Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3Source: Sennheiser

Best Sennheiser Headphones Android Central 2020

Sennheiser has a large selection of headphones and finding the best one can be tough. However, we firmly believe the company's HD 600 headphones are by far the best set of headphones Sennheiser makes due to their excellent sound quality, comfort, and flexibility.

Best Overall: Sennheiser HD 600

Sennheiser HD600 open-back headphonesSource: Sennheiser

The HD 600 from Sennheiser are by far the best price to performance headphones the company makes. It delivers incredible sound with excellent dynamic range and soundstage without needing an amp for a great price. They are open-back headphones, so you'll probably want to use them in the comfort of your own home or a studio.

So let's start there. The HD 600 are strictly "at home" headphones due to their open-back design. This means that all of your music will leak, and people around you will hear exactly what you're listening to. However, the trade-off is a super-wide soundstage and excellent dynamic range. The frequency response is as expected for open-back headphones. The midrange and treble are neutral and flat, but the bass is a bit underwhelming. That's mostly due to the open-back design not allowing the bass to bounce back at you. This creates an early bass roll-off meaning you lose a lot of thump and rumble from the low-bass.

In terms of comfort, the HD 600 are likely the most comfortable headphones you'll ever wear. The ear cups and headband are made out of soft foam material, and the clamping force isn't terribly strong where it may feel like the headphone is squeezing your head. You won't have to worry about your ears getting warm since it's an open-back headphone, adding to the comfort.

Out of the box, the HD 600 uses the much less common 1/4-inch connector, but it does include a 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch (3.5mm) adapter, which is much more common. This means that you'll be able to plug your HD 600 into practically anything as long as you have the adapter. On the other end, the HD 600 also uses a proprietary connector to connect to the headphone itself. While we don't predict Sennheiser will be leaving the headphone game anytime soon, proprietary connectors aren't ideal.

Pros:

  • Excellent dynamic range
  • Superb soundstage
  • Great comfort

Cons:

  • Bass response can be underwhelming for some
  • Proprietary connector

Best Overall

Sennheiser HD 600

Open sound

The HD 600 offers excellent comfort, soundstage, dynamic range, and frequency response.

Best Value: Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BTSource: Sennheiser

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are the best bang for your buck when it comes to the company's overall headphone lineup.

For the price, the HD 4.40 BT performs great when it comes to sound quality. They feature a bass heavy sound that will make bass lovers fall in love with them. The midrange and treble are nice and balanced, giving them a fantastic bass-forward sound.

In terms of comfort, the HD 4.40 BT are pretty decent unless you have more prominent ears. The ear cups and headband are soft, but the headband is a bit thin, so you may experience some discomfort towards the crown of your head if you have a bigger head. The ear cups also don't extend super deep, which makes them uncomfortable for those who have wider ears. The ear cups get pretty warm thanks to the headphones having large, leather-based ear cups.

Battery life is excellent with up to 25 hours of listening time on a single charge. It charges over the aging Micro-USB port, and there's no fast charging, which is a bummer on both accounts. But at least they last a long time even if you need to wait 2 hours to recharge them.

Pros:

  • Great comfort for ideal ears
  • Long battery life
  • Solid sound for its price

Cons:

  • Micro-USB for charging
  • Awful comfort for those who have big ears
  • No fast charging

Best Value

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT

Solid package

If you have a smaller head and ears, the HD 4.40 BT offers killer battery life and sound quality for its price.

Best Active Noise Canceling: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3Source: Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 are a recent addition to the company's headphone lineup, replacing the previous Momentum Wireless. Fortunately, the Momentum Wireless 3 don't disappoint.

So let's start with the headlining feature: active noise cancelation (ANC). The Momentum Wireless 3 are up there with the big dogs. If I had to rank ANC performance, the Momentum Wireless would be in third place comfortably. Only being beaten by the Sony WH-1000XM3 (first), and Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 (second). The NCH 700 from Bose and the Momentum Wireless 3 are super close, though. The Momentum Wireless 3 are capable of blocking out nearly all low-end/bass noise and midrange noises. Like most other ANC headphones, the Momentum Wireless 3 struggles canceling out treble, but that's expected. The Momentum Wireless 3 suffers from very minimal wind noise as well.

The headphone features an ambient sound mode that is enabled with a toggle on the left ear cup. The ambient sound mode of the Momentum Wireless 3 are the best we've heard so far rivaling our previous best, the Bang & Olufsen H9i. The ambient sound mode sounds very natural and true-to-life as if you weren't wearing headphones at all. By default, enabling ambient sound mode will pause your audio, but that can be adjusted with Sennheiser's smartphone app. Sound quality is excellent with the Momentum Wireless 3. They sound a bit "bright", which means that they have an emphasis on the treble. Dynamic range is excellent, and soundstage is above average for active noise canceling headphones.

Comfort is excellent, with no issues with ear fatigue or heaviness on the crown of the head. The ear cups and headband are super soft and comfortable; however, the ear cups do get warm after several hours of usage. In terms of battery life, the Momentum Wireless 3 are on the lower end with only 17 hours of battery life with ANC enabled. They charge over USB-C and include a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, along with a USB-C to USB-A adapter if you want to plug them into an older computer to charge.

Pros:

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Superb active noise canceling
  • Ambient sound mode sounds natural and true-to-life
  • USB-C for charging

Cons:

  • Battery life could be better
  • Ear cups get warm after several hours of usage

Best Active Noise Canceling

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3

Quiet tunes

The Momentum Wireless 3 features excellent sound quality, active noise canceling, and the best ambient sound mode to date.

Best True Wireless: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True WirelessSource: Sennheiser

If you're specifically looking for Sennheiser true wireless earbuds, the Momentum True Wireless 2 are your best bet. The biggest selling point of the Momentum TW2 is their sound quality, which are above average for true wireless earbuds.

The sound is a bit bass boosted but it's smooth and balanced otherwise. Fortunately, the boost isn't distasteful or overbearing, making them great to listen to even if you're not a fan of a ton of bass. The earbuds feature a companion app (available an Android and iOS) with a built-in EQ. This allows you to tame down the bass if you'd like a more balanced sound.

Battery life is solid with up to seven hours on the buds side and an additional 21 hours with the case. This equates to 28 hours of juice between the case and earbuds. The charging case also charges over USB-C, which is a bonus, but it does not feature wireless charging of any sort. The case isn't the smallest in the world but can still easily be pocketable.

Comfort is excellent, too. You'll have no problem keeping them in your ears, even for long periods of time. However, the earbuds might feel a bit heavy for some after extended use. This varies by ear greatly but most people won't have an issue with comfort.

Pros:

  • Great sound
  • USB-C for charging
  • App for iOS and Android
  • Superb comfort

Cons:

  • Can get uncomfortable after a while for some
  • Lacks wireless charging case

Best True Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

No-cord listening

The Momentum TW2 offer superb sound, long battery life, excellent comfort, and great portability.

Best Open-Back: Sennheiser HD 800 S

Sennheiser HD 800 SSource: Sennheiser

The Sennheiser HD 800 S are the headphones people love to talk about when they talk about fabulous Sennheiser headphones. The only reason it doesn't make out best overall pick is due to their price.

In terms of sound quality, the HD 800 S are excellent for an open-back headphone. The bass rolls off pretty nicely and does get slightly overemphasized in the upper-bass but not enough where most people will hear, the midrange is balanced overall as expected, and the treble is equally as balanced. Soundstage is superb thanks to the open-back design, and dynamic range is excellent here as well. The biggest downside is you'll need to purchase a separate amplifier to make the most of the headphones. It's not a requirement, but you'll have a tough time getting them to a decent volume without an amp. Don't even bother plugging them into your smartphone. That's if you purchase a 3.5mm adapter in the first place. The HD 800 S comes with an XLR cord and a 1/4-inch cord with no 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch (3.5mm) adapter in the box. The other end of the connector is proprietary, meaning if Sennheiser decided to stop manufacturing the cord, you're going to be in for a tough time if your cable ever breaks.

Comfort is also excellent with a large headband and super-soft ear cups. You won't have any issues with discomfort, ear fatiguing, or a feeling of heaviness on the head. They also don't get warm thanks to the open-back design. You'll have a ton of audio leaking because of the aforementioned open-back design, so you'll more than likely want to use the HD 800 S when at home or in a private area. They are a bit large, though, so if you have a small head, you may run into issues with getting them properly on your head.

Pros:

  • Superb soundstage and dynamic range
  • Great frequency response
  • Awesome fit and design

Cons:

  • Amplifier is required
  • Proprietary cable
  • May be a bit large for some

Best Open-Back

Sennheiser HD 800 S

Heaven for your ears

If you can get passed the amplifier requirement and price tag, the HD 800 S are likely the best headphones you'll ever own.

Best Over-Ear: Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Sennheiser PXC 550 II HeadphoneSource: Sennheiser

If you're looking for fabulous over-ear headphones but don't care for ANC too much, the Sennheiser PXC 550-II may be up your alley.

In terms of sound quality, the PXC 550-II perform quite well. The bass is present but isn't "boomy," which means you'll get great detail from the bass but won't necessarily feel it. Otherwise, the sound is relatively balanced with minor inconsistencies that most people won't hear.

Battery life is excellent, with up to 30 hours of listening time with ANC enabled. Unfortunately, the PXC 550 charge over Micro-USB, which is becoming increasingly annoying to carry since it's outdated in favor of USB-C. It's still better than using a proprietary connector, like some of Sennheiser's headphones use, but USB-C would have been preferred here.

Comfort is excellent with no issues with ear fatigue, heaviness, or discomfort with the headband or ear cups. Your ears will get hot after a few hours of usage, though, due to the closed-back design and ear cup material choice.

The PXC 550-II do feature active noise-canceling (ANC), but you should probably avoid it. Sound leaking is quite bad here, but it can be kept to minimum at low volume. Plus, by not having it enabled, you'll get even better battery life.

Pros:

  • 30-hour long battery life
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Great comfort

Cons:

  • Ear cups get warm after several hours of usage
  • Micro-USB for charging
  • Isolation and sound leaking are pretty bad

Best Over-Ear

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Fantastic sound

If you avoid using ANC, the PXC 550-II from Sennheiser feature solid battery life, great sound, and decent comfort.

Best Neckbud: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear WirelessSource: Sennheiser

Sennheiser isn't known for its neckbud earbuds, but it does have a small selection of them on the market. The Momentum In-Ear are Sennheiser's current best neckbuds.

Sound quality is good overall but is slightly lackluster compared to other Sennheiser headphones. The Momentum In-Ear Wireless feature a warm and dark signature, which translates to elevated bass, along with a midrange and treble that take a backseat. Dynamic range and soundstage are decent compared to other neckbud earbuds.

Battery life is good at 10 hours on a single charge. This should get most people through their day without much issue. There's no fast charging here, so you'll have to wait around 90 minutes to charge your buds once they are completely depleted. They charge over Micro-USB, which is pretty awful in 2020, but it's better than a proprietary connector.

The Momentum In-Ear Wireless are pretty comfortable. Of course, they have an in-ear design and come with multiple ear tip sizes in the box to maximize comfort and fit. Unlike some other in-ear earbuds, the Momentum In-Ear get shoved in your ear rather than laying on top, which some may find uncomfortable, especially after a few hours of usage. The neckband itself is super light and rests comfortably around your neck without much issue.

Pros:

  • 10-hour battery life
  • Decent sound quality
  • Comfortable for an in-ear design
  • Light neckband

Cons:

  • No fast charging
  • Some may dislike in-ear design
  • Charge over Micro-USB

Best Neckbud

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless

Neck tunes

Neckbud lovers will love the Momentum In-Ear. They feature excellent sound quality, long battery life, and great comfort.

Bottom line

Sennheiser is a veteran in the headphone game and has been making headphones for several decades. The company has introduced some new gear, but the classic Sennheiser HD 600 are still the best headphone the company makes without too many compromises.

The HD 600 offer one of the best experiences when it comes to headphones. The sound quality and soundstage are excellent and comfort is some of the best we've tested. Their only real downside is the proprietary connector.

How to choose the best Sennheiser headphones

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3Source: Sennheiser

When looking at Sennheiser headphones, the company typically puts sound quality above all else. While they're usually great at it, some outliers feature more bass, treble, or both.

Otherwise, when deciding on headphones, you're looking at comfort. Luckily, as a general rule of thumb, Sennheiser's headphones are super comfortable, especially those that have an open-back design. You may also want to consider battery life if they are Bluetooth headphones as you don't want to get stuck with dead headphones halfway through an 18-hour flight.

Sound Quality

Sound quality should be the top priority for potential headphone buyers. It doesn't matter if they're super comfortable or look pretty if your headphones sound like absolute crap. Fortunately, Sennheiser is a company that cares about sound quality, whether that's frequency response, soundstage, or dynamic range.

Our top two picks are the HD 800 S and the HD 600, unsurprisingly. They both feature a relatively balanced sound signature with excellent dynamic range and soundstage thanks to the open-back design. Both headphones are of the wired variety, and the HD 800 S will need an amp to get the best sound out of them.

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 take our number three spot as it features a balanced sound signature, and that's with ANC enabled. Dynamic range is excellent, and soundstage is solid given they are closed-back headphones.

Best Sennheiser headphones, ranked by sound quality

  1. Sennheiser HD 800 S
  2. Sennheiser HD 600
  3. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
  4. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT
  5. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Comfort

Honestly, most Sennheiser headphones are very comfortable. There are a few outliers, but generally speaking, most of them are super comfortable for both short and long periods of use.

Again, the HD 800 S and HD 600 make the top of our list. The ear cups and headband are super soft but dense enough to allow your head and ears to breathe. The open-back design also eliminates any warmth or heat you may feel on your ears.

The Momentum Wireless 3 are designed with comfort in mind. Most people use ANC headphones on flights, and the Momentum Wireless 3 do not disappoint. Not only do they cancel out a ton of noise around you, but they are also super comfortable with a soft headband and ear cups.

Best Sennheiser headphones, ranked by comfort

  1. Sennheiser HD 800 S
  2. Sennheiser HD 600
  3. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
  4. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  5. Sennheiser PXC 550-II

Battery Life

Unsurprisingly, over-ear headphones tend to have longer battery life than earbuds, and that holds true here. The Sennheiser PXC 550-II top the list with up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge. This is more than enough for a long flight or a daily commute.

The HD 4.40 BT are a close second with up to 25 hours of battery life. Both the HD 4.40 BT and PXC 550-II battery life estimates assume you have ANC enabled, so you'll get at least a few extra hours of battery life without ANC.

The same goes for our third pick, which are the Momentum Wireless 3. These nes you 17 hours of battery life on a single charge with ANC enabled. The Momentum Wireless 3 also happen to be the only headphones on our list that use USB-C for charging.

Best Sennheiser headphones, ranked by battery life

  1. Sennheiser PXC 550-II
  2. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT
  3. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
  4. Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless
  5. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Peter Cao is an audio and headphone addict. It's super rare seeing him without some sort of headphones on. Off the clock, he likes spending his time playing video games, basketball, or listening to more headphones.

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