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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: These earbuds beat out AirPods Pro

The new Momentum True Wi-fi 2 earbuds ship in April for $three hundred.


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When they came out in 2018, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wi-fi were amongst the most effective-sounding really wi-fi earbuds, if not the most effective-sounding. They were not with out some flaws, nevertheless. The buds’ batteries would drain when in the case, so if you didn’t cost the case for 4 times, you could stop up with a useless set of earbuds, which was aggravating. They were also a tad large, so some men and women complained of distress soon after obtaining them in their ears for a when. And at $three hundred, they were quite pricey.

Like

  • Excellent seem
  • Energetic sounds cancellation
  • A bit smaller design, much more relaxed in good shape
  • Boosted battery lifetime (seven hrs)
  • Better for making calls
  • Transparency method

Never Like

  • Pricey
  • No wi-fi charging
  • May not in good shape everyone’s ears equally perfectly

The next-generation Momentum True Wi-fi 2, offered now for preorder and delivery in April, nonetheless have that elevated $three hundred (£279 three hundred euros) rate. But they are better all all around, with a a bit smaller, much more relaxed design, energetic sounds canceling that rivals that of the AirPod Pro, improved battery lifetime (up to seven hrs vs . the original’s 4) and better sounds reduction throughout calls. And, if you do not like them in black, a white variation is slated to follow later this year. Most importantly, while, the Momentum True Wi-fi 2 have the identical stellar seem — for real wi-fi earbuds, anyway — presenting plainly top-quality seem good quality to the AirPods Pro. That makes them arguably the most effective real wi-fi earbuds on the market place these days and earns them a CNET Editors’ Preference Award.

That explained, they are not always for every person. Apart from the simple fact that they are pricey — $fifty much more than the AirPods Pro — they are heavier, not really as relaxed to have on and deficiency the palms-absolutely free Siri found on those Apple styles. And, when Sennheiser shrank the new earbuds by 2mm, the Momentum True Wi-fi 2 are nonetheless on the greater aspect and could not be a best match for some people’s ears. Individually, they in good shape my ears really perfectly and I acquired a limited seal from the most significant ear idea (three measurements are included). As I explained, I felt that the a bit smaller design does enable — I was ready to have on these with out a problem for extensive stretches.

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That limited seal is very important for optimizing seem good quality and sounds cancellation. The AirPods Pro have adaptive sounds canceling. The sounds canceling on the Momentum True Wi-fi 2 will not feel to be adaptive, but it is successful. In the settings menu, it suggests, “One-mic ANC reduces minimal-frequency ambient sounds,” including that activating the element does have an “effects on battery lifetime.” In other text, do not hope to get seven hrs if you have it on, notably if you perform your new music at greater volumes. The charging case does give an more three charges (21 hrs) on the go and Sennheiser has fastened the problem with the buds’ battery draining in the case — they now go into a deep rest method. 

The buds are 2mm smaller than the originals and the case is a darker shade of gray.


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I wore the Momentum True Wi-fi 2 all around the streets of New York and in the subway for a couple of times. You get some passive sounds cancellation from just acquiring a limited seal, but when I toggled the sounds canceling on and off when riding the subway, the big difference was right away evident. It seemed to be on par with the AirPods Pro’s sounds canceling for muffling ambient sounds. I didn’t try them on a aircraft, but I believe they would be good for that environment as perfectly.

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Like the originals, these have contact controls and they function perfectly, while I like Apple’s stem-squeezing controls on the AirPods Pro a tiny better. You can program the contact controls in Sennheiser’s Smart Regulate app for iOS and Android. For occasion, I set the tap-and-hold gesture on the suitable earbud to activate sounds canceling. The identical gesture on the left earbud activates a transparency method that allows ambient seem in so you can have a discussion when donning them.


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Sennheiser isn’t marketing these as sports earphones, but with an IPX4 rating they are splashproof and should really be sweatproof. I was ready to go working with out them slipping out of my ears and they are unquestionably high-quality for lighter exercise sessions at the health club. I are not able to inform you how perfectly they will hold up more than time if you sweat on them a large amount, but they should really be ready to place up with some moisture with out a problem.

Like the originals, the earbuds have volume controls on the earbuds by themselves making use of the default tap-and-hold gesture. Nevertheless, soon after I adjusted the tap-and-hold gesture to activate ANC — as a substitute of control volume — I couldn’t transform the gesture again to managing volume (I had to reset the controls again to their default settings). The app I was making use of was labeled as beta, and I suppose this bug will be fastened in an update.  

The earbuds are nonetheless a tiny little bit on the huge aspect, but they in good shape much more easily.


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A couple of other settings are value mentioning. You can pick to activate sidetone, a element I like that allows you to listen to your voice in the earbuds and modulate your voice when you might be making a connect with. And there is an equalizer in the app to tweak bass and treble stages to your liking. For purposes of this overview I left it at the default placing, which seemed flawlessly good to me. 

Sennheiser added a microphone to each individual earbud for the sounds canceling and you can find a beamforming microphone in each individual earbud to choose up your voice when making calls or making use of your voice assistant. The connect with performance is improved from the originals’, with better sounds reduction so men and women can listen to you better in noisy environments (ambient sounds is muffled while nonetheless present). I’m not absolutely sure these are really as good as the AirPods when it comes to connect with good quality, but they carried out perfectly general in this division.

I also skilled negligible Bluetooth hiccups — the wi-fi link was generally good. They use Bluetooth five.one, with assist for AAC and aptX audio codes (only specific Android phones assist aptX streaming). And I didn’t have any issues with audio syncing properly when observing online video apps like Netflix, YouTube and Vudu.

The case has USB-C but not wi-fi charging.


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The Momentum True Wi-fi 2 earbuds have the identical 7mm dynamic motorists as the originals. If there are some slight gains in seem good quality, it is really much more probably because of to better electronic processing as a end result of chip and software package updates. As I explained, seem good quality is excellent and the Momentum True Wi-fi 2 has richer, much more in-depth seem than the AirPods Pro with perfectly-outlined bass, all-natural-sounding mids and some sparkle in the treble. These seem like premium headphones should really. They’re quite open the seem will not feel stuck in your head.

I rated the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds really for seem, while they are not wonderful for making calls. The Momentum True Wi-fi 2 are a tiny much more in-depth and articulate. On perfectly-recorded tracks you can seriously listen to each individual instrument they do not mix in with each individual like with a large amount of Bluetooth headphones. Other large-stop styles like the Learn & Dynamic MW07 Moreover ($three hundred) also have smooth, properly in-depth seem with good bass definition, as perfectly as some sounds cancellation, but the True Wi-fi 2 have better design and headset performance together with a bit better seem and much more successful sounds cancellation. 

The case charges by means of USB-C, whilst at this rate you’d like to see wi-fi charging, but that is not a important omission. The AirPods Pro unquestionably have an desirable design and element set with sturdy performance, but they are just not in the Sennheiser Momentum True Wi-fi 2’s league for seem good quality. And now that Sennheiser has added energetic sounds canceling and fastened some of the original Momentum True Wireless’ smaller flaws, these are the earbuds to get if you worth seem good quality more than every little thing else.