones can get crazy with uncontrolled bass in an effort to hide the problems that streaming over Bluetooth can create.
They're also, like the wired Momentums, very light and comfortable. The leather pads hugged my ears and helped drown out external noise and I had no problem accessing the pairing button or Active Noise Cancelling control.
Yes, you read that right, these cans pack a very functional Active Noise Cancelling feature in addition to all that Bluetooth tech. I had no problem drowning out the noise of the CES South Hall. Though I still found them lacking when compared to the high water mark set by Bose. There was no issue muting the crowd around me, but the thumping bass of a booth next door still filtered in.
There's no word on pricing, but you will be able to wear them in black or ivory. Tom's Guide will be giving you a detailed look of how they stack against competition from Beats and Bose when the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Wireless ship later this year.
Alex Cranz is the Assistant Reviews Editor at Tom’s Guide. When she’s not devising tests for new tech she’s figuring out the best way to run Plex on it. Follow Alex @alexhcranz. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.