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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize comfort and are considering longer listening sessions, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones offer superior comfort and battery life. They also have better noise isolation, which is ideal for air travel or noisy environments. However, for portability, the Sony WF1000XM4 earbuds are more compact and offer a sweatproof design, making them better for exercise. Sony's earbuds have a higher overall sound quality but have a lower battery life compared to the Sennheisers. Additionally, the Sony WF1000XM4 features virtual surround sound, which the Sennheiser Momentum 4 lacks. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Sennheiser Momentum 4
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM4
  • Excellent for music
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
9.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is excellent for music, while the Sennheiser Momentum 4 is good.

Gaming

9.0
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
5.6
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 is excellent for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.2
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
10.0
The Sony WF1000XM4 is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sennheiser Momentum 4 is very good.

TV and Video

8.9
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
6.0
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 is very good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
8.3
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Sony WF1000XM4 is very good.

Battery

59.0 Hours
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
9.0 Hours
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 has 59 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM4 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$250
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
$278
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The Sennheiser Momentum 4 has a price of $250 and the Sony WF1000XM4 costs $278.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

6.8
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
6.7
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 and Sony WF1000XM4 are both only fair for phone calls.

Build Quality

9.0
Momentum 4
WF1000XM4
8.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sennheiser Momentum 4 to have excellent build quality, while the Sony WF1000XM4 has very good build quality.

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How the Sennheiser Momentum 4 and the Sony WF1000XM4 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Sennheiser Momentum 4Sony WF1000XM4
Sennheiser Momentum 4Sony WF1000XM4

GENERAL

Price
$250
$278
Brand
SennheiserSony
Release Date
August 1, 2022July 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.1/10
Phone Calls Score
6.9/106.7/10
Gaming Score
9.1/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
9/106/10
Exercise Score
6.4/106.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
59 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
2 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25.2
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
8/105.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.9/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
294.8 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | January 2023
"If you're looking for a slightly more affordable set of ANC headphones in comparison to the Bose or Sony offerings: the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless is not a bad way to go. While its ANC is technically behind the other top-tier headphones, its sound quality is ahead of the pack—as is its battery life. Not bad for $350 USD."

Sony WF1000XM4

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | March 2023
"The headphones deliver a satisfying user experience, class-leading battery life, some of the best noise-cancelling we’ve heard in this category, and absolutely stunning sound quality."

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About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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