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Sennheiser Momentum 2 vs Sony WF-1000XM3 (2021): Which True Wireless ANC Earbuds is Better?

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 has been the gold standard for true wireless ANC earbuds ever since it was released in 2019. It featured excellent active noise cancellation and very good audio. Since then, there have been quite a few true wireless ANC earbuds that have been released, and one of them is the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2.

Is the Sony WF-1000XM3 still the best option for true wireless noise cancelling earbuds? Or is the Sennheiser Momentum 2 better? In this article, we’ll compare the two earbuds to help you make an informed decision before buying.

Sennheiser Momentum 2 vs Sony WF-1000XM3 Comparison Chart

ModelSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2Sony WF-1000XM3
 SENNHEISER Momentum True Wireless 2 - Bluetooth in-Ear Buds with Active Noise Cancellation, Smart...Sony WF-1000XM3 Industry Leading Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds Headset/Headphones with...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Active Noise CancellationYesYes
Transparency modeYesYes
Battery LifeUp to 7 hours (ANC off)
Additional 21 hours from charging case (ANC off)
Up to 6 hours (ANC on)
Additional 18 hours from charging case (ANC on)
Quick Charge10 minutes for up to 90 minutes (1.5 hours) of playtime10 minutes for up to 90 minutes (1.5 hours) of playtime
Charging CaseUSB-CUSB-C
Bluetooth5.15.0
Codecs SupportedaptX, SBC, AACSBC, AAC
IP RatingIPX4N/A
Voice ControlsYesYes

Design

Both earbuds protrude from the ears but they are still quite comfortable to wear.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 (right) has an oval shaped body while the Sennheiser Momentum 2 (left) features a round shaped frame.

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 features an oval shaped design that is very similar to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. It’s oval shape can either be a plus or a negative depending on the user. However, even though it is quite large, it is still comfortable to wear. Also, it’s large body actually makes it easier for its touch control due to a larger surface area.

As for the Sennheiser Momentum 2, it features the same round shaped body that the first generation Sennheiser Momentum had. Same as the Sony WF-1000XM3, it is comfortable to wear even for long periods.

The charging case for both earbuds are on the small side so they are easy to put in your pocket. That said, Sony’s charging case is a bit smaller. Both use USB-C, thankfully.

One thing that the Sennheiser Momentum 2 has over the Sony WF-1000XM3 is its IPX4 rating. An IPX4 rating means it is water and sweat resistant.

Sound Quality and Active Noise Cancellation

Audio quality is better on the Sennheiser Momentum 2 earbuds.

A look at the white Sennheisser Momentum True Wireless 2 (left) and the silver Sony WF-1000XM3 (right).

As Sennheiser is a company that is primarily focused on audio products, it’s no surprise that the sound quality on the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is better than the Sony WF-1000XM3. Having said that, the Sony earbuds are not terrible, it’s just that Sennheiser’s earbuds are significantly better.

The bass on the Sennheiser Momentum 2 is powerful, but not to the point that it is overwhelming. Mids are not muddled and highs are clear, without being harsh. Sony headphones tend to have slightly overpowering bass with the mids pushed to the back and the highs slightly pronounced, the typical V-shaped sound signature.

Another advantage to the Sennheiser Momentum 2 is its support for aptX, in addition to SBC and AAC. This can be a major factor for people that want to listen to high quality music wirelessly. In contrast, Sony’s WF-1000XM3 only support SBC and AAC.

As for active noise cancellation, it’s a toss-up as both perform very well. Both earbuds’ ANC can be turned off, if you want to save battery life. Additionally, both earbuds also feature a transparency mode so that you can hear your surroundings better, if you need to.

Battery Life and Other Features

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 has the better/longer battery life.

The Sennheiser Momentum 2 (left) and the Sony WF-1000XM3 (right) with their respective charging cases.

When it comes to runtime, the Sony WF-1000XM3 edges out the Sennheiser Momentum by a slight margin. The WF-1000XM3 can last up to 6 hours with ANC turned on while the Sennheiser’s claimed runtime of 7 hours is actually with ANC turned off. Once ANC is on, the Momentum 2 can last around 5-5.5 hours, which is a bit worse than the WF-1000XM3.

Same with the charging case, the additional 21 hours that you get with the Momentum 2 is with ANC off, while the extra 18 hours for the WF-1000XM3 is with ANC on. Needless to say, the extra battery life that you get with the Momentum 2 charging case will go down if the earbuds are used with ANC turned on.

Other features worth mentioning are Sony’s better voice control support and Sennheiser’s more comprehensive mobile app. Sony’s WF-1000XM3 works with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant while Sennheiser only supports Siri and Google Assistant.

As for their mobile companion apps, Sony’s Headphones Connect app and Sennheiser’s Smart Control app are both easy to use. You can turn on ANC, transparency mode and personalize and adjust how your earbuds sound. However, Sennheiser’s Smart Control app is better due to its more intuitive equalizer.

Verdict

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is the overall better earbuds, but it comes with a price premium.

If you want the better pair of earbuds, you should definitely go with the Sennheiser Momentum 2 as it has better sound quality, features, design and it is on par with the WF-1000XM3’s ANC. However, it is more expensive.

If budget is a concern, the Sony WF-1000XM3, with its more affordable price, is the better option. You will still get a very good pair of earbuds that come with top of the line active noise cancelling with Sony’s earbuds.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Is Sennheiser better than Sony?

Sennheiser is better than Sony when it comes to audio equipment and sound quality as those are their specialties. In our comparison of the Momentum 2 and WF-1000XM3, the Sennheiser Momentum 2 came out as the better pair of earbuds between the two.

๐Ÿ“Œ Should I buy the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2?

Yes, if you have the budget for it. The Sennheiser Momentum 2 is one of the best true wireless ANC earbuds in the market.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Sony WF-1000XM3 worth it?

Yes, for its price, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is hard to beat.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Sennheiser Momentum 2 noise cancelling?

Yes, unlike the previous generation Sennheiser Momentum, the Momentum 2 features ANC or active noise cancelling.

Last update on 2021-06-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Carlo Salvador

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