Apple's newest AirPods
Apple's latest AirPods are pretty great, with the easy pairing and device switching you'd expect. They sound better than ever, though they lack silicone ear tips and both passive and active noise cancellation.
- Easy to pair with Apple devices
- Easy to switch between Apple devices
- Six-hour battery life; up to 30 hours total with case
- Wireless and MagSafe charging
- "Hey Siri" support
- Splashproof IPX4 rating
- No active noise cancellation
- No sound isolation
- May not fit in everyone's ears
Sennheiser puts sound first, offering a host of customizability options both on the earbuds and within the app. Though you can't have Apple's easy setup and device-switching, there's a lot to love about these ANC earbuds.
- Fantastic and customizable sound
- Multiple silicone ear tips
- Active Noise Cancellation/Transparent Hearing
- Customizable earbud controls
- Seven-hour battery life; up to 28 hours total with case
- Splashproof IPX4 rating
- Tap to access Siri
- Lacks the easy Apple device pairing and switching
- No wireless charging
Apple's AirPods 3 are an improvement over the AirPods 2 with better sound quality, battery life, water-resistance, and fit, plus the addition of Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are top-of-the-line earbuds from high-end audio company Sennheiser, with many customization options, silicone ear tips, and Active Noise Cancellation. Both sets of earbuds will offer you an excellent user experience, great sound quality, long battery life, water-resistance, Siri access, and comfort in the ears. Their price points are similar, with the Sennheiser earbuds costing a bit more.
AirPods 3 vs. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2: How are they different?
There is plenty to love about both sets of earbuds. However, there are some essential differences, as you can see in the table below.
|Header Cell - Column 0||AirPods 3||Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2|
|Battery life||6 hours||7 hours|
|Battery life with case||30 hours||28 hours|
|Charging||Wireless, MagSafe, Lightning||USB-C|
|Connection||Bluetooth 5.0 through H1 Chip||Bluetooth 5.1|
|Fast charging||5 mins = 1 hour||n/a|
|Passive sound cancellation||No||Yes|
|Active Noise Cancellation/Transparent Hearing||No||Yes|
|Color options||White||Black or White|
Both the AirPods 3 and Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 are some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market today, but it's tough to say which is "better" overall. Which ones you pick will depend on which features matter most to you.
AirPods 3 vs. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2: Your sound, your way
There's no denying that Apple convenience is a huge selling point for the AirPods 3. Set them up in a flash with your Apple device of choice. The AirPods 3 let you switch between Apple devices instantly. You can also access Siri hands-free simply by saying, "Hey Siri."
This process is less fluid with the MOMENTUM buds. You'll have to go into the settings and disconnect them from your current device before connecting them with a different one. It takes less than a minute, but it is a hassle if you switch between your Apple devices frequently. Still, you can access Siri with the Sennheiser earbuds by tapping.
As far as sound is concerned, the AirPods 3 have excellent audio, with great bass, highs, and mids. Adaptive EQ technology means that the sounds adjust to your ears automatically for the best experience. Spatial Audio is one of the star features of the AirPods 3. Spatial Audio is like surround sound for your ears. Particularly when watching movies with the AirPods 3, it's quite a dynamic experience.
The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 can be customized in a couple of ways that Apple AirPods 3 cannot. Sennheiser has been well-known in the audio world for over 75 years, and it shows with the MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 Earbuds. Bespoke 7 mm dynamic drivers, deep bass, natural mids, and detailed treble enhance your listening experience. You can download the Sennheiser Smart Control on your iPhone and customize your listening experience via adjustable equalizers and the earbuds' control gestures.
Finally, Apple's AirPods 3 do not offer any kind of ANC (Active Noise Cancellation). Sennheiser's MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 offer passive noise cancellation (due to the silicone tips), ANC, and Transparent Hearing. While ANC lets you block much of the outside world, Transparent Hearing lets it in. Whether or not ANC matters depends on how your use your earbuds.
AirPods 3 vs. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2: Battery life, charging, and more
Battery life for both sets of earbuds is similar. AirPods 3 offer up to six hours of use with a total of 30 when you recharge in the case. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 offer up to seven hours of use with a total of 28 using the case. However, the AirPods 3 have a fast-charge feature that gives you enough charge for an hour's worth of use in just five minutes.
The AirPods 3 can be charged three ways: wireless, MagSafe, and via the Lightning port. The Sennheiser earbuds can only be charged via USB-C.
The Sennheiser earbuds come with four different-sized silicone ear tips, so you're sure to find a set that fits your ears perfectly. The AirPods 3 don't have silicone ear tips at all, so they either fit you, or they don't. Silicone ear tips are a personal choice, not a "better or worse" situation. In addition to customized fit, they also offer some passive sound isolation, so they block out some unwanted sounds without even turning on ANC.
However, they also give you a sensation of fullness inside the ear, which some people may find uncomfortable. In that case, the solid feeling of the AirPods 3 would be preferable.
AirPods 3 vs. Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2: Which should you buy?
You can't go wrong with either of these fine sets of earbuds; it comes down to what matters most to you. Both will give you an excellent listening experience. AirPods 3 offer Adaptive EQ and Spatial Audio, while the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 offer adjustable equalizers for a more customized experience.
AirPods have the edge over MOMENTUM when it comes to that "Apple Magic," while the MOMENTUM earbuds have the advantage of Active Noise Cancelling, Transparency Mode, and four pairs of silicone ear tips for a snug fit and passive noise blocking. However, as of this writing, you can get the AirPods 3 for up to $25 less than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 earbuds. Truly, either is a great choice.
Apple's newest AirPods
For ease of use, nothing beats Apple's own AirPods. The latest iteration of the "base model" AirPods sound great, have excellent battery life, and are water-resistant.
Your music, your way
While Sennheiser's earbuds lack Apple's easy setup and device switching, they have plenty of other features such as ANC. The silicone ear tips give you a custom fit, and you can adjust the way they sound in the app.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.