Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Oct 21, 2019 at 10:21 am
Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.5
Office
6.0
Wireless Gaming
7.4
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Calls
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.

Our Verdict

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.

Pros
  • Comfortable and very well-built design.
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Leaky at high volumes.
  • Bulky design.
7.4 Neutral Sound

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.

7.4 Wired Gaming
7.5 Phone Calls
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.5 Office
  • 6.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.4 Wired Gaming
  • 7.5 Phone Calls
  1. Update 9/4/2020: We incorrectly listed these headphones as having mic support via USB; we've retested and updated test results.
  2. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 12/3/2019: We were able to accurately measure the Default Latency of the headphones.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  5. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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.

7.5
Design
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 Cancelling Control Adjustable
Talk-Through
Adjustable
Additional Controls 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. If you're a fan of physical control schemes and want something even easier to use, however, consider the Shure AONIC 50 Wireless.

6.3
Design
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
Design
Portability
L 6.5 "
W 5.2 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 108 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.01 db
Treble Amount
-1.27 db
7.6
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.85 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
18.34 Hz
Low-Bass
4.55 dB
Mid-Bass
6.04 dB
High-Bass
4.38 dB

The bass performance of the Sennheiser Momentum 3 is very good. It's well-extended and balanced. This means these headphones are able to reproduce the deep thump and rumble of bass, common in bass-heavy music genres like EDM. However, the response is over our target curve, which results in a bit of excess thump. Some people may like this, especially if you listen to bass-heavy music.

9.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.9 dB
Low-Mid
0.79 dB
Mid-Mid
0.22 dB
High-Mid
-0.38 dB

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless has a great mid-range performance. The response is very well-balanced and follows our target curve well, which results in accurate reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The response is slightly under our target, which means vocals might sound a bit veiled and nudged to the back of the mix, but this is barely noticeable.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.81 dB
Low-Treble
0.14 dB
Mid-Treble
2.06 dB
High-Treble
-4.66 dB

The treble range of these headphones is also great. It's very well-balanced and accurate. Vocals and leads have the right amount of detail and brightness, and they shouldn't sound too sharp, which is great.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.85 db
Dips
0.79 db
8.1
Sound
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.

5.1
Sound
Passive 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
4.4

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.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.352
WHD @ 100
0.160
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
High
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
8.2
Isolation
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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.1
Microphone
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
Microphone
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.

Active Features
8.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
17.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
17.8 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

Update 02/14/2020: Due to an issue with the way we tested passive playback on headphones with no dedicated power button, these headphones were incorrectly listed as having passive playback when they don't. This review has been updated to reflect these changes.

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 while charging 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
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sennheiser Smart Control
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
Adjustable
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
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.

Connectivity
8.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
Yes
Line Of Sight Range
300 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
186 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
121 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
58 ms
iOS Latency
389 ms
Android Latency
50 ms

Update 12/03/2019: We fixed the issue with our dongle that was preventing us from measuring the Default SBC latency with these headphones. The review and text have been updated.

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 over the SBC codec and is slightly lower than most Bluetooth headphones. On the upside, they also support aptX and aptX-LL, which both offer very low latency. You shouldn’t notice any delay when using those headphones for watching video content. They also support the AAC codec.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.2
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
USB-C
Detachable Yes
Length 4.8 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
30 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.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

Update 09/04/2020: We had listed these headphones as having mic support via USB. However, after user feedback, we noticed the mistake and updated the test results. The review has been updated to reflect these changes.

When wired, you only get audio via their USB cable, and while they can be used wirelessly on Bluetooth-enabled PCs, you can't use them as so on PS4.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don’t have a dock.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

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

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

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are better headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless. The Sennheiser have a better audio reproduction and will sound more accurate and neutral. They also have a more retro look that is unique. The Sennheiser also have a decent microphone for calls. On the other hand, the Bowers & Wilkins 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 Sennheiser.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

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 QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better noise cancelling headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, and their sound profile is a bit more neutral than the Sennheiser. Also, their noise isolation is one of the best on the market. However, the Sennheiser have a more distinctive style and feel a bit better built.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

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 Sennheiser 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 Sennheiser are compatible with lower latency codecs.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless/HD1 Wireless

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.

Shure AONIC 50 Wireless

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are better headphones for mixed usage than the Shure AONIC 50 Wireless. The Sennheisers' default sound profile is more well-balanced, their integrated microphone does a better job of making your voice sound clear and free of background chatter, and their ANC system reduces the volume of ambient noise far more effectively. However, the Shure have a slightly easier-to-use control scheme and a much more durable carrying case.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless and the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless each have their pros and cons. Their sound profiles are fairly similar overall but fans of bass will prefer the added thump the Momentum 3 provide. While they both have great noise isolation, the Momentum 3 reduce more noise in the bass range while the PXC 550-II isolate better in the mid-range. Their battery performance is also better than the Momentum, but they don't feel as well-built.

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