The quest to cut the unsavory wires from Bluetooth earbuds has been ongoing for the past few years. Now there are multiple models to dethrone the Apple AirPods from their reigning position in this segment. Sennheiser has also made its debut in this inflation segment with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. The company’s Momentum range has so far proven to be solid audio devices in their own categories, be it over-ear, on-ear, in-ear or wireless. The company is finally making its way into the completely untethered Bluetooth earbud segment. Let’s see how these true wireless earbuds fares in our review.
Barring a few minor, mostly inconspicuous flaws, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earbuds are easily one of the best true wireless earbuds money can buy. The price of these earbuds certainly calls for great performance and Sennheiser has not disappointed here. The sound is crisp and clear. The usual high-quality sound profile of the Momentum range is maintained, with an extra boost from the new 7mm driver, resulting in a more controlled and capable audio performance. The bass thump can be heard clearly in tracks such as: call on me through Chris Rea and Another bites the dust through Queen, however, it is not overwhelming. If you prefer the dizzying bass found on Beats headphones, these earbuds are not the right choice for you. Despite a prominent bass, the clarity of the sound and the instrument is not compromised in any way. Freddie Mercury’s words in the song (mentioned above) are clearly audible and if you listen closely you can even hear breath sounds, which is fantastic as these earbuds maintain the integrity of recorded songs.
Mid and high frequencies are impeccably balanced and the sound reproduction is quite natural, as mentioned above. They usually suit just about any genre, which is an ideal scenario, especially at this price. Drums sound big and bold in songs like Something out of nothing through Foo Fighters. None of the frequencies ever seem to overwhelm the other, and the sound never becomes screeching, even in the high frequencies. The earbuds are fundamentally perfect, when it comes to sound quality, if you don’t want your skulls to rattle through overpowering bass and would rather hear the fine details in music as they prefer mid-range instruments and vocals over heavier sounds.
One of the features – Transparent Hearing – which allows you to hear your surroundings while listening to music actually improves the sounds around you a bit, but it doesn’t really matter as you can already hear a lot of what’s there. around you through inefficient isolation. This may be due to the lack of foam tips. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it would be a nice feature to add, as better insulation translates into better overall immersion.
The call quality, on the other hand, is also quite good. The person on the other end of the line could hear what we were saying very clearly. Although we could also hear the caller clearly, the maximum ring volume was a bit lacking by our standards. The earphones are also an absolute dream to consume content on. They feature aptX low latency, so media plays in perfect synchronization. We tested this on Netflix and YouTube, as well as downloaded videos, and the results are spectacular. The sound envelops you and adds an element of realism to the content when it comes to the sound.
The battery life is unfortunately nothing special. The earbuds lasted about 3 and a half hours on a full charge, which is pretty close to the company’s claim of 4 hours. The charging case includes two additional full charges for the earbuds, giving you a total of approximately 12 hours of battery life, give or take (more take than give).
Design and build
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless ditches the neck cable on the Momentum Free earbuds and packs in a brand new 7mm driver. The earbuds are adorned with silver details interrupted by a pattern of magnetic gold dots that attach them to the charging case with a satisfying click. The earplugs are lightweight and very easy to fit in your ears. They also offer a comfortable and snug fit. The boxy shape may indicate an insecure fit which is further exacerbated by the lack of rubber wingtips, but in our testing we realized that the earbuds pretty much stay put despite the build and lack of wingtips unless you use them during an intense workout. training session. They should work quite well while jogging and commuting.
The aluminum touch panels on the back of the earbuds also add a certain flair to the design. Plus, they don’t stick out as much as other models from Sony and Bose. The box contains three sizes of earbuds, we found the standard sizes worked quite well for us, but you need to switch sizes if the earbuds don’t seem to fit properly in the ear.
The charging case is made of a greyish coarse cloth with a stylish melange weave and houses the Sennheiser logo right in the middle. The case is extremely attractive compared to the standard matte black charging cases that are extremely common. The sheer aesthetic of the charging case is unlike anything we’ve seen in most true wireless charging cases before, and you can tell Sennheiser has put a lot of thought into how the case looks and fits in the hand. The case contains magnets that ensure that the case clicks shut audibly when closed.
There is also USB-C charging and a battery level indicator on the charging case. The small light on the back of the case, right next to the charging port, glows green when the case is fully charged, yellow when the case is halfway through, and red when the battery is low. The earbuds really rely on the housing to perform even the most basic functions like turning on or off. So you will always have to have it with you. The case, while gorgeous, is somewhat bulky and we’d prefer it even more if Sennheiser had worked on downsizing the form factor.
While the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless has a host of features to increase functionality and ease of use, they can be a little difficult to understand at first. After a while, though, the earbuds set themselves up pretty much every time you take them out of the charging case. Just be sure to keep the device you want to connect to as the only active Bluetooth connection within range, as it can sometimes get confused.
The touch controls, while useful, are really not that intuitive with various actions requiring even double or triple taps, making it difficult to get used to. To set up, touch the back of both earbuds for five seconds to pair with a device. Tapping the left earbud once will pause the music and tapping it again will resume. In addition, the earbuds also pause music or media when you remove one or both earbuds from your ear canal. Pressing the left button twice plays the next song, while pressing the button three times plays the previous song. The right earbud, on the other hand, can be used to take calls and wake up your voice assistant. Pressing and holding the touch panel of the right or left earbud increases or decreases the volume respectively. We were really dissatisfied with the inability to precisely control the volume as holding the volume up or down quite quickly by holding down one of the buttons and reaching your ideal volume setting can be a bit of a precarious situation.
You can also adjust the EQ settings to your liking with Sennheiser’s Smart Control app. The changes that this app enables are more than adequate for the average listener. However, we found that the default tuning sounded better than any of the alternatives we tested. The app also shows you the battery level for each button and provides control over the Transparent Hearing feature. The Transparent Hearing feature actually allows you to hear what is happening in your environment while listening to music. The app also lets you disable Smart Pause if you’d like, but we don’t understand why you’d want to, as the feature is infinitely useful and works pretty well too.
Sennheiser gave themselves quite a task to accomplish by praising the Momentum True Wireless earbuds at an exorbitant price of Rs 24,990 as there was so much more pressure to prove their mettle. However, they have by no means failed. With a stylish design, smart controls and professional sound, the earbuds are a fantastic choice for those who want to live the untethered life when it comes to earphones. The Apple AirPods cost half as much as the Momentum True Wireless, so if you’re an Apple user, we recommend the AirPods. However, for audiophiles, these earphones are pretty much the best you can get in this segment. Aside from a few issues mentioned above, Sennheiser has managed to show off their audio prowess with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless.