Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 review

Sennheiser’s Momentum range has actually been a preferred headphone option for several years and it first debuted in 2012. They started their wireless line in in 2015. Some connectivity concerns slowed its growth, however, the Momentum Wireless 3 is still a very solid selection. At IFA 2019, the Sennheiser introduced the third generation of the headphones. Despite the improvements in this brand-new $399 $362 over-ear version, there are still some kinks that could have been prevented for an even better experience.

ProsCons
Terrific audioNot the best battery life
Wonderful rangeVery sensitive motion sensors
Really comfortableNoise termination in some environments is not up to the mark
Dependable on-board controlsSlightly higher price then the best headphones in this range (as per our view)
Overall, they are really good headphones, but not the greatest!

Overview

The third-generation Momentum Wireless is a testimony to Sennheiser getting a lot of points right. The company’s warm and enjoyable audio is still a joy, as well as the fact that the headphones remain comfy, even after several hours of usage. Nevertheless, Sony and other brands offer double the battery life and the noise doesn’t live up to the standard that the very best ANC earphones exhibit. Plus, the best headphones right now are Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM3, which is $50 cheaper still $14 cheaper than Momentum’s discounted price.

The brand-new Momentum Wireless has a comparable style to previous devices in the collection. It still has the metal headband that enables the earcups to glide up and down to achieve the right fit. The headband currently has a little even more extra padding below, as well as the textured view on top is currently a smooth surface. Earpads are still thick as well as cushiony, which were suitable for numerous hours of continual usage or a long flight over the Atlantic. The headphones still fold inward for simple storage and visible cables from the earcups to the headband still exist.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 - top view

There’s no actual physical button and as a matter of fact, that folding activity is actually how you turn them on and also off. To get the headphones on, you merely unfold them and when you’re through, simply fold them up and they’ll automatically turn off. It sounds simple in theory, but in practice it does take some getting used to. On-board controls haven’t disappeared completely and there are still physical buttons for music, volume, and also a dedicated button for voice assistant (Google Aide, Siri, etc.).

The music control is a multifunction button for play/pause (press one time), skipping to the next track (press twice), and returning to the previous track (press thrice). Touch controls are all the fad nowadays, but unless a company perfects them, they can be aggravating and also unstable. That’s clearly not a problem here and additionally, there’s a physical control for active noise cancellation (ANC), where you can switch it off or simply go with Transparent hearing mode.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 folded up

The Sennheiser Smart Control app allows further modifications to be made. You can switch between maximum ANC setting, anti-pressure, or anti-wind setups. The software will likewise allow you to make EQ tweaks by swiping to control a wave that has mids, bass, and treble from left to right. Primarily, any place you swipe up or down on the curve is where the modification is made, leaving the rest to respond automatically. It isn’t a calculated science, and additionally, it can be challenging to make the subtle adjustments you might be after because you cannot readjust those three parameters independently. Yet altering these parameters most definitely makes an obvious difference, which isn’t always the situation with the companion applications. Truthfully, the default tuning is the preferred option, no matter where the EQ curve is touched in the application.

The noise cancelation on the new Momentum Wireless isn’t on par with what Sony or Bose offers. The anti-pressure setup was actually far better on a trip than the “max” ANC setup, but there’s still some background noise. That’s not the case on the Sony WH-1000XM3 or the Bose QC35 II as well as the Bose 700 and what Sennheiser provides might be fine for a lot of instances, however, it won’t block perfectly. For being $50 more costly than those extraordinary Sony earphones, you expect the Energy Wireless to at least be on par with regards to ANC efficiency, but it disappoints in this regard.

Sometimes Sennheiser has trouble putting together a total package, the company usually nails the sound quality expectations of its headphone and this trend continues in the latest device. The Momentum Wireless has a nice, cozy tone as well as an excellent clarity where the most subtle notes and sounds are clearly recognized. Overall, the sound has an immersive quality and across a range of categories, kick and snare drums pack a punch rather than being muffled.

With noise-cancelling headphones in 2020, some products achieve around the 30 hrs usage mark, and this what most companies have strived for when it comes to battery life. Very disappointingly Sennheiser only guarantees 17 hours, almost fifty percent of what Sony’s WH-1000XM3 offers. The price tag gets its fair share of criticism in this regard. 25 hours would have been a suitable compromise, but simply settling for 17 is a bit of tall order. Having said that the charge satisfies audio to play on a long flight and a few more hours. The quick-charge function offers you 1.5 hours of battery in 10 minutes and that’s a handy feature.

‘Tile object tracking,’ is included in the Momentum Wireless package. With the Tile app, you can start your quest for where you misplaced your headphones if you fail to remember the exact location. This will serve some people and is a feature that other businesses have used before. Nevertheless, I assume it would certainly be a much better option for minuscule gadgets that are easier to lose, like wireless earbuds.

The two leading noise-canceling headphones chosen today would be the Sony WH-1000XM3 along with the Bose 700. The WH-1000XM3 is $14 cheaper (at $348) than the Momentum Wireless and still outperforms it. The Bose 700’s ANC features are better than Sennheiser’s at a slightly higher price ($379). Sennheiser has good sound quality and being incredibly comfortable on its side, but it’s hard to suggest that over the best options offered by Sony, particularly with the price difference.

Do let us know if you’ve tried these or the other headphones mentioned in the article and what did you think? Or if you are thinking of getting wireless headphones and what is most important to you?

Overall

81 %

SUMMARY & RESULTS

A better battery life, a bit lower price, slightly better sensors, and a better noise-cancellation would have made them the best!

81.0 %

Great but not the Best

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