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22 Jun 2020

Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 Earbuds #WorthTheWait

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Updated 4/22/2020

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: great sound, now with noise cancellation

Apr 22, 2020, 12:30pm EDT.

The earbuds, which are Sennheiser’s second stab at the true wireless form factor, shouldn’t be particularly complicated. They’re basically the same as Sennheiser’s first true wireless earbuds, albeit with added noise cancellation and better battery life. But at their default settings, their touch controls take quite a bit of getting used to. They’re annoyingly unintuitive.

Thank goodness, then, that these controls are customizable. With a little tweaking, you can end up with a pair of true wireless earbuds that sound great, feature excellent noise-canceling performance, have improved battery life, and are also fairly easy to control. They’re expensive compared to most of their true wireless competition, but I think they just about justify it, even if it won’t make them a top pick for everybody.

GOOD STUFF

  • Sublime sound
  • Snug, comfortable fit
  • Customizable controls
  • Solid ANC performance

BAD STUFF

  • High price
  • Unintuitive default controls
  • No wireless charging on the case

Buy for $299.95 from Sennheiser

The Momentum True Wireless 2s don’t come with many accessories, but they cover the basics. You get the earbuds, the charging case, a piddly 20cm USB-C cable to charge the case, and four different sizes of silicone ear tips, ranging in size from extra small to large. There are no extra little wings to hold the earphones in your ear’s cartilage, but thankfully, I didn’t find them necessary. I popped the MTW2s in my ears, and they fit snugly the first time.

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The world of truly wireless earphones can be summed up as follows: there are AirPods, the Jabra Elite 65t, and all the unsatisfying others. I’m not griping, though: having two great 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 class, has made its fashionably late arrival to the truly wireless competition. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are the first pair of entirely wireless earphones that Sennheiser has built since a long-forgotten pair in the earliest years of Bluetooth.

I made it a point to rush over and check out these new Momentum buds as soon as I learned about them. I deliberately disregarded all the spec and pricing information; I just wanted to get my hands on them. My very first impression is there’s absolutely no way to intuit how to control these things. They have no physical buttons and no user-friendly hints, just the occasional beep in response to my taps. A friendly Sennheiser staffer enlightened me that one tap on the left earbud will play or pause, two taps will advance tracks, three taps will rewind, hold your finger on the left bud to lower volume, hold your finger on the right earbud to raise it, and a single tap will activate Google Assistant or Siri, depending on your device. If that sounds convoluted, don’t worry, it’s reasonably easy once you know what’s what. Sennheiser plans to walk users through everything with an accompanying app, which isn’t yet ready to demo.

THEIR SOUND IS PLEASANT, WARM, AND INVITING

The comfort of these earbuds is as good as you can hope for with truly wireless earphones. On a related note, the Momentum True Wireless have outstanding passive noise isolation. That’s to say, they act almost like noise-canceling headphones but without consuming power to actively cancel out noise. Top marks. Sound impressions from a trade show are always a dicey affair, but I can at least preliminarily say that I like the sound of the Momentum True Wireless. It’s pleasant, warm, and inviting, and vocals are a particular highlight. I did find the bass a bit wooly, and there’s a thick filter positioned at the nozzle of these buds, probably to thicken out the bass, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a really relaxed and friendly sound. I think in noisy and stressful environments, which is where such wireless earphones tend to find their use, people will appreciate a tuning like this very much.

Probably the biggest stumbling block with these earphones will be their price, which at $299 /€299 is at the upper end of the range when it comes to truly wireless audio. Sennheiser promises to have the Momentum True Wireless available to buy in November.

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