Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless lineup hardly ever disappoints, and it’s secure to say that we’ve fairly lofty expectations from the famend German audio firm with regards to audio high quality. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has lastly entered the cutthroat Indian audio market with a sprinkling of enhancements throughout the board. We’ve beforehand reviewed the OG Momentum True Wireless and the Momentum True Wireless 2. Each gadgets haven’t simply met, however surpassed our expectations.
Owing to the tectonic alterations witnessed within the true wireless earphones section, premium TWS earphones in 2022 supply an array of latest options and improved efficiency. So, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has rather a lot to match as much as. And it does that, on paper, not less than. Outfitted with Adaptive Noise Cancellation, aptX Adaptive codec assist, Sennheiser Good Management app, triple mic setup, Qi wireless charging, and a premium construct, the Sennheiser MTW 3 seems to be like a stellar, top-tier noise-cancelling pair of earphones. However how do these earphones carry out in actual life, outdoors of all of the advertising and marketing converse? Let’s discover out.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Assessment: Construct, design, and match
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is probably the most premium-looking TWS earphones we’ve ever reviewed, interval. The earphones can be found in three colourways – Black, White and Gray. We acquired the Gray variant for assessment. The earphones have a shiny, metallic-textured end that doesn’t look ostentatious in any method. In actual fact, it’s the precise reverse; they exude premium-ness. The charging case seems to be virtually similar to the previous-gen fashions with its suave cloth materials.
The Sennheiser brand on prime of the case contrasts properly towards the gray cloth. The entrance homes a USB Kind-C charging port and an LED battery indicator. Upon opening the case, you possibly can see one other Sennheiser brand contained in the lid. The hinge is just strengthened by plastic, so it doesn’t really feel strong sufficient. The magnets contained in the case, alternatively, are strong and maintain the earphones inside securely.
Whereas the earphones look fairly svelte, they aren’t as compact as rivals from Samsung and Jabra. They’re positively extra streamlined than the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds. The again of the earbuds options the Sennheiser brand and this space homes contact controls for music playback and calls. The contact controls are very responsive and labored properly in our testing; with only some misreadings. Nonetheless, they’re a bit too responsive at instances and get activated even with slight, unintentional touches.
One welcome addition to this iteration of the Momentum True Wireless earbuds is silicone wings. Not solely do the earbuds include an assortment of silicone ear suggestions (XS, S, M, L) however you additionally get three sizes of silicone wings to select from that give the person an additional comfortable match.
Sennheiser’s premium lineup of TWS earbuds has by no means been extra well-fitting than this rendition. These are earphones we’d be joyful to advocate to health lovers to make use of when operating or gymming. The array of silicone ear suggestions and wings be certain that most customers will get a comfortable match that hardly budges regardless of the continuing exercise. Whereas the earphones aren’t probably the most light-weight on the block, we nonetheless discovered them snug to put on over lengthy durations.
The one criticism we’ve with the construct of those earphones is the cumbersome dimension of the charging case. It is among the bigger circumstances we’ve come throughout in 2022 and it does look fairly massive compared to diminutive circumstances from firms resembling Samsung, OnePlus and Jabra. Chances are you’ll discover it more durable to suit into smaller pockets and even when you do, the case will bulge out visually. That apart, the premium you’re paying for these exorbitant earphones is value it because of the stellar design and the excellent match.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Assessment: Options
We recall the Sennheiser MTW 2 being one of many first truly wireless earphones to come back outfitted with Energetic Noise Cancellation in India. Now, virtually 2 years after the launch of the MTW 2 in India, we’ve a flurry of TWS earphones in any respect worth factors available in the market, so it’s secure to say that the competitors is rife. Priced at Rs 21,990, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is among the pricier earphones you should purchase with Energetic Noise Cancellation. Sennheiser calls this function “Adaptive Noise Cancellation” and claims that the earphones can robotically regulate the extent of noise cancellation utilized in line with the noise degree in your atmosphere.
The noise cancellation on the MTW 3 is great, little question. The earphones not solely handle to curtail low-end, fixed sounds resembling an airplane’s drone or an AC’s hum but additionally considerably scale back extra erratic, high-pitched sounds resembling typing on a mechanical keyboard, the whirring sound of a high-speed fan and other people talking. In actual fact, it’s virtually as efficient because the Sony WF-1000XM4 at cancelling ambient sounds. There are some cases the place Sony is more practical and a few cases the place the Sennheiser shines extra.
The transparency mode on these earphones additionally sounds fairly pure, much more pure than the Transparency mode on the Sonys. Nonetheless, the AirPods nonetheless have probably the most pure rendition of transparency mode. The earphones additionally include an auto-pause/play function that lets you have a fast dialog by simply taking an earphone out of your ear; inflicting the music or media to pause briefly till you place the earbud again in your ear.
The Sennheiser Good Management app is supported by these earbuds and is a good accompanying app that grants entry to fairly just a few options. You get entry to options resembling an equaliser, sound zones, customized contact controls, and extra. You too can examine battery ranges, carry out firmware updates, and extra. Now, the equaliser on this app isn’t our favorite; it severely lacks EQ bands and thus, limits how a lot you possibly can tune the sound. The app additionally comes with a few presets resembling Bass Enhance and Podcast.
The app additionally permits customers to customize controls so you possibly can tweak the capabilities for the only faucet, double faucet, triple faucet, and contact and maintain actions. Sennheiser has additionally included quantity controls, which is one thing that producers typically skip out on. You too can select to show off contact controls altogether when you want that.
The Sennheiser app additionally comes outfitted with a function known as Sound Zones. You possibly can set EQ profiles and Noise Cancellation modes particular to a location and the earbuds will robotically swap to this mode whenever you enter the realm. It’s a fairly helpful function, in our opinion, and it labored remarkably properly throughout our testing section.
Different options on the Sennheiser MTW 3 embrace Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity, Qi wireless charging assist, mono earbud operation, and IPX4 sweat and splash resistance. Whereas these are positively one of the feature-laden earphones we’ve examined, they miss out on multipoint connectivity (on the time of launch, not less than) that permits customers to attach the buds to 2 gadgets concurrently.
Replace (November 3, 2022): The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has now been up to date with multipoint connectivity.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Assessment: Efficiency
Outfitted with 7mm TrueResponse transducers, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is among the finest sounding earphones we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. The earphones assist SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX Adaptive codecs, the latter two injecting a dose of element to the sound. aptX additionally minimises latency, permitting the video and audio feed to be in shut sync. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless lineup has at all times used 7mm drivers, however with newer renditions, Sennheiser has at all times made tweaks and enhancements to the sound and connectivity by way of the chip and software program.
The Sennheiser MTW 3 gives open, detailed sound high quality rivalled by just a few within the client TWS earphones class. The closest competitors when it comes to sound is the Sony WF-1000XM4 which gives a bit extra analytical, close-to-neutral sound whereas the Sennheiser packs some extra oomph within the bass notes.
The bass is barely boosted on the Sennheiser MTW 3, extra so than on its predecessor. Whereas purists could also be turned off by this truth, the bass response is tight, managed and detailed regardless of being barely boosted. There’s no signal of muddiness or boominess even in tracks with robust bass notes resembling One other One Bites the Mud by Queen. There’s no dearth of drive or power and the sound is spunky but meticulous.
The mids are exquisitely produced; virtually near impartial. The earphones don’t include twin drivers, so generally the bass notes can barely shroud the mids, however solely on uncommon events. Devices and lead vocals sound pristine with nice readability and vigour. The highs, in typical Sennheiser vogue, are underemphasised after 4 kHz, however Sennheiser does this to minimise the frequency of sound that causes fatigue when listening. A few of the precision that comes naturally to the Sony WF-1000XM4 is lacking right here, however they’re nonetheless one of the detailed sounding pairs of TWS.
Not simply that, they’re additionally one of the open-sounding TWS with an enormous soundstage that expands sideways and even upwards. This actually enhances the listener’s immersion. Listening to Shine On by Pink Floyd, you possibly can hear each breath, and each guitar pluck simply and all these sounds are positioned throughout the soundstage precisely indicating wonderful imaging as properly.
Shifting on to the microphone high quality, the earphones come packing three beamforming microphones per earbud that help in noise cancellation as properly. The caller’s voice sounds crisp with minimal distortion and the ambient sound can also be subdued significantly when on calls. The AirPods Professional are nonetheless a lot better with regards to name high quality however Sennheiser’s providing isn’t actually too far behind.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Assessment: Battery life
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless collection of truly wireless earphones have at all times had leading edge expertise with wonderful sound and options. Nonetheless, so far as we are able to recall, battery life has at all times been an space the place they’ve lagged behind the competitors. Sadly, this has considerably continued even with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3. Whereas the earphones match as much as the AirPods Professional when it comes to battery life, choices from Sony and Jabra do outclass them on this regard.
The Sennheiser MTW 3’s battery life is rated at 7 hours on the earbuds alone and 28 hours in whole (together with the charging case) by the corporate. Whereas that is near real-world numbers, whenever you activate ANC or Transparency Mode, the numbers drop considerably. We acquired 4 hours and 25 minutes from the earbuds alone and the case supplied 3 additional costs. Whereas that is respectable sufficient, it doesn’t match as much as the efficiency of the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the Jabra Elite 7 Professional.
The earbuds additionally include quick charging assist the place 10 minutes gives 1 hour of playtime however the Sony and Jabra once more beat the Sennheiser MTW 3 on this regard; providing 1 hour of playtime with simply 5 minutes of charging time.
One welcome addition to the Sennheiser MTW 3 is Qi wireless charging assist. The earphones will be charged by way of a USB Kind-C charger however you may as well plop it down on a Qi wireless charging pad and cost it sans cables. This function was absent from the earphones’ predecessor and we’re glad Sennheiser has included it this time round.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Assessment: Verdict
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 embody the phrase “refined”, in our opinion. Sennheiser has gone forward and improved the earphones in additional methods than one however they’ve caught to their DNA – what makes Sennheiser earphones, so blatantly Sennheiser. Whether or not it’s the tried-and-tested design or the Sennheiser signature sound, all of it’s right here in all of its glory. However you even have an array of enhancements with reference to codec assist, app options, sound high quality, and ANC efficiency.
One space Sennheiser wants to show its consideration in the direction of is battery life, the place Momentum earphones have usually lagged behind the competitors. However on the worth of Rs 21,990, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 are implausible, top-tier earphones that give us little or no to complain about. Moreover, Sennheiser has additionally dropped the worth by Rs 3,000 compared to its predecessor which makes it simpler for the earphones to compete with the superb Sony WF-1000XM4.