Some people are creatives, take business calls, travel a lot, and they also workout. That doesn’t mean that we all want to have headphones for different occasions. What if we could have a set that is great at everything? These are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 and these might be the best all-around headphones out there whether for life enjoyment or work.
We’ve been using these headphones for a few months now, and while we found a lot of reviewers reviewed these because that’s their job, we reviewed these while actually using them for work, for enjoyment, while traveling, and while working out.
The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Headphones Are the Best Looking Headphones out There
Right away, I have to mention that the biggest reason for why I don’t like to wear these types of headphones is that they are generally ugly, not to mention that they make my hair flat.
These? They still make my hair flat, but they are the best looking headphones I’ve seen at this price range. But the reason for why I got interested in these was that while I loved my Jabra Elite 65e headphones, in the long-term, they were giving me major neck strain when working. Something I hoped these would solve.
And well, one of the only negatives that seemed to be mentioned in most reviews was that these came with a soft carrying case.
These? They are not only just the best looking, but also perhaps the most premium feeling headphones at the price range. These come genuine leather which perhaps not everyone will like but also offer a very premium quality build with steel all around. Not to mention that these are made in Europe.
These feel incredibly premium, and you can tell right away that these will last, even with some heavy use.
And well, we’ve brought them through some heavy use, especially considering we lost our case…
Yes, they are still in perfect conditions.
That’s all very important. Headphones that work great everywhere need to look premium and need to be able to last.
Although one thing I right away don’t like is how the cable is visible on the two sides of these headphones. If there’s a week point in the design, that’s it.
My Favorite Thing About These Headphones
The fact that if someone starts talking to me whether I’m connected to my TV, laptop, or just walking outdoors, that if I remove one side, the music or whatever is playing will pause.
Traditionally I’d need to pause something on my device first, or otherwise, it would keep playing.
Sennheiser added a super useful feature here that actually makes so much sense for headphones users.
Meanwhile, if you fold the headphones, they will turn off.
They do come with traditional buttons versus on a lot of other headphones at this price range, but frankly, I do prefer physical buttons as I just trust them more in the long-term. That fully personal preference though.
As far as sound quality goes, the worst thing about the sound quality part of reviews is that you can only take my word for it.
I could in theory record with a microphone how these sound, but depending on the microphone and your audio setup, what you will hear will sound completely different from what these sound like in reality.
However, with that said, I can say that these are some of the best sounding headphones out there and that’s whether you are listening to music, watching movies, or editing content, although as far as editing goes, while these are great for YouTube productions and for most documentary makers, if you are working on a super high-end production, you will benefit from something designed directly for audio editing as while these have great customizability via the Sennheiser app, the clarity options could be much better.
But that’s perhaps the side effect of creating headphones that work for almost everyone. At the expense of being great for everything, they aren’t the best at anything.
Does this matter? For most not because these will sound better than most speakers and headphones most people already have.
With that said, these come with the best codecs for wireless streaming such as the aptX and support the likes of Bluetooth 5 and NFC, and yes, they also support connection via a cable.
After you customize your headphones, the settings will be saved so they will work at all times on whatever device you are using. The great thing about this app is that it also works with other Sennheisers devices which means no need to download a lot of different apps. (Jabra, you should learn😉)
Of course, the quality of transmission also plays a huge role in sound quality, and as far as that goes, these are incredible. Whether you leave your phone inside of the gym, or at the end of your house, these work fantastically without any issues, which has often been a big issue for me in the past.
A big issue I’ve had in the past with wireless headphones? That often when turned off, I had issues reconnecting to the headphones, especially on TVs and Laptops, resulting in me having to forget the device and reconnect which was quite frustrating. This is not an issue with the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.
In fact, you can connect up to two devices at one time on these, and the headphones will switch between perfectly. Although that feature could do with a few improvements as on Instagram for instance, this feature seems to prevent switching.
A lot of people are interested in Momentum 3 because of their noise-canceling capabilities.
And sure, these aren’t on the same level of noise cancelation as that as some Sony headphones, but frankly, the noise cancellation level is enough.
To put things into perspective, when I was recently flying to Sweden from Ireland, I put these on before the flight, fell asleep, and then was confused as to whether we are still flying or not. Until I took the headphones off and heard all that noise.
These perhaps aren’t the best ever at noise cancellation, but they are very high up there, and for many that will be enough.
Another great feature that these come with is the transparent hearing feature which I had also a version of on the Jabra Elite 65e.
This feature allows you to hear your surroundings better, but frankly, I love to use it when I want to have my headphones on so people around me don’t start talking to me when I’m working, while I still want to hear everything.
At the start of this review, I mentioned that these might be the best headphones for everything, which is why it’s important to spend some time talking about the momentum 3 headphones when working out.
As far as running goes, these are a great option, but they can be quite limiting in the gym, depending on the exercise you do, and I would not recommend them in the rain.
If you plan to do anything with a lot of head movement, you might find that these tend to move off your head a lot, and the leather while a great comfort feature, isn’t a great choice as far as breathability is concerned so these will sweat.
You will also find that these make your ears warmer.
A feature that a lot might find important with these Sennheiser Momentum 3 headphones is the ability to call without having to have one of those weird microphone attachments.
And Sennheiser does a very good job at this with their microphones even though this microphone doesn’t consist of the 3-microphone array that the likes of Jabra Elite 65 E came with.
…But we wouldn’t choose this microphone over any clip-on microphone as it does capture quite a bit of noise you don’t want, and at times sounds too sharp.
We mentioned at the start of the review that we wanted to try these out because the Jabra ELITE 65e were painful to use due to the fact they rested on a neck.
As someone that spends a lot of time working on a laptop every day, that was becoming a huge problem.
Fully wireless headphones wouldn’t have that issue but their poor battery life and sound quality didn’t make them ideal, and these, they solve that issue.
The leather makes them very comfortable for long use, without them being a huge strain on the neck. However, with that said, the only comfort issue I have with these is that my ears get quite warm after some use. That doesn’t mean that the headphones get wet or anything but is something that slightly kills on the comfort side of things.
These are very comfortable for travel though as unlike a lot of headphones, they bend. That means that they take up much less space than a lot of devices out there. Something that many including me might find crucial.
Battery Life Wise
Something a lot of people mentioned is that these have poor battery life compared to other headphones at this price range. And while that’s the case to others at this price range, if you are transitioning from fully wireless headphones, you’ll find the battery life on these a great improvement, and frankly, with a 17-hour battery life, you won’t ever run out of battery during a day of using.
Even if you sometimes work for 15 hours as I do, that’s not really a problem at all. Just charge them up at night. And well, you can always just connect them to your laptop or phone without battery, through an aux cable which is included, or well, you can charge them while using them with a cable which is also a great number.
Although that number is around 13 hours if you were to rock active noise cancellation at all times.
As far as charging goes, these come with USB-C, but unlike just about all the products on the market, these come with a USB-C to USB-C CABLE, with an adapter to USB-A. That’s very important.
USB-C is very widespread at this point, but it is it really? Because it seems like almost all devices ship with USB-A to USB-C.
To Sum up This Momentum 3 Review
The Sennheiser Momentum 3? They aren’t the best headphones in most categories, but they are great headphones in most categories, and if you are looking for an all-around package, that’s where the Momentum 3 shine.