Feature-rich & Fashionable Headphones
Blending old school design, genuine leather padding with futuristic technology, and a beautiful, shiny steel finish, Sennheiser just stole the show with the Momentum Wireless 3. They come equipped with noise cancellation, High Fidelity Audio support, and a new smart tracking feature.
But all of this comes at a cost since the Momentum Wireless 3 is more expensive than most of its competitors. So, is it worth a pretty penny, or should we look elsewhere?
Let’s go through our Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 Review and find out…
At first glance, the old school and trusted Sennheiser minimalistic design might make you think it’s just another pair of everyday headphones, but you’d be mistaken. Sennheiser has used genuine leather for the headband and earpads. Soft to the touch and like little pillows of cloud on your ears, the comfort level could not be any higher.
The adjustable sliding headband is crafted with pearl blasted stainless steel and is the first thing that attracts your attention when gazed upon from afar.
However, it is unfortunate that with all with this bravado, Sennheiser only included a soft material carrying case instead of a sturdier hard case.
Upon inspection, you won’t find a power button in sight, which can be confusing. Instead, unfolding the ear cups will turn the headphones on and vice versa. And, the buttons that are found are not plastic; instead, you will find rubberized, matte buttons.
How Does The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 Sound?
In a word… Superb!
We found that the bass is quite loud out the box, which is great for anyone who loves pop and hip hop. Plus, within the dedicated app, you can play around with the equalizer and change the sound to your preference. So, these bad boys cater to all genres of musical tastes.
With a more bass-heavy EQ, you can be dancing to the beat of any EDM track. Or sway in the natural ambiance of a classical symphony with these superb and true to performance sounding headphones.
No matter what sound you prefer, the Momentum Wireless 3 has it.
How Does The Microphone Sound?
Not as good as the music to be honest. The microphone, in some instances, can cause clipping with louder sounds. It’s not a bad microphone by any means. But as with most headphones in this price range, the main focus isn’t the microphone.
When speaking to someone, they will know that it’s a headset with some deeper voices, even sounding dull or echoey.
While on the subject of speaking, how well can we avoid random chatter or the whoosh of an airplane passing over?
At this price level, one would expect top-notch noise cancelling, but on these headphones, it is disappointing, to say the least. Performance-wise you’d get far better noise cancelling on the Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose 700.
The noise cancelling does its job well enough, just not quite up to the price bracket of these headphones. That said, within the app, there are multiple levels of noise cancellation.
There is also a function that allows in some ambient noise. Sennheiser calls it transparent hearing. This feature is also found on some other high-profile ANC headphones and is essentially an ambient noise mode.
For daily use, the noise cancelling will be just fine. Not the best, but fine.
Sennheiser provides some top of the range connectivity here. Bluetooth version 5 gives you outstanding connectivity with AptX and AAC support. It also comes with NFC pairing for fast connection and has some of the easiest and fastest connection times.
A built-in tracker, called Tiled Tracking, is there for the forgetful types that always seem to misplace their headphones. This alone justifies a steeper price than its competitors.
A 3.5 mm jack is also included for users who still prefer the superior audio quality that is provided by a cable.
Also included is the voice assistant that has now become a standard for mid and high tier headphones. Siri and Google Assistant are supported, with Alexa also on the horizon.
How Long Does The Battery Last?
Expect just under 17 hours on a full charge. We have to say that this is not very impressive considering the Sony WH 1000XM3’s 30 hours and the Bose’s 20 hours.
Now, all things considered, 17 hours is still more than enough for a week of commuting or a long international flight. It’s just underwhelming, considering it’s priced higher than the previously aforementioned headphones.
With USB-type C supported fast charge, you can get an hour and a half of play time with a 10-minute charge. Compared to Sony’s five hours of play time from a 10-minute charge, this again seems quite low.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 Pros & Cons
- Excellent sound quality.
- Superior design and the use of genuine leather.
- Plethora of connectivity options and features.
- Tile Tracking.
- Not the best audio quality on the microphone.
- Average noise cancellation.
- Underwhelming battery life and charge times.
- Soft case.
More Excellent Headphone Options
With so many options available, it can be very difficult to make the right headphone decision. Therefore, if you’re in any doubt about the Momentum Wireless 3, check out our reviews of the AKG N60NC, the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless, the Sony WH 1000XM2, the Beats Studio3 Wireless, and the Bowers and Wilkins PX5.
The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 tries to feel and look more premium than its competitors, but falls short where it really matters. Including features like Tile-Tracking is enticing, provided the basics are done right. But, these headphones, unfortunately, don’t quite stack up in a few key areas.
With a shorter battery life, and an average noise cancellation that falls below that of its cheaper piers, it’s tough to find a reason to buy these.
If it’s the premium look and feel you are after, the Sennheiser will satisfy your needs. But if it’s industry-leading sound and ANC you want, you’d be better off getting the Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones.