Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 review: More for the money

Sennheiser’s new Momentum True Wireless 3 are the company’s latest flagship earbuds. With a more refined style, improved active noise cancellation, new features and first-class sound quality, Sennheiser has become a worthy contender for Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM4 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.

Perhaps the most requested thing about Sennheiser’s latest buds is that they’re cheaper than the previous model: Momentum True Wireless 2s launched for $299, but the company is selling for $249.95. Its price is still excellent, but Sennheiser is now on par with Apple’s AirPod Pros and cheaper than flagships Sony and Bose. As the prices of tech products rise every year, it’s good to see one of them going in the opposite direction of change – and adding new features.

The most important update is wireless charging. It was hard to accept the lack of this feature in the Momentum True Wireless 2s. For the price, wireless charging should fall under the table. I’m not sure how Sennheiser tried to understand this three times.

There’s another upgrade in the box: Sennheiser offers four sizes of ear tips—the fourth is a little too small—but on the new model, the company also includes three optional earbuds that wrap around each earbud and fit your ears for added stability. The media is pre-installed but can be easily removed or replaced with a smaller or larger wing if you want the earbuds to stay secure and locked in place while working out or running. Even without the mounting fins, the MTW3 held my ears comfortably and didn’t fall out easily.

The earphones have a renewed look.

Sennheiser includes optional balance fins with the latest earbuds.

The earphones are smaller than their predecessors, with a square exterior design in black, gray or white. My black console is more subtle in-ear than the MTW2, which features a shiny silver Sennheiser logo. But they still outperform something like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, so they aren’t the most discreet buds. The charging case has also shrunk a bit thanks to Sennheiser making better use of space, and the USB-C charging port has been moved forward. This may seem strange at first, but it’s something other companies like Jabra have also started with, and you may find it more convenient depending on where you ship your MTW3.

The USB-C port is now located on the front of the charging case.

Sennheiser has improved the noise reduction ability, although you don’t actually have any direct control over how much ANC is used on the MTW3. The company uses adaptive ANC to automatically increase and decrease noise reduction depending on the current environment. Other earbud manufacturers have also experimented with this adaptive approach, although most make it optional rather than the default full-time. I didn’t lack manual tweaking when testing these earbuds, but you might prefer more control. ANC is not on the same level as Sony or Bose, but it helps silence nearby distractors. And you always have the option to activate Transparency Mode with a tap on the left earbud, though Sennheiser still doesn’t match the same natural sound that Sony, Bose and Apple have achieved.

The more compact Momentum True Wireless 3 may be more suitable for people with smaller ears.

When Sennheiser announced its latest in-ear headphones, it didn’t mention any major changes to its sound. They still use 7mm drivers similar to those on the MTW2, and I would put the overall sound quality in the same area as those and the Sennheiser CX Plus – although it’s a bit better and might be a bit higher. It’s a good place because these are still great. Sennheiser supports AAC, SBC, AptX and AptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs, which help eliminate any perceived audio delay when watching movies or playing mobile games on Android. It was nice to see Sony LDAC added to the equation, but I can live with that neglect given the low price. AptX Adaptive also supports more Hi-Res audio than AAC and SBC allow.

Drop old favorites like Buena Vista Social ClubSennheisers deliver a spacious, clean and highly detailed sound, with piano, classical guitars, and vocals all stacked nicely without a bit of mud. It was the same when I switched between The National, Molly Tuttle or Bon Iver “Second Nature” songs with Do not look. These earbuds accentuate the little touches of the song with a very cute expression. The Sennheiser Smart Control app for iPhone and Android lets you adjust the EQ using the Bass Boost and Audio Streaming modes regardless of any changes made to the bass, mid, and treble sliders. (The audio streaming option improves speech intelligibility.) There’s a standard, consumer-friendly tuning curve here, but I’d say the Sennheisers are more balanced than the Sony 1000XM4s. Not everyone will like it: after all, I turn on the bass boost more, while Sony delivers powerful, vibrant sound out of the box.

The case finally supports wireless charging.

The mobile app also recently added the option to configure ‘Audio Zones’ and automatically change the level of noise reduction and equalizer adjustments based on where you are – whether it’s home, the office, the gym, or other frequently visited places. This worked as expected in my testing, but it requires you to grant permission to track the location of the Sennheiser app on your phone. Additionally, using Audio Zones (or the Audio Check feature that adjusts the equalizer) requires a Sennheiser account setup. I’m not a fan of getting people to sign up for an account just to use the phone’s features.

Some owners of previous Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless models have reported an audible white noise effect when listening through headphones. Even in a completely silent room, I did not notice such discomfort from third-generation vapor. Battery life remains unchanged after seven hours of continuous listening, and the earbuds (including the case) are IPX4 water-resistant, making them suitable for routine training.

Voice calls seem to perform better than MTW2 and I had no major complaints about call quality or comprehension difficulties. However, these versions still can’t handle the inertia of the modern era like Sony’s LinkBuds. Both earbuds can be used alone during other charges in the case, and will automatically turn off when one or both earbuds are removed.

MTW3 is available in black, gray or white.

Their voice is detailed, broad and balanced.

My MTW3 wasn’t completely immune to minor bugs when watching it: I’ve noticed occasional (albeit rare) signal leaks and the instant status/sound could sometimes indicate “not connected” and then “connected” shortly after removing them out of the way It fell in my ear. At launch, Sennheiser’s new flagship earbuds don’t support multipoint Bluetooth technology, so you can only connect to one device at a time. The company said it plans to add a lot of points in a future firmware update, but as the old saying goes, you should only buy a product based on what it can do now, not what might come later.

If your Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3s work You have a few points, I consider this a home run and would recommend the update to fans of the company’s previous buds. But despite this, Sennheiser has done a good job of increasing its value while lowering the sticker price. Noise reduction is better, you can now charge wirelessly and the sound is still great. Even if the battery life is the same and call quality is good, the overall package is more compelling than Sennheiser’s previous efforts. they don’t completely Throw out the Sony 1000XM4s as my favorite headphones; I’ll take the best noise canceling, foam ear tips, and voice coil warmer for Sony headphones. But maybe I’m used to it. Sennheiser delivers the best sound quality — and $50 less than last time.

Photo: Chris Welch/The Verge

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