The Sennheiser True Wireless earbuds give you touch control over music and calls.
Wire-free — and well worth the wait
Sennheiser took their time with the Momentum True Wireless headphones, and did it right. When I interviewed Axel Grell — the company's legendary headphone guru — we talked a little off the record. I asked him why Sennheiser didn't have any truly wireless earbuds, noting that it was already a major trend. He answered my question with a question: "would you be willing to wait for a truly wireless model that had the sound quality of Sennheiser's high-grade in-ears?"
The best-sounding true wireless headphones I've heard yet
Fast-forward to today and we have the 100% wire-free Momentum headphones. There is no connecting cord between the left and right earbud, and music plays wirelessly via Bluetooth. I've spent some time with them, and to my ears they are the best-sounding truly wireless headphones available.
A sound profile based on Sennheiser's best
It makes sense that these headphones sound so good. According to Grell, the driver design is informed by Sennheiser's flagship IE 800 S in-ear headphones, some of the most revered wired in-ears on the planet. While you shouldn't expect quite that level of sound quality, the Momentum True Wireless earbuds do deliver Sennheiser's signature smooth highs, articulate mids, and satisfying bass. They also have a large, "outside-the-head" soundstage with precise imaging.
My hands-on impression
Since my discussion with Axel Grell, I'd been chomping at the bit to try these earbuds. When I got my hands on a finished sample, I was not disappointed. They arrived packed in a compact charging case lined in designer fabric. It felt as pleasant as it looks — I handed it to my wife and she noted that it was one of the nicer headphone cases I'd ever brought home.
The case opened with a satisfying snap to reveal the sparkling silver earbuds. They looked larger than the average in-ears, but when I got them positioned for listening, they felt ultra-light. If you've never worn wireless earbuds without a connecting cord, it really is very liberating. So for those of us who value sound quality most, it's nice to have a pair of truly wireless headphones with this level of clarity and detail.
A closer connection to my music
These Momentum True Wireless headphones actually gave me a new appreciation for The 1975's critically-acclaimed album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The first time I heard the album, I actually didn't see what the fuss was about. I was admittedly listening through some average car speakers, but I thought it sounded like a muddied mess.
Through the Momentums, I was drawn deeper into each song. When I could more clearly hear distinct bits in the smorgasbord of sounds — auto-tuned vocals, afro-beat drums, synths, jazz pianos, acoustic guitar riffs, and so much more — everything somehow became more cohesive. It was also easier to pick out background ad-libs and artifacts, plus all these interesting instrument choices the band made throughout. I enjoyed the album so much through these headphones, that I'm almost embarrassed that I initially dismissed it.
Secure, comfortable fit
One thing I've learned about in-ears: their sound is only as good as their noise isolation. And that is especially true with these headphones. Using the earbuds right out of the box, I couldn't get a proper fit. Sound quality suffered, and I heard what I perceived as distortion in the right ear.
Fortunately, Sennheiser includes four sizes of soft silicone ear tips to ensure you find a comfortable, secure fit. I found a larger size that kept the earbuds stable and helped block out external sounds. Suddenly they sounded like a whole new pair of headphones!
The compact, fabric-lined charging case looks and feels really nice.
Touch control over music and calls
True wireless headphones are made for people on the go, so Sennheiser included some features that make listening more convenient. Each earbud has a touch panel built in for controlling music and phone calls. You can even activate Siri or Google Assistant with a tap of the right earbud.
There is a bit of a learning curve involved with the touch controls, but once I got the hang of them they were pretty handy. I didn't have to reach for my phone every time I wanted to adjust the volume. Pro tip: when adjusting the earbuds so they fit properly, grab them by the side — the touch panel is pretty sensitive and you can easily pause your music by accident.
Charging case banks hours of power
You get about four hours of listening on a single charge. But the included case banks enough power to recharge the earbuds twice while you're on the move. Plus you can pack it neatly inside a bag or purse — with no worries about pulling out a mess of tangled wires when you're ready to use the earbuds.
Make sound adjustments with Sennheiser's free app
To tweak the out-of-the-box sound, download the free Smart Control app to your Apple® or Android™ device. The app's "emotional equalizer" screen lets you make tonal adjustments based on your mood. Need to hear your surroundings? Transparent hearing modes let you choose how much ambient sound the earbuds let in.