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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Vs Beoplay E8 3.0 (2021): Comparing Premium Against Ultra-Premium Earbuds

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 garnered a lot of love from its users because of the unrivaled sound quality it delivers. But how will this pair of premium truly wireless earbuds stack up against the ultra-premium (and more expensive) Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3.0 earbuds

In this article, we’re going to compare build quality, design, sound quality, and features between these two top-of-the-range truly wireless earbuds to help you make a purchase decision.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 vs Beoplay E8 3.0 Comparison Chart

ModelSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3.0
 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 - Bluetooth in-Ear Buds with Active Noise Cancellation, Smart...Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation True Wireless in-Ear Bluetooth Earphones, with Microphones...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
ControlsTouch-sensitiveTouch-sensitive
Active Noise-CancellationYesNo
Transparency ModeYes, on/offYes, adjustable
Water-ResistanceIPX4 (splash-proof)IPX4 (splash-proof)
Battery Life7 hours + 21 hours charging case7 hours + 28 hours charging case
Wireless ChargingNoneYes, Qi-certified chargers
AppSennheiser Smart Control App (Apple/Android)Bang & Olufsen App (Apple/Android)

Design & Build

Both pairs of earbuds have excellent build quality with compact designs, passive noise-isolation ear-tips, and IPX4 water-resistance

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 (left), Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3.0 (right)

At first glance, you’re not going to notice a huge difference in design between the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and the Beoplay E8 3.0, except perhaps for the different top faces. The Beoplay E8 has a matte finished top with the B&O logo embedded. The Momentum True Wireless 2 has a brushed, shiny silver top with the Sennheiser logo embedded in black. You can purchase the Sennheiser Momentum in either black or white. With the Beoplay E8 3.0, you have a lot more options; you can get it in black, grey mist, gold-tone, pink, and green. 

Both pairs of earbuds are compact and lightweight but have a very premium feel. The Sennheiser buds weigh 6 grams per earbud while the B&O buds weigh 5.8 grams. These earbuds are in-ear earbuds that provide a decent amount of passive noise-isolation with their silicon rubber ear-tips. The Sennheiser buds and B&O buds come with four pairs of ear-tips in different sizes to ensure you get the perfect fit. The B&O earbuds also come with a pair of Comply foam tips for those who prefer foam tips over silicon rubber tips. 

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Beoplay E8 3.0 are not marketed as fitness earbuds but they both have a secure and comfortable fit. They are also both water-resistant with a rating of IPX4 (splash-proof) so you can use them even when you’re sweating heavily or when you’re out under a light rain.

Audio

The Sennheiser earbuds take the leave over the Beoplay E8 3.0 with better sound quality, active noise-cancellation, and a more natural transparency mode

Sound Quality

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 with 7mm dynamic audio drivers, aptX hi-res wireless audio technology, and a customizable EQ delivers stunning sound with deep bass, natural mids, and clear and detailed trebles. The Beoplay E8 3.0, on the other hand, is armed with 5.7mm electrodynamic audio drivers, high-resolution audio codecs, and fully customizable audio presents to give you rich sound.  

Both pairs of earbuds deliver very high-quality sound. However, the Beoplay E8 3.0 falls slightly behind the Sennheiser buds when it comes to pure sound quality even though it is the more expensive option. The Sennheiser earbuds have a higher audio resolution, better depth of audio interpretation, and much clearer audio separation. In simpler terms, the Sennheiser earbuds deliver a much more detailed sound than that of the Beoplay E8 3.0. Right out of the box the Sennheiser earbuds have a much warmer, fuller, and more accurate sound with better balance while the Beoplay E8 3.0 is on the flatter side without tweaking the EQ. The Beoplay E8 3.0 also tends to get a little raspy at a high-frequency range which makes you want to turn the volume down. 

Transparency Mode & Noise-Cancellation

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Beoplay E8 3.0 are equipped with transparency modes. This allows ambient sound to enter your ears so you’re aware of your surroundings and you can have a conversation with someone without having to remove your buds. Transparency mode on the Sennheiser Momentum can be switched on and off with a single tap. It also sounds very natural, almost as if you don’t have earbuds on. On the Beoplay E8 3.0, the transparency mode amplifies ambient sound slightly, giving it a tin can effect. You can adjust the transparency level of the Beoplay E8 3.0 on the Bang & Olufsen app. However, this feature doesn’t seem to work very well. Your music volume only seems to be lowered when you select the highest transparency settings. 

When it comes to active noise-cancellation the Beoplay E8 3.0 disappoints. For a pair of earbuds in the highest price category, you would expect them to have some sort of ANC, which is a feature that is becoming standard on truly wireless earbuds, but they don’t. You will have to do with its passive noise-isolation from the silicone or foam tips. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, on the other hand, has powerful active noise-cancellation technology that allows you to listen to high-fidelity music even in noisy environments. 

Call Quality

The only area under audio where the Beoplay E8 3.0 has the edge over the Sennheiser Momentum earbuds is call quality. The Beoplay has four built-in microphones that do a great job of isolating your voice during calls. The Sennheiser earbuds also come with voice isolation but the audio during calls sounds muffled.

Miscellaneous

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Beoplay E8 3.0 are equipped with Bluetooth 5.1, have customizable touch controls, and come with charging cases

Connectivity

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Beoplay E8 3.0 are equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 – the most future-proof version of Bluetooth available. This means a faster, more reliable connection, accurate location, and less power consumption on both pairs of earbuds. 

One thing lacking on the Sennheiser and Bang & Olufsen earbuds is independent connection. Both pairs of earbuds still use a salve/master setup, which isn’t a huge problem, but the ability to use either earbud without the other is a feature that is quite nice to have.

Charging Case

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 comes with a charging case that has a premium fabric-like exterior. The charging case measures 3-inches long, 1.7-inches wide, and 1.4-inches tall. It has a magnetic lid and a USB-C port on the back. The Sennheiser charging case can hold up to 21 hours of battery life for the earbuds. 

The Beoplay E8 3.0’s charging case has a luxurious leather finish and a magnetic lid. It can be charged using its supplied wall charger or with a Qi-certified wireless charger and can hold up to 28 hours of playtime for your earbuds. The case measures 2.8-inches long, 1.8-inches wide, and 1.3-inches tall.

Controls

Both the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and the Beoplay E8 3.0 have touch-sensitive controls. They can recognize one tap, two taps, three taps, and tap and hold. These controls are fully customizable in the Sennheiser Smart Control App and the Bang & Olufsen App.

Battery

When it comes to battery life, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and the Beoplay E8 3.0 each give around 7 hours of playtime. That’s more than enough juice to get you through an entire day with either pair of earbuds.

Verdict

When it comes to sound quality, features, and value for money, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 takes the win over the Beoplay E8 3.0

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 delivers unrivaled sound quality that not even the ultra-premium Beoplay E8 3.0 can match. Thanks to its carefully engineered 7mm dynamic audio drivers and hi-fi codecs, the Momentum True Wireless 2 gives you warmer, fuller, and crisper sound. The inclusion of active noise-cancellation also adds value to them. Although the Sennheiser earbuds wins in this comparison, that isn’t to say that everyone should choose the Sennheisers over the Beoplay E8 3.0. There is still a huge market for the Beoplay E8 3.0, especially those who value brand name and design over the highest standard of sound quality.

FAQs

📌 Can I go swimming with the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds?

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds have a water-resistance rating of IPX4 which is only splash-proof. It is not advisable to wear these earbuds while swimming.

📌 Can I connect the Beoplay E8 3.0 to my laptop?

Yes, the Beoplay E8 3.0 is compatible with all devices that are Bluetooth enabled.

📌 Can I use the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 with my iPhone?

Yes, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 works with any device that has Bluetooth capabilities. The Sennheiser Smart Control App is also available in the App Store for iOS devices.

📌 How long does it take to fully charge the Beoplay E8 3.0?

It takes around 2 hours to fully charge the Beoplay E8 3.0 charging case and earbuds at the same time. If you use a wireless charger, it will take around 2.5 hours.

Last update on 2020-12-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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