Sennheiser momentum true wireless review


Tech daydreams are the closest thing we have khổng lồ a self-fulfilling prophecy. First, we imagine how we’d like công nghệ to lớn improve và evolve, & then, with plenty of time and hard work, we make that change real. That’s what I was thinking about recently when I took a Gọi just by tapping an earbud in my ear, no wires dangling anywhere, & I was reminded of my teenage yearning for a pair of wireless earphones. Twenty years ago, that was just a fantasy; today, the earphones in question are just the lathử nghiệm in a rapidly growing succession of true wireless models.

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Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless are, in one respect, a dream piece of công nghệ. They sound absolutely terrific, eclipsing the sound chất lượng of everything else that’s come before them in the category. But humanity is still far from perfecting the true wireless earphone, so they have a few nightmarish features as well, including a daunting $299.99 price. Such is the cost of technological progress, though I vày think these new earphones move us closer to lớn the goal of crafting our fantasy unentangled earphones.




The first time I encountered the Momentums at IFA this year, I tried lớn intuit my way around them and failed spectacularly. These buds have sầu no buttons or switches, and in their designers’ pursuit of a smooth và flowing size, they also have sầu no labels or hints directing the user’s hvà. In spite of my experience with every type và br& of wireless headphones to lớn date, I have khổng lồ admit I couldn’t even figure out how khổng lồ pair my phone to them. The flat metallic (but not metal) portion on the exterior of each bud is a touchpad, so I started experimentally tapping, swiping, and holding those pads, but the buds gave me no helpful audio feedbaông xã.

A kind Sennheiser rep explained lớn me that holding both touchpads for five seconds turns the pairing mode on, and the first time you open up a fresh pair of MTWs, they’ll be in pairing mode by default. That was all well and good, but what else vì those touchpads do?

To play and pause music, you tap the left pad once. To access your device’s default voice assistant — Google Assistant on Android, Siri on iOS, or Cortana on Windows — you tap the right bud. There are no swipe gestures, so advancing a traông xã is two taps on the left bud, going back is three taps. Changing the volume is accomplished by holding the left pad khổng lồ turn it down or holding the right lớn turn it up. And if someone calls you, it’s a tap of the right bud to answer. I hope you find that as befuddling as I initially did. No one else uses this arcane control scheme.


In Sennheiser’s defense, the company has released an ứng dụng that walks users through its bizarre controls for the Momentums, và once I learned how it worked, I adapted khổng lồ it. But even when you’re fully informed & up to lớn tốc độ, it’s just a bad way khổng lồ control your music. It should be obvious that tapping a thing that’s nestled deep inside my ear a bunch of times is kind of an unpleasant experience. One tap, fine, but three taps in quiông chồng succession khổng lồ go baông chồng a track? No, thank you. The prolonged press to tweak volume is also unwieldy: if you just want to lớn go one notch in either direction, you have to lớn quickly pull your finger away, or the buds will keep going until they hit the maximum or minimum volume. Oh, and if you hold the buds for 30 seconds instead of five, you’ll vì a factory-rephối on them. It’s like the French language: every logical guess you make is wrong, and you just have sầu lớn be told how to bởi it.

It’s a good thing that Sennheiser has built such a sturdy và handsome case for the MTWs because I found myself stranded any time I tried to go somewhere without it. The case provides two additional full charges for the buds, but it wasn’t battery life anxiety that troubled me. Sennheiser claims four hours on a single charge, which is right in line with what most competitors achieve sầu, & my testing confirmed that. But without an on-off switch on the buds themselves, the earphones switch off automatically, và I find putting them in the case is the only way to lớn wake them back up.

Sennheiser has implemented an automatic pause feature that works great when I take out one earbud, but it sabotages itself when I take out the second. My music will reliably stop any time I pull out a bud to talk to someone, & it will just as reliably resume if I pull out the other bud và hold them together in my hvà. It’s really dumb smart technology. This feature can be disabled via Sennheiser’s phầm mềm, but it’s disappointing to see it implemented so badly & then also phối as the default behavior. This was another thing nudging me toward always keeping the buds in the case.

The Momentum earbuds are quite large & hefty for true wireless buds. They fill the outer ear cavity và then protrude a little bit further, though not as egregiously as some other Công nghệ Bluetooth earphone models. At their longest point, they’re about the same length as Apple’s AirPods, và they’re significantly fatter. That being said, I find the Momentums comfortable to lớn wear, và when I use them for extended periods of time, the battery warning precedes any sort of wearing fatigue. Others may find the way these earphones fill the ear khổng lồ be unpleasant and off-putting. They’re about on par with custom-molded in-ear headphones, albeit with less penetration into lớn the inner ear.

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One major benefit of their voluminous physical kiến thiết is that the Momentums offer great noise isolation. The one big weakness that Apple’s AirPods have sầu is a strength for the MTWs. These won’t replace your earplugs on a long flight, but they bởi vì quiet the environment around you, and I appreciate having that in busy offices, on clattering train commutes, và any other time I want lớn escape my surroundings.

With a comfortable fit providing a good seal in the ear, the true star of Sennheiser’s MTW show makes itself apparent. The sound of these earphones is easily the best I’ve heard from any truly wireless pair. The bass isn’t exaggerated or distorted, the treble isn’t spiky, and the midrange is smooth và harmonious. Aural detail is abundant, right down khổng lồ the sound of Melvyn Bragg’s breathing in the background on the In Our Time podcast.

I’ve sầu listened to lớn a wide range of music with the Momentums, from At the Driven-In và Autechre khổng lồ Zoë Keating and Zomby, and they have yet lớn disappoint. While I’ve sầu noted their bass isn’t excessive, they vày have a warm tuning that I very much like. Bass comes through with absolute authority & a weight that justifies the buds’ chunky khung. Instruments and vocals have an organic and realistic timbre that’s both pleasing và enticing.

Using Sennheiser’s MTWs for calls has also been a pleasure for me. Even when I’ve sầu been out on the street and wearing a hoodie, the microphones pick up my speech and deliver it with clarity lớn the other side. As far as audio performance goes, the Momentums are difficult khổng lồ fault. Going to the AirPods after listening lớn the MTWs for a while, I find Sennheiser’s earphones expose all the deficiencies of Apple’s sound (which I still think is very good). I usually have more khổng lồ say about the sound of headphones, but here, it’s sufficient lớn say that no true wireless buds have been this good before.

I’d strongly recommover the MTWs to my colleague Dieter Bohn, who loves conference calls and values good mic performance, but I know he also likes to lớn keep his headphones synced lớn multiple devices at once, and that’s something Sennheiser’s buds can’t vị. To switch from my phone khổng lồ my máy tính, I have sầu khổng lồ disconnect one & reconnect the other.

Sennheiser has a few additional issues lớn iron out on the wireless front with the MTWs. They tư vấn công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 5, but that’s not really much of an advantage in the realm of wireless headphones. I had an epic struggle pairing these buds khổng lồ a Windows máy tính & had khổng lồ vày a full remix lớn make them communicate. Keeping a stable connection khổng lồ my phone is also not a sure thing, as I find the Momentums khổng lồ be extra sensitive to the way I grip my phone (in a fashion that other wireless headphones have sầu shown themselves resilient to). And then there’s the connection between the two buds, which I’ve sầu noticed drop off without any apparent reason on occasion. These are small foibles, not pervasive sầu enough to spoil everything, but they’re there.

It’s difficult lớn offer a straightforward judgment of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless because of how good their good parts are và how frustrating their bad aspects are. Want the best-sounding true wireless earbuds? Here they are. But should you pay $300 for the privilege of being annoyed by your earphones?

Wireless headphones, in all forms and sizes, are going through a period of rapid transition & transformation. For its first entry inkhổng lồ the true wireless realm, Sennheiser has upheld its reputation for excellent sound, but the company hasn’t completed the job with matching functionality và usability. I rate the Momentum True Wireless highly because of their sound, which is recognizably superior lớn everything else. You’ll just have sầu to lớn weigh that against all the little annoyances that come with it.

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