The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are decent mixed usage closed-back in-ears. These truly wireless headphones have great wireless range and a good isolation performance. However, they are only average-sounding due to an uneven treble range and they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested so far. On the upside, they are very well made and feel like premium headphones. They also come with a nice charging case that gives you additional battery life and it protects the headphones well.
Decent for mixed usage. Their sound profile is better suited for bass heavy genres, but won't be ideal for more vocal-centric music. Also, the in-ear fit, may not be the most comfortable for critical listening. They have a good isolation performance which makes them an above-average option for commuting and to use at the office. Also, they are very portable and stable enough for light physical activities but are on the bulkier side for in-ears. Unfortunately, they are sub-par for watching TV and gaming as their default latency is too high, but they do support lower latency codecs.
Okay for neutral listening. They have a thumpy and consistent bass, a well-balanced mid-range, but their treble performance is sub-par. The detail and brightness of vocals, leads and cymbals are negatively affected by the broad dip in the treble range, making them better suited for bass-heavy genres than vocal-centric music. However, you can EQ them with the companion app, even if their graphic EQ is not the best.See our Neutral Sound recommendations
Above-average for commuting and traveling. These compact in-ears have good noise isolation performance and barely leak, meaning you can raise your listening volume to block even more ambient noise. Also, they are fairly comfortable for short trips like bus rides, but the in-ear fit is not ideal for long flights.See our Commute/Travel recommendations
Great for sports. These truly wireless headphones are portable, breathable and don’t pop out of your ears during physical activity. They have a bulkier design than most in-ears, so people with smaller ears might not experience an as stable fit.See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
Decent for the office. They isolate ambient chatter very well and will let you concentrate on your tasks, without bothering colleagues, since they barely leak any sound. However, they have short battery life on one charge, so you will need to take breaks to recharge them. Also, the in-ear fit might not be ideal to wear during a whole workday.See our Office recommendations
Bad for gaming. These in-ears aren’t comfortable for long gaming sessions and their latency is a bit too high, even with lower latency codecs. Also, if you’re playing online, their microphone performance is sub-par and it is not a good option to communicate with friends and teammates.See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
These headphones are nice-looking truly wireless earbuds but have a bulky design. The housings are thick and large, protruding out of your ears quite a bit. They have a premium look thanks to the dense plastic and metal touch-sensitive surface on the back of the buds. They only come in a black color with the metallic circle accent.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones are not the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested. Their bulky design may touch the interior of your ear and apply some pressure, which will result in fatigue after a while. This will be most noticeable for people with smaller-sized ears. However, they come with 4 different tip options for you to find the most comfortable fit and they are very lightweight. For a smaller bud design that might fit most people better, we suggest the RHA TrueConnect, which come with 3 different sizes of silicone and foam tips.
The Momentum True Wireless have a good and responsive touch-sensitive control scheme that may take some time to get used to. The left earbud is the command center for everything related to music. One tap plays/pauses, two taps skips forward, and three taps skips backward. The right earbud is for call management. One tap answers/ends calls, two taps rejects calls. When no calls are coming in, one tap triggers your device voice assistant while two taps controls talk-through. Holding down the left earbud also lowers the volume while holding the right one raises it. These headphones also have a smart pause feature, meaning as soon as you take out an earbud, the music will stop. However, if you pause your music manually with the left earbud, then take it out, music will start playing again, which seems to be an oversight or a bug. On the upside, you also have voice prompts for min/max volume and while pairing the headphones.
Even if they have a bulkier in-ear design, they are still very breathable. They don’t trap too much heat in your ear and don’t cause a big difference in temperature. You shouldn’t sweat more than usual while wearing these, making them a good option for sports.
These truly wireless in-ears are very portable. You can easily fit the two earbuds in small pockets or a bag. They also come with a small and solid case which doesn’t add too much bulk and can also fit in pockets.
The provided charging case that comes with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is great. It is a solid case that protects the headphones from scratches, water exposure and impacts, and is better than other true wireless earbuds like the Jabra Elite Active 65t. However, there is no locking mechanism and the case can open if it falls on the ground, exposing the headphones. They might also fall out if the impact is significant but the magnets do help keep the earbuds in place.
The Momentum True Wireless are very well-built headphones, similarly to the B&O Play Beoplay E8 2.0 They look and feel like premium headphones. They are made out of dense plastic and nice metal surfaces that act as touch-sensitive controls. They should survive a few accidental drops without too much damage. The case is also very well-made and feels sturdy. The earbuds are also rated IPX4 for sweat and splash resistance, but we do not currently have a test to accurately measure this.
These truly wireless headphones are stable enough for running and light physical activities. They don’t have stability fins like more sports-oriented headphones, but the in-ear fit is good enough so they don’t pop out of your ears. They also don’t have a cable, eliminating the risk of it getting hooked on something or stuck on clothing. People with smaller ears may have worse stability performance due to the bulky design of the headphones.
The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.
The Momentum True Wireless have a very good bass range performance. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. They also have a flat low-bass and mid-bass that are within 2dB of our target curve. Combined with the excellent LFE, this results in a deep and punchy bass capable of producing low thump and rumbles. However, high-bass is overemphasized by 4dB, resulting in an overall bass range which is deep and punchy, but slightly boomy and muddy.
The mid-range is very good. The response is quite even and mostly flat. The low-mid overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump, adds a bit of muddiness to vocals/leads and clutter to the mix. However, at 2.5dB, this effect will be subtle. There is also a shallow dip in mid-mid, slightly nudging the vocals to the back of the mix, but this will barely be noticeable.
The treble performance is sub-par. The overall response is rather uneven and quite underemphasized, especially in low-treble. The broad dip will negatively affect the detail and brightness of vocals and lead instruments. On the other hand, the peak at 11KHz will make some sibilances (S and T sounds) feel sharp and piercing. Overall, they will have a darker sound. For truly wireless headphones that don't lack as much detail in the treble range, take a look at the Sony WF-1000XM3.
The stereo imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is at 0.13, which is very low. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless have an above-average isolation performance. They only passively block noise as they don’t have any ANC features. In the bass range, occupied by the rumble of airplane and bus engines, they reduce the noise by about 8dB, which is about average. However, this is rather impressive for an in-ear, and more than what some active noise canceling headphones achieve. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieved 22dB of isolation which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noise like A/C systems, they achieved more than 49dB of isolation, which is excellent.
The leakage performance is excellent. They basically do not leak, so there's no need to worry about disturbing people around with your music, even if you listen at very loud volumes. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 22dB SPL and peaks at 30dB SPL, which is roughly as loud as a very calm room and way below the noise floor of an average office.
The recording quality of the microphone is poor. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 403Hz means speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 3.6KHz, resulting in speech that lacks detail and sounds a bit muffled. The bumps between 750Hz and 3.5KHz could make speech on this microphone a bit too sharp sounding.
The microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, indicating that they are best suited for quiet environments. However, in moderate and loud environments, they will have difficulty separating speech from ambient noise.
Update: 13/02/2019: The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless have a passive battery drain issue that has been corroborated by a lot of users in the discussion threads. Since we do not yet have a fully developed test for passive battery drain/ battery leak, we have not made any changes to the battery score of the review for now. Once we have an accurate way to measure this effect, the review will be updated.
The Momentum True Wireless have sub-par battery life as they only offer 3.7 hours of playback on one charge. Thankfully, the case offers 2 additional charges, bringing the total battery life to about 11-12 hours. They can easily last you a workday if you take breaks to charge the buds. Unfortunately, they don’t have any power saving feature to extend their battery life. On the upside, you can see the amount of battery left in each earbud inside the app. For truly wireless headphones with better battery life, take a look at the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 or the Klipsch T5 True Wireless.
The Momentum True Wireless headphones are compatible with a new Sennheiser app called Smart Control. When connected to your phone, you have access to small customization options such as a graphic EQ, which acts more like presets. You can move a cursor around, choosing to boost/lower bass or treble frequencies. This isn’t as useful as a 5-band EQ. You can also activate talk-through directly from the app, and you can enable smart pause, which pauses the music when you take out one of the two earbuds. However, manually pausing your music with the left earbud, and then taking it out, will result in music unpausing in the right earbud.
These headphones can only connect to one device at a time and do not support NFC pairing, which is disappointing. On the upside, they support Bluetooth version 5.0 and you may get better results in range and connection stability than what we experienced since our test bench only supports Bluetooth version 4.2 in our current test bench.
The Momentum True Wireless’ SBC latency may be too high for watching videos or gaming. On the upside, they are compatible with aptX and aptX Low-Latency. It reduces the latency down to 72ms, which isn’t too high, but still may not be ideal for gaming. They also support the AAC codec, but we do not have a test for this yet.
These truly wireless headphones can’t be used with a wired connection.
The Sennheiser True Wireless come with a charging case that gives you 2 additional charges, which results in an estimated 7 to 8 extra hours of listening time.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless headphones are decently versatile headphones but are slightly disappointing for their price point. They have poor treble performance and have a short 3.7-hour battery life, which is lower than other truly wireless headphones in this premium price range. Nevertheless, they have a more complete and responsive control scheme and have good isolation performance, useful during commuting and at the office. See our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best Bluetooth earbuds.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 are better and more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They are a bit more comfortable and come with more tip options, including foam tips. Their audio quality is also better and doesn’t lack as much detail as the treble range of the Sennheisers. They also have a better battery life for a single charge and their app offers good customization options. On the other hand, the Sennheiser Momentum have volume control, which the XM3 are lacking, and their fit passively isolates better than the ANC feature of the Sonys. They also support the aptX-LL codec, which is nice.
The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They're noticeably smaller and are more comfortable inside the ear, and also have better treble accuracy. On the other hand, the Sennheiser's bigger design blocks out more noise, but their battery life is pretty sub-par. The Jabra can also be connected to two devices simultaneously and have a better sounding microphone.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They're more comfortable and also features a great ANC feature that blocks ambient noise. They're also more stable for sports, and have a more neutral out-of-the-box sound profile. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless look a bit more high-end and barely leak any noise at high volume. They also have volume control, which the Apple lack.
If sound quality is your biggest criteria, the Bose SoundSport Free are the better headphones. They have a good audio reproduction and are versatile for a wide variety of music genres. They will also sound a bit more open due to their semi-open design. However, this means they don’t isolate ambient noise well like the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and will leak significantly more. The Bose companion app also doesn’t offer any sort of customization options and the buds’ control-scheme is hard to use, while the touch-sensitive area of the Sennheisers is easy to use and responsive.
The Jabra Elite 65t and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are similar truly wireless headphones that both have a bulky design. The Momentum True Wireless have a touch-sensitive control scheme, while the Jabras have physical buttons. Unfortunately, the microphone of the Sennheiser is sub-par and isn’t great for calls. Also, their battery life is shorter and they can’t connect to two devices like the Elite 65t.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. They're better-built and offer a more neutral sound profile than the V-shaped profile of the T5. They also feel more stable in the ear and their passive noise isolation seems to block more ambient noise. On the other hand, the T5 have a great battery life for truly wireless headphones.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are better headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They are more neutral-sounding, and you can also use the more complete 5-band EQ available in the Jabra mobile app. They also have better battery life and can connect to two devices, which is convenient. On the other hand, the Sennheisers have amazing wireless range and a nice touch-sensitive control scheme that offers more functionalities. Their case also feels better-made and they support lower latency codecs.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and B&O PLAY E8 are very similar headphones, even in design. They have the same style and perform quite similarly in most of our tests. However, the E8 are significantly more comfortable and have slightly longer battery life, with a useful auto-off timer. On the other side, the Sennheisers have better wireless range, support lower latency codecs, and offer a few more features like a talk-through function on the earbuds.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless are two fairly similar performing true wireless headphones. The Melomania have slightly better audio quality since their treble isn’t as recessed as the Momentum True Wireless; it is, however, still on the dark side. The Melomania also have a very good passive noise isolation and are great for blocking out higher-frequency noises. They also have about twice the battery life of the Momentum on a single charge, which is great, and you can also use one earbud while the other is charging. On the other hand, the Sennheisers feel better made and their touch-sensitive control scheme is responsive and easy-to-use. They also support the aptX-LL codec. The Sennheiser also have an app that lets you EQ them, which Cambridge Audio is lacking.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have a noticeably smaller design, which sits more comfortably inside the ear without applying any pressure. They are very stable for sports and their sound profile is more detailed and accurate. They also have more than twice the battery life on a single charge than the Momentum True Wireless. On the other hand, you’ll need to map volume control inside the Samsung app, which is only available on Android. The Momentum True Wireless also support the aptX-LL codec for lower latency and generally have a more premium feel than the Galaxy Buds.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and B&O PLAY E8 2.0 are very similar headphones, even in design. They have the same style and perform quite similarly in most of our tests. However, the E8 are significantly more comfortable and have slightly longer battery life, with a useful auto-off timer. On the other side, the Sennheisers have better wireless range, support lower latency codecs, and offer a better EQ.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are slightly worse than the B&O PLAY E8 3.0 True Wireless. The Sennheiser may have better controls but the Beoplay have almost triple the battery life of the Sennheiser and they have a better microphone performance. However, the Sennheiser have a graphic EQ, which is better for customization compared to the E8's TouchTone EQ.
Due to their closed-back design, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are more versatile than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, which are open and let noise seep into your audio. The Momentum True Wireless also have better controls and a more accurate bass. However, the Apple are more comfortable if you can find the right fit and they have a better treble reproduction than the Sennheisers. The Apple also have a noticeably better battery life performance.
The RHA TrueConnect might be a better option for most people, as they are slightly cheaper than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless but perform quite similarly. Both headphones have the same audio reproduction and lack detail in the treble range. The TrueConnect are more comfortable and come with multiple tip options. Their smaller design might also fit more people. On the other hand, the True Wireless feel like more premium headphones and are better built. They also have less latency and support aptX-LL.
The Jabra Evolve 65t are better truly wireless earbuds than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have a more accurate sound, especially in the treble range. Their microphone is also better when using the provided dongle on PC. They have great battery life on a single charge and you can EQ their sound to your liking, which you can’t do on the Sennheisers. On the other hand, the Momentum True Wireless have a more premium feeling and feel better-built. They also support lower latency codecs, which can be useful if your source supports them too.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods. They are more versatile thanks to their closed-back design and their touch-sensitive control scheme is responsive and easy-to-use. They are better suited for sports and have more bass to keep you pumped. They also have better isolation and leakage performance. On the other hand, the AirPods have better battery life and are significantly more comfortable than the Sennheisers. However, they can only be used with iOS devices.