If you’ve been anxiously waiting for German audiophiles Sennheiser to follow in the footsteps of Bose, B&O, Bragi and, of course, Apple in creating truly wireless earphones then I have good and bad news. The good: Sennheiser has just announced its Momentum earbuds. The bad: they’re going to be pricey.
How pricey? The Momentum earbuds come in at £299.99, which puts them at the very top end of the market. Hopefully that figure means the sound is absolutely spectacular, because otherwise they look very similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere, only more hard going on the bank account.
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Like other truly wireless earbuds, they sit in a charging case when not in use. The charging case itself will be topped up via USB-C cable, and has enough to juice to top up the earbuds for 12 hours’ listening time. The buds themselves only have a four-hour battery life, mind, so that won’t be continuous.
Not that that’s realistically a problem for most people – when was the last time you listened continuously to earbuds for four hours? As with other truly wireless earbuds, if you’re vigilant at keeping them in the charging case when not in use, you’ll likely see no disruption in listening at all.
The biggest question we always have about true wireless earbuds is how solid the wireless connectivity is, but we won’t know about that until we can test them out for ourselves.
The buds have a microphone built in, meaning that you can chat to Google Assistant or Siri depending on whether you’re a member of Team Android or Apple, and they’re sweat resistant which suggests Sennheiser is confident they’ll stay in place over the course of a vigorous jog.
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They also have a function that Sennheiser calls “Transparent Hearing” which allows the wearer to let in ambient sounds, meaning you can “participate in conversations without removing the earphones” — although there’s no functionality to make it look any less rude.
We won’t know whether they live up to the high price tag until we’ve had a chance to listen to them ourselves, but they’re a little way off yet: no exact date, but Sennheiser says they’ll be available from mid-November.
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