Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: When they came out in 2018 it waswere among the , unless the sounding best. However, they were not without flaws. The buds’ batteries would discharge during the enclosure. So if you didn’t charge the case for four days, you could end up with a dead set of earbuds, which was annoying. They were a bit big too, so some people complained of discomfort after having them in their ears for a while. And at $ 300, they were pretty expensive.
- Great sound
- Active noise cancellation
- Slightly smaller design, more comfortable fit
- Extended battery life (7 hours)
- Better to use the phone
- Transparency mode
I do not like it
- No wireless charging
- May not be the same for everyone
The second-generation Momentum True Wireless 2, available for pre-order now and shipping in April, is still at that elevated price of $ 300 (£ 279). But they’re better all round, with a slightly smaller, more comfortable design and active noise cancellation that rivals that of the competition, improved battery life (up to seven hours compared to the original four) and better noise reduction when making calls. And if you don’t like them in black, a white version will follow later this year.
Most importantly, the Momentum True Wireless 2 have the same great sound – at least for true wireless earbuds – and the AirPods Pro have a significantly superior sound quality. That probably makes them best real wireless earbuds on the market today and earned them a Tips Clear Editors’ Choice Award.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 offers additional noise suppression
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That said, they are not necessarily for everyone. Aside from the fact that they’re expensive – $ 50 more than the AirPods Pro – they’re heavier, not quite as comfortable to wear, and they lack the Siri speakerphone found on these Apple models. And while Sennheiser shrunk the new earbuds by 2mm, the Momentum True Wireless 2s are still a bit bigger and may not fit some people’s ears perfectly. Personally, they fit my ears just fine and I have a tight seal from the largest ear tip (three sizes are included). As I said, I felt that the slightly smaller design helped – I could easily carry this for long distances.
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This tight seal is critical to optimizing sound quality and noise cancellation. The AirPods Pro have adaptive noise cancellation. The Momentum True Wireless 2’s noise cancellation doesn’t appear to be adaptive, but it is effective. The settings menu says: “One-microphone ANC reduces low-frequency ambient noise”, and activating the function has “an effect on battery life”. In other words, don’t expect seven hours with it on, especially if you’re playing your music at a higher volume. The charging case offers three additional charges (21 hours) for on the go, and Sennheiser has fixed the problem of the buds’ battery in the case being empty – they now go into deep sleep mode.
I wore the Momentum True Wireless 2 on the streets of New York and on the subway for a few days. You get passive noise cancellation if you just get a tight seal, but when I turned noise cancellation on and off while riding the subway the difference was immediately apparent. It seemed like the AirPods Pro’s noise-canceling function to attenuate ambient noise. I haven’t tried them on the plane, but I think they would be good for this environment too.
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Like the originals, these have touch controls and work well, although I liked the Apple stem-push controls a bit better on the AirPods Pro. You can program the touch controls in the Sennheiser Smart Control app for iOS and Android. For example, I turned on the tap and hold gesture on the right earbud to enable noise cancellation. The same gesture on the left earbud activates a transparency mode that allows ambient noise so you can have a conversation while wearing it.
Sennheiser does not market these as sports headphones, but with oneThey are splash-proof and should be sweatproof. I was able to and they are definitely good for lighter gym workouts. I can’t tell you how well they hold up over time if you sweat a lot, but they should be able to handle some moisture without any problems.
Like the originals, the earbuds have volume controls on the earbuds themselves, using the standard tap-and-hold gesture. After changing the tap and hold gesture to enable ANC, I was unable to revert the gesture back to the volume control instead of the volume control (I had to reset the controls to their default settings). The app I used has been marked beta and I expect an update will fix this bug.
A few other settings are worth mentioning. You can activate the sidetone. A feature that I like is it allows you to hear your voice in the earbuds and modulate your voice when you are on a call. There is an equalizer in the app that you can use to adjust the bass and treble levels to your liking. For the purposes of this review, I’ve left the default, which seemed perfectly fine to me.
Sennheiser added a noise-canceling microphone to each earbud, and there is a beam-shaping microphone in each earbud that you can use to record your voice while you are on the phone or using your voice assistant. Call performance has been improved from the originals and noise reduction has been improved so that users can hear you better in noisy environments (ambient noise is muffled even though it is still there). I’m not sure these are as good as the AirPods in terms of call quality, but they did well overall in this department.
I also had minimal Bluetooth issues – the wireless connection was solid for the most part. They use Bluetooth 5.1 with support for AAC and aptX audio codes (only certain Android phones support aptX streaming). And I didn’t have any issues with audio syncing correctly when watching video apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu.
The case has USB-C, but no wireless charging
The Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds share the same dynamic 7mm drivers as the originals. If the sound quality increases slightly, it is more likely due to better digital processing as a result of chip and software upgrades. As I said, the sound quality is excellent and the Momentum True Wireless 2 offers a richer, more detailed sound than the AirPods Pro with well-defined bass, natural-sounding mids, and some sheen in the highs. These sound like premium headphones should. You’re pretty open; The sound doesn’t get stuck in your head.
I rated thatEarbuds do very well for the sound, although they are not good for making calls. The Momentum True Wireless 2 are a bit more detailed and precise. You can really hear any instrument on a well-recorded track. They don’t fit everyone like many Bluetooth headphones. Other high-end models like the Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus ($ 300) also offer smooth, detailed sound with good bass definition, as well as some noise suppression. However, the True Wireless 2 has a better design and headset performance, along with slightly better sound and more effective noise cancellation.
The case charges via USB-C while at this price you want to see the wireless charging, but that’s not a huge loophole. The AirPods Pro certainly have an appealing design and feature set with strong performance, but they just don’t belong in the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 league for sound quality. And now that Sennheiser has added active noise cancellation and fixed some of the little flaws in the original Momentum True Wireless, these are the earbuds you should get if sound quality is your priority.