Denon AHGC20 vs Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 | Noise Canceling Headphones

Comparing Denon AHGC20 and the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

You might have already heard about headphones that feature noise-canceling technology. You might ask if it is even worth it to invest in one.

Well, answering that question is not really as simple as one might think. You might even argue that your standard headphone can already block out most ambient noise so why spend more for a headphone with noise-canceling capability?

However, comparing standard headphones with noise-isolation to one that has active noise-canceling technology is like comparing day and night.

Basically, noise-canceling headphones utilize a microphone and some audio processing to produce an opposite sound to effectively block ambient noise. This inverse wave will cancel out intruding sound wave (i.e. ambient noise) from being identified by your eardrums.

There are dozens of different types of noise-canceling headphones available in the market and you will be able to find one that suits your needs and budget. For example, an audiophile would want to invest on a noise-canceling headphone that offers high-end speakers and larger earcups which can enhance that sound quality significantly. Of course, expect these headphones to be more expensive.

Now then, let’s take a look at 2 specific noise-canceling headphones: the Denon AHGC20 and the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0.

Which one delivers the better performance? Which one is the better headphone for constant travelers? Time to find out.

Comparing Noise Canceling Headphones | Denon AHGC20 vs. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0


Denon AHGC20 Globe Cruiser Over-Ear Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphone Review

Denon AHGC20 Globe Cruiser Over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones The AHGC20 Globe Cruiser by Denon is definitely made not only as a noise-canceling headphone, it is also designed for optimum comfort. The earcups are quite large and cover the entirety of the ear comfortably.

The headband does feel a bit firm but that is counter-balanced by the soft padding. The headphone is also foldable making it a good choice for people on the go.

The AHGC20 features active noise cancellation technology (ANC) that helps block out ambient noise with the use of a special audio processing technique that was discussed at the beginning of this article.

I find its ANC capability to be quite good but some faint ambient noise still managed to creep in. The low-frequency sound is completely blocked by the ANC but I found higher frequency sound can still sneak through. Its noise cancellation is good, but it is not the best.

While the Bluetooth feature does come with NFC and aptX technology, I encountered some glitches that from time to time. I have no idea what triggers it but if I have to guess it is probably a bug in the headphone system. These glitches only happen rarely but they can distract your otherwise pleasant listening experience. Battery hour clocks in at 20 hours on a single full charge which is pretty impressive.

Denon AHGC20 Globe Cruiser Over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones The sound quality of the AHGC20 varies depending on whether you are using it with the ANC turned on. If you deactivate the ANC you will notice a huge decrease in the overall quality of the sound. Sound gets a bit fuzzy but since this is marketed as an ANC headphone, there really is no reason for you turn off that feature.

This headphone works best with the ANC activated and in wireless mode, which is strange since most headphones actually have better sound quality when in wired mode. Comparing the difference between wired and wireless plus ANC is significant. The treble delivers more bite, the bass sounds tighter, and overall accuracy gets a boost.

Key Features:

  • Active noise cancellation technology.
  • Detachable cable.
  • 20-hour battery life.
  • 40mm dynamic drivers.

Our Rating

  • Sound Quality: 8.5/10
  • Bass: 9/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 9/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 8.5/10

Who would this be good for?

The Denon AHGC20 is now available with a significant price cut which is great but considering the overall quality of its ANC and sound, it is a bit hard to recommend. It is a rough around the edges ANC headphone, expect it to lower its price again in the near future. By then, it might be a worthwhile headphone.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and nice fit.
  • More affordable than its competition.

Cons:

  • ANC technology is subpar.
  • Glitches with its Bluetooth connectivity.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless ANC Headphone Review

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation- Black While the original Sennheiser Momentum was a great product there is still room for improvement. Case in point, one of the biggest gripe by customers with the original Momentum was the padding which was too small for comfort.

Fortunately, Sennheiser listened to these complaints and increased the pad size for the 2.0 significantly.

This design choice was not only good for improving comfort, it also gave the headphone a couple of tweaks with its aesthetics. Compared to the older version, the Momentum 2.0 now has a more contemporary vibe which would either be a pro or a con depending on your personal preference.

One practical advantage of this “wardrobe change” is that it now offers improved stability. It fits quite well that I would even recommend this as a workout headphone. The earpads also have better depth and evenly distributes the pressure around the ears. I’ve worn this during a few jogging sessions and they managed to stay in place throughout.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation- Black As for sound quality, Sennheiser decided on following the adage, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” One thing that the original Sennheiser Momentum excelled at was with its powerful but non-overpowering bass.

The bass here can go in deep without the downside of sounding forced. Treble is also distinct and comes with a mild bite.

I would note that the Momentum 2.0 is not designed for audiophiles. It does not come with the accuracy an audiophile would want.

However, for an ANC wireless headphone, this is one of the best around. The sound quality is fun and booming, the headband is comfortable, and the wireless feature is on point.

Key Features:

  • Detachable cable.
  • Dynamic driver.
  • ANC capability.
  • Simple 3-button configuration.

Our Rating

  • Sound Quality: 9.5/10
  • Bass: 9.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9.5/10
  • Battery Life: 9/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9.5/10

Who would this be good for?

If you are familiar with the original Sennheiser Momentum and enjoys its overall performance then you will definitely enjoy the 2.0 as well. While it does not offer any great leaps in terms of upgrades, Sennheiser listened to their fans’ issues with the original and tweaked it for 2.0. It offers the same level of well-balanced and fun sound quality with a more comfortable design.

Pros:

  • Well-made and improved comfort.
  • High-quality audio and an emphasis on delivering a fun listening experience.

Cons:

  • Not as accurate, sound-wise.

Final Verdict

Well now, this isn’t much of a fight, is it? The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 completely blows the Denon AHGC20 headphones out of the water. The Momentum 2.0 wins every category here, from sound quality to overall design. While the AHGC20 is more affordable I would still spend the extra cash to get the Momentum 2.0 as it definitely delivers every bang for your buck.

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