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Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Over-ear Headphone Review Roundup

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better over-ear headphone with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation at its price point.


Most reviewers could find very little to complain about except the price, and ranked HD1 Wireless as the best or one of the top 3 noise-cancelling headphones. Now it’s even $100 less than when it launched.

4.28 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


4.28 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

We simply didn’t expect a pair of closed-back, Bluetooth headphones to sound this good. The audio quality they offer is extraordinary — a massive stereo field, spreading the sounds wide, without any of the boxed-in quality that some closed-backs have. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars

They are nicely built, comfortable, and easy to wear for long periods of time. The real power behind the HD1 headphones is in their active noise cancelation, which is pretty darn effective. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.85 out of 5 stars

The mids are clear and cut through nicely. The highs are bright and crisp. The bass is holding it all together with just a little bit more love. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

Should you buy it? If you’re looking for a wireless pair of headphones that match incredible sound with sexy good looks and comfort, and you don’t mind paying for them, the answer is yes. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.5 out of 5 stars

They’re comfy, sound great, and if you can afford them I think they’re worth a shot. Read full review →
There’s an exceptional level of depth and detail to the mids — relative to other Bluetooth pairs — and the soundstage is nice and wide. I’ve tested dozens of wireless headphones, and this pair is the best I’ve used. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

Bass is deep, powerful, and thick. Kick drums give a nice punch, while bass guitars and synths are low and rumbling. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.1 out of 5 stars

Oozes refinement and seems to bring out the best in all types of music. The sound is less bright, voices are more fleshed out, and bass impact is more viscerally felt than its predecessor. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars

From vocals to guitars, there’s a level of subtlety here that uncovers stacks of fine detail, with plenty of clarity to boot. Read full review →
Styling, build quality, comfort, and ergonomics are simply outstanding. It does sound better than any other Bluetooth noise canceler I’ve heard. Read full review →
Sennheiser HD1 Wireless (over-ear) Headphone in ivory
Sennheiser HD1 Wireless (over-ear) Headphone in ivory


  • Near instant Bluetooth connectivity
  • 22 hour battery life
  • Rich sound with excellent detail
  • Vast, dimensional soundstage
  • Stylish
  • Easy to carry with a fold-up design
  • Light and comfortable to wear
  • Uber-soft leather earcups
  • Solid battery life of around three days
  • Cables in the box for when you want to go corded
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + aptX
  • Dual microphones for use as a cell phone headset
  • Includes inline remote/microphone cable
  • Includes nice carrying case
  • Great dynamics
  • Clear, detailed midrange
  • Rich bass


  • Echo effect on phone calls
  • Bass can be a tad heavy in wireless mode
  • Noise cancellation very good, but doesn’t top Bose
  • Controls are fiddly and take getting used to
  • Cannot turn off noise cancellation in Bluetooth mode

Our Final Conclusion

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better over-ear headphone with Bluetooth and active noise cancellation at its price point.

Product Overview

March 29, 2017Sennheiser has rebranded a slew of headphones under the Momentum brand in North America. To add to the confusion, there is a mix of models that include in-ear, on-ear, over-ear in both wired and wireless versions. In most cases just replace Momentum with HD1. We believe this is how it breaks down. Over-ear headphones Momentum 2.0 over-ear (wired) -> HD1 – $249.95 Momentum 2.0 over-ear (wireless) -> HD1 Wireless – $399.95 There’s also a new…

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Feb 1, 2017
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