Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones
While many of the noise-cancelling, wireless headphone makers have targeted the chic and trendy crowd, Sennheiser Momentum seem to have something else in mind. The Germany veteran headphone maker, with their latest offering of the Momentum 3, is aiming for sophistication. Both aesthetics and sound shine, making this a good fit for what can be best described as the ‘mature’ market segment. The overall visual design of the Momentum 3 much follows its predecessors, the Sennheiser Momentum 1 and 2. It has a headband arch, with the top covered with supple full-grain leather, capped off with ‘pearl blasted’ stainless steel bands leading to the ear cups. The ear cups have an understated matte black finish, but what stands out are the cushions. At first look, the pronounced stitch lines on the surface immediately say these are not the common plastic faux leather covering. I quickly discovered that these are genuine sheep leather, which explains why it was this soft and smooth.
Comfortable and very well-built design
Good audio reproduction
Good noise isolation performance
Leaky at high volumes
|Has Stereo Speakers||√|
|Has An Over-the-ear Foam||√|
|Has A Detachable Cable||√|
|Can Be Folder||√|
|Travel Bag is Included||√|
|Has A Tangle Free Cable||X|
|Sound Pressure Level||113dB/mW|
|Has Passive Noise Reduction||X|
|Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)||√|
|Has A Rechargeable Battery||√|
|Can Be Used Wirelessly||√|
|Has A 3.5mm Male Connector||X|
|Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFC||√|
|Can Be Used As A Headset||√|
|Control Panel Placed On A Device||√|
|Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone||√|
|The overall visual design of the Momentum 3 much follows its predecessors, the Momentum 1 and 2. It has a headband arch, with the top covered with supple full-grain leather, capped off with 'pearl blasted' stainless steel bands leading to the ear cups.
The ear cups have an understated matte black finish, but what stands out are the cushions. At first look, the pronounced stitch lines on the surface immediately say these are not the common plastic faux leather covering. I quickly discovered that these are genuine sheep leather, which explains why it was this soft and smooth.
The combination is makes for a look that would seem at home on someone in full business suit, on their way to the next meeting.
|The Momentum 3 sounded unlike many of the headphones that I've tested, in that it is a closed-back design, yet it had a very spacious sound stage - especially for the low end bass. I would describe it as a 'surround bass sound' where it sounds more like a large Taiko drum in a large room rather than a punchy bass drum on center stage. All other sound frequencies in fact seem to also take a step back, and you end up with a three-dimensional 'spatial sound'.
What I came to realize after trying a range of genres is that this kind of sound reproduction did not suit all music. It was when I came to acoustic sounds, the Momentum 3 really, really shined. The range of nuance that it reproduced was especially eye-opening on things like the vibration of guitar strings, the pizzicato on the double-bass, the subtle breathy texture on the singer's vocals, and one of my favorites: finger snapping. With each of these sounds, the Momentum 3 could articulate a realistic, organic sound like nothing else that I've tried at this price point.
A word of advice to those who do take the leap: do not mess with the equalization in any dramatic way. Though I am normally a 'tweaker' when it comes to equalization, I found that because of the spatial spread of its sounds, your normal curves won't produce the same desired effect as other cans, and can easily produce a messy result.
|These headphones are quite comfortable, and their design is an improvement over the last model. The cups are bigger and the padding is softer and cushier. The headband of Sennheiser Momentum 3 is also more comfortable and distributes the weight of the headphones well. Wearing Sennheiser Momentum 3 for a while won’t be an issue for most people.|
|The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are a bit bulkier than the last model and aren’t the most portable option. On the upside, Sennheiser Momentum 3 do fold into a more compact format, which makes it easier to slide them inside a bag or inside their case.||These headphones are very well-built headphones. The frame of Sennheiser Momentum 3 is made from solid metal and the padding is leather, which gives it an overall very premium feel. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are built like the previous model and should be able to withstand a few drops without too much damage.|
|These headphones are decently stable wireless headphones. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 headphones stay on your head without issue during casual listening, but they won’t be the best option for sports as head movement makes them sway around. On the upside, Wireless design of these headphones gets rid of the risk that a cable could get hooked and pull the headphones off your head.||The Sennheiser Momentum's control scheme is decent. Very easily You can play/pause your music or answer/end calls with the middle button. Another option available of volume control with the top and bottom buttons, and track skipping with the middle button as well. It’s a bit difficult to distinguish which volume control button you're on, but they offer decent tactile and audible feedback. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 also has a button to control the level of ANC and talk-through. Another extra button available that triggers your voice assistant if you press it, but puts the headphones in Bluetooth pairing mode when holding it. When folding these headphones, they will automatically turn off.|
|These headphones are good sounding closed-back headphones. Also, Sennheiser Momentum 3 has a fairly well-balanced sound profile but are a bit on the bass-heavy side. Sennheiser Momentum 3 are still well-suited for a wide-variety of music genres. However, there’s a very small mismatch between the drivers of our unit in these headphones, but this isn’t audible. On the upside, Sennheiser Momentum 3 are a definitive improvement over the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless.|
|The bass performance of these headphone is very good. It's well-extended and balanced. This means Sennheiser Momentum 3 are able to reproduce the deep thump and rumble of bass, common in bass-heavy music genres like EDM. However, the response of this headphone is over our target curve, which results in a bit of excess thump. Some people may like this headphone, especially if you listen to bass-heavy music.||These Wireless Headphones have a great mid-range performance. The response is very well-balanced and follows our target curve well, which results in accurate reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The response is slightly under our target, which means vocals might sound a bit veiled and nudged to the back of the mix, but this is barely noticeable.|
|The isolation performance of this headphone is decent. Sennheiser Momentum 3 headphones have a good ANC feature that helps block out ambient noise. Commuting or at the office is easy with Sennheiser Momentum 3, but be careful with your listening volume, as people surrounding you may hear your audio leaking out, especially in quiet environments.|
|Noise Isolation||Overall Leakage|
The noise isolation of this headphone is decent. This headphone does a very good job of blocking bass frequencies like the deep rumble of a bus engine, which makes them a suitable option for commuting. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 also isolate well against ambient chatter in an office setting. Their treble isolation is also good and they're able to attenuate sharp S and T sounds and A/C system noise.
|The leakage performance of this headphone is mediocre. Sennheiser Momentum 3 closed-back headphones leak quite a bit at high volume, meaning they shouldn’t be used in very quiet environments with people surrounding you, as they could be bothered by your audio leaking out.|
|The integrated microphone of this headphone is decent and quite an improvement over the previous model Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless as well. People on the line should understand you without any trouble, In quiet environments, but the mic struggles to separate ambient noise from recorded speech in loud situations.|
|These headphones have good battery life. It should be more than enough to last a full workday, With just over 17 hours of continuous playback with the ANC feature on. These headphones also have a smart pause feature that enters a standby mode as soon as you take the headphones off your head. You can also use Sennheiser Momentum 3 wired passively with their 1/8” audio cable, or even get audio while charging them via the USB-C cable and USB adapter. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 also charge if you use them wired with a USB-C phone. You can fold them to automatically turn them off when taking them off.|
|The connectivity options of the headphone are decent. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 supports Bluetooth 5 and can pair to multiple devices. They can also be used passively when wired, but you won’t have access to the integrated microphone when doing so. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 also has USB-C to USB-C cable to plug into your phone if you have that port. They also have great latency performance, as they support aptX-LL so you shouldn’t notice any audio delay when watching video content if you have the appropriate dongle.|
|The Sennheiser Momentum 3 are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible and can connect to two devices simultaneously, which can be useful at the office if you often switch between your PC and phone. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 also supports NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure.||Having The Sennheiser Momentum 3, You can get audio on pretty much any device that has a 1/8” audio jack, but the integrated microphone doesn't work. Also, with this headphone, you can get audio via the USB adapter on a PC. You can use Sennheiser's USB-C to USB-C cable to get audio on phones as well.|
|Amazing wireless range of this headphone and you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to the direct line of sight range, especially if you keep your source close to you, like your phone in your pockets. If you want, You’ll also be able to walk around in a room without a problem.||These headphones don’t have a dock.These headphones don’t have a dock.|