Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds launched with 7mm drivers, ANC & Transparency modes

Sennheiser today officially launched new TWS earbuds under the Momentum branding dubbed the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds. This is a successor to the Momentum True Wireless 2 and has updated specifications.

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds are priced at $249.95(that’s roughly Rs. 19,200). The earbuds come in three color options – Black, White, and Graphite – and can be purchased from May 10 in the US.

The company hasn’t revealed the release date for other markets, but we expect it to reach other regions soon.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds Features
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 TWS earbuds come with a similar design as the predecessor. The earbuds have an in-ear fit and a Sennheiser branding on each earbud. The earbuds feature 7mm dynamic drivers that are claimed to offer deep bass and natural/detailed mid & highs.

Interestingly, the earbuds have an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature that adjusts the noise cancellation levels based on the surrounding environment. Apart from the ANC mode, the earbuds also come with Transparency mode. Sennheiser also offers custom music profiles that can be chosen from the company’s Smart Control app.

The earbuds come with three microphones offering clear call clarity. The earbuds alone are claimed to offer up to 7 hours of playback, while with the case, you can get additional 21 hours of battery. The earbuds support aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs. Lastly, the earbuds come with an IPX4 rating for water and dust resistance.

OnePlus Nord Buds Are Coming, New Truly Wireless Earbuds

OnePlus is planning to announce ‘Nord Buds’, its new truly wireless earbuds, and we know what they’ll look like. Before we get to that, though, it’s worth noting these earbuds will launch on April 28.

They will initially launch during the company’s press event in India. OnePlus is expected to announce the OnePlus 10R 5G and OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G during this press conference. This will be an online-only event, by the way.

We’re not sure if these earbuds will make their way to more markets, but it’s quite possible. We do expect them to cost considerably less than the OnePlus Buds Pro, which are quite pricey at $129. They cost even more in Europe.

Now, in regards to the design. If you take a look at the two images below, you’ll know what to expect. The first image shows the earbuds themselves, in two color variants, while the second image shows the charging / carrying case.

The earbuds themselves look quite interesting. It seems like the stem won’t be too long, while their sides will be flat. They do look quite minimalistic, which is something many people will appreciate.

The charging / carrying case will be flat at the top and bottom. OnePlus is obviously going for a specific design here. That’s what the OnePlus 10R 5G will go for as well, as it will be quite boxy.

This charging case does remind us of some charging cases from Xiaomi, that’s for sure. You can also see the LED notification light on the front side of the case. It will indicate the case’s battery status / charge level.

So, what else do we know about these? Well, they will be IP55 certified, which is a good thing. They should be fine if you get caught out in the rain, or if you plan on working out with them.

The earbuds will include 12.4mm drivers, and offer 30-hour battery life (with the case included). 94ms latency was also mentioned, while Bluetooth 5.2 will be supported. The OnePlus Nord Buds are expected to ship in Black and White color variants.

 

Bang & Olufsen’s new wireless earbuds beat the AirPods Pro on design, but not price

Love the noise-cancelling properties of the AirPods Pro, but hate the minimalist design? The latest wireless earbuds from Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen might be right up your street.

The Beoplay EX are a pair of noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds, and the first from Bang & Olufsen to feature protruding stems – like the AirPods range of in-ear headphones.

That’s where the design similarities between the AirPods Pro and the Beoplay EX end, though. True to form, Bang & Olufsen has given its new wireless earbuds a luxurious finish, with heaps of Scandinavian style that’ll set them apart from other in-ear headphones on the market.

Made from aluminum and tempered glass, and coming in a range of fashionable colors, the Beoplay EX certainly look like a premium pair of true wireless earbuds – and unfortunately, they come with a price tag to match.

Available from the beginning of May, the new earbuds will set you back $399 / £349 (about AU$530). That’s considerably more expensive than the AirPods Pro, which cost $249 / £249 / AU$399.

So, what are you actually getting for your money? Well, according to Bang & Olufsen, you’re getting the brand’s “most versatile true wireless ANC earphones to date”.

ANC that adapts to your surroundings
The Beoplay EX come with adaptive active noise cancellation, which the company says will allow the user to appreciate the “depth, detail, and clarity of sound” for a “truly immersive audio experience”.

The earbuds monitor ambient sound and automatically adjust the level of noise cancellation to cut it out, while a ‘Transparency’ mode allows you to hear the sound of your environment.

According to Bang & Olufsen, the new design of the noise-cancelling earbuds allowed the space for 9.2mm drivers – its biggest so far. This apparently has resulted in a significant upgrade in terms of audio power compared to the brand’s previous in-ear headphones, such as the Beoplay EQ and the Beoplay E8 Sport.

In terms of battery life, you’re looking at six hours from the buds themselves (eight, if you have ANC turned off) and a further 14 hours from the wireless charging case. That on-board battery life is pretty impressive, but we’d have liked to see more playback time from the charging case – especially at this price.

Still, the Beoplay EX do come with some quality-of-life features that could justify their cost. An IP57 dust- and water-resistance rating means they should be very robust, while Bluetooth 5.2 should ensure seamless connectivity and pairing.

You also get aptX Adaptive support, so you should be able to enjoy hi-res audio files, and multipoint pairing means you’ll be able to switch between different devices very quickly.

Whether that – combined with the sleek design – is enough to convince you to part ways with $399 / £349 is a matter of personal taste. For us, it all comes down to the audio performance – and we can’t wait to try these stylish earbuds for ourselves to see if they sound as good as they look.

 

Sony LinkBuds review: Right track audio innovation

Sony are well known for its range of audio products, and has been making some extremely great products for decades.

While Sony provided us with a device for testing purposes, it hasn’t affected our views on LinkBuds.

Our reviews always remain independent of the manufacturer, and the first time they will see the review is at the same time you’re reading it. Keep reading to find out what we think.

How do I get it and what will it cost?
Sony LinkBuds are available now in white or gray colours for $249.

Who is it good for?

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Sony LinkBuds are the most unique earbuds on the market right now, with a hole smack bang in the middle of the earpiece.

Designed to keep the outside world partly audible while wearing them, LinkBuds fill a gap in the market where every other pair of earbuds are trying to block external noise completely out while wearing them.

LinkBuds won’t be up the alley of everyone, especially when it comes to how they fit inside the ear. To Sony’s credit, there are different sizes for the supports so that you can at least try to find the best fit.

If you like being an early adopter of the latest technology, and absolutely love the design of the LinkBuds – then go all in. But there are a few quirks to note.

How does it work?

Before I go into more detail on how LinkBuds actually sound, there is a rather interesting feature that stands out. Called Wide Tap Area, the feature allows interaction by tapping your upper cheek, next to the earbuds. This activates simple controls for music, podcasts and voice assistant.

It’s very clever. But it’s not perfect. There were times when vibrations from eating or drinking activated the Wide Tap Area. This can become annoying at times when something you’re listening to randomly stops. In saying that, it didn’t happen all that frequently.

In terms of audio, LinkBuds share some of the same sound-tech from Sony’s other popular wireless earbuds. The difference here is that there’s a hole in the middle of the earbuds, so you’re not going to get the exact same sound as earbuds that seal.

While this causes no issues when using LinkBuds around the home, as soon as you go outdoors there are a lot of competing noises. I found that adjusting the volume higher is required to block out those other sounds, which almost defeats the purpose of what LinkBuds are trying to achieve. But it was nice to be able to hear train announcements without frantically looking around to try and figure out where you are and the next stop.

Sound wise, Sony has done an outstanding job with the clarity of these small buds. I’ve always found that when it comes to Sony’s over-ear and in-ear range, so it’s nice to see that continue here. While music can become distorted when at maximum levels, things like podcasts sound fantastic.

In terms of listening time, you’ll get close to five hours on a charge and an additional almost 18 hours with the charging case. They are fast-charging too. But it’s slightly disappointing since LinkBuds are meant to be worn across the day between offline and online worlds.

Another positive is when it comes to connectivity. I had no issues with call quality, audio connection or the microphone. Even in louder environments, such as walking on a quiet street, chatting on the phone was surprisingly clear.

But add in louder street noise and some wind, and you’re in for some pain with the microphone struggling to isolate your voice correctly.

What we think

Sony is coming in hot with the simple idea of having great quality sound while still maintaining some sort of connection with the outside environment. But did they nail it?

There are some really positive elements to LinkBuds, but some improvements are needed when it comes to the call quality in louder environments, as well as how easy it is for you to become overwhelmed by outside noise in some situations.

I would say that Sony hasn’t quite realised this with its first LinkBuds product. More work is needed to achieve this audio awareness while maintaining a nice, happy balance between the two.

When Sony does achieve this, LinkBuds will be a force of nature.

Bang & Olufsen’s New Beoplay EX Earbuds Could Be Great

Bang & Olufsen describes its new noise-canceling Beoplay EX earbuds as having a new “shape.” And yes, their shape is new for B & O earbuds, but not so new for the rest of us who’ve seen lots of stems like those on the AirPods and AirPods Pro, just to name a couple. Nevertheless, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay says its “new shape in earphone design” creates space for larger 9.2mm speaker drivers that help deliver “unrivaled sound quality.” The Beoplay EX will be available on May 5 for $399 (£349, AU$650) in Anthracite Oxygen (a graphite color with bluish accents on the earpieces), followed by Gold Tone and then Black Anthracite color palettes in late May and June, respectively.

I haven’t tried the Beoplay EX yet, but if the performance of the earlier Beoplay EQ buds is any indication, these buds should sound quite impressive (for $399, they’d better, right?). They also should work better for making voice calls, with three microphones in each earbud and “upgraded call quality,” according to Bang & Olufsen. No word on if the noise-canceling is improved, but the noise canceling on the Beoplay EQ buds is good.

Battery life is rated at 6 hours at moderate volume levels with noise canceling on and there’s an extra 14 hours of juice in the brushed aluminum charging case. The buds have an IP57 water-resistance rating, which makes them waterproof and dust-resistant. They also feature Bluetooth 5.2 and multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to two devices at the same time, such as a computer and smartphone.

Bang & Olufsen
I dug into the specs a bit and they do feature wireless charging and support the AAC and AptX Adaptive audio codecs (mostly Android devices support AptX Adaptive). As soon as I get my hands on a review sample, I’ll let you know how they compare to the AirPods Pro and other premium buds like Bowers & Wilkins’ PI7, which also retail for $399, and Sony’s WF-1000XM4 ($279).

Monoprice drops three new THX Certified compact on-wall home theatre speakers

Californian audio and technology specialist Monoprice (which recently launched the intriguingly affordable M1000ANC wireless headphones) has just added three THX certified on-wall home theatre speaker propositions to its popular Monolith line.

We’ll start with the meatiest product in the trio (pictured, above). For those who want the clean look of a soundbar but demand the performance of a true home theatre speaker system, the Monolith M-OW3 could be the answer to your prayers. It combines front left, centre, and right channels into a single thin and stylish wall-mounted speaker. Each of this passive soundbar’s three channels features a high-performance 4.5-inch concentric driver with an inset 20mm silk dome tweeter, an optimised waveguide, and two 4.5-inch passive radiators.

This “potent” LCR speaker also boasts a flat frequency response from 70Hz to 20kHz and it has been THX Certified Select Certified (the immersive surround-sound standard founded by iconic filmmaker George Lucas in 1983) for “spectacular home theatre performance in just about any room”. The Monolith M-OW3 also boasts 84.8dB sensitivity, 4 ohms nominal impedance, five-way spring-loaded binding posts and keyhole slots on the back for easy wall mounting.

Featuring a slim and elegant cabinet design, the smaller Monolith M-OW1 (above) speaker pair packs the same high-performance 4.5-inch concentric driver with an inset 20mm silk dome tweeter, featuring an optimised waveguide and two 4.5-in passive radiators per unit. Ideally suited for use as front-, centre- and surround-channel speakers, these 4-ohm on-wall speakers promise a surprisingly flat frequency response from 70Hz to 20kHz.

Lastly, let’s look at Monoprice’s Monolith THX Certified Compact Satellite speaker pair. Monoprice bills them as a perfect solution for front left and right, height or surround channels, again featuring a high-excursion 4.5-inch concentric driver with an inset 20mm silk dome tweeter and optimised waveguide. Though smaller in form factor than the other on-wall options, these MDF-encased, precision-tuned and cube shaped speakers boast a flat frequency response down to 80Hz.

All of the speakers are available immediately. Prices? The Monoprice Monolith M-OW3 is $500(opens in new tab) (roughly £380 or AU$660); the Monoprice Monolith M-OW1 also costs $500(opens in new tab) per pair (again, that’s around £380 or AU$660 and before any duties); and the Monoprice Monolith Compact Satellite speakers are $250(opens in new tab) per pair (around £190 or AU$330). Interesting…

 

These affordable wireless earbuds pack a feature you won’t find elsewhere

Audio brand JLab has launched the JBuds Air Pro, an affordable pair of wireless earbuds that pack a shockingly rare – but useful – feature in the form of Bluetooth multipoint connectivity.

The JBuds Air Pro is available for $60 (around £46) from JLab’s official store. They appear to only be available in the US right now, but we’ve reached out to JLab for comment on whether the wireless earbuds will receive a global release.

Alongside Bluetooth multipoint connectivity, the JBuds Air Pro also sport the audio brand’s bespoke JLab Quality Sound with three EQ settings, an impressive 9 hours of battery life on a single charge (with up to 32 hours provided by the charging case), an IP55 resistance rating and a safe listening mode to keep you aware of your surroundings for when you’re out and about.

Bluetooth multipoint connectivity is actually quite the monumental inclusion here, especially for a pair of wireless earbuds as affordable as the JBuds Air Pro. The feature has actually been around since the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0, well over a decade ago, but it’s oddly rarely used and usually reserved for the best wireless headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4.

What multipoint connectivity allows you to do is somewhat self-explanatory. With the feature, you can connect to more than one device simultaneously. As an example, you can connect to a PC or laptop to listen to music, while also pairing the buds to your phone so you can catch incoming calls.

It’s a feature that you’ll be shockingly hard-pressed to find among even the best wireless earbuds you can buy, including the Apple AirPods Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.

And while we can’t imagine the JBuds Air Pro matching the incredible sound quality of those more expensive buds, the benefits of multipoint connectivity mean that they should be on your radar if, say, you’re a remote worker who has a computer or laptop and their phone on hand at all times.

However, we’ve been impressed with JLab’s buds in the past. In our reviews of the JBuds Air Executive and the JLab Go Air true wireless earbuds, in both cases we were won over by the exceptional value for money, recommending them as an excellent choice as a pair of backup buds.

These affordable wireless earbuds pack a feature you won’t find elsewhere

Audio brand JLab has launched the JBuds Air Pro, an affordable pair of wireless earbuds that pack a shockingly rare – but useful – feature in the form of Bluetooth multipoint connectivity.

The JBuds Air Pro is available for $60 (around £46) from JLab’s official store. They appear to only be available in the US right now, but we’ve reached out to JLab for comment on whether the wireless earbuds will receive a global release.

Alongside Bluetooth multipoint connectivity, the JBuds Air Pro also sport the audio brand’s bespoke JLab Quality Sound with three EQ settings, an impressive 9 hours of battery life on a single charge (with up to 32 hours provided by the charging case), an IP55 resistance rating and a safe listening mode to keep you aware of your surroundings for when you’re out and about.

What’s the big deal with multipoint connectivity?
Bluetooth multipoint connectivity is actually quite the monumental inclusion here, especially for a pair of wireless earbuds as affordable as the JBuds Air Pro. The feature has actually been around since the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0, well over a decade ago, but it’s oddly rarely used and usually reserved for the best wireless headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4.

What multipoint connectivity allows you to do is somewhat self-explanatory. With the feature, you can connect to more than one device simultaneously. As an example, you can connect to a PC or laptop to listen to music, while also pairing the buds to your phone so you can catch incoming calls.

It’s a feature that you’ll be shockingly hard-pressed to find among even the best wireless earbuds you can buy, including the Apple AirPods Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.

And while we can’t imagine the JBuds Air Pro matching the incredible sound quality of those more expensive buds, the benefits of multipoint connectivity mean that they should be on your radar if, say, you’re a remote worker who has a computer or laptop and their phone on hand at all times.

However, we’ve been impressed with JLab’s buds in the past. In our reviews of the JBuds Air Executive and the JLab Go Air true wireless earbuds, in both cases we were won over by the exceptional value for money, recommending them as an excellent choice as a pair of backup buds.

OnePlus Nord Buds earphones show up in official certification

The much rumoured OnePlus Nord Buds earphones have made an appearance on two official certification databases, all but confirming their name, specs, and final design.

Rumours of OnePlus bringing its affordable Nord brand to the true wireless audio space appeared to be confirmed when renders of the OnePlus Nord TWS hit the internet in February.

Now we’ve received information that’s second only to an official unveiling for reliability and authenticity. As spotted by 91mobiles, OnePlus Nord buds have made a showing in both US FCC and Indian BIS certification websites.

These aren’t mere mentions, either. We get proper product images, revealing a blockier stem than previous OnePlus buds.

Talking of which, we also appear to get confirmation that these new earphones will be called the OnePlus Nord Buds.

On the spec front, we learn that each OnePlus Nord Buds earpiece will pack a 41mAh battery, while the charging case will feature a 480mAh cell. OnePlus’s distinctive red USB Type-C cable also appears to form part of the package.

The Nord brand has thus far been attached to OnePlus’s more affordable smartphones, including the £400 OnePlus Nord 2 and the recent £300 OnePlus Nord CE 2. That’s why we’d place good money on the OnePlus Nord Buds slotting in below the OnePlus Buds Z2 as the company’s most affordable true wireless audio solution.

Besides the OnePlus Buds Z2, OnePlus also offers the range-topping OnePlus Buds Pro, which provide strong audio, wireless charging, and decent ANC for £139.

Turtle Beach’s new wireless headset works with basically everything

Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is a $200 wireless headset that works with everything from the Xbox Series X, to PS5, Nintendo Switch, Windows, and Mac the company has announced. In contrast its predecessor, the $149.95 Stealth 700 Gen 2 (non-Max) was available for either Xbox and PC, or PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, but not in the same model. It also offers Bluetooth connectivity, unlike the Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max, which means it works with devices like phones and tablets.

The new Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max has also received a bump in battery life, with Turtle Beach claiming it should be able to go for over 40 hours on a single charge. That’s compared to 20 hours on the previous, non-Max model. As well as Bluetooth, which can be used to connect it to a mobile companion app to configure the headset’s settings, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max also comes with a 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is available to preorder now for $199.99, and will release globally on May 8th.

Meanwhile, Turtle Beach says the $129.99 Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max and $99.99 Stealth 600 Gen 2 USB (both announced last month) are now on sale in Europe and available for preorder in North America ahead of their May 8th release. The Max is compatible with both PlayStation and Xbox consoles and offers a 48 hour battery life, but the USB model is focused on Xbox and has 24 hours of battery life.