I have been using the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds ($299.95) for the past week. I gave my first impressions review last week, and was really enthusiastic. My full review is still positive, but I realize that the Momentum True Wireless may not be for everyone, especially because of the price tag.
First of all, the best thing about the Momentum True Wireless is the sound. I’m shocked that the buds produce sound that is just as good as Sennheiser’s larger over-the-ear headphones. The Sennheiser signature sound is great for people who love bass that kicks you in the ear without completely dominating the sound spectrum. The highs are prominent, and the mids are somewhat recessed. It makes a great listening experience, especially when listening to EDM or hip hop.
The True Wireless buds, however, aren’t as comfortable as some other buds, especially the AirPods. You definitely don’t want to fall asleep with these things on, but they are fine for driving, walking, and even working out. In fact, the fit is so tight that unlike the AirPods, these never fell out of my ears doing various types of exercises.
Then there is the battery life, which is decent but not great for earbuds. Sennheiser claims four hours of battery life per charge, but I usually got about 3 hours and 50 minutes. These won’t give you five hours of use on one charge like the AirPods or the Jabra Elite 65. Luckily, the well-designed case provided with the Momentum buds charge them pretty fast.
One thing that the Momentum True Wireless does better than just about any other set of buds is phone calls. Even when driving with the sound of traffic, my listeners said they could hear me clearly. Only when walking outside in extremely windy situations was there trouble understanding me. When it comes to voice calls, the only buds that do a better job (and only slightly so) are the AirPods.
I initially disliked the touch controls on the Momentum True Wireless, but am more happy after using the buds for a week. There are all different types of taps, and it doesn’t work unless you tap one of the buds correctly. However, no matter how frustrating it is at first, your fingers eventually learn how to do the job. You can use these easily without the Smart Control app, but you won’t have access to the app’s equalizer, which you should use as your main equalizer no matter what music apps you use.
You don’t have to worry about the Bluetooth connection falling out. I’ve used these earbuds all throughout Orange County and Los Angeles — in busy and barren areas. The only time I lost my connection was when the battery ran out. That’s quite an accomplishment for earbuds.
The biggest question isn’t whether or not the Momentum True Wireless buds are good or not, but whether if they are worth $299. They are $140 more than the AirPods, but aren’t significantly better. If the Sennheiser True Wireless earbuds were $50 cheaper, I’d say go out and buy these right now. However, as they are priced now, I can still recommend them, but not if you’re living paycheck to paycheck and don’t mind some of the minor flaws. There are cheaper alternatives out there that are almost as good.