In this article we’re looking at the all-new Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3, a TWS IEM from the German brand, selling for €249 / $249.
Disclaimer: The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 was bought by myself for this review.
Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the eldest, and most respected, audio brands on the market. With billions of headphones and IEMs sold over the year, and legendary headsets like the Orpheus or the HD-25, the German brand remains a reference for audiophiles and professionals, even after more than 75 years of existence.
Yet, in 2021, Andreas and Daniel Sennheiser decided to sell the consumer electronic division (AKA audio and audiophiles headphones) to Sonova – a Swiss brand specialized in aid-hearing devices – and focus on their pro division. An unexpected move that sounded like the end of an era, but in the end the catalog remained, almost, untouched leaving the HD800S and HD660S to the catalog, while some lesser models like the HD450BT quietly took the way out.
That said, like every manufacturer out there, Sennheiser faced an unattended opponent, more known for their players, than for their earphones: Apple. A rival who took over the market with a single product, the AirPods, which replaced almost every portable headphone or IEMs, by TWS.
And so, like everyone, the brand had to adapt and created the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, a great TWS gifted with terrific sound performances, but plagued by various software issues. Then came the gen 2, with some fixes and the same prowess.
But, now comes the gen 3, the first Momentum True Wireless sold under the new Sennheiser-Sonova era. Is it better, is it worse? Time to find out!
Design & Build Quality
If the True Wireless 1 and 2 were nearly identical, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 deviates from the early design and leans more toward the new Cx series. Gone is the aluminum faceplate, replaced by a semi-curved black plastic enclosure, pierced with two holes for the microphones.
Less iconic, and more futuristic, I was a bit disappointed by the new design at first, as the rounded silvery shell of the previous generations gave a cool variation from Apple’s pure-white AirPods. That said, once in the hand, the Momentum TW3 gave a confident feeling, reinforced by the thickness of the shell – those are made to last.
In the same way, the charging box remains one of the most beautiful, and classy, solutions available at the moment. Covered by a greyish fabric, this tiny box opens like clamshell and gives a very satisfying sensation when you close the lid, much more than my AirPods Pro box by comparison.
As I said, the Momentum Wireless 3 feels cheaper than the 2 in hand. Yet, they are still one of the best models out now, thanks to their sturdy design and superb build quality.
I lost them quite a few times while removing them from my ears. Happily, they survived the concrete, the wood, the tiles, and even the mud. Sure, they will break if you stomp them, but all acrylic/plastic IEMs will.
The three-layer shell is impeccably glued together, to ensure a perfect seal for the IPX4 certification. and consists of :
- the faceplate, harboring the Sennheiser logo
- a middle ring designed to lock the Momentum tightly in your ear
- the inner side where you’ll find the charging ports and the ear canal
The charging box is the same and even after a few weeks in my backpack, it still looks flawless, as the fabric cover acted like a protective layer against fall and wears.
It’s sturdy enough to protect the Momentum from light falls and commuting. The magnet is perfectly well dosed, with just the right force when you open/close the clam, and the plastic lid is also very well-designed.
Last but not least, you have an USB-C port for charging purposes, and a small led indicating whether your TWS is fully charged, charging, or battery depleted.
Page 2: Daily use, specifications
Page 3: Sound performances