The spoken word in podcasts was clean and coherent. Phone calls worked well, both in listening and in the other end being able to hear me clearly.
Active Noise Cancellation
I’d characterise the noise cancellation provided by the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earphones as mild. It definitely worked and, particularly in already fairly quiet environments, it reduced the level of distracting noise. Using my loud onboard airplane recordings, the earphones took the edge off, mostly in the midrange to upper midrange, while leaving the bass noise fairly loud. That certainly improved the ability to hear and understand the program material being played through the earphones.
But if you’re a frequent flyer – if, indeed, any of us will ever again be a frequent flyer – you’d still do better to go for active noise cancelling over-ear headphones. For example, the noise cancellation in Sennheiser’s Bluetooth headphones is far more effective.
There was no noise nor any weird sensations generated by the noise cancellation when I was moving around. But when I dropped a piece of cutlery on my kitchen’s granite benchtop, the sound of that threw the noise cancellation circuitry into overdrive. It sounded as though the driver had bottomed out. I was unable to reproduce the effect with any other environmental noises, so it wasn’t really a problem.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earphones deliver great sound and a useful amount of active noise reduction in a reliable, easy to use package. Highly recommended.
Sennheiser’s website for these earphones is here.