We face the Sony WF-1000XM3 vs. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Klipsch T5 True Wireless
If you’re looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones that offer a little more style, better sound or more advanced features than the popular AirPods, you’re probably considering one of these three contenders. Each one has a different approach, whether they seek to be the most elegant, the most full of functions or the ones that sound the best. Next, we compare the Sony WF-1000XM3 vs. Sennheiser Momentum vs. Klipsch T5 True Wireless to help you decide which ones suit you the most
DESIGN AND ADJUSTMENT
This is a category in which we believe that there is a clear loser, but not because one of the three pairs is horrible. It’s just that the Sony WF-1000XM3 are larger and bulkier than the Sennheiser and Klipsch models, with large oval outer sections that look like classic Bluetooth headphones. Due to its size, the charging case – an elegant mix of copper-coloured metal and plastic – is also a bit large. That said, we like the discreet exterior of the headphones and the case, despite its dimensions.
The Sennheiser Momentum is in a close second in this category due to its more compact design and its beautiful cloth-lined loader case. The appearance of the hearing aids is modern and classy, with silver accents and a simple ergonomic design that easily fits into your ears.
The most attractive of the three is the Klipsch T5 True Wireless, which come in a charger case shaped like a Zippo lighter. Inside the brushed metal case, the headphones boast a design very similar to that of the Sennheiser. The only striking detail that for some are divisive is the art deco Klipsch logo on the outside of each hearing aid – which makes us beautiful, but for some it is ostentatious. To us, this writing in the style of the 40s reminds us of the heritage of this classic American brand, and we love the copper colour that gives it a touch of style.
Winners: Klipsch T5 True Wireless
FUNCTIONS, CONTROLS AND BATTERY
In this category there is no competition: the Sony WF-1000XM3 is easily one of the most technologically advanced wireless hearing aids we have tested, and our favourites in that category. Its featured features include noise cancellation, touch controls and sensors that play and stop music automatically when you take them off, such as AirPods.
They offer 6 hours of battery with activated noise cancellation (one hour more than the new AirPods) and a total of 24 hours in the case, going up to 8 and 32 hours, respectively, without cancellation. That, along with an excellent application that allows you to control everything from the equalization to the amount of ambient sound that you want to let go using its advanced microphone system, makes them the undisputed winners.
Something that the Sony model does not offer that the others do is that they are not sweatproof. The Sony does not have an IP rating, while the Sennheiser and Klipsch models have an IPX4 rating, which means they are splash-proof and will do well in the gym.
It is worth noting that the Klipsch also has an impressive battery (8 hours per charge). Sadly, in terms of features, we would put the Sennheiser Momentum in last place – their battery lasts only 4 hours, and both the Sony and the Klipsch offer the possibility of using each hearing aid individually, while the Momentum does not.
Winners: Sony WF-1000XM3
The Sony and Klipsch models have a fantastic sound, with a warm low mid-range, many details on the highs and a slightly resonant centre that does a good job of separating guitar, keyboard and strings. But if you are looking for wireless headphones that have the best sound, there is a clear champion: the Sennheiser Momentum.
Fantastic details and an extremely balanced sound profile make the Momentum the highest standard in terms of fidelity wireless earphones, defeating the Sony and the Klipsch in our head-to-head battle, especially thanks to its impressive scenery Sound. All of our favourite songs sounded a little more vibrant and vivid with the Momentum than with the other two – although we liked being able to adjust the equalization in the Sony Connect app, and all three pairs sound great.
Winners: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
This is a very common head-to-head meeting where we can not declare an obvious winner. What should you buy? It depends on what is most important to you in a hearing aid.
If you’re looking for as many features for your money, we recommend the Sony WF-1000XM3, for $ 230. If your priority is style and you want to impress your neighbour, we recommend the Klipsch T5, of $ 200 dollars. Do you want the best sound and the rest you care little? The Momentum, of $ 300 dollars, is for you, although it does not hurt to mention that your 4 hours of battery are getting worse.
Whatever you choose, we are confident that your purchase will be exciting. The three options are excellent premium models, and each pair has clear reasons that could make them your favourites.
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