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A hand holds the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless earbuds inside their charging case.
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Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless review

Sennheiser's new mid-range earbuds have mid-range performance.
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Published onJune 6, 2024

7.5
Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless
The bottom line
If you have $200 to spend, there are better options than the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless. These earbuds aren't terrible, but the sound quality and microphone quality aren't up to par for the asking price.

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless

If you have $200 to spend, there are better options than the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless. These earbuds aren't terrible, but the sound quality and microphone quality aren't up to par for the asking price.
Product release date
May, 2024
Price
$199.95 USD
Dimensions
Case: 49 x 52 x 29mm
Earbuds: 30 x 17 x 22 mm
Ear tip diameter: 7mm
Weight
Charging case: 41g
Earbud: 5.5g
Model Number
ATW1
Waterproof
IP54
What we like
Bluetooth 5.3 with aptX
ANC
What we don't like
Sound quality lacking detail in mids
Only five-band equalizer
ANC changes sound quality
Microphone quality
7.5
SoundGuys Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Isolation / Attenuation
6.4
-
0.0
Active Noise Cancelling
7.6
-
0.0
Durability / Build Quality
8.0
-
0.0
Value
4.0
-
0.0
Design
7.0
-
0.0
Connectivity
9.0
-
0.0
Portability
9.0
-
0.0
Feature
8.5
-
0.0
Comfort
7.0
-
0.0
MDAQS rating
Learn more
Timbre
4.4
Distortion
3.4
Immersiveness
4.3
Overall
4.1

We had a lot of praise to give out to the Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless over-ear headphones. Now, Sennheiser has added true wireless earbuds to its ACCENTUM line. Do they live up to their namesake? Find out in our Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless review.

Editor’s note: this is the first version of the article. Updates will follow as the market changes.

About this Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless review: We tested the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless over one week. The earbuds ran firmware version 5.7.6, and the Sennheiser Smart Control app ran version 4.8.1. Sennheiser provided the unit for this review.

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless don’t do anything exceptionally well, but have a well-rounded set of features. With sweat resistance and an emphasis on bass, athletes may take a particular liking to these earbuds.

What’s it like to use the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless?

A hand holds a Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless earbud.
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The earbuds are quite large, which causes problems for those with small ears.

With a plastic earbud and case design, these earbuds don’t have the luxury feel of their more expensive siblings the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4. While the earbuds may not be as bad and bougie as their more expensive siblings, the design is lightweight and durable. The charging case is also very portable; I had no problems fitting it in any pant pockets.

You get four different sizes of silicone ear tips included in the box, and I was able to attain a snug fit that didn’t slide out of my ears during a workout. I can wear these earbuds for hours without encountering comfort issues, but those with small ears will struggle with how large the earbuds are. Some of our team members in the office immediately complained about a painful fit when placing the earbuds in their ears.

An IP54 dust and water resistance rating means the earbuds can handle a few splashes of water in the rain.

Tapping the outside of each earbud controls music playback, adjusting listening modes, and answering calls. You don’t have to tap very hard to trigger the controls, so I didn’t find the tap controls disrupted the seal of the earbuds in my ears. You can fully customize the controls to your liking, but we’ve outlined the default controls below.

Left EarbudRight Earbud
Single tap
Left Earbud
Transparency mode, Accept/mute call
Right Earbud
Play/pause, Accept/mute call
Double tap
Left Earbud
Previous track, Reject/end call
Right Earbud
Next track, Reject/end call
Triple tap
Left Earbud
Noise canceling mode
Right Earbud
Voice assistant
Tap and hold
Left Earbud
Volume down
Right Earbud
Volume up

The earbuds have a wear-detection sensor that automatically pauses your music when you take them out of your ears, and resumes playback when you put them back in.

Should you use the Sennheiser Smart Control app for the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless?

The Sennheiser Smart Control app provides a comprehensive set of features to augment the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless. There is a custom five-band equalizer, as well as many EQ presets to choose from. If you aren’t sure how to EQ your earbuds, you can use the Sound Check feature to take a listening test that determines your preferred sound.

From the app you can toggle your preferred strength of Transparency mode, and switch ANC to Anti Wind mode for outdoor listening. The Sound Zone feature allows you to toggle different earbud settings depending on your geographic setting, which is helpful for enabling ANC at work or boosting bass at the gym. To access some of the features inside the app, you need to sign up for a Sennheiser account with your email, which could be a concern if you are worried about headphone companies collecting your data.

Updating the firmware to version 5.7.6 took us 4 minutes and 24 seconds. This is an acceptable firmware update time, and won’t keep you waiting too long to use your new buds.

How do the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless connect?

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless on a table next to an iPhone.
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You can use the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless with both iOS and Android devices.

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless use Bluetooth 5.3 to connect to devices. This means the earbuds support Bluetooth LE and Auracast. You also get support for aptX, along with the more standard SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. Rounding out the robust connectivity technology inside these earbuds is Bluetooth multipoint, which allows you to pair to multiple devices simultaneously. I didn’t experience any connection issues using the earbuds over an AAC connection with my iPhone and Macbook.

Pairing the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless to a new device is a simple process.

  1. Ensure the earbuds are charged.
  2. Place the earbuds in your ears.
  3. Tap and hold the outside of both earbuds for a few seconds until you hear a voice say “Pairing”.
  4. Select the “ACCENTUM TW” within the Bluetooth settings on your device.

How long does the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless battery last?

A hand holds the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless case.
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You can power up the case over USB-C or wirelessly.

Our battery testing for the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless is currently ongoing. Sennheiser states that the earbuds will playback music for up to 6 hours with ANC enabled, which is about average for true wireless earbuds. With the charging case, Sennheiser states that you can get up to 28 hours of total music playback time.

You can get up to 1 hour of music playback time from 10 minutes of charging, which is average for wireless earbuds.

How well do the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless cancel noise?

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The Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless create a tight seal in the ear, which passively isolates a significant amount of environmental noise. Once you enable ANC, the earbuds attenuate a noticeable amount of noise from a train or loud office. While the ANC isn’t as good as the best noise canceling earbuds, it’s still good enough for most people’s needs. I also found the Anti Wind mode works great for blocking out wind noise while running by the ocean.

For staying aware of your surroundings, the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless have great transparency features. Within the app, you can toggle the transparency mode to Low, Mid, or High. I found the High setting amplifies high-frequency noises such as keyboards clicking to an even louder level compared to without the earbuds on. If you’d like, you can also have Transparency mode automatically turn on when you answer a call or pause your music. These may seem like small details, but they go a long way to creating an experience that is enjoyable throughout the entire day, and I hope other earbud manufacturers take notice.

How do the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless sound?

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless have passable sound quality. Most people won’t be thoroughly impressed or disappointed by the sound quality, as it is in line with other wireless earbud offerings.

Multi-Dimensional Audio Quality Scores (MDAQS)

The chart below shows how the sound of the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless was assessed by the Multi-Dimensional Audio Quality Score (MDAQS) algorithm from HEAD acoustics.

This chart shows the MDAQS results for the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless in Default mode. The Timbre score is 4.4, The Distortion score is 3.4, the Immersiveness score is 4.3, and the Overall Score is 4.1).
An Overall score of 4.1 is about average for wireless earbuds.

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM score an Overall score of 4.1 on a scale from 1-5. This is a good score, but it isn’t great, especially considering what else is available in the market around this price. There is a good chance you won’t like the sound quality of these earbuds as much as alternative offerings.

Timbre (MOS-T) represents how faithfully the headphones reproduce the frequency spectrum and temporal resolution (timing information).

Distortion (MOS-D) represents non-linearities and added noise: higher scores mean cleaner reproduction.

Immersiveness (MOS-I) represents perceived source width and positioning: how well virtual sound sources are defined in three-dimensional space.

See here for an explanation of MDAQS, how it works, and how it was developed.

Reviewer’s notes

Editor’s note: this review uses a hover-enabled glossary to describe sound quality based on a consensus vocabulary. You can read about it here.

Objective Measurements

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The chart above shows the default frequency response of the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless compared to our headphone preference curve. The earbuds over-emphasize low frequencies by a couple of decibels compared to our target, which amplifies the sound of kick drums and basslines. They also under-emphasize the mids around 500Hz and 3kHz by up to 5dB, which is where vocals typically live. In the highs, there is a boost of a couple of decibels around 13kHz, which can make cymbal sounds painful, depending on your hearing ability.

There are seven different EQ presets for the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless. Below we’ve outlined how a few impact the frequency response.

Bass Boost EQ Preset

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The Bass Boost EQ preset will satisfy those who love booming bass above all else.

Pop EQ Preset

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The Pop EQ Preset is closest to our headphone preference curve.

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ANC has a noticeable impact on sound quality. With ANC turned off, the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless have less bass emphasis.

Can you use the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless for phone calls?

The microphones on the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless aren’t great for taking phone calls in most environments. In a quiet room, the microphones work well, but step outside your room and you’ll run into some issues. In our microphone tests, the microphones struggle to attenuate simulated office, street, and wind noise.

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless microphone demo (Office conditions):

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless microphone demo (Street conditions):

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless microphone demo (Windy conditions):

Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless microphone demo (Reverberant space):

Across all of our simulated noise fields, the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless struggle to isolate the voice. The person on the other end of the line will hear pretty much everything going on around you, so make sure you aren’t up to no good.

Should you buy the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless?

A hand holds the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless case.
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Sennheiser cut some corners in the literal and metaphorical sense with these earbuds.

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless are fine earbuds, but you can get more bang for your buck elsewhere. The sound quality is only passable, which is underwhelming for earbuds with a price tag this large. With potential fit issues and poor microphone quality, these wouldn’t be the first earbuds I recommend to someone in this budget.

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Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless
ANC • Bluetooth 5.3 with aptX
MSRP: $199.95
Mid-range wireless earbuds from Sennheiser.
With strong durability, good noise canceling, and Bluetooth 5.3, the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless meet the demands of most casual listeners.

What should you get instead of the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless?

A hand holds the Nothing Ear earbuds inside the case.
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The Nothing Ear deliver premium features at a reasonable price.

My go-to recommendation in this price range are the Nothing Ear, $149 at Amazon. These earbuds are extremely comfortable, sound great, and are packed full of features. If you want the best sound quality, the Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are also a great option, $149.99 at Amazon.

If you have the budget, it is worth upgrading to the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4, $269.95 at Amazon. They are among our favorite earbuds on the market thanks to their luxurious design, great sound quality, and excellent noise canceling. They are a noticeable step up from the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless, and we recommend them to pretty much anyone looking for the best wireless earbuds money can buy.

Apple device owners should take a look at the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation), which you can occasionally find on sale for around $200. Right now you can find them for $239 at Amazon. On the other hand, Android users should take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, $179 at Amazon.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, with sweat resistance, a secure fit, and an emphasis on bass, most people will enjoy using the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless for running.

Yes, you can increase the volume by pressing and holding the right earbud, and decrease the volume by pressing and holding the left earbud.

Yes, the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless have active noise canceling, and perform well for blocking out most noise.

Yes, I didn’t experience any issues while using the Sennheiser ACCENTUM True Wireless with my iPhone.

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