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They may lack a little on the noise cancellation front, but the Sennheiser Sport True Wireless are the best-sounding sports headphones I’ve tried for £120, and the fit is secure despite the chunky design.
The Sennheiser Sport True Wireless are the first authentically wireless sports headphones I’ve tried. If you could keep the CX Plus True Wireless buds in your ears while working out, they might be appropriate for sports, however I found them to be too clumsy and loose. The Sport True Wireless don’t have these issues, and they quickly rose to the top of Coach’s list of the best headphones for the gym and for running.
They fulfill your expectations in the major ways you’d hope: they sound great, especially considering the price, and the wings offer a snug fit that’s surprisingly pleasant over time. The “adaptable acoustics” function, which allows for multiple ear tip shapes to either increase awareness or passive noise cancelling, didn’t really make a difference in the real world and the buds don’t deliver ANC.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Price and Availability
The Sennheiser Sport True Wireless were announced publicly on 20th April and can be ordered ahead of the official on-sale date of 3rd May. They cost £119.99, which is the same price as Sennheiser’s CX True Wireless buds and £10 less than the CX Plus True Wireless buds, with the latter having ANC. That price puts them up against the Jabra Elite 4 Active buds, which I consider the best running headphones going, so the Sport True Wireless have their work cut out.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Design
Sport True Wireless earbuds are substantial. They are slightly heavier than the CX Plus True Wireless headphones (7g each), which are by no means small. Sennheiser made the most of the available space by installing their 7mm TrueResponse transducer to produce loud, crisp sound.
Sennheiser provides two sets of in-ear tips in three sizes along with two sets of wings to guarantee they stay in place during activity. The ear tips are made for various uses; the closed-ear adaptors are best for the gym or other locations where you want to drown out outside noise, while the open-ear adaptors work better for outdoor activities where you want to be more aware of your surroundings.
Although it’s a bit fiddly to keep swapping ear tips, and a faff to find somewhere to safely store the pair that isn’t currently in use, this sounded like a clever solution to the common problem of trying to balance awareness and sound quality during exercise.
The open-ear tips have a blue ring inside and an open tip, and are firmer when you squeeze them. The closed-ear tips have a silicone cross through the middle and are softer. Once you’ve selected your tip you can choose either “Focus” or “Aware” mode in the partner app, which will customise the EQ in line with the tips you are using.
I used both suggestions in a variety of circumstances, and my initial enthusiasm soon subsided. The open tips give you a little bit more awareness, but I didn’t feel any more at ease wearing them when running or cycling on the road while listening to music than I did while wearing the closed tips. With just one bud removed, you can gain significantly more awareness while being able to hear the traffic a little bit more clearly. They simply can’t compete with in-ear buds that have transparency options that allow for more outside noise.
Sennheiser claims the open tips will reduce sounds like the pounding of your feet while running, and the buds were noticeably good on this front in Aware mode. You still hear your feet landing, but the noise comes more from outside rather than the internal thump you get with many in-ear buds.
There is no transparency or ANC mode on the headphones either, so you can’t increase awareness or block out more sound as you can with rivals like the Jabra Elite 4 Active.
A touch panel is located on the exterior of each bud, and you can customize four controls—one, two, three taps, or holds—on each side. Along with the standard play/pause/skip controls, the panel allows you to adjust the volume, engage the smart assistant on your phone, and switch off the earbuds.
Although I frequently accidentally activated the one-touch play/pause control when putting the earbuds in and out, the controls were quite simple to use when on the go. If this bothers you, you may also disable the controls.
The earbuds have an IP54 rating, meaning they aren’t completely waterproof but can withstand sweat, rain, and splashes. The case is pretty bulky, much like the buds it holds, however it does feature a useful plastic hook on one end that you can use to clip it to running belts or backpacks.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Performance
Given the size and thickness of the Sport True Wireless earbuds, I was a little dubious that they would remain in place during activity even with the variety of wings that were offered. But those worries were unfounded. Once you locate the correct wing for your ears, they have a pretty reliable fit, and I didn’t feel any looseness over numerous runs, a few cycles, a strength training, or a yoga session.
Although after a few hours I did start to feel some uncomfortable pressure around where the wing fits in the ear, they are still reasonably comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. If you intend to use them for the full nine hours of battery life, I recommend taking the wings off when you aren’t working out.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Sound Quality
Depending on whether you select the Focus or Aware mode, the sound you receive from the Sport True Wireless headphones radically alters. In contrast to Aware, which has a fuller sound with stronger bass, Focus provides a clear, natural sound profile with brighter higher frequencies.
I preferred to utilize Focus in quieter settings, especially with pop or alternative songs where the bass-forward Aware mode could drown out the singers, and switch to Aware mode when I needed an extra boost of drive during exercise or when listening to rock music.
Although you can alter the EQ manually or utilize presets that are compatible with different musical genres, I discovered that leaving these settings alone provided the optimum sound profile. Additionally, there is a sound check that you can use to create a custom EQ; for me, this provided the exact settings the earbuds arrived with.
Overall, I adore the sound of the Sport True Wireless, and the addition of the bass-heavy Aware mode provides a pleasant contrast to the usual sound profile’s bright and clear tones. Although it would be far more convenient to do so using the controls on the headphones instead of the app, you can boost the bass by switching profiles.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Battrey Life
The Sport True Wireless headphones last nine hours on a charge, and there are a further 18 hours in the case. Nine hours is impressive and up there with the best you’ll find on truly wireless buds, no doubt helped by the larger size of the Sennheiser headphones.
Sennheiser Sport True Wireless Review Verdict
The Sport True Wireless is a qualified success, in my opinion. They include a dependable fit, Sennheiser sound quality in a sporty package, a high enough IP rating so you don’t have to worry about getting them sweaty or wet, and a high enough rating on the IEC standard. Only sets that cost close to or over £200 can match or surpass them since they are the best-sounding sports headphones you can buy for £120.
They are larger and less comfortable than other genuinely wireless sports buds, such the Jabra Elite 4 Active at the same price, and they lack ANC or a true awareness mode, which is a drawback. The Sennheiser headphones have a better fit and sound quality overall, but the Jabra headphones offer a superior all-around package.