Yours truly has been testing out the $299 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds for the past week. I’m impressed, but not blown away. Here are my thoughts, especially when compared to the AirPods Pro, which are at least $50 cheaper in many places.
The Wireless 2 are somewhat thick and topped with a circular silver metal on top. Despite looking clunky, they fit well and are comfortable for at least an hour or so. You feel the weight from them on your ears after wearing them for a long time. The controls all work by touch, and they work decently after you get used to them. The cloth case is the most elegant case ever made for earbuds.
The white AirPods Pro don’t fit the ear seals as much as the Sennheiser buds, but they are more comfortable. And even though you have to pinch to control the buds, it works 100 percent of the time. Some may be annoyed at the stem on the AirPods Pro, but this design enables better phone call capabilities.
Both devices from Sennheiser and Apple offer great noise cancellation for their size. The transparency mode on both earbuds is natural, and you don’t have to take the buds off in order to hear people. Even though both block out an equal amount of noise, Sennheiser does this more with blocking the hearing tunnel. The amount of active noise cancellation on the Momentum 2 Wireless is rather small. Some may like this more.
Most reviewers have the Momentum 2 True Wireless as the winner when it comes to sound, but I’m not so sure. They do have stronger highs and lows when compared to the AirPods Pro, but the latter have a more natural sound. It’s sort of hard to explain unless you listen with both products.
Don’t get me wrong — the True Wireless buds sound great. But you can tell they are Bluetooth earbuds. The AirPods Pro sound closer to wired headphones than any earbuds I have ever tested.
Phone Call Quality
You have to give Sennheiser credit for offering one of the only set of earbuds you can make audible calls on. Other buds from Sony and even Bose have horrible call quality. In Sony’s case, the WF-1000XM3 buds are unusable in this case. However, the True Wireless will make you sound a little distant and robotic. You may even be asked to speak up every so often.
I don’t know how Apple does it, but the AirPods Pro, as small as they are, are perfect for making phone calls. They even work very well when you walk down the street in busy traffic. Sometimes, the listener won’t even be able to tell that you are wearing earbuds.
You are supposed to get 4.5 hours of battery life with the AirPods Pro when the noise cancellation is turned on, but I usually get about 4. The Momentum 2 is supposed to give you around 7 hours, but I usually get about 6.5. Both have pocketable cases that rapidly charge the buds, so battery life usually isn’t an issue.
The AirPods Pro offer a better all-around experience when compared to the Sennheiser Momentum 2 True Wireless earbuds. Both are great, but Apple’s earbuds sound more natural and offer better phone quality.