Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.2
Neutral Listening
7.6
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.5
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.4
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are decent noise cancelling headphones that have a good audio quality and a sleek retro look. They're a nice improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless thanks to a better sound quality, a more comfortable design, and an improved microphone. They have a good noise isolation performance and block a good amount of ambient noise. However, they're quite a bit leakier than their predecessors, which won't be ideal in quiet environments. Nevertheless, the Momentum 3 are very versatile headphones that have a decent overall performance.

Test Results
Design 7.2
Isolation 7.5
Microphone 7.4
Active Features 8.4
Connectivity 7.6
Pros
  • Comfortable and very well-built design.
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Leaky at high volumes.
  • Bulky design.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.2

Design

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are well-designed over-ear closed-back headphones. They're more comfortable than the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless. They're a bit bulkier than the previous model, but still fold into a more portable design. They're still very well-built and feel like premium headphones with a retro look.

Style

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 have the same retro sleek-looking design as the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless, but in a slightly bulkier design. They have leather padding on the large oval cups. The headband is simple and quite similar to the last model, as well.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.0 lbs

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are quite comfortable, and their design is an improvement over the last model. The cups are bigger and the padding is softer and cushier. The headband is also more comfortable and distributes the weight of the headphones well. Wearing these headphones for a while won’t be an issue for most people.

7.3 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : Bluetooth Sync

The control scheme of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is decent. You can easily play/pause your music or answer/end calls with the middle button. You also have volume control with the top and bottom buttons, and track skipping with the middle button as well. It’s a bit hard to distinguish which button you're on, but they offer decent tactile and audible feedback. These headphones also have a button to control the level of ANC and talk-through. There’s also an extra button that triggers your voice assistant if you press it, but puts the headphones in Bluetooth pairing mode when holding it. When folding the headphones, they will automatically turn off.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.3 C

Like most over-ear closed-back headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum 3 aren’t the most breathable. They trap heat inside the cups and won’t let much airflow, especially with the leather padding. These headphones won’t be a good option for working out, as you'll sweat more than usual when wearing them.

6.0 Portability
L : 6.5 "
W : 5.2 "
H : 3.2 "
Volume : 108 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones are a bit bulkier than the last model and aren’t the most portable option. On the upside, they do fold into a more compact format, which makes it easier to slide them inside a bag or inside their case.

7.0 Case
Type : Soft case
L : 7.5 "
W : 7.0 "
H : 4.0 "
Volume : 210 Cu. Inches

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 come with a decent soft case that protects the headphones a bit against scratches and minor water exposure. However, since the sides of the case are soft, the headphones are not entirely protected against physical damage from falls.

8.0 Build Quality

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are very well-built headphones. Their frame is made from solid metal and the padding is leather, which gives it an overall very premium feel. They're built like the previous model and should be able to withstand a few drops without too much damage. For slightly better-built headphones that still have a unique look, check out the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless.

7.0 Stability

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are decently stable wireless headphones. They stay on your head without issue during casual listening, but they won’t be the best option for sports as head movement makes them sway around. On the upside, their wireless design gets rid of the risk that a cable could get hooked and pull the headphones off your head.

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Sound

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are good sounding closed-back headphones. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile but are a bit on the bass-heavy side. They're still well-suited for a wide-variety of music genres. However, there’s a very small mismatch between the drivers of our unit, but this isn’t audible. On the upside, these headphones are a definitive improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.4
Bass-Heavy
:
9.1
Warm
:
5.3
Bright
:
7.5
7.6 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.66 db
Dips
:
0.85 db
7.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.47 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is good. It seems the ANC feature of these headphones checks for bass consistency, so you shouldn’t have different results when using these headphones. There’s a bit of variation in the low-treble range, but this won’t be very noticeable to most. These headphones are quite consistent with various test subjects and between reseats as well.

8.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.33
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.82
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.84
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.64

The stereo imaging of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless is mediocre. The group delay goes over the audibility threshold under 50Hz, which may result in a slightly loose bass. There’s also a very small mismatch in amplitude and frequency. This can result in a stereo image with holes and the positioning of objects might not be a clear and accurate. However, this was barely audible and these results are only valid for our unit; yours may perform differently.

5.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.9 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.34 dB
PRTF Distance
:
9.61 dB
Openness
:
1.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.5

The soundstage of these headphones is sub-par. Although there’s a lot of pinna interaction, it isn’t really accurate. This results in a relatively large soundstage but that should feel unnatural and inside the listener’s head. These are closed-back headphones and won’t sound open.

7.4 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.352
WHD @ 100
:
0.160
7.5

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless is decent. These headphones have a good ANC feature that helps block out ambient noise. They can be used for commuting or at the office, but be careful with your listening volume, as people surrounding you may hear your audio leaking out, especially in quiet environments.

8.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-22.57 dB
Bass
:
-18.43 dB
Mid
:
-14.17 dB
Treble
:
-34.29 dB

The noise isolation of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless is decent. It does a very good job of blocking bass frequencies like the deep rumble of a bus engine, which makes them a suitable option for commuting. They also isolate well against ambient chatter in an office setting. Their treble isolation is also good and they're able to attenuate sharp S and T sounds and A/C system noise.

6.1 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
44.37 dB

The leakage performance of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is mediocre. These closed-back headphones leak quite a bit at high volume, meaning they shouldn’t be used in very quiet environments with people surrounding you, as they could be bothered by your audio leaking out.

7.4

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The integrated microphone of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is decent and quite an improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless as well. In quiet environments, people on the line shouldn't have any trouble understanding you, but the mic struggles to separate ambient noise from recorded speech in loud situations.

7.1 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
223.03 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
4.1 dB
HFE
:
6933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.229
Gain
:
13.31 dB

The integrated microphone of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless is decent and quite an improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless. It sounds a bit clearer and more full-bodied than most Bluetooth headphones, so people on the other side of the line won’t have trouble understanding you in a quiet environment.

7.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
25.85 dB

The integrated mic of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 has good noise handling. It's suitable to use in quiet and moderately loud environments, but it may struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

8.4

Active Features

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 has a good battery life and a good companion app. You’ll be able to use them for quite some time before needing to charge the headphones, and even if you drain them completely, you can use them while charging, or even use them passively. The companion app gives you access to decent control and customization options thanks to a fully parametric EQ.

8.5 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
17.8 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
17.8 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.3 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
Yes
Charging Port : USB-C

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 have a good battery life. With just over 17 hours of continuous playback with the ANC feature on, it should be more than enough to last a full workday. They also have a smart pause feature that enters a standby mode as soon as you take the headphones off your head. You can also use them wired passively with their 1/8” audio cable, or even get audio while charging them via the USB-C cable and USB adapter. The headphones also charge if you use them wired with a USB-C phone. When taking them off, you can fold them to automatically turn them off.

7.5 App Support
App Name : Sennheiser Smart Control
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
:
Adjustable
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : No

The Sennheiser Smart Control app is a good tool to enhance your listening experience with the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. You have access to a great parametric EQ and can save presets as well. You can cycle through 3 different levels of ANC and these headphones have a Tile device finder as well.

7.6

Connectivity

The connectivity options of that Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are decent. They support Bluetooth 5 and can pair to multiple devices. They can also be used passively when wired, but you won’t have access to the integrated microphone when doing so. You can also use their USB-C to USB-C cable to plug into your phone if you have that port. The Momentum 3 also have great latency performance, as they support aptX-LL so you shouldn’t notice any audio delay when watching video content if you have the appropriate dongle.

9.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
Line of Sight Range
:
300 ft
Default Latency
:
221 ms
aptX Latency
:
121 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
58 ms

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible and can connect to two devices simultaneously, which can be useful at the office if you often switch between your PC and phone. They also support NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure.

The latency of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is decent. We had issues testing its default latency as the headset wouldn’t connect to our SBC dongle, but the results for the aptX and aptX-LL are good. You shouldn’t notice any delay when using those headphones for watching video content. They also support the AAC codec.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.9 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
Yes
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
:
4 ms

You can get audio on pretty much any device that has a 1/8” audio jack, but the integrated microphone doesn't work. Also, you can get audio via the USB adapter on a PC. You can use the USB-C to USB-C cable to get audio on phones as well.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No

Note: These headphones work properly with a PC when used wireless, but when connected to a PS4, they don't work properly.

Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

These headphones don’t have a dock.

In the box

  • Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless headphones
  • 1/16 to 1/8” audio cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB adapter
  • Soft case
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are good headphones that stand out by their unique retro style. They're also comfortable to wear for a while and have an improved sound over their previous model. They also have a decent ANC feature that makes them suitable for a wide variety of uses, but come with a premium price tag. See our recommendations for the best noise canceling headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones under $200, and the best travel headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
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The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are both good headphones, but the XM3s might be better for most people. They are a bit more comfortable and their noise isolation is noticeably better, which makes them a better choice for commuting. On the other hand, the Sennheiser headphones have a more distinguished design with a nice and sleek retro look, which some may prefer. The XM3s have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which has trouble with cold weather, while the Momentum 3 Wireless have physical buttons.

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless
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The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are better headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless. They have a better audio reproduction and will sound more accurate and neutral. They also have a more retro look that is unique. The Momentum 3 also have a decent microphone for calls. On the other hand, the PX7 feel sturdier, have a better battery life, and support aptX Adaptive. However, you don’t have access to a parametric EQ inside their app like you do with the Momentum 3.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
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The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless and the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are very similar overall. On one hand, the Momentum 3 is better built, have a more retro look and a bit more bass-heavy sound profile, while on the other hand, the PXC have a more well-balanced sound, but are a bit bright. The noise isolation of the Momentum 3 is also better, especially against low-end frequencies like the rumble of engines. However, the PXC 550 have a better battery life and an in-line microphone. The PXC have a touch-sensitive control scheme while the Momentum 3 have physical buttons.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless
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The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better-performing headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. They are more comfortable, have better controls, and have noticeably better noise isolation and microphone performances. On the other hand, the Momentum 3 have a slightly better audio quality and a good parametric EQ inside their app. The battery performance is better for the Bose 700, but on the other hand, the Momentum 3 are compatible with lower latency codecs.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless/HD1 Wireless
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The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are a nice improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless/HD1 Wireless. They're noticeably bulkier and the cups are larger with better padding, making them a bit more comfortable overall. They also have a better audio reproduction, especially in the treble range. The microphone recording quality is also improved on the new model. On the other hand, the Momentum 3 are noticeably leakier than the previous version.

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7.3 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. These headphones have a good audio reproduction and also a decent ANC feature. They're quite versatile for traveling or to use at the office and enjoy your favorite music with good fidelity. They aren’t designed for sports or gaming, but can be used for watching TV if you have a low-latency dongle.

7.2 Neutral Listening

Good for critical listening. These are a welcomed improvement over the previous model. They have a bit of a bass-heavy sound profile, but are better-balanced than the 2.0 version. They have a thumpy bass and a bit of pushed back mid-range which affects the vocals and lead instruments a bit. On the upside, their treble is accurate and well-balanced as well. They're versatile for a wide variety of music genres and are great for listening to your favorite tracks while on the move.

7.6 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. These headphones are quite comfortable and have a decent noise isolation performance. They also do a great job at blocking out bass frequencies like the rumbling of a bus engine. They have a long battery life that will last you long enough for your daily commute and a full workday, or even long flights.

7.1 Sports/Fitness

Okay for sports. They're quite bulky headphones and the cups trap a lot of heat and don't allow for airflow, especially with leather padding. They will make you sweat more than usual and aren’t the most stable option. They aren’t designed for this use.

7.5 Office

Decent for the office. They do a nice job at isolating against work environment noises like ambient chatter and A/C systems, but they can get quite leaky at high volumes. Be sure to control your listening volume to not disturb surrounding colleagues. They're comfortable to wear for a while and their battery lasts you for a full workday without a problem. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously, which is useful.

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