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Differences between Sennheiser Momentum 2 and 3Optically both are very similar, but the technology is different.
Size, weight and designThe Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 is slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor. It weighs about 305 grams. The Momentum Wireless 2 weighs about 265 grams.
The auricle has become somewhat larger in this context, which was probably a criticism of many customers for the older model. Also the temples of the Momentum 3 are longer. This makes the fit a bit more flexible.
The temple doesn't have a slot in the middle, as was the case with its predecessor. But the padding has become a bit stronger.
The colour selection has also changed a bit. Both headphones are still available in black. Momentum 2 was still available in ivory. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 in sand white.
Voice controlThe Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 is from 2015, when voice control was far less pronounced than it is today. The year 2019 generally seems to be the year of voice control. A lot of manufacturers integrate Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri into their devices. Siri is playing an ever smaller role.
Sennheiser did the same with its Momentum Wireless 3. The assistant is started via a button on the side and reacts to commands.
Automatic switching on and offAnother upgrade is the automatic control. As soon as the headphones are folded, the device switches off. A big advantage for battery performance. A function that I find extremely practical.
The Sennheiser can also pause the music when the headphones are removed. That's also a big advantage. Both for music and podcasts or audiobooks*.
Tile App - Find deviceThe Sennheiser has a Tile Bluetooth Tracker built in. This allows you to locate the headphones if they have been misplaced. Not so important for Overear headphones, but a new feature for the Momentum 3.
Improved ANCActive Noise Cancelling has been significantly improved by Sennheiser in the third generation of headphones. This provides even better protection against external noise. And now you also have the choice. The newer Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 has three levels for the ANC mode, which can be controlled via the app.
Transparent hearingIn addition to the three stages, the new generation also has Transparent Hearing. Important noises such as cars or announcements at stations are not filtered out. A big bonus for safety. The function can be switched on or off completely.
Battery lifeAt 17 hours, the battery life of Momentum 3 is lower than that of its predecessor. The Momentum 2 offers up to 22 hours. This is quite interesting, as the battery capacity is the same at 600 mAh.
HardwareAdditionally the Momentum 3 got an upgrade in the hardware. There is now a USB-C port, which is the current standard. The Sennheiser Momentum 2 has a Micro USB port.
The Bluetooth version has also been adapted. The Momentum 3 has Bluetooth 5.0 installed. The Momentum 2 still has Bluetooth 4.0.
Which headset is better?Interesting is of course which of the headphones is better. If you own a Sennheiser Momentum 2, you might also be interested in whether it's worth switching to the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.
The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3* offers a lot more, but also comes at a proud price. Primarily, the new headphones offer more smart features and a little more comfort. However, this costs a little battery life, which is a trump card of the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2*.
The three ANC levels and the Transparent Hearing are two strong arguments in favour of the new model. Also the automatic switching on and off as well as pausing is very interesting. The voice control may be nice, but in my opinion it's only relevant for a few. If you don't necessarily have to save money, then the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3* is still the better choice. In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2* is still not a bad choice.