Today’s flagship true wireless earphones meet the highest standards of design, performance and functionality, and only a few brands have really stood out in this segment for offering the kind of products that people would be willing to pay Rs. 20,000 per. One of the first brands to offer a truly winning product in this space was Sennheiser, with the Momentum True Wireless earphones. Recently, we have seen Apple and Sony moving forward, but Sennheiser has not taken it lightly and has now launched the Momentum True Wireless 3 earphones in India, to compete with the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro.
Priced at Rs. 21,990, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 promises improvements over the Momentum True Wireless 2 that was released in mid-2020. With an improved design, support for the aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, and the promise of better sound and ANC performance, are these The best flagship wireless earphones you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 design and features
Although the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and Momentum True Wireless 2 are very good in many ways, they are quite bulky by today’s TWS design standards. The Momentum True Wireless 3 has improved considerably in this regard, with a much better, smaller form factor that better suits its premium positioning. As a result, the earphones don’t protrude as much from the ears as before and are much lighter and more comfortable.
Fortunately, this hasn’t detracted from anything else when it comes to design; Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is an attractive pair of headphones. The headphones have a large, distinctive Sennheiser logo on their flat outer surfaces, small ear cups to help get a good fit, and silicone ear cushions that have a layer of foam in the openings. The logo area is touch sensitive for controls, which can be customized through the app. The large, flat surface made these touch controls particularly easy to use.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3’s charging case is one of the best I’ve come across, with a fabric-wrapped exterior and a convenient size and shape that fits easily in your pocket. It has a USB Type-C port and supports Qi wireless charging. There’s no pairing button on the case (the earbuds enter pairing mode via touch controls), and interestingly, the USB Type-C charging port is on the front of the case, along with the indicator light.
Four pairs of silicone ear tips, three pairs of earmuffs, and a charging cable are included in the sales package. The headphones are IPX4-rated for water resistance, and each earbud has three microphones for voice and ANC functions.
The earbuds weigh 5.8g each, while the charging case weighs 66.4g. The Smart Pause feature, which is supposed to automatically play and pause music when the headset is worn or removed, didn’t work very well for me. It would often continue to play music even when one or both earbuds weren’t in my ears. The Momentum True Wireless 3 is available in two colors in India at launch, black and graphite (my review unit), with a third white color expected to be available later.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 App and Specifications
As with all of Sennheiser’s high-end wireless products, the Momentum True Wireless 3 works with the Sennheiser Smart Control app, available on iOS and Android. This is one of the best apps I’ve ever used for headphone management, providing access to controls and settings for equalizer, transparency and ANC modes, touch controls, and more. You can also update the firmware, enable or disable Smart Pause and auto accept calls, and set a time for the headset to turn off automatically when not in use.
Control customization on the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is particularly good, allowing you to configure specific functions for various gestures, including one-tap, two-tap, three-tap, and tap-and-hold, with separate functions assignable to each earbud for each gesture. . I was able to create a set of controls that allowed for playback, active noise cancellation, summoning the voice assistant, and volume, all controlled directly from the headphones. This is considerably better than what’s on offer in most other premium true wireless earphones.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is powered by 7mm dynamic drivers and has a frequency response range of 5-21,000 Hz and a sensitivity rating of 107 dB. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity and support SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs.
Support for aptX Adaptive is a step up from the Momentum True Wireless 2 earphones, which only support the aptX Bluetooth codec. That said, aptX Adaptive has limited support even within the Android ecosystem as of now, only working on devices running select hardware like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. On devices that don’t support aptX Adaptive, Momentum True Wireless 3 defaults to the older aptX (widely supported on many Android devices) or AAC (on iOS devices) codecs. It is this key specification that makes the Momentum True Wireless 3 most suitable for use with Android devices.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 performance and battery life
The price and positioning of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 put it in direct competition with the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro, both of which cost around Rs. 25,000. However, support for the aptX Adaptive codec makes the Momentum True Wireless 3 earphones more suitable for use with Android smartphones and thus makes them a more direct competitor to the WF-1000XM4.
I used the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 with an iPhone and various Android smartphones to test how the various supported codecs played a role in sound quality, and expected results to be better with aptX Adaptive running. Listening to Glitter by Keys N Crates, I was immediately struck by the wholesomeness of the sound; the basses felt tight and strong without becoming overbearing, while the vocals were clean and distinct even against the beautiful melody that defines this track.
It’s this balanced, gender-neutral sonic signature that defined the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 listening experience for me and proved that good tuning goes a long way in determining the quality of a pair of headphones. At moderate volume levels, whether playing faster tracks like Velvetine’s The Great Divide or slower numbers like Kamasi Washington’s Truth, the Sennheiser headphones seemed to adapt flexibly to the rhythm and complexity of the music.
The progressive jazz track, Truth by Kamasi Washington, also showed how detailed and revealing the sound was on the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3, as the headset was able to keep up with all the instruments while maintaining a beautiful soundstage that gave it to each individual. element of this hypnotic track a chance to shine. From the roomy-sounding percussion to the growl of the double bass, everything sounded distinct and crisp.
That said, I felt the headphones weren’t as analytical and insightful as the LDAC-enabled Sony WF-1000XM4. However, the aptX Adaptive codec seemed to make up for this with its flexibility and ability to add some flavor and character to the sound, due to the way it works at a considerably lower bitrate than LDAC. Even with the older, less flexible aptX codec, the sound was still pleasing, although I did detect a noticeable reduction in detail and width.
This tendency to add some character to the sound meant that the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 felt a little less tonally strong than competing options, and I even occasionally felt a bit of weakness in its cohesion. However, it took a lot to shake up the Momentum True Wireless 3, which largely succeeded in delivering detail, flavor and fun across genres.
Active noise cancellation in the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 was very good, and possibly better than what its direct competitors from Apple and Sony can handle in some situations. Wind noise cancellation was particularly good, and this made ANC very effective for outside ambient sounds and wind noise from a ceiling fan.
Regardless of whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the headphones offered significant noise reduction often resulting in the kind of dead silence normally only achieved with high-end over-ear headphones. Connection stability and call quality were also very good on the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3, and I didn’t experience any major issues in this regard during my time with the headphones.
The battery life of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 was quite good. The earbuds ran for just under six hours per charge, and the charging case added an additional three full charges. This generated around 23 hours of total runtime per load cycle with normal use, including having ANC enabled most of the time, aptX or aptX Adaptive codecs running, and volume at around 60 percent.
The high price of flagship true wireless earbuds may still be a barrier for most buyers in India, but if you have the budget, the rewards are really worth it. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 are a fantastic pair of truly wireless earphones, combining good, detailed sound with a sense of character and style, excellent ANC performance, a much-improved design, and decent battery life.
The lack of support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec means that the sound isn’t as accurate and analytical as the Sony WF-1000XM4, which in my opinion is the only competing headphone you could consider over the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. 3. If you’re using an Android device that supports aptX Adaptive and prefer your audio to sound a bit ‘tight’, the Momentum True Wireless 3 is worth a look. Good active noise cancellation is another plus. If you’re using an iPhone, the AirPods Pro are likely to serve you better thanks to their superior connectivity features and support for Spatial Audio.