We were big fans of the original Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds, and Sennheiser has followed up with a sequel named, you guessed it, the Momentum True Wireless 2. Now, this second-generation model maintains the same great sound quality of the first version, improves battery life and call quality, and introduces a much-requested new feature: active noise cancellation.
Now besides our store demos, I personally own a pair of the new True Wireless 2, as well as their closest competitor, the Sony WF-1000XM3. Now after a month of usage I think the Sennheiser is the one to beat. Let’s find out why.
Let’s Talk About Design – Sennheiser Momentum
The changes to the new version start with design. The TW2’s housing shape has been revised, and it’s now a little smaller and slimmer than the 1st version. If you want to buy the latest Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds so check out this article. Now if you’ve got smaller ears, it is an improvement. But the new version still takes up more space in the ear than competitors like the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3.0 and Sony WF1000XM3. For me, I still find the TW2 slightly on the larger side and I need to use ear tips that are longer than the stock included ear tip to get a comfortable long term fit.
Ear tips such as Final E Type or Azla Sednafit tips. The internal electronics have been updated, so along with AptX and AAC support you now also get Bluetooth 5.1. In general, I have found wireless stability to be very good on this new model. While you still get the occasional glitch it is more consistent than the Sony WF1000XM3 which constantly gives me wireless hiccups in daily use.
Let’s Talking About Battery Life
Battery Life has almost doubled on the new model, going from a maximum of 4 hours on the original model to 7 hours on the new version, while the charging case now holds 21 hours of charge.
Now some of our customers reported battery life issues with the original version. Now we can’t confirm that these issues are fully resolved on the new version, but what we CAN say is that we haven’t had any similar issues with our in-store demos, or my own personal unit, and so far we haven’t had any reports of issues on the units that have gone out to customers.
Let us understand the comments regarding your personal experience
A lot of people will be interested in the new active noise cancellation feature on the TW2. Now Sennheiser is using an ANC system with 1 microphone in each earpiece, and we can report that noise cancellation is okay, but not fantastic. The TW2 does a pretty good job of canceling low-frequency noises like bus engines or trains.
Where it’s not as effective is in canceling intermittent midrange sounds like speech and music. Now one big advantage of the noise canceling and transparency modes on the Sennheiser is that they produce much less wind noise than microphones on the Sony WF1000XM3.
Of course, like with Sony, when you turn off the ANC and transparency modes on the Sennheiser the wind noise disappears. In this case, the Sennheiser will still offer strong passive noise isolation like a regular pair of IEMs.
Other Features And Specification – Sennheiser Momentum
The Sennheiser smart control app allows for extensive control of the various features of Momentum True Wireless, including sound equalization, optional voice call sidetone, and touch gesture controls.
The configuration is saved to the earphone so that it will be consistent across different devices and it will be remembered each time you turn it on.
In my experience call quality has been great, and I’ve got no complaints during multi-hour voice calls with friends and family. In terms of sound quality, the Momentum True Wireless 2 preserves the same great sound quality from the first generation unit, and it still remains my favorite pick of the bunch of all the True Wireless earphones.
You get a meaty bass response with a nice sense of detail that doesn’t sound brittle or artificial compared to other earphones. Now I would say the stock tips sound smooth and warm but roll off the high frequencies substantially, so depending on your tastes you can EQ this back in or try different tips to bring the treble back.
I think for a lot of True Wireless earphones this same kind of smooth, warm, and slightly bassy profile is pretty common, but where the Sennheiser excels is that besides just sounding warm, the sound is well defined and the driver has a good sense of imaging and transient response.
It’s not just the amount of high frequencies, because the Beoplay E8 delivers that kind of high-frequency detail, but the whole sound is more resolving from top to bottom so instruments sound real and natural. And they sound far less congested and more controlled than the Sony WF-1000XM3.
Of course, you can get equivalent levels of resolution and quality for less money in a wired set of IEMs, and I would say that at less than half the price the Final Audio E4000 is actually remarkably similar to the Sennheiser in tone and timbre. But for a lot of people, escaping the world of cables and dongles is worth every penny.
Now personally I’m happy to declare the Momentum True Wireless 2 as my new favorite true wireless in-ear earphone. So pop in and have a listen or you can let us know what you think in the comments! and we’ll see you next time!