For this review, I mostly used my iPhone as a source. This IEM is made for traveling and commuting, so it doesn’t really make sense to connect a high-end DAP to them, or a domestic source.
Most files used were played from Apple Music and Spotify, or from the internal storage of my phone.
Third time is the charm? Seems like it! It took a while but, Sennheiser finally has perfected its true wireless, with a sound fitting its name.
Flush mids, exquisite voices, powerful bass, and excellent clarity, the Momentum True Wireless 3 overthrew the previous model on every level. The new model offers better textures, smoother transients, and a wider soundstage overall – and that even when just paired with my iPhone and Spotify.
Bass especially, feels amazing. It’s deep, clean, and dwells deeply into my eardrum, without overpowering the rest of the spectrum. It’s a deep rumble, that could feel overwhelming if the German team didn’t perfectly adjust the ASDR. In fact, like every premium TWS, you know that every ms the DSP is working to adjust the power output, but you don’t “feel” it, even when noise-cancellation is active.
It’s a lot more natural than Apple’s AirPods Pro, which tends to push the low-mids and create a false sense of dynamic, even at low-volume. On this aspect, the Momentum sounds much more open, with a very nice layering, that keeps the voice upfront all the time. To that you can add the wider soundstage and on the go, and in this price range, this is one of the best experiences I had in a while.
Resolution and clarity are sublime, but that’s not surprising anymore. It’s quick, clean, and you can immediately feel the brand touch, where vocals take a really special part. Even when I cranked up the volume, or played my usual Techno tracklist, the IEM never threw me back, nor display any distortion. Even complex tracks like Manipulator from Infected Mushrooms, were rendered absolutely flawlessly.
And while the AirPods have been tuned to flatter your ears, pushing the lower frequencies up front and giving the voices this airy, but exaggerated sensation of spaciousness, the Sennheiser never do that. Accuracy is the key and even compared to the Momentum True Wireless 2, the new TWS seems even closer to a classic, mid-high end dynamic IEM.
All-in-all, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is one of the best-sounding True Wireless IEMs I have heard, and quite honestly, for the price, they give a run to many DAP+IEM configurations, higher priced. Go aptX, and this is a killer, especially with a good source like Tidal or Qobuz!
Highs: clean and refined. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 hits hard but hits right. No harshness, a slight boost on the upper range, but nothing that could compromise the signature of those ears. For a sole DD IEM, that’s even more impressive and you’re not too far from the IE600, a great model.
Mediums: spacious with clean vocals. The DSP always keeps the voices upfront, like the bass. As usual, Sennheiser did an excellent job in this regard: voices are bliss, and the TWS can fully immerse you, in just a few seconds. It even offers 3D effect, with the right source.
Lows: deep, fast, natural. As usual, the lows are the pillar of all the great things that happens upfront. For a TWS, the bass is astounding and the more you listen, the more you get hooked. It’s amazing how low the small diaphragm can reach, and complex engineering really shines here, displaying how intricate software and hardware have become now.
Sensitivity / Hiss
The Momentum True Wireless 3 aren’t hard to drive: the amplifier and DSP are directly built-in, so all you have to do is connect your source, and click play. There is no hiss whatsoever, whether you use “transparency mode”, “noise-canceling” or even “pure” mode.
Volume can reach high volumes even though it’s a TWS, so you should stay just below your comfort zone, to train your ears.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is the best TWS the brand has to offer, for now, and one of the best solutions in the sub-$250 territory.
Sound is very good, comfort is impressive, and the extensive battery life makes them the perfect solution on the go. Add to that effective noise-canceling, adaptive apX, plus a comprehensive app, and you get a solid alternative to the classic AirPods Pro or the Gemini.
Sure, the old one was better-looking, but the new one is better-sounding, and that’s what really matters at the end of the day!
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