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Review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones

Review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones

In 2018, a solid set of true wirelesses earphones, like Apple’s AirPods or the Jabra Elite 65t, can be had for around $150. They sound good, are reasonably well-made and, for the price, have few enough problems that most people will be happy with them.

Some companies, such as Bang & Olufson or Master & Dynamic with their excellent MW07s, offer their true wireless earphones for twice as much money. In exchange for this steep premium, it’s reasonable to expect a well-built, stylish set of true wireless earbuds that offer a vastly superior listening experience.

Sennheiser’s $300 Momentum True Wireless Earbuds meet this criteria. Their handsome design and outstanding audio quality smack of luxury. Unfortunately, especially given their high price, they come with a number of flummoxing flaws that drag what should be a top-crust listening experience down into the realm of frustrating mediocrity.

Design

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The Momentum True Wireless are light and stylish, but may not fit those with smaller ears

Weighing in at around a quarter of an ounce each, Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless (let’s call them SMTW for brevity’s sake) aren’t what you’d call heavy. They are, compared to many of the true wireless earphones, relatively large. I found that the SMTW didn’t stick too far out of my ears while wearing them, but they did fill up a good deal of my ears between their antihelix and the tragus. For some, this means a snug fit, especially when paired with one of the four sizes of included silicon ear tips. For others, especially those with small ears, it means that the SMTW may not be comfortable to wear or could wind up simply falling out.

As such, be sure to check on the return policy pulling the trigger on their purchase. In my case, the snug fit that the SMTW and the correct set of ear tips afforded provided me with some very respectable passive noise cancellation. While listening to music at middling to high volumes, I wasn’t able to hear much of the world around me. You should know that these earphones come with an IPX rating of 4, meaning that they’ll likely survive a splash of liquid, but will fry if submerged—as such, they’re a reasonable choice for anyone who occasionally gets caught in the rain on their commute or is thinking of wearing them while sweating it out at the gym.

The ear caps and stems of the SMTW are made with a matte black plastic. A large, metallic touch panel emblazoned with the Sennheiser logo can be found on the end of each cap, giving what might otherwise be a sleek, minimal design a bit of bling. Most of the interactions you’ll have with the SMTW will be conducted through taps on these touch panels. In order to control your music, take a call or interact with Siri using the earphones, you’ll have to summit a steep learning curve. A finger tap on the right earbud will summon your audio source’s digital assistant. A tap on the left earbud plays or pauses the audio currently playing. Two or three taps on the left ‘bud advances or shifts back an audio track, respectively. Holding a finger on the left earbud will lower the volume while a finger held to the right earbud increases it.

This is far from intuitive. It took me a couple of days of use before navigating the SMTW’s features began to feel like second nature—but even then, there were problems. I discovered that my touch input wasn’t always registered by the headphones. Pausing music frequently took two or three stabs of my finger. When tapping twice to advance a track, the earbuds often thought that I was looking to quickly pause and then start playing my music again. I found altering volume with anything approaching granularity was impossible. In order to nudge the volume of music up or down as I went throughout my day, I found myself reaching for my iPhone.

Pairing the SMTW with an audio source is pretty easy: Take the earbuds out of their case, hold the touch sensors for five seconds and you’re in business. Once paired, I found that the earbuds linked up to my iPhone and tablet almost faster than I could stuff them into my ears. Unfortunately, once I was wearing them, I found their Bluetooth connectivity to be periodically problematic.

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March 7, 2019 at 11:43PM

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