Auto on/off and smart pause never miss a beat with seamless on/off and pause functionality; Plays your music faster than any other headphone
Three button interface provides easy operation without having to read a manual
Exceptional comfort soft ear pads and headband crafted from genuine leather insure exceptional wearing comfort during long listening sessions
Automatic pairing mode makes setting up Momentum 3 wireless easy on the first activation
Active noise cancellation and transparent hearing Momentum 3 wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself
SENNHEISER Momentum 3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Alexa Reviews
I am comparing the Momentum 3 with Sony WH-1000XM3 that I also own. I am using Galaxy S10, Macbook Pro 2017, Tidal Hifi to test them.Sound: It is definitely an upgrade from the Sony. Much better sound stage and warmer sound. Bass is a bit boosted but the phone app has EQ, so you can tune it the way you want. I noticed cracking/popping sound when I use it with Macbook pro. It pops for a few seconds for every song. No issue with my phone. Both MBP and GS10 are using APTX.Noise cancelling: Very disappointing. It can block some fan/AC noise. But totally unable to block datacenter server noise. The Sony won by a mile.Comfort: Material is premium. Clamming force is just about the right amount to keep it on my head securely. Heavier than Sony but not enough to bother me. I still give Sony a slight win in this department.Portability: It does not fold flat like the Sony. So the carrying case is a lot bigger than Sony’s. And the case is not hard enough to protect the headphones. And since it doesn’t fold flat, you can’t hang it around the neck. Sony +1.Features: Connect 2 devices at once. This should be industry standard, but Sony can only do 1 at a time. Momentum 3 auto pause when you take off headphones, I love it. Physical buttons, I like it more than touch ear cups on the Sony.Conclusion: I bought these headphones hoping to replace my Sony. But I think I can only use this in the office. Its difficult to carry around and noise cancelling is pretty useless. If I can only keep one pair, I will choose the Sony. One last thing, for $400, a pair of sound quality focus headphones don’t have APTX-HD support? Come on, Sennheiser!
Price – Both are currently $399USD at the time of this review.Design – I slightly prefer the looks of the Bose while on my head. Itâ€™s more streamlined and minimalistic. The Sennheiserâ€™s look more elegant with the steel and leather materials when off the head or when on the head from a side view. However, the exposed wiring looks kinda funky on the head from a front view (hence why none of the promo pics show the model wearing these headphones from a front view. Theyâ€™re always looking towards the side.) Both are built well with no worries that one will break easily from normal usage. The Momentumâ€™s takes the slight edge here in overall build quality because of the authentic leather on the ear-pads and headband. The Bose can fold flat which results in a much smaller profile when stowed away in its hard shell carrying case. The Sennheiserâ€™s can also fold, but not flat. Sennheiserâ€™s carrying case is about twice the thickness of the Bose and itâ€™s not a hard shell material so the Sennheiserâ€™s face a higher chance of crush damage while being in your bag.Controls – Bose went with touch controls while Sennheiser retained the tried and true button configurations. Both headphones allow controls of your volume, play and pause media and call accept, hang up and hold. Both thankfully have a dedicated voice assistant button however, the Bose allows for always on and listening Alexa. Both can toggle between ANC modes, but the Bose allows for 3 different ANC preset switching out of the 11 different options while the Sennheiserâ€™s allow for only ANC on or off and ambient mode. The Bose surprisingly doesnâ€™t allow you to turn off the ANC from the headphone. In order to turn off the ANC on the Bose, you have to do that from the app. The touch controls on the Bose is pretty responsive and I donâ€™t really have issues with it. Time will tell if they suffer the same fate with random triggers and inputs when in cold temperatures like the Sony WH1000Xm3. The button controls on the Sennheiserâ€™s is tactile and works as it should. So it really depends if you prefer buttons or touch controls here.Comfort – I prefer the Sennheiser slightly here. Itâ€™s lighter and just hugs my head with enough pressure to not fall off with any sudden head movements. The ear-pads opening is generous and allows my ears to go in all the way and not be clamped down. The Bose is quite comfortable but they clamp a little harder on my head. I can wear both for 2 hours straight but the Sennheiserâ€™s just leaves my head not feeling as fatigued.Battery Life – Bose takes the cake here. Longer 20 hour battery vs. the Sennheiserâ€™s 17 hours. Also, from a quick 10 minute charge the Bose can receive a longer charge at 3 hours vs the Sennheiserâ€™s 1.5 hours. Both charge via USB-C.Bluetooth – Sennheiserâ€™s take the cake here in terms of codec support. NFC support is on the Sennheiserâ€™s but not the Bose. Sennheiser also support AptX-LL which is great for those who might want to play video games if they have a AptX-LL equipped receiver or device. In terms of YouTube, Netflix and Hulu, I havenâ€™t detected any lip sync issues while watching videos on either pair of headphones. Both support AAC and SBC, but the Bose does not support AptX. Connectivity and range has been pretty great on both and I havenâ€™t had any crazy issues while using both on the bus, subway, walking through NYC, at the office and at home. Both support 2 device connections simultaneously. I prefer the Bose implementation because it switches between devices more seamlessly in my experience and the voice prompts tells you the name of the device it is connected to or has disconnected from. The Sennheiserâ€™s voice prompt just says â€œphone 1 connected/disconnectedâ€ or â€œphone 2 connected/disconnectedâ€ which isnâ€™t really helpful if youâ€™re like me and have a desk with a MacBook Pro, iPad Pro and iPhone XS Max on it. Both can conveniently be put into pairing mode from one of the buttons on the control side of the headphoneâ€™s ear-cups.Call quality – Bose is still number 1 here. Callers continue to tell me they can hear my clearly despite me being right next to a bus engine on my commute to work. Meanwhile on the Sennheiserâ€™s, callers said they can hear the bus engine and I need to speaker up louder in the same environment, but they can still hear me unlike the Sony WH1000Xm3 which is completely horrible in these situations. Both perform exceptionally well when giving commands to Siri or Google Assistant. If youâ€™re in a quiet to moderately loud environment, theyâ€™re both gonna do well in calls. The Bose just sets itself apart in noisy environments due to the excellent microphone array and the ability to cancel out background noises. Both have a convenient feature to mute your microphone while on the call using the voice control button on the Bose and the volume down button on the Sennheiserâ€™s.Features – Both do the basics for a 2019 premium ANC headphone. Bose has significantly more control over its ANC system (albeit a bit overkill). The Bose has 11 presets with 0 being ambient aware mode and 10 being maximum noise cancelling. Also, on the Bose thereâ€™s a button to toggle between 3 saved ANC presets from the app which leverages on the fly adaptation to your environment. Sennheiserâ€™s approach is to either have the ANC on at max intensity or on with wind reduction or lower cabin pressure, ANC off or transparency/ambient mode with the ability to have audio play as well or not. The ambient mode is slightly superior on the Bose. The Bose makes your ambient environment sound like you donâ€™t have headphones on and it comes off as very natural. The Sennheiserâ€™s sound slightly digital but very good nonetheless. As for noise cancelling, Bose is easily superior in terms of suppressing the noises around you. With the Sennheiserâ€™s, I can still hear a decent amount of whatâ€™s going on around me while Iâ€™m commuting or walking through the city. With the Bose, the world literally melts away when the noise canceling is engaged and I can faintly hear whatâ€™s going on around me. When music is playing for the most part they will both block out everything around you typical in a commuting situation unless you listen at low volumes or thereâ€™s a quiet passage in the music or media in which the Sennheiserâ€™s weaker ANC will cause loud outside noise to seep in.Sound – I enjoy listening to both. The device I used is my MacBook Pro streaming AptX to the Sennheiserâ€™s and AAC to the Bose. The Sennheiser is the more bass heavy, richer, spacious and warmer sounding of the two. The Bose is very balanced and neutral to my ears. Very high levels of clarity and detail can be heard on both sets, but the Sennheiserâ€™s slightly edges the Bose in immediate detail and clarity. Soundstage is superior on the Sennheiserâ€™s whereas everything just has this multidimensional and spacious presentation. The music sounds more like a live performance on Sennheiserâ€™s as opposed to listening in a studio like on the Bose. The separation of the instruments within the music is great on both, but the Bose sounds more dynamically compressed in comparison to the Sennheiser. The superior dynamics of the Sennheiserâ€™s aides in the ability to replicate a more convincing sense of space between instruments. The Sennheiserâ€™s bass is very powerful and well extended. Itâ€™s a healthy bass boost but it is centered in the sub-bass region which mitigates bass bleed into the midrange. The Bose has a more neutral bass that can bottom out and distort when pushed to high volumes. The Sony WH1000Xm3 in comparison has a bass boost mostly in the upper and mid bass which blooms over into the mids and makes them sound boomy overall. The Sennheiserâ€™s get louder than the Bose and Sonyâ€™s and donâ€™t distort at max volume which is a plus if you like to listen at those volumes. The Bose and Sonyâ€™s at max volume can distort on some tracks regardless if ANC is on or off. No, I donâ€™t believe in burn-in (If youâ€™re getting ready to say I didnâ€™t have the Sennheiserâ€™s long enough). Iâ€™ve listened to countless brand new headphones and a highly used one of the same model and they always sound and measure the exact same.Conclusion – The Sennheiserâ€™s have a special spot in my collection even though compared to the Bose, It performs worse overall in ANC performance, isnâ€™t as comfortable to my head, has a worse overall battery performance, looks elegant but a bit uglier in my opinion than the streamlined look of the Bose, doesnâ€™t perform as well for calls, has less overall controllability from the headphones and itâ€™s bulkier to carry around due to the much larger case that provides less protection than the Bose.Why?Because despite all that it still does the essentials required from a modern day 2019 pair of ANC wireless headphones all while packing the best sound experience in this category to my ears.Great job Sennheiser. Youâ€™ve managed to incorporate a better microphone for voice pickup and 2 device Bluetooth connectivity (something the overrated Sony WH1000Xm3 couldnâ€™t do), a decent and controllable ANC with ambient modes and good comfort alongside your signature sound. Color me impressed!
I bought and returned these headphones and bought the Momentum 2 wireless at half the price instead. I’ve been putting off writing this review for a while because I have too much to say. Gonna try to keep it brief.The other headphones I use and will draw comparisons from include the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless, V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2 (these have the best noise isolation of them all, but don’t have noise cancelling), Sennheiser HD1. Also I used these with an LG V40 which has a Hi-Fi quad DAC when headphones are wired through the aux port. So I did not buy these exclusively for wireless use.Codec Pros & Cons- Con: pretty disappointed these 2019 headphones don’t have LDAC or aptX HD.- Con: This is more of a software issue for LG Android users (maybe other phones too) but every time I connected these to my phone my phone’s bluetooth codec defaulted to AAC, whereas aptX is arguably better. I had to go into developer options to manually change the setting every single time i turned on the headphones.Headphones Build Pros & Cons- Pro: bigger earcups that fully surround your ear- Pro: clasp isn’t too tight- Pro: premium materials with lambskin and stainless steel- Con: large profile on head- Con: when I wear the headphones and move my head around with no music playing i can hear a faint clicking sound from the earcups.- Pro: earcups have extra sideways swivel compared to HD1 and Momentum 2. Allowing for a better seal-Con: earcups don’t rotate in frame as much as the HD1 (the Momentum 2 also rotate like the HD1s but HD1s have the smoothest, easiest rotation). I liked this feature on the HD1s because I was able to rotate the earcups and have the headband rest far back on my to avoid messing up my hair.- Con: the headband is most comfortable on the HD1s (the Momentum 2 look like the same model, but the padding on the headband is stiffer)Sound Quality Pros & Cons- Con: if you want fully balanced headphones these aren’t the ones for you. Coming from V-Moda headphones (lots of bass) I wanted something more balanced, but the bass in these is actually able to compete with V-Moda bass.- Pro: if you like bass the bass in these sounds more organic than the V-Modas. Listening to a drum pedal kick sounds more like a live drum kit when I was wearing the Momentum 3- Con: the soundstage could be wider- I was able to balance the sound a bit with the provided app’s equalizer. but don’t buy these thinking you’ll get studio monitors.Smart Pause Pros & Cons- Pro: pauses when i put them around my neck- Con: randomly pauses my music even while i’m wearing them. Turning the feature off and back on in the app helped fix this.- Pro: smart pause still works in wired mode but has an extra delay of 1-2 seconds- Con: when i had 2 sources connected at once Smart Pause would pause 1 source then start playing the 2nd source when I put the headphones back onNoise Cancelling Pros- can change level of noise cancelling- can turn off noise cancelling (seems like a given, but you’re not able to on the Momentum 2)- tested on bus, metro, and planes (both turbine and propeller engines) and it blocks out the majority of the lower frequency sounds, but not the higher frequencies (train wheels rubbing on the track, high pitched propeller hum)- transparent hearing (although sound isn’t as clear as simply removing the headphones)- NC works in wired modeNoise Cancelling Cons- Experienced a faint static sound in both speakers at different times. This only occurred when NC was enabled.- doesn’t block out higher frequency sounds (most NC headphones don’t)On/Off switch Pros & Cons-Pro: simply unfold to turn on-Con: headphones stay on all day unless you fold them back up.Now I’ve seen several people on YouTube claim you can turn them off by holding the bluetooth sync button while unfolding them. I can confirm that this ONLY turns off the Bluetooth. The headphones themselves are still being powered and the NC and Volume buttons are still functional.Wired Mode Pros & Cons- Pro: NC works when wired- Pro: Volume buttons work when wired- Pro: Smart Pause feature works (although with a short delay)- Pro: can play music with provided Type-C wire (wouldn’t want to if you have an LG phone like me, but a good feature for phones with no aux port)- Con: Play/Pause/skip track button doesn’t work, and the provided wire doesn’t have any buttons on it.Smart Assistant button works pretty well.First time you click it your phone will ask you which assistant you want it to activate ( i have Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). I’m able to get the Assistant to perform actions even when my phone is locked. This seems minor but it works better than my phone’s dedicated assistant button which sometimes turns on the assistant but doesn’t actually perform the requested action.Tile feature is a nice gimmick but I never lose track of my headphones so that’s all it is for me.Being able to play your phone with the provided Type-C to Type-C USB cable is also a nice feature but once again just a gimmick to me because I have the LG V40 which only has a hi-fi quad DAC when wired through the aux port.Overall these are a 2019 model that has some nice additions (bigger earcups are really the only neutral improvement) and gimmicks added to it while still lacking significant, desired technological improvements (aptX HD, LDAC) and have too many problems for me to be satisfied spending over 500$.6/10 – would be a higher score if the price was lower
Yes the battery life is low, yes there are physical buttons, yes the noise cancelling is not the best in the world of headphones (in my tests, the Sony ones were)…All the above said,There are the best pair of headphones I’ve ever owned.1) The best sound quality2) The best fit3) The best material qualityI can honestly say I love these headphones.I compared them to pxc 550 and sony wh1000xm3. The sound quality is far superior to both headphones. I am OK with the limitations of the headphones because it promises no compromises when it comes to sound quality. I’m really satisfied with my purchase.