Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 Headphone Review

by Dan Lui on December 12, 2019
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0
Positives
  • Bluetooth 5
  • aptX LL, aptX, and AAC
  • Effective noise cancellation
  • Sound quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent connection quality (Multiconnect, fast autoconnect)
  • Catches my long hair when adjusting the band more often then I'd like
Negatives
  • cost
  • Inability to lay flat
  • No in-line mic/remote on 3.5mm cable
  • beware if you have long hair
  • Can auto turn off if you turn your head too quickly

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 is a luxuriant noise-canceling headset aimed at the audiophile. You really need to be obsessed with sound quality to forgive its larger size and high price tag.

Who are the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 made for?

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 are aimed at someone who is serious about sound quality. Commuters and Frequent flyers should also consider these headphones as the integrated ANC quiets midrange & high frequency sound which is what you need if you want to block out people talking around you. They’re also extremely comfortable so if you need to lean on them to sleep you’ll be able to get comfortable.

Comfort and Design

Leather covers the headband and memory foam ear cups. There is a matte steel arm which you slide your earphones up and down the adjust. If you have long hair, you need to beware, I’ve caught a huge chunk of hair on more than one occasion in this mechanism. The ear cups themselves have a small amount of rotation which allows them to rest very comfortably. I’ve taken a few 10 hours flights with these, I was able to sleep with them and didn’t come across painful spots. At first, I did have one area on top of my head, then I figured that you need to adjust the ear cups so they sit properly over your ears, make them too snug, you’ll feel pressure on top of your head.

Feature-rich so you’re aware of your surroundings

One of my favorite features of the headset is its auto-pause/play functionality. This occurs when the headphones are removed and worn, respectively. There is also a slider at the top of the right ear cup that allows you to hear the world around you with a single press. I like this very much, however, I still feel rude not pushing one earphone back as a sign of respect to shop keepers i’m interacting with. The size of these headphones defienately give off the vibe that you do not want to be talked to.

Meeting with a friend, he said “Ah look at you, glasses and a big pair of leave me the F&$k alone headphones”.

Multiconnect is a feature which I love, I’ll be looking for this with any headset that I own in the future. It lets you connect up to two devices to the Momentum Wireless simultaneously. I used this while working to connect my computer and phone. That way, I could stream music from the former but hear incoming notification dings from the latter.

What’s different between the Momentum 2.0 & 3.0?

The design is nearly identical save for the button layout on the right ear cup’s edge. It forgoes plastic buttons and sliders, opting instead for a rubberized, matte material. In order to access your virtual assistant, press the Bluetooth pairing button once. This third-generation model also does away with the power button. Instead, folding the ear cups toward the headband initiates powering down.

They’re big.

The size of over the ear headphones makes them cumbersome to carry when you’re not wearing them. And even when you are, I find they are too big around my neck, my face ends up behind them which is no comfortable. The case if also very large, foldered they don’t lie flat. The case is nice, but for $400 I did expect something a little more premium.

Internal elastic pocket for storing the included 3.5mm cable and USB-C charging cable.

Sennheiser Smart Control app and Tile tracking

The Sennheiser app isn’t required in order to use the Momentum Wireless, it has some cool tools you might like. You can customize the EQ and enable voice assistant access. You can also adjust the degree to which you hear external noise when Transparent Hearing is enabled, and how aggressive you want the noise canceling to be. There are three ANC modes: anti-pressure, anti-wind, and maximum, listed in ascending order.

One of the major features separating the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 from the Momentum Wireless 2 is Tile tracking integration. It allows you to see where your headphones are located, making it useful for the forgetful among us.

Long flight champion

With noise canceling turned on, the battery lasts me about 13 hours. This should get you a full week of commuting and nearly any international flight. If you listen to levels quieter than 75dB, which you likely will, then the battery should last closer to Sennheiser’s posited 17-hours. When the battery is drained, you can quick-charge the headset with the included USB-C cable. Just 10 minutes of charging yields 1.5 hours of listening.

Connecting Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 to your phone

You can connect the new Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 to your smartphone via NFC or the standard Bluetooth pairing process. For the NFC route, enable NFC from your phone’s settings and hold the device next to the Momentum’s right ear cup. A pop-up will appear on your phone confirming a successful pairing process.

Once connected, you benefit from three high-quality Bluetooth codecs: AAC, aptX, and aptX Low-Latency.

Bluetooth 5.0 firmware is an improvement over its predecessor, which operated via Bluetooth 4.0. Not only can you connect to multiple devices, but the new Momentum Wireless also boast a snappy autoconnect feature. A Bluetooth headset with good autoconnect technology is madatory.

Audiofiles take note!

The low-end notes sound up to twice as loud as their midrange counterparts which is great for pop and hip-hop as it lends a nice oomph to tunes. However, if you favor folk or classical music, you may find it useful to EQ the sound in the Smart Control app.

Sennheiser also reduces the range from 2.5-5kHz this frequency range tends to produce unpleasant harmonic resonances that are amplified when a proper seal is formed against the ear. By lessening the loudness of these frequencies, audio is perceived as clearer.

Price

At $400 you need to either need to love sound quality or need a big pair of comfortable headphones for travel. We think it’s a bit high, but premium products have premium price tags which in this case feels justified.

Rating
Design / 7
Sound / 8
Performance / 8
Battery Life / 8
Software / 8
Price / 7
Editor's Choice / 8
Hardware / 8
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0

These are a highend product with exceptional build quality, sound and attention to detail. The increadibly stable auto connect and ability to connect to multiple devices checks all the boxes for why these cost $400.

For me, these are relegated to long haul flights or long periods of travel. Their large size makes them cumbersome for me to carry on a communte where I might have to carry them around town all day. The sliding metal adjustment has been tough getting used to with long hair. Even still, I would have a very hard time giving up this review unit since the audio quality is sensational, they’re stylish and I can sleep with them on planes.

If you have the budget for a pair of travel headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 should be at the top of your list.

7.8
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