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Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 21, 2022 at 09:55 am
Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Picture
7.1
Neutral Sound
8.2
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.4
Office
5.6
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the third generation of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless. After the second generation's release two years ago, these premium buds aim to improve and refine their predecessor's performance and design. They have a new look that's a lot more reminiscent of Sennheiser's CX lineup, while their adaptive noise cancelling (ANC) system automatically adjusts to your environment's noise levels. They've re-tuned their sound, bringing them more in line with the manufacturer's audiophile offerings.

Our Verdict

7.1 Neutral Sound

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are decent for neutral sound. They have a more balanced sound than their predecessor, but they still skew bass-heavy due to a dip in their treble range. This dip hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments as well as dulls sibilants. On the upside, their companion app offers a basic 3-band graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound.

Pros
  • 3-band graphic EQ available in companion app.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
8.2 Commute/Travel

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are great for commute and travel. They have an adaptive ANC system, which does an excellent job of blocking background noise like the low rumble of bus engines and passenger chit-chat. Their continuous battery life also lasts over eight hours, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need them. They're well-built and have a decently comfortable fit, suitable for long trips.

Pros
  • Outstanding noise isolation.
  • Stable and decently comfortable in-ear fit.
  • Premium build quality.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
8.2 Sports/Fitness

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are great for sports and fitness. They have stability fins, which help ensure that the buds stay in your ear while you're moving, and the buds themselves are well-built and certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes. They're very portable and lightweight, but their in-ear fit is a little bulky, and the stability fins can be uncomfortable, depending on your ear shape.

Pros
  • Stable and decently comfortable in-ear fit.
  • Premium build quality.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.4 Office

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are decent for office use. These buds have an ANC system that tackles typical workplace noise like ambient chatter and the hum of AC units well. They also leak very little audio at high volumes and have a decently comfortable fit. They last for over eight hours continuously too, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it. However, they don't support multi-device pairing.

Pros
  • Outstanding noise isolation.
  • Stable and decently comfortable in-ear fit.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Bad passive soundstage.
5.6 Wireless Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are Bluetooth-only headphones and aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with most consoles, and even though you can use them on Bluetooth-enabled PCs or mobile devices, their latency is likely too high for competitive gaming.

5.4 Wired Gaming

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are truly wireless earbuds, and you can't use them wired.

6.8 Phone Calls

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are fair for phone calls. These buds have an integrated mic with a noise gate to help it separate background noise from your voice. That said, the mic offers an okay overall performance. Your voice lacks body, and speech can be drowned out by loud noise. On the upside, the buds are noise cancelling and can block out an excellent amount of background noise.

Pros
  • Outstanding noise isolation.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 8.2 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.4 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jul 21, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 18, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 look more similar to the Sennheiser CX True Wireless than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The buds have a rectangular face embossed with the manufacturer's logo. Some users may not feel they look as sleek or stylish as the previous generation's round, metallic buds. These headphones come in three colors: 'Black', 'White', and 'Graphite'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.3 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are decently comfortable. Their fit is a step up from the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 as they're a bit smaller, hurting the ears less. Overall, they're lightweight and come with three differently sized pairs of ear tips. Using their controls also doesn't push the buds deeper into your ear. However, they're still bulky in design and have a deep in-ear fit. The stability fins can also be uncomfortable, depending on the shape of your ears.

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 3 have good touch-sensitive controls. Although they're a little tricky to remember, you have a lot of control with the buds right out of the box. You can also customize controls in the companion app. The controls have lots of tones and voice prompts to let you know when you've registered a command.

On the left earbud:

  • Single tap: Enters transparency mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings without taking the buds out of your ears.
  • Double tap: Skips to the previous track.
  • Triple tap: Turns the ANC on and off.
  • Press and hold: Lowers the volume.

On the right earbud:

  • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio.
  • Double tap: Skips to the next track.
  • Triple tap: Activates voice assistant.
  • Press and hold: Raises the volume.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.5 cm)
W 1.4" (3.5 cm)
H 0.9" (2.2 cm)
Volume 1.65 in³ (27.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are very portable, which is normal for in-ear headphones. They're a little more compact than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 and can easily fit into most pockets and bags without a problem.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.8" (7.0 cm)
W 1.7" (4.4 cm)
H 1.4" (3.5 cm)
Volume 6.58 in³ (107.80 cm³)

The carrying case is great. It's a little smaller than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2, but is similarly sturdy and lightweight. It's made of hard plastic with a texturized cover. There's also a magnet to keep the lid closed, and a single LED light inside the case to let you know its battery status.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have a great build quality. They feel similarly well-built to their predecessors and are made with dense plastic. The buds have a filter inside the ear tips. Overall, they feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of accidental drops, and they're rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless have good stability. They come with stability fins to help keep them in place, and you can wear them for a run in the park without them moving around in your ears. That said, they stick out of your ear a bit.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 headphones
  • 4x pairs of ear tips
  • 3x sets of stability fins
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.61 dB
Treble Amount
-2.5 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have a bass-heavy sound profile, mostly due to the recessed treble range. However, they still reproduce more bass than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2, even if you swap out their ear tips for the ones that came with the third-gen. They deliver a touch of extra boom and warmth to mixes, but vocals and lead instruments are a bit veiled. Luckily, you can customize their sound to your liking using their companion app's 3-band graphic EQ.

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

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless' frequency response consistency is excellent. Once you achieve a consistent fit using the included ear tips, you'll receive consistent bass and treble delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.82 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
0.39 dB
Mid-Bass
0.45 dB
High-Bass
1.35 dB

The bass accuracy is outstanding. The response is very flat, so mixes have adequate thump, rumble, and boom. The bass won't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments, though.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.49 dB
Low-Mid
0.41 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.08 dB
High-Mid
-0.05 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3's mid accuracy is excellent. Both the low and high-mid ranges are flat and neutral, ensuring that vocals and lead instruments are clear and present. A small dip in the mid-mid nudges these sounds to the back of the mix, though.

5.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.2 dB
Low-Treble
-5.88 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.36 dB
High-Treble
-2.59 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have sub-par treble accuracy. The recessed treble hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments while sibilants are dulled. In the chorus of Melanie's song, Brand New Key, her bright and lilting voice is veiled compared to the piano accompaniment.

7.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.18 dB
Dips
1.72 dB

The peaks and dips performance is very good. A small dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. A peak in the high-mid makes the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments harsh, but a dip in the low-treble weakens veils them. The uneven mid-treble makes sibilants alternatingly dull and piercing.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.34
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.03
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.83

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless' imaging performance is outstanding. This test allows us to see the alignment of the left and right drivers. It indicates how well headphones accurately reproduce and place spatial objects like footsteps in the stereo image.

The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, which results in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are matched in terms of phase, amplitude, and frequency response. It's important so that objects like voices or footsteps are accurately reproduced in the stereo image. Keep in mind that imaging can vary between units, and it can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

0.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
1.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.2

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3's passive soundstage performance is bad, which is normal for in-ears. By default, sound doesn't interact with your outer ear, and as a result, the sound seems to be coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. They also have a closed-back design, so their soundstage seems closed off.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.359
WHD @ 100
0.208

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3's weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There's a peak between the low to mid-treble range at both normal and high listening volumes. That said, it can be hard to hear with real-life content.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.6.8
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
aptX, 32-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using them in this configuration.

Isolation
8.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-25.26 dB
Bass
-19.19 dB
Mid
-26.24 dB
Treble
-31.07 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3's noise isolation performance is excellent. They have an adaptive ANC system that adjusts to the noise around you. They can block out a lot of the low rumbles of bus and plane engines. They can block out a significant amount of mid and treble range noise, like ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit. However, there isn't much difference between ANC on and off when it comes to the mid to treble range.

These headphones also have an anti-wind setting. Although there's a little more white noise present than with ANC on or off, it still does a pretty good job of blocking out sounds like fan noise. That said, it seems a bit better at cutting out higher frequency sounds more than ANC on, but not as good when it comes to mid-range noise.

9.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.42 dB

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless' leakage performance is fantastic. You can crank your music up without worrying that others around you will hear it, even in quiet environments.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
553.94 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.39 dB
HFE
6,736.4 Hz
Weighted THD
0.133
Gain
4.72 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is okay. Your voice lacks a lot of depth and body, but your voice is still clear enough to follow.

6.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
14.09 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has an okay noise handling performance. Unlike the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2, these headphones have a noise gate. However, it doesn't seem like it improves the mic's performance compared to their predecessor. As a result, the mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. If you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice can be drowned out.

Active Features
7.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
8.4 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
33.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless have a good battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last seven hours continuously with their ANC off and with the volume at 50%. However, we could reach over eight hours continuously with the ANC on. Battery life can vary depending on use, though. Their carrying case holds an extra three additional charges if you need it, and you can even use one bud while the other charges. There's an auto-off timer that you can adjust in the companion app.

8.0
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 Smart Control app is great. There's a 3-band graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. You can also remap the controls and turn smart pause on and off. You can access Sound Zones, which automatically applies EQ and ANC presets depending on the zone you're in. You can change the settings for transparency mode to play or pause music when using this mode, adjust the auto-off timer, change the voice and tone prompts, and see the battery life. You can even turn on and off the auto-accept call feature.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
107.61 ft (32.80 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
260 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
233 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
60 ms
Android Latency
71 ms

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have fair Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, so you can't stay connected to your PC and smartphone at the same. They also have high latency on PCs when connected via SBC or aptX codecs. They also support aptX Adaptive, which the manufacturer advertises to help lower latency and improve audio quality, but we don't currently have a device to measure this latency. These earbuds have a low latency when connected to iOS and Android, so your audio and visuals stay in sync while watching videos. Some devices and apps compensate for latency, so your real-life experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
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 3 are Bluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C charging cable for the carrying case.

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

These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full compatibility. However, they can't connect to PCs in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
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 carrying case that holds roughly three additional charges. It has a USB-C port for charging and supports Qi wireless charging.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 come in three color variants: 'Graphite', 'White', and 'Black'. We tested the Black variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the next generation of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. While they look a lot more like the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless than the MOMENTUM 2, there have been a couple of performance-driven changes that help these headphones stand out from the rest of Sennheiser's truly wireless lineup. This manufacturer has improved the buds' ANC significantly, which now rivals competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. They've also re-tuned the sound profile to even out their bass reproduction, but their 3-band graphic EQ is a bit limited when adjusting the dip in the treble range.

Check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds for Android.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are similarly performing headphones, and you may prefer either one. While both have a premium build quality, the Sony headphones are more comfortable, have a virtual soundstage feature, and have a better overall battery performance. They also support LDAC, which is Sony's proprietary codec for high-res audio. In comparison, the Sennheiser headphones have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, their ANC blocks out significantly more ambient noise, and they support aptX Adaptive, which is a codec that helps lower audio latency and improves audio quality.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are both premium in-ears with slight differences. The Apple are more comfortable and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also offer a few Apple-centric features such as an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your iOS devices and Spatial Audio for a more immersive audio experience. However, the Sennheiser can block out significantly more ambient noise, have a better overall battery performance, and their sound profile is more customizable.

Beats Fit Pro True Wireless

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are better in-ears than the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless. The Sennheiser are more comfortable, feel better built, and have significantly better noise isolation. They also have a better battery performance,  and their app offers more customization features. However, the Beats have a more stable in-ear fit and a more neutral default sound profile. 

Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are better in-ears than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless. The Sennheiser are better-built, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and support aptX codec for better audio quality and lower latency via Bluetooth. That said, the Jabra are more comfortable and have a more neutral sound profile out of the box, which some users may prefer. 

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are similarly performing in-ears, so depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. While both headphones are well-built and decently comfortable, the Bose have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they have a more stable in-ear fit. However, the Sennheiser have even better noise isolation and support aptX codec, which can help improve latency and sound quality over Bluetooth.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the next generation of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 and are an improvement worth checking out. The third generation are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their noise isolation performance is significantly better. Their continuous battery life is much longer, and they support aptX Adaptive codec, which the manufacturer advertises to lower latency and improve audio quality. 

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are better and more premium in-ears than the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless. The MOMENTUM 3 are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they have a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have longer continuous battery life.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are slightly better headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless. While both headphones have high-end build quality, the Sennheiser are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they can block out more background noise. They also have a significantly better battery performance, their app offers more customization features, and they support aptX Adaptive. However, the Bowers & Wilkins support a wide array of codecs, including aptX HD and aptX-LL.

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