Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: These earbuds beat out AirPods Pro

The new Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 earbuds ship in April for $three hundred.

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When they came out in 2018, the Sennheiser Momentum Correct Wi-fi were amongst the ideal-sounding certainly wireless earbuds, if not the ideal-sounding. They were being not with out some flaws, on the other hand. The buds’ batteries would drain though in the case, so if you did not demand the case for 4 days, you could end up with a lifeless established of earbuds, which was aggravating. They were being also a tad major, so some people complained of soreness right after owning them in their ears for a though. And at $three hundred, they were being quite pricey.

Table of Contents


  • Exceptional audio
  • Energetic sound cancellation
  • Slightly smaller style, far more comfy suit
  • Boosted battery lifetime (seven hrs)
  • Improved for generating calls
  • Transparency method

Never Like

  • Dear
  • No wireless charging
  • Could not suit everyone’s ears equally well

The next-technology Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2, available now for preorder and shipping and delivery in April, still have that elevated $three hundred (£279 three hundred euros) price. But they’re far better all about, with a somewhat smaller, far more comfy style, lively sound canceling that rivals that of the AirPod Professional, improved battery lifetime (up to seven hrs compared to the original’s 4) and far better sound reduction in the course of calls. And, if you will not like them in black, a white variation is slated to follow later this year. Most importantly, even though, the Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 have the similar stellar audio — for accurate wireless earbuds, in any case — offering clearly outstanding audio high quality to the AirPods Professional. That would make them arguably the ideal accurate wireless earbuds on the current market currently and earns them a CNET Editors’ Choice Award.

That reported, they’re not necessarily for all people. Apart from the truth that they’re high priced — $fifty far more than the AirPods Professional — they’re heavier, not quite as comfy to don and lack the hands-cost-free Siri uncovered on those people Apple models. And, though Sennheiser shrank the new earbuds by 2mm, the Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 are still on the larger facet and could not be a best match for some people’s ears. Personally, they suit my ears quite well and I received a limited seal from the major ear tip (a few measurements are incorporated). As I reported, I felt that the somewhat smaller style does aid — I was in a position to don these with out a difficulty for extensive stretches.

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That limited seal is essential for optimizing audio high quality and sound cancellation. The AirPods Professional have adaptive sound canceling. The sound canceling on the Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 would not look to be adaptive, but it is effective. In the options menu, it claims, “One-mic ANC reduces low-frequency ambient sound,” introducing that activating the function does have an “effect on battery lifetime.” In other words, will not hope to get seven hrs if you have it on, specially if you perform your audio at increased volumes. The charging case does deliver an extra a few costs (21 hrs) on the go and Sennheiser has fastened the difficulty with the buds’ battery draining in the case — they now go into a deep sleep method. 

The buds are 2mm smaller than the originals and the case is a darker shade of grey.

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I wore the Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 about the streets of New York and in the subway for a couple of days. You get some passive sound cancellation from just receiving a limited seal, but when I toggled the sound canceling on and off though driving the subway, the big difference was quickly obvious. It appeared to be on par with the AirPods Pro’s sound canceling for muffling ambient sound. I did not consider them on a aircraft, but I assume they would be fantastic for that surroundings as well.

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Like the originals, these have touch controls and they work well, whilst I like Apple’s stem-squeezing controls on the AirPods Professional a small far better. You can system the touch controls in Sennheiser’s Sensible Control application for iOS and Android. For instance, I established the faucet-and-keep gesture on the proper earbud to activate sound canceling. The similar gesture on the remaining earbud activates a transparency method that lets ambient audio in so you can have a dialogue though carrying them.

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Sennheiser just isn’t marketing these as sports activities earphones, but with an IPX4 score they are splashproof and should really be sweatproof. I was in a position to go managing with out them slipping out of my ears and they’re surely fine for lighter routines at the fitness center. I won’t be able to tell you how well they are going to keep up more than time if you sweat on them a great deal, but they should really be in a position to place up with some moisture with out a difficulty.

Like the originals, the earbuds have volume controls on the earbuds on their own utilizing the default faucet-and-keep gesture. However, right after I adjusted the faucet-and-keep gesture to activate ANC — instead of management volume — I could not modify the gesture back again to managing volume (I experienced to reset the controls back again to their default options). The application I was utilizing was labeled as beta, and I assume this bug will be fastened in an update.  

The earbuds are still a small bit on the large facet, but they suit far more comfortably.

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A couple of other options are value mentioning. You can decide on to activate sidetone, a function I like that lets you to listen to your voice in the earbuds and modulate your voice when you’re generating a contact. And there is an equalizer in the application to tweak bass and treble stages to your liking. For uses of this evaluation I remaining it at the default environment, which appeared properly fantastic to me. 

Sennheiser added a microphone to just about every earbud for the sound canceling and there is a beamforming microphone in just about every earbud to decide up your voice when generating calls or utilizing your voice assistant. The contact overall performance is improved from the originals’, with far better sound reduction so people can listen to you far better in noisy environments (ambient sound is muffled even though still current). I’m not absolutely sure these are quite as fantastic as the AirPods when it will come to contact high quality, but they performed well over-all in this office.

I also knowledgeable small Bluetooth hiccups — the wireless link was largely reliable. They use Bluetooth, with aid for AAC and aptX audio codes (only certain Android telephones aid aptX streaming). And I did not have any difficulties with audio syncing the right way when looking at video applications like Netflix, YouTube and Vudu.

The case has USB-C but not wireless charging.

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The Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 earbuds have the similar 7mm dynamic drivers as the originals. If there are some slight gains in audio high quality, it really is far more likely because of to far better digital processing as a consequence of chip and program updates. As I reported, audio high quality is excellent and the Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 has richer, far more comprehensive audio than the AirPods Professional with well-outlined bass, natural-sounding mids and some sparkle in the treble. These audio like top quality headphones should really. They’re quite open the audio would not truly feel stuck in your head.

I rated the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds highly for audio, even though they’re not wonderful for generating calls. The Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2 are a small far more comprehensive and articulate. On well-recorded tracks you can seriously listen to just about every instrument they will not blend in with just about every like with a great deal of Bluetooth headphones. Other large-end models like the Grasp & Dynamic MW07 Furthermore ($three hundred) also have smooth, properly comprehensive audio with fantastic bass definition, as well as some sound cancellation, but the Correct Wi-fi 2 have far better style and headset overall performance along with somewhat far better audio and far more effective sound cancellation. 

The case costs by means of USB-C, while at this price you would like to see wireless charging, but that’s not a important omission. The AirPods Professional surely have an appealing style and function established with robust overall performance, but they’re just not in the Sennheiser Momentum Correct Wi-fi 2’s league for audio high quality. And now that Sennheiser has added lively sound canceling and fastened some of the initial Momentum Correct Wireless’ tiny flaws, these are the earbuds to get if you price audio high quality more than everything else.