After nearly spilling the news ahead of launch, Sennheiser has officially announced its new Momentum 3 True Wireless earbuds – a sequel to the acclaimed Momentum True Wireless 2 – which will be available from May 10.
The third release of Sennheiser’s flagship headphones offers adaptive active noise cancellation and a new look that’s more reminiscent of the Sennheiser CX Plus. On the sound quality side, the Momentum 3 will support the usual AAC and SBC codecs, as well as aptX Adaptive which could help it compete with the LDAC codec found in the Sony WF-1000XM4.
Price-wise, the Sennheiser Momentum 3 True Wireless will cost just $249.95 (about £200, AU$300), making them about $30 cheaper than the regular MSRP of the WF-1000XM4.
Finally, if you plan to use them for taking business calls, the Momentum 3 will sport three microphones per bud which Sennheiser says led to noticeable improvements and “crystal-clear quality”. We’ll have to test this for ourselves, but on paper it could help lift them well above previous models and near the top of our best true wireless headphones list.
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Having choices when it comes to audio technology is important, so it’s nice to see Sennheiser continuing with the Momentum headphones, even in the face of the Sony WF-1000X series that has dominated the landscape for the past few years.
What Sennheiser offers with the Momentum 3 is a real competitor to the WF-1000XM4 at an even cheaper price. Sony will likely drop the price of the 1000XM4 to match another price drop likely to arrive for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for a few months Sennheiser has a real window of opportunity to take the lead. from Sony.
If there’s anything disappointing about the new headphones, it’s that Sennheiser hasn’t done anything to improve battery life – it’s still stuck at 7 hours per charge with an additional 21 hours in the housing. Sennheiser has added wireless charging though, which is a nice touch.
These headphones won’t support spatial audio formats like Apple AirPods Pro or Sony WF-1000XM4 but, if previous models are anything to go by, their stereo sound should be as good or better than anything you’ve heard from Sony. or from Apple. listeners.