Sennheiser is a pretty popular name associated with audio products, including with the audiophile community. While it’s quite well established in the wireless space, the company hasn’t quite set its footing in the wireless space that well. The Momentum True Wireless series is Sennheiser’s take on the true wireless audio. Let’s take a look at these wireless buds, and are they worth Rs 21,990 or not.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 come in a fabric-coated grey charging case, a very nice feel and look to it. The case is slightly smaller than the Momentum True Wireless 2. It features a USB Type-C port and LED on the front, and supports wireless charging too. The box contains a short USB Type-C cable and silicon ear tips (three sizes). There are also 'ear adapters' in three sizes, which are put in the middle part of the buds for a better fit in your ear, not something that is very common, a thoughtful addition from Sennheiser.
The buds support touch controls, which can be customized for each bud using Sennheiser’s 'Smart control' app. You can also pair for the first time using the app, though it can be done via regular Bluetooth settings too. The app also gives you EQ settings, transparency mode and presets to choose from. The touch controls work fairly well, the sound feedback to confirm the tap is nearly instant, which is helpful.
There’s something called 'Sound zones' with which you can choose and select different EQ settings and transparency modes for different locations you might frequently visit. They don’t work for precise locations, say within a floor, but for different locations like your home, office or gym, 'Sound zones' should work.
You might take a second or two to adjust and wear the buds just to get it right, but once done, the buds are comfortable and fit in just as expected. You can also hit and trial ear adapters and ear tips for a better fit, but the default ones worked well for me. Even for longer durations, the buds didn’t feel jarring or uncomfortable to wear.
Coming to the audio quality, the True Wireless 3 sport 7mm drivers, it supports Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX/aptX adaptive codec. The sound quality on these buds is a little better than their predecessor. The vocals are cleaner (though could still be a little better), bass can go heavy but bloomy-ish (worth checking EQ settings), and mid vocals are handled quite comfortably. But perhaps too distinct at times. As far as noise cancellation is concerned (Sennheiser calls it Hybrid Adaptive noise cancellation), the wireless buds actually does a good job, talking in relative terms. Most true wireless buds so far can’t quite do active noise cancellation well enough, but, the Momentum True Wireless 3 do a decent enough job of isolating the noise around you without too much artificial background noise noticed during your music playback.
Connectivity-wise, the pair doesn’t show any glitches. Oh, it can only connect to one device at a time. These also didn’t cause any trouble when doing calls, whether outdoors or indoors. Talking about its battery backup, it lasted around 25 hours including the charging case backup, with about 5 hours in one stretch.
So, at a price tag of Rs. 21,990, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 are among the most expensive true wireless buds out there today. They are splash-resistant (IPX4 rating), have solid battery life, a charging case that’s up to the mark in both the functionality and looks departments, effective noise cancellation, and sound quality that is improved and good enough on its own, but is the sound quality as good for the pricing? That depends a lot on your use case and audio preferences. If you don’t mind heavy but somewhat bloomy bass, with distinct, clean vocals, then you can consider splurging on these.