Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 vs. Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW: Which should you buy?

Audio Technica Ath Anc300tw
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

The Momentum True Wireless 2 feature great sound, long battery life, and are very comfortable. Unfortunately, they lack wireless charging, which is strange considering their very high price.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Full package

Great sound quality
USB-C for charging
Excellent comfort
Superb ANC performance
Lacks wireless charging case

Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW Case

The ATH-ANC300TW feature great sound with a wide soundstage, exceptional ANC performance, and decent battery life. They also lack wireless charging, but also a few other features.

Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Great alternative

Great sound quality
Excellent ANC performance
USB-C for charging
Good battery life
Comes with memory foam tips
Lacks wireless charging case
No auto-play/pause functionality
Case is a bit big

The ATH-ANC300TW are an incredible value when compared to the Momentum True Wireless 2. At the same time, they make some sacrifices to bring their price down, such as less overall battery life and the lack of auto-play and pause. They're both expensive headphones though, so which one is more worth the money?

What's the cost of convenience?

Audio-Technica ANC300TW earbuds

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Both of these headphones are very expensive and for good reason: Both the Momentum True Wireless 2 and ATH-ANC300TW feature best-in-class sound. They both feature wide soundstages and a relatively balanced sound. They both feature a slight bump in the bass, with balanced midrange and treble. In terms of sound, it's too close to call (which is good thing). You can't go wrong with either in this regard.

Both sets of earbuds also charge over USB-C and neither support wireless charging of any sort. The Momentum True Wireless 2 have much more battery life, chiming in at seven hours without the case and an additional 21 hours with the charging case. Meanwhile, the ATH-ANC300TW will only get you four and a half hours without the case and 13.5 hours with the case. This means you'll get a total of 28 hours and 18 hours, respectively.

Active noise-cancelation (ANC) on both sets of earbuds is excellent. Obviously, they won't beat out over-ear ANC headphones as those rely heavily on the over-ear seal to block out a good chunk of noise. Both sets of earbuds still block out low-end noise really well and suppress higher-pitched noises decently well. You'll still hear a decent amount of higher-pitched noises but they'll be much quieter than it would be without ANC. However, you'll hear almost nothing once you start playing audio.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW
Battery life (buds)7 hours4.5 hours
Battery life (case)21 hours13.5 hours
USB-C chargingYesYes
Active noise-cancelationYesYes

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

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Where the ATH-ANC300TW start to fall apart is in the finer details. The ANC-3000TW are rated for IPX2 water resistance. While some water resistance is better than none at all, IPX2 means that the ANC-300TW are protected from "vertical drops of water." The Momentum True Wireless 2 are IPX4 rated, which means that they are "splash resistant" and can withstand heavy sweat, rain, and similar situations.

Where the ATH-ANC300TW start to fall apart is in the finer details.

While the Momentum True Wireless 2 and their case aren't terribly small, the ATH-ANC300TW's case is slightly bigger and heavier. Both sets of earbuds stick out of your ears when you have them on. You'll need to look elsewhere if you're looking for a set of small earbuds. They both come with three sets of silicone tips in the box, but the ATH-ANC300TW take it a step further and include a set of memory foam tips from Comply.

Comfort on the Momentum True Wireless 2 is excellent. The earbuds aren't terribly heavy (even though they're a bit big) and they stay snug in your ears, allowing you to listen to them for hours on end without any sort of fatigue or discomfort.

The ATH-ANC300TW are a bit hit or miss depending on your ears. As we mentioned earlier, they come with multiple ear tip sizes and types in the box. Some may find the stock silicone tips to be comfortable, while others may find the Comply tips to be much more comfortable. However, the weight and size of the ATH-ANC300TW may be an issue after several hours of use.

Bottom line

At the end of the day, the Momentum True Wireless 2 are more expensive but bring a more cohesive and comfortable experience overall. Their charging case is a bit smaller than the ATH-ANC300TW's case and they last longer on a charge.

The ATH-ANC300TW are still great if you're looking to spend a bit less. They don't last as long as the Momentum True Wireless 2, and their charging case is a bit larger. They also lack automatic play/pause when you take them out of your ears (or put them back in), and the included ear tips could be hit or miss for some. Both sets of earbuds still feature great sound and ANC performance, especially compared to other true wireless earbuds. However, sometimes it all comes down to money spent an while both are expensive headphones, you're getting more for your money with the Audio Technica buds.

Peter Cao