Whether you have some extra cash, want only the highest end styles, or are just a true appreciator of quality sounds, you need to know where to put your cash. There are plenty of sound engineering companies that would be happy to take your money. Instead, make an informed decision about not only what you want but what can deliver what you need.
Both Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser are high-end sound engineering companies worthy of your patronage. So, when you are ready to experience sound like a true audiophile, both of these headphones deliver and deliver hard.
Beyerdynamic is a German manufacturer of high-end audio equipment that makes microphones, speakers, headphones, and all types of wireless systems. Beyerdynamic is still family-owned since 1924 and is the oldest audio engineering company still operating. Buying the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless from Beyerdynamic is buying from a family that has made it their multigenerational purpose to create, engineer, and produce audiophile headphones.
Sennheiser is another German audio engineering and manufacturing privately held company that builds high-end headphones, aviation headsets, microphones, and other audio equipment. Founded in 1945, it still remains a family company in its third generation of audio engineering doctor CEOs. Similarly, buying the Sennheiser Momentum 3 from Sennheiser is recognizing a multiple award-winning engineering dynasty in the sound and audiophile industry.
But head-to-head, which one is better?
Features Comparison Table
The first step to determine which headphone set is for you is to figure out what the basic differences are and which one might be better for you. But before you check out the comparison table below, ask yourself what you are looking for and what you need. Figure out what your priorities are before you drop a few bucks. Once you have figured that out, start looking over the differences.
|Headphones||Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless||Sennheiser Momentum 3|
|Open / Closed||Closed-Back||Closed-Back|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5|
|Audio Codec||SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL, AAC||SBC, aptX, aptX LL, AAC|
|Battery Life||30 Hours||17 Hours|
|Noise Cancelling||No||3 Active Noise Cancelling Modes|
|Frequency Range||5Hz – 40kHz||6Hz – 22kHz|
|Price||See latest price on Amazon||See latest price on Amazon|
Sound Quality – Winner: Sennheiser
If you are a true-ist with your audiophile needs, then you need to make sure that your headphones can or are corded. Bluetooth has come a long way but isn’t at the highest sound that comes with a connected cord. There are losses when you send the sound through the air. However, each high-end German audio engineering company will deliver on sound, but in different ways.
Head-to-head the Beyerdynamic headphones are more neutral across all frequencies. This means that they are more accessible to all types of music listeners. Whether you want to listen to hip-hop, classical, jazz, or modern pop the sounds will come through crisp, perfect, and fully reliable. The Beyerdynamic will deliver some of the best sounds you will experience in a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Sennheiser is built more for the consumer in mind. What does the consumer want? More bass is on the menu with Sennheiser. It is in no way overpowering. The Sennheiser headphones allow for a deeper sound that highlights the bass end of the spectrum enough to send you into an audiophile coma.
There is more to sound quality than just the audio profile. Both sets of cans are over-ear and closed-back. This means that there is little leakage in or out and space to let the sound reverberate. The Sennheiser takes the cake because it is the only one of the two that has active noise cancelling (ATC). ACT means that you don’t need to fight the outside noises, like commuting sounds. Instead, you can keep the volume at a reasonable level and truly listen unencumbered.
Comfort – Winner: Tie
Both the Beyerdynamic and the Sennheiser have good qualities and bad qualities. True to life, there is no perfect fit nor perfect weight for a pair of headphones. Depending what you are using them for, they are either too heavy, too bulky, too light, too flexible, too loose, too tight, or just not quite right.
What Beyerdynamic has going for it is the beautiful looks and microfiber cloth cover cushions and head bar. Softness has arrived and its name is Beyerdynamic. The large and bulky design doesn’t take away from the comfort because the large cans allow for a better sound. That is a fair compromise. The problem, though, that the bulkiness does make them a problem while commuting. The microfiber cloth doesn’t allow for much ventilation and they can get a little warm, but that is only after a few hours of listening.
The Sennheiser set is a beautiful pair of headphones made to be shown off while commuting. They aren’t as bulky and can be used for all type of activities, and with the leather covered memory foam pads they are about as comfortable as anything you can buy on the market right now. What brings them down is that they are a little heavy. It only takes a few hours before they need to be exchanged for something not on your head. Suffer for fashion.
Bluetooth Codec – Winner: Tie with a slight edge to Beyerdynamic
Both pairs of headsets use the latest Bluetooth technology to connect to your devices. However, there is a great edge that these have over other headsets. You can connect them to two devices at once. What?! Yup, that is right. This means that you can listen to music on your computer while keeping your phone connected in case someone calls you or you get a message.
The way the headset connects to your devices is what is called a Codec. Each type of Codec has a specific language that it uses. This language determines the speed of the music as it travels from your device to your headset. The faster the sound the lower the latency. There isn’t much difference between these as they both off the same types of Codex. These are SBC, aptX, aptX LL, and AAC. However, Beyerdynamic pulls ahead in this category because it has an extra, slightly secret Codec, aptX HD.
Design – Winner: Sennheiser
If you want to judge them from a purely superficial perspective the Sennheiser is the winner. Though Beyerdynamic has the word Copper in the name and there are some nice Copper tones to the outside, it just doesn’t have the panache that the Sennheiser has. The metal wings that fold in give of a sense of industrial chic, where the Beyerdynamic is classic but not as modern.
You should be concerned with your stylings, though. If you are more classical then the Beyerdynamic may be the winner for you with this category. You are paying for the sound. You might as well get a quality look to go along with it.
Controls & Functions: Sennheiser
Both pairs of headphones have pretty advances controls and functions. However, the bottom line is that the Sennheiser is more intuitive and the Beyerdynamic is more robotic. However, if you are looking for specific features then you may decide differently based on the following discussion. First, both have apps that allow you to control the equalizer.
Beyerdynamic has controls on both cans. One side has all of the buttons for on and off and Bluetooth and the outlets. The left side has a trackpad that controls the songs and audio. This includes play, stop, skip, and such. However, the most important feature is the sound levels. The headphones test your audio listening ability, how good your ears are, to determine the levels that the headphones play at. This is to give you the best listening experience as possible. Once that is done, the idea is that the equalizer should be perfectly set to your hearing ability, or lack of ability for the best audio experience.
Sennheiser has all of the controls on the right side. It ditched the plastic knobs for more rubberized and comfortable controls. The whole experience can be controlled via the app. Normally, the app isn’t useful for much, but this isn’t the case with the Sennheiser models. This pair of headphones have Tile built into them. Tile is a company that sells tracking software and wearables. You can attach one to your cat and always know where the jerk is. The same goes for these headphones. You can use the app to always know when your significant other “borrowed” them for their morning commute.
Conclusions From An Audiophile
Remember to ask yourself what you are looking for in a pair of headphones. Both pairs are built by quality German, family-owned, audio engineering companies. The quality of the build and the quality of the sound will be superior than anything of lesser standards. The technology is also top-notch with the latest Bluetooth and Codec standard. Each has its own comfort flaws and positives. Each has its own style and sound profile. What it really comes down to is what are you in the mood for. The Beyerdynamic delivers a sensible sound in an elegant and classic shell. The Sennheiser provides a heavy sound in a modern shell. Both fit for a true audiophile to the end.