The first two generations of Sennheiser’s Momentum true wireless premium earbuds sounded great. They were excellent noise-cancellers, but they were awkwardly large and had poor battery life. They are overpriced as well.
Sennheiser shrunk and tidied up the earbuds for this third generation. While keeping the price at a level where most realistic rivals compete. The battery life is sufficient. The app is fantastic, and the control options are both extensive and reliable. Noise cancellation, particularly when it comes to wind, is a competitive market. And the sound is a blend of meticulous attention to detail and a naturalistic approach to rhythms and tempos. It is a very pleasing tonal unity.
- A well-balanced, informative, and persuasive sound
- Excellent noise cancellation
- Simple design
- Excellent control options
- Some will desire more bass presence.
- There is no multi-point connectivity.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 : Price and availability
- Pricing that is competitive
- There are three color options.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is priced at $249 / £219 / AU$399 and comes in black, white, and graphite. True, this is a lower price than the Momentum True Wireless 2 launched at, but it is still a premium price. In this fight, all of the biggest and most obvious names — Bose, Sony, and Apple — have a model. Some affordable than before does not absolve Sennheiser of responsibility here by a long shot.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Design
- 7mm dynamic driver is lighter and less bulky than its predecessor.
- Sennheiser’s true wireless designs have always been easy to dismiss as bulky and unwieldy, which is why everyone does.
So knowing that the Momentum True Wireless 3 is 16 percent smaller than the model they replace, as well as looking a lot less gawky, is good news. They are not the lightest earbuds on the market, at 0.21 ounces each. The form factor is smoother and more discrete than previous models, and the appearance is far more understated than the outgoing Momentum True Wireless 2. So, in terms of ‘design,’ the TW3 has to be considered an improvement. Despite the cleaner design, Sennheiser has managed to squeeze in a 7mm ‘TrueResponse’ full-range dynamic driver in each.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Comfort and fit
- Excellent comfort, even when worn for extended periods of time.
- Ensured fit
The Momentum True Wireless 3 is only 0.21 ounces in weight. The ergonomic shape is supplemented by a rubber stabilizer on each earbud (the packaging includes two pairs of different sizes), and when combined with the choice of silicone ear tips, it takes only a moment to achieve a snug, stable, and completely comfortable fit. After that, the Sennheiser remains comfortable for hours on end. They will also be comfortable in all realistic conditions thanks to their IPX4 rating.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 : Controls
- Touch controls that are dependable
- A useful control app with a plethora of features.
Each earbud has a capacitive touch surface that is both responsive and reliable. The fundamentals (Play/Pause, Volume up/down, Skip forwards/backward, Answer/End/Reject Call, and cycling through noise-cancellation options) are simple. There is no built-in voice assistant, and thus no wake-word, but interaction is equally reliable if you summon your player’s native assistant.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 review: Sound quality
- The sound is insightful and well-balanced
- Bass can be a little too polite and lacks punch at times.
As with any headphones that have EQ adjustment in their control app, the Momentum True Wireless 3’s sound can be tweaked and saved to personal presets. It is a useful tool for adjusting the sound output to your preferences, but this test is mostly conducted with the EQ settings set to ‘flat,’ as Sennheiser’s engineers intended. A listen to a Tidal Masters file of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Turn Your Lights Down Low” can elicit a lot of information about the Sennheiser’s overall attitude, so that is a good place to start. The TW3 is a poised and dextrous listen, capable of expressing the characteristically choppy rhythm while keeping the relaxed tempo moving forward. The soundstage they create is expansive, wide-open, and well-organized, allowing each element of the recording to do its thing without interference.
The Sennheiser retains a satisfying amount of information across the frequency range. They are especially good with transients, but in any case, the TW3 will let you know exactly what is going on. The midrange, in particular, is densely packed with information, making an already distinct vocal even more so through these earbuds. The top end of the frequency range is rolled off just a little, and the bottom end falls a little short of the kind of punch that many listeners consider essential. But the overall tonal balance is well-judged, and each element gets exactly what it needs to sound right.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Noise Cancelling and Transparency Mode
- Effective ANC with high wind noise resistance
- When noise cancellation is turned on, there is a slight sonic shift.
Noise cancellation is very competitive, and the Anti Wind setting available in the control app is among the best of its kind. The earbuds protrude slightly from each ear, and the outer casing appears to catch gusts of wind. However, when the Anti Wind mode was activated while standing on an exposed and windy train station platform, it was very effective at making the sound of the wind disappear. When ANC is turned on, the TW3’s sonic attitude changes slightly, and the bass has slightly less definition, but it is not a significant difference.
Transparency mode is useful for close-range interactions, such as speaking to someone face-to-face, but it was less effective at pulling out station platform announcements during train commutes or more distant interactions. The level of transparency can now be adjusted, allowing to control how much background noise is allowed in. When Transparency Mode is enabled, another app customization option allows you to pause music.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Battery life
- A single charge gives you 7 hours of battery life (without ANC)
- Battery life: 28 hours (with charging case)
Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds have a battery life of seven hours. The 2.33-ounce charging case, like the earbuds, holds three full charges and is smaller than its predecessors.
28 hours is not a bad total. It should be enough for the majority of users. The 10 minutes of charging gives you an hour of music playtime. There is no denying that the equivalent Sonys will last longer. When it comes to Points of Difference, here’s another one.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Call quality and connectivity
- In total, 6 microphones are used.
- aptX Adaptive Advertisement is among the codecs supported.
The TW3 has three mics per earbud, beam-forming to reduce noise, and very little to complain about in terms of call quality. When the noise-reduction circuitry is overworked, incoming voices can have a slightly metallic quality, but they are always intelligible. Wireless connectivity is provided by Bluetooth 5.2, and SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive codecs are supported. Unless you move a significant distance from your source player, stability is never an issue, and audio and video synchronization are flawless. However, the lack of multi-point connectivity is a disappointment.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: Verdict
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 gets almost everything right. Some listeners will want more assertive low frequencies. Some listeners may want to pair their earbuds with two devices at the same time. For the best sound quality from a pair of wireless earbuds, the TW3s are yet another option to consider.
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