Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 3 headphones have a new design and better ANC
Since the original pair’s debut in 2018, Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless earbuds have received plenty of praise for their sound quality. After releasing a sequel in 2020, Sennheiser today announces the third product in the series – and this time they’ve had a substantial overhaul. They will be available from May 10 in black, graphite and white for $249.95.
The Momentum True Wireless 3 headphones are more like the CX and CX Plus True Wireless than their direct predecessors. Clearly, Sennheiser has opted for a kind of universal design language for its line of headphones, and that’s reflected here. The Momentums give off a sleeker, more upscale feel than the company’s cheaper buds.
The fabric-covered case is similar in shape and size to previous versions, although Sennheiser has moved the USB-C charging port to the front. This is becoming increasingly common, with companies like Jabra recently making the same change. It seems a little strange at first, but may be more practical in certain load scenarios. This new case also supports wireless charging, a feature that was absent from previous models – and hard to accept given the asking price.
Along with the refreshed style, Sennheiser says its latest earphones offer improvements in comfort, active noise cancellation and call quality. But, in two key areas – audio quality and battery life – there are no major upgrades. The Momentum True Wireless 3s continue to use the company’s German-made 7-millimeter drivers. Sennheiser’s mobile app now lets you do a listening test to better customize the bass, midrange, and treble, but at least judging by the press release, I’d expect the sound profile overall is similar. The True Wireless 3s support AAC, SBC and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs. The latter should reduce any noticeable latency when using the headphones with devices that also use aptX Adaptive, while achieving higher bitrates than AAC.
Sennheiser has implemented adaptive noise cancellation, which allows the Momentum True Wireless 3s to automatically adjust the amount of noise cancellation applied as your environment changes. The company says its “system constantly observes ambient noise to remove it in real time”, though users still have the option to manually adjust it to their preference.
Each of the two headphones now contains three microphones, which Sennheiser says has led to noticeable improvements and “crystal-clear quality” for voice and video calls. Battery life remains at seven hours of continuous playback with the charging case holding an additional 21 hours. The Momentum True Wireless 3 are IPX4 certified for water resistance, making them suitable for workouts and light rain.
Aside from a revamped look, Sennheiser isn’t making any drastic changes with the Momentum True Wireless 3s. They still lack multipoint Bluetooth, for example. It seems the company is confident that these will appeal to the same market as previous models in the series: people who prioritize sound quality above all else.
Sennheiser also recently introduced the $199.95 Sport True Wireless headphones to rival the Beats Fit Pros. The unique aspect of the Sport buds is that Sennheiser includes both open and closed ear tips, allowing owners to switch between the two depending on the activity and how aware they need to be of their surroundings. Open adapters will reduce the intensity of body noise like breathing and footsteps, while closed eartips give you more isolation. The Sport True Wireless also adds dust resistance to the equation, with an IP54 rating.
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