The world of truly cordless earphones can be summarized as follows: it's AirPods, Jabra Elite 65t, and all the unsatisfactory others. I do not grasp, though: having two good options to choose from is still two more than we used to have. But now, Sennheiser, the manufacturer of some of the best headphones in every price range, has made its moderate late arrival to the truly wireless competition. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is the first pair of completely wireless earphones that Sennheiser has built since a long forgotten couple in the earliest years of Bluetooth.
I made it a point to rush over and check out these new Momentum buttons as soon as I learned about them. I deliberately ignored all information and pricing information; I just wanted to get their hands on them. My very first impression is that there is absolutely no way to intuitify how to control these things. They have no physical buttons and no user-friendly hints, just sporadically piping in response to my cranes. A friendly Sennheiser employee informed me that a button on the left earplug will play or pause, two cranes will track forward, three cranes will rewind, hold your left-hand button to lower volume, hold your finger on the right earplug to raise it, and a single tap will enable Google Assistant or Siri, depending on your device. If it sounds embedded, do not worry, it's fairly easy when you know what's. Sennheiser plans to go through everyone with an app, which is not yet ready for demo.
The earbuds comfort is as good as you can expect with truly cordless earphones. I thought that Elite 65th was among the leaders in this category, but Sennheiser offers even better wearing and finds a superior fit. On a related note, Momentum True Wireless has outstanding passive noise insulation. That is, they act almost like noise-reducing headphones, but without using power to actively interrupt noise. Top Characters.
Sound impressions from a fair show are always a dicey affair, but at least I can say that I like the sound of Momentum True Wireless. It is nice, warm and inviting, and vocals are a special highlight. I found the bass a bit wooly and there is a thick filter placed on the nozzle of these knees, probably to thicken the bass, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's just a very relaxed and friendly sound. I think in noisy and stressful environments, where such wireless earphones tend to find their use, people will appreciate a tuning like this very much.
The 7mm transducers in these new earphones are a brand new design, even though they use some of the same materials found in Sennheiser's flagship wired headphones, the IE800.
I've asked every headset company I know to switch to USB-C charging for its battery-powered headsets, and Sennheiser has listened. True Wireless moments have a USB-C drive, which is about twice as big as the AirPods case, yet compact enough to plug into a small pocket inconsistently. The buds can hold a four hour charge, and their case can turn them off twice, for a total of 12 hours of power outage. You can charge the entire set from flat to full in 1.5 hours. I really like that the magnetic holder in the case is strong enough to hold the earplugs in place even when the case is upside down.
True Wireless Momentum is IPX4 certified for splat and splash resistance, and with its comfortable and secure fit, I can see them presenting a great option for those seeking a good pair of sports earplugs.
Probably the biggest bump with these earphones is their price, which is $ 299 at the top end of the series when it comes to real wireless audio. I still see the AirPods champion that everyone else has to beat, but Sennheiser has the greatest advantage in the area where AirPods are the weakest: noise insulation. In addition, I would personally like to have the last remaining Lightning cable and have all my gadgets that need power, accept a USB-C connector. It's the future I'm waiting for. Sennheiser promises to get Momentum True Wireless available for purchase in November.
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