Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Review

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Comfort and daily use

Everyday Use

The first launch is quite simple. You can either connect the ears directly to your smartphone, via the usual Bluetooth set-up, or download Sennheiser’s Smart control app, which unlocks various options like :

  • connection management, to see which devices you connected to your TWS,
  • equalizer, to adjust the sound to your liking
  • transparent hearing, if you want to hear your surroundings while wearing your TWS,
  • noise-cancellation, to set the level of noise-attenuation you want to use
  • monitor your TWS/charging box battery life

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On the go, the new shape of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 makes them the perfect companion. If I was a bit dubious at first, I was pleasantly surprised by how easily those ears glided into my ears, even compared to the AirPods Pro I usually wear. Sweat didn’t make a difference and compared to the V1 and V2, the V3 remained tightly in my ears, even when I ran. A very nice surprise!

The cherry on top, the tactile surface is less prone to register accidental moves, like the touch of my hair, and commanding the Momentum True Wireless 3 with those controls was quick and easy.

Isolation

As expected, it’s very good and definitely on par with the AirPods pro and Devialet Gemini. If you commute a lot, subway/train/plane, the Momentum Wireless 3 will create one of the best experiences you can get in this price range. Even for a simple walk, I ended up activating the noise-canceling to get to my own comfort zone.

The fact that you can modulate the level of noise-cancellation is more of a gimmick for me, but it seems like many listeners prefer to have control over this aspect, depending on the situation they are in.

Combined with the good comfort, I have to say those Momentum are a real step-up compared to the previous models – something I didn’t expect!

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Battery life

Sennheiser claims 7h of continuous listening on a single charge and more than 28h with the case. A full charge takes 1.5h, but charging just 80% takes less than an hour, and you should be able to use them for a little less than a week.

In real-life usage, the Momentum is quite close to the official numbers, and I reached between 25 to 26h – more than enough on the go. Numbers? Each earbud embeds a 77mAh battery, and the charging box gets a 950mAh one.

Microphone

Last but not least, a quick note regarding the microphone. Sennheiser put three mics per earbuds, all with beamforming to capture the most accurate sound while speaking. I did a few phone calls and I found them superior to the AirPods Pro in this regard: my interlocutor always heard me loud and clear. Kudos Senn! 

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Bundle and Accessories

Inside the box

Like every other TWS, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 bundle is quite dire. In the box you have :

  • the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
  • four sets of silicons (Extra Small / Small / Medium / Large)
  • three ear fin sets (Small / Medium / Large)
  • the charging box
  • an USB-C to USB-C cable

So yeah, a poor bundle, but nothing unexpected for a TWS.

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Specifications

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the Momentum performs.

TrueResponse driver + proprietary DSP

Sennheiser always stood against multi-driver IEM, stating that kind of system introduces phase incoherence and unwanted distortion, so it’s no surprise to find a dynamic driver at the heart of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3.

In fact, the brand embedded the same transducer found in the IE500 Pro and IE600: a 7mm wide TrueResponse dynamic driver. A driver advertised as “one of the world’s smallest high-performance dynamic drivers, with a diaphragm of only 7 mm in diameter to cover the entire frequency spectrum. A custom-made magnet system with triple-channel ventilation significantly reduces the distortion factor. Even at high sound pressure levels, the sound remains clean and free of distortion”.

Among that, Sennheiser perfected the DSP and added aptX Adaptive support to ensure the best performances, in Bluetooth, with the corresponding source. They shouldn’t be big changes compared to the previous model, but we’ll have to check on that later.

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Full specs

  • Type: True Wireless IEM
  • Style: Dynamic Driver
  • Drivers: 7mm TrueResponse
  • Socket: Bluetooth 5.2 (SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive)
  • Shell: Plastic (grey, white or black)
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 21kHz
  • THD+N: <0.008%
  • Sound pressure: 107dB SPL
  • Sound Isolation (up to): 37dB (noise-canceling on)
  • Microphones: 3 mics per earbuds, beam forming for noise-reduction 
  • Battery: 77 mAh (earbud) / 950mAh (charging case)
  • Battery life: 7h per session / 28h in total
  • Price: €249

Page 1: Sennheiser overview, design & build quality

Page 2: Daily use, specifications

Page 3: Sound performances

4.5/5 - (33 votes)

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

5 Comments

  • Reply July 21, 2022

    Lord Sinister

    Hi, hope all is well? An interesting review for sure but I’m very curious how the sound quality compares to Noble Fokus Pro, Lypertek Z7 and 1More Evo. Kindly provide if possible.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Reply July 31, 2022

      Javier Gonzalez

      This is a decent review and I can’t find much fault with it.
      My issue I think is with the lack of consistency in this site’s review methodology.
      This review hammers down the point that the Momentum True Wireless 3 is a much better sounding IEM than the previous iteration, yet somehow it doesn’t replace the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 in the list of best/recommended TWS.
      As for the review itself, the comparison (if you can call it that) with the with AirPods Pro is useless. I apologize for the blanket generalization but my intuition is that most people coming to a site like Headphonia don’t use AirPods as reference.
      What I want to know is the performance in its price bracket and or not it compares favorably with more expensive products like the Fokus Pro.

  • Reply July 21, 2022

    lovender

    No Aptx Low Latency (LL) = No buy! I use Momentum TWS 1 that support aptx LL codec for gaming purpose. Aptx LL reach 40ms latency. But aptx Adaptive only reach 80ms latency. So, it’s a big NO for me. Sadly, TWS 1 is a defect product with its batery drain issue on the left earbud…

  • Reply July 22, 2022

    joe

    you know that being aptx adaptive, those tws 3 fohave aptx-,LL…
    so keep your Big No to you and lets other enjoy it 😉

  • Reply July 25, 2022

    Wolf Gang

    What‘s “ASDR”? Is it a typo?

    What‘s “mid end” supposed to express? The mid has no end. The may be high-end or low-end, but “mid end”?

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