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Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed May 19, 2020 at 07:54 am
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6.8
Mixed Usage
6.4
Neutral Sound
7.3
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth in-ear headphones. They're the next generation of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, but they've added an active noise cancelling feature and increased the number of additional charges in the carrying case to three. While they're satisfactory at noise isolation, their ANC is only a slight improvement over passive noise isolation and their battery life is still short, even for truly wireless headphones. They also lack low-bass and their treble is veiled and dull.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are okay for mixed use. They're somewhat comfortable, but may not be the best choice if you're wearing them for multiple hours. They're stable enough for light physical activity and their noise isolation performance is satisfactory enough for cutting down office chatter. However, their ANC is only a slight improvement over passive noise isolation. They also struggle to reproduce low-bass and their treble is uneven and underemphasized. Their high latency and mediocre overall mic performance make them a poor choice for gaming.

6.4 Neutral Sound

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are unremarkable for neutral sound. They lack in low-bass and their treble is veiled and dull. However, their mid-range is fairly smooth and if you want to tweak the sound, the companion app has a graphic EQ plus some presets. Their in-ear design also creates consistent sound reproduction among various users but this same design can't produce a wide or spacious soundstage.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.3 Commute/Travel

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are decent for commuting. While they're not the most comfortable for long plane rides, they have a satisfactory active noise cancellation feature. Unfortunately, while their noise isolation performance is satisfactory, their ANC is only a slight improvement over passive noise isolation. Even when on, it struggles to isolate low noise like plane engines. The battery life is low and it won't last through an overnight flight but there are three additional charges in the case, which is nice.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
7.9 Sports/Fitness

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are good for sports and fitness. They're compact, easily portable, and are stable enough for light physical activity. Some may find them fatiguing to wear for long periods though. Still, as they're truly wireless, you don't have to worry about an audio cable snagging on anything while you move and their touch-sensitive controls make it easy to adjust what you're listening to. They're also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't test for this.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.3 Office

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are passable for office use. While they're somewhat comfortable, they can be fatiguing to wear for long periods. Although they have a satisfactory noise isolation performance, their ANC is only a slight improvement over their passive noise isolation. That being said, it can still help cut down some office chatter. On the downside, their battery life also won't be enough to get you through your day without a pause to recharge.

See our Office recommendations
5.2 Wireless Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones and aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One and while you can use them on Bluetooth-enabled PCs or mobile devices, their latency is too high for any competitive gaming.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.1 Wired Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones and can't be used wired.

6.3 Phone Calls

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are unremarkable for phone calls. The integrated mic captures voice as thin and lacking in detail but you shouldn't have too much of a problem being understood. However, this mic also struggles to separate voice from even moderately noisy environments, so if you need to make a call, it's best to do so in a quiet space.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.3 Commute/Travel
  • 7.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.3 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Sleek and well-built.
  • Carrying case has three additional charges.
Cons
  • ANC is only a slight improvement over passive noise isolation.
  • Low battery life, even for truly wireless headphones.
  • No NFC or multi-device pairing.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

These headphones look almost identical to their predecessor, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have the same black plastic design with a silver metallic accent and their bulky shape still sticks out of your ear. However, they haven't lost their premium look and they're still quite dense. The only visible difference is that this generation has several mic holes for their ANC on the earbud.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

These headphones are somewhat comfortable. Their bulky design can put pressure on the interior of your ear and can cause fatigue if you wear them for long periods, especially if you have small ears. On the bright side, they're very lightweight and they come with four differently sized ear tips so you can find a fit that feels best for you.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have good touch-sensitive controls. Most music-related controls such as play/pause and track skipping are on the left earbud and are registered by tapping. The right earbud turns on/off voice assistant with one tap and turns on/off ANC with three taps. All call management also happens on the right earbud using taps. Controlling volume is fairly easy as you hold down either the left or right ear to decrease or increase volume respectively.

9.3
Design
Portability
L 1.6 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 2.4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These truly wireless headphones are very portable. They're slightly smaller than the previous generation and can easily fit into most small pockets or bags. They also have a small charging case which can also fit in most pockets.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.1 "
W 1.8 "
H 1.4 "
Volume 7.8 Cu. Inches

The charging case is great. This solid case has a dark gray fabric wrap that can protect your headphones from drops and impacts. While there's no lock to prevent the case from opening up if it falls to the ground, it has a magnet to help keep the earbuds in place.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are very well-built headphones. They're made of dense plastic and their sleek metal accents also double as touch-sensitive controls. They should survive a few drops or impacts without too much damage. The case is similarly sturdy. The earbuds are rated IPX4 for water resistance but we don't currently test for this.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are stable enough for light physical activities like running. While they lack stability fins, they still don't move around too much. However, they stick out of the ear a bit and can get in your way if you're changing shirts. Luckily, they don't have any audio cables so you don't have to worry about a cable snagging and ripping the earbuds out of your ears.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 headphones
  • 4x ear tip options
  • Charging case
  • USB-C Charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.74 db
Treble Amount
-2.49 db

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 lack a bit of low bass so fans of EDM and hip-hop may find this disappointing. The dip in the treble also reduces clarity, which can hurt more vocal-centric audio like podcasts or pop music.

8.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.25 dB

The frequency response consistency of these headphones is amazing. Like most in-ears, if you can achieve a proper fit using the included tips, the treble and bass response should be the same every time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.59 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
44.9 Hz
Low-Bass
-4.34 dB
Mid-Bass
0.27 dB
High-Bass
2.79 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have great bass accuracy. Although the low-bass is underemphasized, resulting in a less thumpy sound, the rest of the response is fairly balanced. The slight overemphasis in the high-bass brings warmth and fullness but it shouldn't make your mix overtly muddy.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.66 dB
Low-Mid
1.47 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.91 dB
High-Mid
-0.08 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is remarkable. Overall, it's very flat and even, so lead instruments and vocals won't sound muddy or harsh.

4.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.12 dB
Low-Treble
-7.83 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.13 dB
High-Treble
-2.19 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have poor treble accuracy. The low-treble is veiled causing vocals and lead instruments to lose their presence and detail. The mid-treble range is also uneven so sibilants like S and T sounds can sound both dull and piercing at different frequencies.

6.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.92 db
Dips
2.37 db

The peaks and dips performance of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 is okay. The peak in the high-mid makes voices and lead instruments honky but the steep dip in the low treble reduces their clarity and detail. The spike in the mid-treble also makes sibilants in this range sharp and piercing.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.76
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.94
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.3

The stereo imaging of these headphones is great. The GD graph shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Although there's a very slight mismatch in amplitude between the left and right drivers, the frequency and phase response are well-matched. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.4

Like most in-ears, the soundstage of these headphones is poor. Achieving a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage largely relies on the activation of the pinna or outer ear. However, the design of in-ears bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. As these headphones also have a closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.518
WHD @ 100
0.120

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 is decent. There can be a little bit of distortion at higher volumes between the high-mid to mid-treble but this may not be noticeable to all listeners.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
4.6.0
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.

Isolation
6.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-17.42 dB
Bass
-4.7 dB
Mid
-17.69 dB
Treble
-31.17 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have a satisfactory noise isolation performance. Unfortunately, their ANC is only a slight improvement over passive noise isolation. However, both their passive and active noise isolation can still help to block out mid-range sounds like chatter and reduce higher-pitched noise such as the hum of A/C systems. They really struggle to cut down low-bass sounds like bus and plane engines though, even when ANC is on.

9.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.92 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have excellent leakage performance. The leaked audio is below the noise floor of an average office, so you should be able to listen to your music fairly loudly without disturbing those around you.

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

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have an integrated microphone.

6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
409.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.97 dB
HFE
7346.09 Hz
Weighted THD
3.013
Gain
3.41 dB

The recording quality of this microphone is satisfactory. While it's slightly better than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, voices still sound thin and lack detail.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.78 dB

This microphone is mediocre at noise handling. It has trouble separating voices from background noise, even in moderately loud environments like an office or cafe, and is best suited for quieter spaces.

Active Features
5.3
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.3 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
17.2 hrs
Charge Time
1.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have a disappointing battery performance. The manufacturer advertises a 7-hour battery life but it's only with the ANC off. Otherwise, they have slightly over four hours of continuous playtime but it won't be enough to get you through a workday without pausing to recharge them. There are also three additional charges in the case, which is nice but for the amount of playback you get out of these headphones, their charge time can seem long. There's no power-saving feature either.

6.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sennheiser Smart Control
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have an alright companion app called Sennheiser Smart Control which is available on Android and iOS. With it, you can customize the number of taps and holds for registering commands on both earbuds. It also has a graphic EQ with presets and a smart pause feature, which you can turn on and off. While you can turn the ANC on and off too, you won't be able to adjust its level.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
204 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
335 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
320 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
0 ms
Android Latency
0 ms

Update 05/19/2020: We've remeasured both PC latencies. The test results now show a lower latency on aptX than on SBC.

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 have okay Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support multi-device or NFC pairing, which means that you can only connect to one device at a time, and their PC latency is extremely high. However, on iOS and Android, they have no lag at all when streaming via Youtube, although this app may be compensating for latency. Other apps seem to compensate for latency too, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired. They come with a very short USB-C cable to charge their case.

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

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 can only be used via Bluetooth on Bluetooth-enabled PCs and they aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are Bluetooth-only and therefore aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a charging case that holds three additional charges and uses a USB-C cable connection. Unfortunately, you won't be able to wirelessly charge it.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are in-ear headphones and are the newest generation of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have an added active noise cancelling feature and carry one more charge in their case. However, their ANC isn't as strong as other ANC headphones on the market and for truly wireless headphones, their battery life isn't that long either. Check out our reviews for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best true wireless earbuds, and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Sony have a more balanced sound, have a longer continuous battery life, and are slightly more comfortable. Their ANC is also better at isolating noise, especially in the bass and mid-range.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Jabra are more comfortable, have a longer continuous battery life, and can pair with up to two different devices. They also have a more bass-heavy sound, which is good for genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, the Sennheiser have an ANC feature that is slightly better than the Jabra's passive noise isolation.

Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are better headphones for sports and fitness than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Jabra are smaller, more comfortable, and have long continuous battery life. They even have a more bass-heavy sound to keep you pumped up while you exercise. While the Sennheiser have active noise cancelling, the Jabra are still able to reduce slightly more noise without having an ANC feature.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better overall in-ear headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. They're more comfortable, have a better-balanced and more neutral sound profile, and their ANC is more effective at reducing background noise. Their battery life is also longer and their charging case provides two additional charges more than the Sennheiser. However, the Sennheiser have a slightly better performing microphone.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
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B&H

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 is the next generation of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They're almost the same headphones and they even have a very similar sound profile, but the newer generation has one more charge in its carrying case as well as an ANC feature. However, their ANC is only a slight improvement over their passive noise isolation.

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