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Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Alexa, Auto On/Off, Smart Pause Functionality and Smart Control App, Black
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- Auto on/off and smart pause never miss a beat With seamless on/off and pause functionality; Plays your music faster than any other headphone
- Active noise cancellation and transparent hearing Momentum 3 wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself
- Exceptional comfort soft ear pads and headband crafted from genuine Leather insure exceptional wearing comfort during long listening sessions
- Three button interface provides easy operation without having to read a manual
- Automatic pairing mode makes setting up Momentum 3 wireless easy on the first activation
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Never lose your rhythm again.
The New MOMENTUM Wireless delivers a superior listening experience like no other. Reproducing the balanced depth and precision of a studio recording, these headphones separate each frequency, so you hear the bass, mid-range and treble together in perfect harmony. Which means you’ll feel everything from the heart-thumping bass of your daily commute to the soothing rhythm of your favorite memories.
Never miss a beat.
The MOMENTUM Wireless has intuitive controls designed for any situation. Whether you’re taking a business call, talking to a friend or just hiding in your own personal audio space, the Auto On/Off and Smart Pause features ensure that you’ll never miss a beat.
Your sound, on your terms.
Active Noise Cancellation and Transparent Hearing functionality allow you to experience your audio world on your terms. The advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes that are tailored to different environments. And with the Transparent Hearing feature, you can enjoy music while still being fully present in different settings.
In tune with your lifestyle.
The MOMENTUM Wireless offers seamless integration with your phone’s voice assistant. At the touch of a button you can easily tap into the virtual world or real world whenever life happens. With the superior sound of the MOMENTUM Wireless, you’ll never lose your rhythm again.
Get lost in the music.
Featuring a genuine leather head strap and premium earcups, these headphones deliver superior comfort for those who like to enjoy endless listening. The sturdy matte steel arms and durable covers stand the test of time, making them the perfect companion for the stylish listener who’s always on the move.
Personalization in the palm of your hand.
The Sennheiser Smart Control app provides three different noise cancellation modes and a built-in equalizer. With a simple and intuitive 3-button interface you can switch between your music and making calls in an instant, so whatever situation you find yourself in, the MOMENTUM Wireless has all the functions you need to enjoy rich, detailed sound.
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||9.09 x 7.60 x 4.09 inches||7.27 x 3.03 x 9.94 inches||7.40 x 4.00 x 9.90 inches||3.20 x 6.70 x 7.10 inches||2.00 x 6.50 x 8.00 inches||8.66 x 4.33 x 9.84 inches|
|Item Weight||0.67 lbs||0.56 lbs||2.00 lbs||0.52 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.68 lbs|
|Special Features||Noise Cancellation, Foldable, Microphone Feature, Universal Phone Control, Volume-Control||Noise Cancellation||noise-cancellation||Bluetooth, Lithium-ion battery||Noise Cancellation, Microphone Feature, Water Resistant, Volume-Control||Microphone, wireless, Volume-Control|
With active noise cancellation, innovative transparent hearing and Sennheiser’s proprietary neodymium transducers the Momentum 3 wireless deliver exceptional sound like no other Bluetooth headphone to date. Enjoy advanced Features including smart pause and auto on/off, Bluetooth 5. 0 compliant connectivity and 17 hour battery life, all with timelessly elegant design and premium craftsmanship.
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Sound: It is definitely an upgrade from the Sony. Much better sound stage and warmer sound. Bass is a bit boosted but the phone app has EQ, so you can tune it the way you want. I noticed cracking/popping sound when I use it with Macbook pro. It pops for a few seconds for every song. No issue with my phone. Both MBP and GS10 are using APTX.
Noise cancelling: Very disappointing. It can block some fan/AC noise. But totally unable to block datacenter server noise. The Sony won by a mile.
Comfort: Material is premium. Clamming force is just about the right amount to keep it on my head securely. Heavier than Sony but not enough to bother me. I still give Sony a slight win in this department.
Portability: It does not fold flat like the Sony. So the carrying case is a lot bigger than Sony's. And the case is not hard enough to protect the headphones. And since it doesn't fold flat, you can't hang it around the neck. Sony +1.
Features: Connect 2 devices at once. This should be industry standard, but Sony can only do 1 at a time. Momentum 3 auto pause when you take off headphones, I love it. Physical buttons, I like it more than touch ear cups on the Sony.
Conclusion: I bought these headphones hoping to replace my Sony. But I think I can only use this in the office. Its difficult to carry around and noise cancelling is pretty useless. If I can only keep one pair, I will choose the Sony. One last thing, for $400, a pair of sound quality focus headphones don't have APTX-HD support? Come on, Sennheiser!
See update at bottom of review
As a premise that there is no single headphone that works for everyone and every situation, no single item is perfect for everyone and everything. I have wireless earbuds for working out, the Jabra 65T active, and love the Jaybird Vista wireless for use when working long term use during the day. I also have a pair of Sony over the ear headphones, the WMH 900N for sound suppression when working outdoors.
I wanted improved sound and didn't need absolute noise cancellation for the loudest of environments. I was looking for good blue tooth sync without audio/video delay, and some sound isolation. Also, the need for Bluetooth 5 was a relative need in order to allow syncing to more than one device.
I did look at the Bose and the Sony WH1000XM3.
Here's my take:
I like the looks. They appeal to my industrial design concept that sleek and modern is not always the best. The exposed steel and wires is reminiscent of the traditional headphones. I think the style will stand the test of time. Bose and Sony are more streamlined, but the modernistic approach may appear dated in several years.
I am not a Luddite, but I do not like touch control configurations. There is nothing like a physical button in increasing volume and the pause button. Even the Jabra and Jaybird wireless earbuds give tactile feedback with control. I just like buttons that I can feel and confirm, a positive click.
Battery life: Not the longest but I tied it for 19 hours during one measurement. That is more than enough. The USB-C is universal, and it charges from every source I plug in.
Bluetooth. There is absolutely no, none, nada, video to audio lag. When watching speaker audio and the headsets, the sound is simultaneous. Feel free to watch these with a TV and blue tooth stream. Just make certain that your Bluetooth transmitter has the most updated AptX support.
When turning on the headphones, it will announce simultaneous connections to up to two Bluetooth sources. One reviewer bemoaned the fact that the announcer only identifies them as "phone one" or "phone two". I don't find this an issue. I know phone one is my TV and phone two is my cell phone.
I have not measured the absolute blue tooth distance, but I can walk down a flight of stairs and go at least 30 feet without an issue.
The pause when you tilt your head is annoying. When watching TV, it kept thinking I was trying to pause. I turned it off in the app.
Not the best. After installing the App and syncing, it needed a firmware update that took 20 minutes. Then, the only way I could sync was to unpair the Bluetooth from my phone, uninstall the app, reinstall the app and re-sync. Then, everything was ok.
Any changes in the app such as equalizer or ANC settings are maintained in the headset even if the phone is not synced to the headsets.
I agree, the equalizer control is not intuitively easy, but it does the job and the neutral setting or default give great sound. As I noted, the setting is stored in the headset, not the phone so you don't need your phone to keep the settings.
Not the best, but no intrusive. I find it great for office work and daily background noise. If you don't require absolute total isolation from a jet airplane, these will work.
There is some isolation from the earphones. With ANC off, the sound is impressively wonderful. Crystal clear, special, dynamic. It does beat the Sony with ANC off. I felt the Sony had too much thumping or muffled bass boost.
In my opinion, louder with less distortion than the Sony or Bose. The Sony and Bose have significant base distortion on max volume
The Sony seems to be lighter and easier to wear long term. I'm no a fan of the Bose fit.
The Sennheiser are a little tighter than preferred when I got them out of the box. Easily fixed with some manual "unbending" of the band. The weight seems find for hour of listening and they feel better than the Bose. The Sony's are the best, but are also all plastic.
The first pair I purchased had a "white noise" feedback in the left ear when place on ambient noise. It was intermittent but continued on and off each time I wore them. And, there was a crackling in the left ear. As if there was a connection issue. I returned them and the new set was perfect. Amazon returns are easy.
The app is a little cumbersome on first set up. You have to install it, connect, get the firmware. Then, in my case, I had to uninstall the paring and app and reinstall to make it reconnect. However, now all is good.
Initially the headband was slightly tight. It needed a little tweaking. This is not a big deal
What would be ideal would be the Sony weight, the Sennheiser sound and appearance, the Bose quality and ease of support.(there are a lot of Bose stores in the mall). Since there is no single perfect headphone, like looking for the perfect laptop, there are always slight compromises.
If you want Bluetooth 5 connection, great sound, good ANC and range, good battery and classic styling, go no further. Yes, they won't fold into a slim aerodynamic sandwich, but they give crystal clear sound and perfect video lip sync and can be worn for hours.
As much as I liked the sound and fit, I ended up returning the headphones due to a never ending problem of bluetooth disconnects and drops. While listening to music or a streaming video, the bluetooth would drop after 20 minutes of use. The only way to reconnect was to either switch the ANC off and on or turn the headphones off and try to reconnect.
I called Sennheiser and did a complete removal of all bluetooth devices on the transmitter, removed all bluetooth from my phone, uninstalled and reinstalled the app, reconnected the bluetooth link to the transmitter, and the problem continued. Once it occured, it would drop the signal about every 10 minutes..
I have connected Jabra Active 65T, Sony SH 1000 XM3, and Jaybird Vista without any issues or drops. I removed all bluetooth connections and have no extraneous sources of interference. Sennheiser told me that the bluetooth in the headphones was not acting correctly and they should be returned.
So, first set had a faulty left speaker.
The second set had faulty bluetooth.
Maybe it was bad luck....I loved the sound, the weight, the fit, the appearance. I just am left disappointed in the quality of the device. If you get a working model, they are great.
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The other headphones I use and will draw comparisons from include the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless, V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2 (these have the best noise isolation of them all, but don't have noise cancelling), Sennheiser HD1. Also I used these with an LG V40 which has a Hi-Fi quad DAC when headphones are wired through the aux port. So I did not buy these exclusively for wireless use.
Codec Pros & Cons
- Con: pretty disappointed these 2019 headphones don't have LDAC or aptX HD.
- Con: This is more of a software issue for LG Android users (maybe other phones too) but every time I connected these to my phone my phone's bluetooth codec defaulted to AAC, whereas aptX is arguably better. I had to go into developer options to manually change the setting every single time i turned on the headphones.
Headphones Build Pros & Cons
- Pro: bigger earcups that fully surround your ear
- Pro: clasp isn't too tight
- Pro: premium materials with lambskin and stainless steel
- Con: large profile on head
- Con: when I wear the headphones and move my head around with no music playing i can hear a faint clicking sound from the earcups.
- Pro: earcups have extra sideways swivel compared to HD1 and Momentum 2. Allowing for a better seal
-Con: earcups don't rotate in frame as much as the HD1 (the Momentum 2 also rotate like the HD1s but HD1s have the smoothest, easiest rotation). I liked this feature on the HD1s because I was able to rotate the earcups and have the headband rest far back on my to avoid messing up my hair.
- Con: the headband is most comfortable on the HD1s (the Momentum 2 look like the same model, but the padding on the headband is stiffer)
Sound Quality Pros & Cons
- Con: if you want fully balanced headphones these aren't the ones for you. Coming from V-Moda headphones (lots of bass) I wanted something more balanced, but the bass in these is actually able to compete with V-Moda bass.
- Pro: if you like bass the bass in these sounds more organic than the V-Modas. Listening to a drum pedal kick sounds more like a live drum kit when I was wearing the Momentum 3
- Con: the soundstage could be wider
- I was able to balance the sound a bit with the provided app's equalizer. but don't buy these thinking you'll get studio monitors.
Smart Pause Pros & Cons
- Pro: pauses when i put them around my neck
- Con: randomly pauses my music even while i'm wearing them. Turning the feature off and back on in the app helped fix this.
- Pro: smart pause still works in wired mode but has an extra delay of 1-2 seconds
- Con: when i had 2 sources connected at once Smart Pause would pause 1 source then start playing the 2nd source when I put the headphones back on
Noise Cancelling Pros
- can change level of noise cancelling
- can turn off noise cancelling (seems like a given, but you're not able to on the Momentum 2)
- tested on bus, metro, and planes (both turbine and propeller engines) and it blocks out the majority of the lower frequency sounds, but not the higher frequencies (train wheels rubbing on the track, high pitched propeller hum)
- transparent hearing (although sound isn't as clear as simply removing the headphones)
- NC works in wired mode
Noise Cancelling Cons
- Experienced a faint static sound in both speakers at different times. This only occurred when NC was enabled.
- doesn't block out higher frequency sounds (most NC headphones don't)
On/Off switch Pros & Cons
-Pro: simply unfold to turn on
-Con: headphones stay on all day unless you fold them back up.
Now I've seen several people on YouTube claim you can turn them off by holding the bluetooth sync button while unfolding them. I can confirm that this ONLY turns off the Bluetooth. The headphones themselves are still being powered and the NC and Volume buttons are still functional.
Wired Mode Pros & Cons
- Pro: NC works when wired
- Pro: Volume buttons work when wired
- Pro: Smart Pause feature works (although with a short delay)
- Pro: can play music with provided Type-C wire (wouldn't want to if you have an LG phone like me, but a good feature for phones with no aux port)
- Con: Play/Pause/skip track button doesn't work, and the provided wire doesn't have any buttons on it.
Smart Assistant button works pretty well.
First time you click it your phone will ask you which assistant you want it to activate ( i have Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). I'm able to get the Assistant to perform actions even when my phone is locked. This seems minor but it works better than my phone's dedicated assistant button which sometimes turns on the assistant but doesn't actually perform the requested action.
Tile feature is a nice gimmick but I never lose track of my headphones so that's all it is for me.
Being able to play your phone with the provided Type-C to Type-C USB cable is also a nice feature but once again just a gimmick to me because I have the LG V40 which only has a hi-fi quad DAC when wired through the aux port.
Overall these are a 2019 model that has some nice additions (bigger earcups are really the only neutral improvement) and gimmicks added to it while still lacking significant, desired technological improvements (aptX HD, LDAC) and have too many problems for me to be satisfied spending over 500$.
6/10 - would be a higher score if the price was lower
All the above said,
There are the best pair of headphones I've ever owned.
1) The best sound quality
2) The best fit
3) The best material quality
I can honestly say I love these headphones.
I compared them to pxc 550 and sony wh1000xm3. The sound quality is far superior to both headphones. I am OK with the limitations of the headphones because it promises no compromises when it comes to sound quality. I'm really satisfied with my purchase.
Sound quality: There is simply no competition here. The Momentum just hits it out of the park! Not only does it support more BT audio codecs than the XM4 (resulting in better quality across platforms), it has MUCH better imaging and soundstaging compared to the XM4. You can hear each instrument and track separately and follow each one right to the end of the song! I also almost immediately started noticing new sounds in music I've been listening to for years. Truly amazing! Being a bass lover, I was skeptical about the Momentum, considering Sony headphones are always known as being better for bass. But nope! The bass is tighter and punches a lot harder with the Momentum, than with the XM4. There is also clear separation between low/mid/high bass with Momentum. With XM4 the bass sounds mixed, muddled and boomy. The Momentum is also just louder and more powerful than the XM4. With the latter I had to pump up the volume to 70% to hear details (giving me mild tinnitus after a few hours); I've never had to exceed 40% with the Momentum.
Noise Cancellation: This wasn't my top priority (sound quality was), but I gotta hand this one to the XM4. The Momentum's ANC is pretty good, but it's nowhere near the XM4's. I didn't get a chance to test in a super loud environment (like an airplane) though. In any case, if ANC is your no.1 reason to buy, go with the XM4.
Comfort: This one is a little more difficult to judge. The XM4 is lighter and you can wear it for hours without feeling a thing. The Momentum is heavier by about 50g, and you feel the weight on your head after an hour or so. The XM4's earpads are softer than the Momentum's, but have much less "inner" space for the ears (affecting comfort as well as the audio quality if you have bigger ears like I do). I'd say for me, comfort is a draw, with maybe a slight edge for the XM4. If you have smaller ears though, XM4 easily wins.
Build: The Momentum, with its metal headband and leather earpads, is the clear winner here, over the XM4's plastic band and foam earpads which feels flimsy and prone to breakage.
Connectivity: I didn't face any problems as such with either headphone here. The XM4 did automatically and consistently connect to whatever device I paired it with and was active at the moment. With the Momentum I had to manually connect from the device if I switched to a different one, but I didn't think it was a big deal, since I mostly use just my laptop.
Battery Life: Specs wise XM4 should be the clear winner here (30 hrs vs 17 hrs). But as mentioned above, since I was always listening on 70% volume with the XM4, I ran out of juice REAL quick (about 14-15 hours across 3 days). I've been listening to the Momentum for at least 17 hours now and it's still going strong.
In the end, I've decided to keep the Momentum despite its flaws. The sound quality is just too good for me to return it.