The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 are some of the best wireless earbuds money can buy – so good were they on their arrival in 2020 that they won a What Hi-Fi? Award that very year. And now, their long-awaited successor is just around the corner.
The Momentum 2 are two years old, which is about the average lifespan for a model of true wireless earbuds nowadays. Sennheiser has said the new pair – likely called the Momentum True Wireless 3 – will be unveiled in April. They've even been spotted on Amazon UK (picture above).
So, will the new buds topple the class-leading competition, namely the Sony WF-1000XM4? And what can the latest leaks tell us about the design, price and features of the Momentum True Wireless 3? Here's everything we know so far...
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: release date news
It's official: the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 have a release month! During the media briefing of its new IE 600 earbuds in March, the German firm announced the new Momentums are due to be unveiled in April – just over two years since the Momentum 2 (pictured above).
Sadly we don't have a more specific date than that, but the recent appearance of a product page on Amazon UK – the buds were listed as "temporarily out of stock" – is anything to go by, we could well be just days away from hearing Sennheiser's next premium true wireless earbuds.
We'll bring you any further Momentum True Wireless 3 release date news as soon as we have it.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: what will they cost?
While the Momentum True Wireless 2 and first-gen originals both launched at £279 ($299 / AU$499), a recent Amazon leak listed the new, third-gen iteration at £219.99 (around $279 / AU$400).
If that price turns out to be on the money, so to speak, it would undercut not only the previous launch prices of the Momentum model but also, more importantly, that of some of the best wireless earbuds around.
The class-leading Sony WF-1000XM4, for example, launched last year at £250 / $280 / AU$450 (they're now available for around £189 (opens in new tab) / $248 (opens in new tab) / AU$336 (opens in new tab)). The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, meanwhile, launched at £249 ($280, AU$399) and the Apple AirPods Pro at £249 ($249, AU$399).
Of course, nothing is official until Sennheiser confirms the Momentum True Wireless 3 pricing. But if the Amazon UK listing turns out to be authentic, it could be Sennheiser's way of recognising that it needs to be more price-competitive to remain at the top of an increasingly crowded market.
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: noise cancellation
Understandably, Sennheiser hasn't revealed any concrete details about the Momentum True Wireless 3 – if it had, there wouldn't be much to say at the launch! All it said at the teaser announcement was that the headphones will offer "remarkable sound, advanced ANC and a new innovative design".
That's not much to go on, but thankfully the recent Amazon leak seems to put meat on the bone. The (since deleted) product page suggested that the Momentum True Wireless 3 will offer next-generation adaptive noise-cancellation that "monitors noise level in your surroundings to optimize noise cancellation performance".
The Transparency Mode returns, too, so you can hear surrounding sounds when you wish to. And there's supposedly sound personalisation via a "guided listening test". A choice of presets and an EQ feature to tailor the sound is also available, presumably in the companion Sennheiser Smart Control app.
Sennheiser has been consistent in offering decent leaps in sound quality from one generation to the next, so there's every reason to believe this new, "adaptive" noise-cancellation will make some serious sonic headway.
How will the Momentum True Wireless 3 compare to class-leading Sony WF-1000XM4 (pictured above), which feature a Speak to Chat function? Or the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, which take things up a notch with a staggering 11 levels of noise cancellation, ranging from 0 (off) to 10 (maximum)?
With any luck, we'll be able to answer that question in the near future. One thing's for sure: if Sennheiser's noise-cancelling technology is to continue to stand out from the crowd, it'll need to offer something pretty special.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: design and features
Now, that design. Sennheiser has said it'll be "new and innovative". But what exactly does that mean?
The pictures posted as part of the (deleted) Amazon UK leak appear to provide some clues. They show the new Moment True Wireless 3 in three colour options as opposed to two this time, with white and black being joined by a new graphite finish (pictured above). The earbud design looks more or less familiar, though the Momentum True Wireless 3 appear to adopt the more angular form of some of the company's recent earbuds, such as the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless, rather than the circular housing of previous Momentums.
Battery life has also come on leaps and bounds in this market. The True Wireless 2 pack seven hours from the buds and another 21 hours from the charging case. That has since been bested by the supreme Sony WF-1000XM4, which boast eight hours and 24 hours respectively. These both pale into insignificance compared to the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus, which pack a staggering 45 hours of total battery life (though they do lack ANC).
If the Amazon listing is accurate, battery life will still be seven hours from the buds, but this time the charging case takes the total playtime to 28 hours (as opposed to 21 hours). It looks like Sennheiser's next buds will bring QI wireless charging support to the party, too.
Talking of new features, the same listing points to support for aptX Apdative Bluetooth, which is one of the latest Qualcomm Bluetooth codecs to market and essentially combines the sound quality of aptX HD with the low-latency of aptX Low Latency. That trumps the aptX support of the Momentum True Wireless 2.
It all sounds very promising – hopefully Sennheiser will announce the official specs and battery life soon.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 vs Momentum True Wireless 2
Wireless earbuds have come a long way since the True Wireless 2 launched in 2020. Today's models offer longer battery lifespans, better sound quality and more advanced noise cancellation – and at lower prices than ever.
With the squeeze coming from the budget and mid-range models that offer a lot of features previously reserved for the high-end, and considering Sony, Bose and Apple compete at the premium end of the market, Sennheiser has a lot to do to make a splash.
The recent leak seems to suggest that Sennheiser is preparing to offer cutting-edge edge noise-cancelling buds at a cheaper-than-expected price. If that's true, we could be days away from seeing Sennheiser's best-sounding, best-value premium true wireless earbuds yet.
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