REVIEW: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds
Recently the popularity of real wireless earbuds has increased enormously. It seems like everything everyone ever wants to talk about with new headphones being released at almost a monthly rate. There are the obvious names that come to mind, such as the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds, but it’s not just phone manufacturers who try it in the product category. And today, we are here with our Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Review.
Sennheiser is one of the oldest and most trusted brands in the audio field, and while it may not be the first name you think of when it comes to technology, over the years it has managed to create some great consumer headphones. So what’s it like to use the Momentum True Wireless earbuds? Do they live up to the brand or are they a swing and a miss?
Like most genuine wireless earbuds, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earbuds are made entirely of plastic, making them lightweight and easy to wear. Although the earplugs look metallic, they are not heavy at all. I had no problem keeping them in place during testing. Unlike AirPods, which have a stalk-like design, the Momentum True Wireless simply adheres to the classic shape of the earbuds. The entire housing has a beautiful design. The earbuds also have an IPX4 rating, which means that they are water-resistant. They can splash, rain and sweat, but you should avoid immersing them in water.
Design and Setup
When you first take the Sennheiser True Momentum Wireless out of the box, it can be a little confusing to set everything up exactly the way you want it. Keep the device to which you want to connect nearby when you start the pairing process. This makes it easier for the earphones to connect. After you have completed the installation, you do not have to mess with the settings again unless you want to pair with a second device.
Controlling playback is easy. Hold your finger against the left earphone to lower the volume and hold it against the right button to increase the volume. If you tap, pause or play music on the left earphone once, twice or three times, you will go to the next song and return to a previous song. If you want to access a virtual assistant instead, just tap the correct earphone once.
Pro tip: you should definitely download the Sennheiser app, which contains a few more useful functions to help you determine how your music sounds.
If you watch a lot of videos on your phone, this is the part you should care about. Although many earbuds have the aptX codec, they go one step further with aptX low latency compatibility. This means that the delay between what you see on the screen and what you hear in the earphones is pretty much non-existent, although your source device must also be compatible with the codec. This is especially important when you connect to iOS devices, such as an iPhone because they only support SBC and AAC.
The Bluetooth connection between the earphones and your source device will be approximately 30 feet, which is standard for most Bluetooth headphones.
If you don’t want your eyes to shake from the bass, you’ll probably like these earbuds. They have a fairly flat response in the bass, which means that all notes sound the same in terms of volume. Mids are well balanced if slightly on the unobtrusive side. Usually, human ears need a bit of a lump to hear them clearly, and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless fits well without taking too many liberties with the sound quality.
The Sennheiser True Momentum wireless earbuds also have a feature called Transparent Hearing, which uses the microphones in the earphones to capture the sound around you and play it back through the buttons so you can hear it. This is useful if you want to be aware of your environment, for example when you have to hear announcements at a train station or want to answer a quick question. If you do not want the outside world to penetrate your quiet space, you can always simply switch the function off in the app.
During our review, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earbuds kicked the bucket after 3 hours and 45 minutes, putting them in the middle to lower end compared to other earbuds we tested. Master & Dynamic’s MW07 Plus are still the ones to beat with their monstrous 10 hours of battery life. Saying that, the Momentum True Wireless is not the worst, but they are not the best.
Fortunately, you can get two extra loads by throwing the earbuds back into the charging case, which results in a total of 11 hours of playback time. Charging also takes approximately 1.5 hours.
If you are looking for a set of luxury real wireless earbuds, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is a smart bet. The earphones sound great, are not too heavy in your ears and offer particularly good support for playing videos. However, as good as the Momentum True Wireless are, they are still difficult to sell at around €239. Many real wireless options cost a fraction of that without sacrificing functions or quality. But if you trust Sennheiser and are already a fan of their products, they won’t disappoint you.