In the past, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with true wireless. That is, I loved the idea of no wires, but hated the fact that the technology tended to be so unreliable. But in the last six months, bigger companies have started to release their true wireless models. And they’re producing better stuff, in terms of reliability and sound. So, I was excited to discover that the famous Sennheiser has finally released its first true wireless earphones. I’ve never been disappointed with anything they’ve made, and the Momentum True Wireless is no exception. In fact, it may be the first true wireless earphone I’d consider buying. So, let’s find out what makes these buds a sure winner in this Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Review.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Review
These buds are not only easy to pop in, but they also provide great sound isolation. And I prefer these puppies to any noise-cancelling earphones I’ve tried. In fact, they cut out so much noise that Sennheiser has included a Transparent Hearing mode, which lets in outside sound when needed.
Bluetooth and Supported Codecs
One of the factors that makes these buds sound so good is the Bluetooth 5 compatibility. Comparing Bluetooth 5 to previous Bluetooth versions, the upgrade in clarity and cleanliness is undeniable.
These buds are also low latency. This means that you can watch video without losing sync with the picture. Surprisingly, low latency has yet to become the standard.
In addition, the Momentum True Wireless supports aptX, SBC and AAC codecs.
What I love about these earphones is that they provide full functionality from the earpieces. At the same time, they remain easy to use. Many other true wireless earphones employ an overly sensitive touch design to control functions. But Sennheiser uses pressable buttons that avoid any unwitting activation of the controls. Furthermore, the buttons span the entire face of the earpiece. So, you don’t have to search for them with your finger. It’s a button you can’t miss. So, what do these buttons allow you to do? The left earbud lets you play/pause, skip and adjust volume. The right earbud allows you to accept and end calls, activate your useless voice assistant and, again, adjust volume. A quick double tap of the earbud switches between noise isolation and Transparent Hearing mode. Another nice feature is that when you take the earphones out of your ears, the music stops playing. I always loved this attribute on the Apple AirPods. So, it’s great to see that Sennheiser has employed this design as well. Logical and efficient. I love Germans.
Pairing is also super easy. After you’ve connected the buds to your device for the first time, they will automatically pair every time you take them out of the charging case.
The earphones give you 4 hours of playback at a time, while the charging case holds an extra 8 hours. It juices up the buds every time you put them back in the case. It also only takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the case, using the provided USB-C to USB cable. The back of the charging case has a battery life indicator that show you how much power is left. So, there are no surprises.
Call clarity is very impressive on the Momentum True Wireless, especially considering that they don’t have the stems employed by brands such a Apple. But clarity is just as good on both sides of the line, and testing it against true wireless models of other major brands, like Audio-Technica, there’s just no competition.
Overall Impressions: Warm, detailed and versatile.
We’ve got rich lows with generous bass impact. Rock songs have tons of warmth and thickness. And listening to pop, bass is forward and punchy. But it also has a lot of grip and avoids resonance. And playing a little Drake, the bass got pretty subby. At the same time, you can’t call this a bass-head’s earphone; the higher frequencies are well defined, and it’s a very balanced sound.
Perfectly even and present mids here. The low mids are given the love they deserve. So, you won’t get any harsh, forward leaning vocals. This is easy listening, for sure. Big rock rock songs sound expansive and full-bodied. And moving on to folk, the clarity is also magnificent. Acoustic guitar strums are clean and well separated. And classical instruments, like cellos, show a lot of texture and present a very realistic timbre for a pair of wireless earphones.
Listening to violin solos, the Momentum True Wireless shows great transparency for wireless buds, though you might miss some of the resolve and fainter subtleties, which you’d get from wired earphones in this price range. But hey, that’s the price of freedom. Still, these buds present very sparkly highs that really come out when listening to pop. Percussion in this range is crisp and snappy. And again, it’s a really easy listening experience. High pitched brass instruments avoid any piercing, and my ears suffered no fatigue even after extended periods of listening.
There’s a nice sense of dimension here. You’ll not only get a spacious feel, but a real feeling of depth and height. Instrument placement is also impressively precise for a wireless earphone.
For me, this is a no brainer. Reliable, ample functionality, and a versatile sound that’s worthy of the brand. Add superior call clarity to this, and you won’t find a better pair of true wireless earphones on the market. It’s a pretty penny. But in this case, you certainly get what you pay for. And then some.
This is the first time I’ve pulled out the full five skulls. These buds are perfect.
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