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Momentum True Wireless 3
$170New
$180Out of stock
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize seamless integration with Apple devices and slightly lower cost, the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) are a good fit; they are known for comfort, decent sound quality, and include Apple's spatial audio feature for an immersive listening experience. However, if sound quality is your most significant concern, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 may be the better choice, offering better sound isolation, music quality, and an adjustable equalizer via their app. The Momentum True Wireless 3 also provides superior noise cancelling for busy environments and is better suited for gaming and watching TV due to lower latency. They also come with a durability advantage in the form of sweat resistance and dustproof certification, which is absent in the Apple product. Consider the Sennheiser if these features align with your needs despite the additional cost. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Gaming

5.4
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
9.0
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is excellent for gaming, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Phone Calls

7.6
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
6.7
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is good for phone calls, while the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is only fair.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.6
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
8.0
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 are both very good for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is somewhat better.

TV and Video

5.5
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
8.5
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is very good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
9.1
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
7.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has 6 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has 7 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.1
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
7.3
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 and Apple Airpods (3rd generation) are both good for music.

Cost

$170
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
$180
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The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has a price of $170 and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 costs $180.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods (3rd generation)
Momentum True Wireless 3
8.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Airpods (3rd generation) to have excellent build quality, while the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has very good build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods (3rd generation)Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Apple Airpods (3rd generation)Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3

GENERAL

Price
$170
$180
Brand
AppleSennheiser
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.2/107.3/10
Phone Calls Score
7.6/106.8/10
Gaming Score
5.4/109.1/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/108.6/10
Exercise Score
7.2/106.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 hours7 hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.5 hours1.5 hours
Bluetooth version
55.2
Case Battery Life
3028

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/108/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.9/10
Comfort score
7/107.6/10
Size
MediumMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
4.3 grams5.8 grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better SoundSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Better noise reductionSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Better for callsApple Airpods (3rd generation)
Better for TVSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Better for gamingSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3

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Apple Airpods (3rd generation)

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz, Christian Thomas | February 2023
"The Apple AirPods improves upon the 2019 model with its more ergonomic, yet unsealed, fit, water-resistant build, MagSafe charging case, and advanced software features. You can enjoy a wholly immersive movie experience with the new AirPods' spatial audio with head tracking, and enjoy HD audio during FaceTime calls. Of course, most of these features are limited to Apple hardware."

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | May 2022
"With the Momentum True Wireless 3, Sennheiser cements itself yet again as one of the go-to brands for wireless sound quality. It has a fun and engaging sound signature that has great bass and a great stage, accomplishing what only some of the best Bluetooth earphones can, and that’s clarity."

About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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