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Sennheiser Momentum 3 BT/ANC over-the-ear headphones - superb
5.0Overall Score
Name: Sennheiser Momentum 3 Bluetooth, ANC, over-the-ear headphones
Price (RRP): $599.99
Manufacturer: Sennheiser

If you are not serious about wanting to own possibly the best over-the-ear, active noise cancelling, audiophile-grade headphones STOP READING NOW. We are talking about the Sennheiser Momentum 3 and at $599 they are going to rattle the soundscape.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones are a premium product, yet not so much more in cost than its competitors that you should not aspire to them.

The Sennheiser Momentum 3 has one problem – if I may be so bold as to tell a 74-year old company – that Joe and Jane Average see Sennheiser as somehow superior, exclusive and reserved (überlegen, exklusiv und zurückhaltend) for those who want the best. Sure, that perception is factual, but in 2019 it is all about volume sales that Sony, Bose et al., do so well.

To segue, I remember my first pair of Sennheiser headphones back in the late 80s (that is the last century!)

They cost me over $800, and I had difficulty sleeping, let alone telling my ex-wife that I had outlaid enough in those days to buy her five fancy meals at five-star restaurants. BTW $800 then is now worth $1570.36 or a 96.3% increase.

Sennheiser old

Yet my wealthy ‘wannabe’ top 200 associates all had Sennheiser- it was infra Dig (beneath socially acceptable) to use anything else. Bottom line, I have been a Sennheiser devotee since.

My original cabled Sennheiser’s lasted over 20 years, and you could still get replacement earpads! I stopped using them in 2013 when the French brand Parrot started making gorgeous, boldly coloured, noise-cancelling, leather-clad, BT headphones. And I started writing for IT publications and testing many more.

These days I use Sennheiser PXC-550 BT/NC (new model coming here) for my train commute and Sony WH-1000XM3 for hi-res audio pleasure and air travel.

But my wife uses Bose QC II and now the impressive Bose 700, my Canberra-based daughter likes JBL 650, my impoverished son Poly BackBeat Go 810 and an audiophile brother has the interesting Jabra Elite 85h, so we cover all bases.

Bose, Sony and Sennheiser
(L-R) Bose 700, Sony WH-1000XM3 and Sennheiser Momentum 3

That is a critical point. Why do you buy brand X over brand Y? It may be brand snobbery, price, style, or influential salespeople’s recommendations. I suspect it is not often about superior ANC or sound performance, app utility etc. In the end, it is up to us to identify those USPs (unique selling propositions) and try to educate those who want to be.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless over-the-ear headphones. Model M3AEBTXL

Website here

Online manual here 

Price: $599

In the box – Sennheiser Momentum 3

  • Sennheiser Momentum 3
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
  • Soft ‘hatbox’ case
Sennheiser Momentum 3 box

First impression

I think the Momentum design is distinct and perfect in a Germanic, post-war, industrial way.

First, you know it is Sennheiser by the badges of honour on the tension screws on each ear-cup. These are immensly practical.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 folded

Second, everything is for a precise function. You want good noise cancelling – you need deep sheepskin ear pads. You want comfort – you need infinitely adjustable stainless-steel headbands and, a real sheepskin leather, wide padded headband strap. And true to Sennheiser tradition, spare parts are no problem.