Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones review: A midrange contender
23 October 2013
Summary: The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear may not fully match the larger Momentum's excellent sonics, but it gets you 80 percent of the way there.
Pros: The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear is a very good sounding on-ear headphone that has a eye-catching modern retro design, is well-built, and comes with a nice carrying case and a second headphone cable with an Apple-friendly integrated remote and microphone for making cell-phone calls.
Cons: Headphones are fairly compact but don't fold up or fold flat; may not be quite comfortable enough for some users.
Summary: These are essentially the smaller versions of the brilliant full-size Momentum headphones. The same design in a smaller form factor means enhanced portability aspect, which the Momentum missed out on. Excellent sound, and built very well. Only little niggle is that it may get slightly uncomfortable for some users, during long usage sessions.
Pros: Classy design and premium finish, Excellent sound quality, across genres, Strong bass, Apple devices get in-line volume control
Cons: Uncomfortable over long periods of use, Noise isolation is bad
Conclusion: The comfortable Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones deliver a boosted-bass response that manages to not overwhelm the overall balance of the mix.
Pros: Distortion-free, quality audio performance with plenty of rich low-end. Very secure, comfortable on-ear design. Includes two detachable cables, one with remote control and microphone for iOS devices.
Cons: Sound signature is a bit bass heavy. No adapter accessories for headphone jacks.
Conclusion: Despite not having great sound isolation, Sennheiser's Momentum On-Ears are superb in the audio department and are well worth the £170 price tag. If you're not worried about cranking up the volume in busy areas and you want a pair of premium-looking, superb-sounding headphones that scream class, these are the ones for you.
Pros: Sennheiser's Momentum On-Ear headphones definitely look the part - they're well designed and feel extremely premium, from the stainless steel earpad slider to the stitching on the leather headband. They come in four pastel colours - white, green, pink and blue - with more shades coming later in the year. Pop them on, and they feel light and sturdy enough to go jogging in. The padded ear cups are comfortable, and they exert just enough pressure to stay on without feeli...
Cons: They don't offer a massive amount of sound isolation, so you might have to crank up the volume in noisy environments. And because they're an on-ear pair, this might disturb fellow commuters, or prove embarrassing if you have particularly poor taste in music. The colour choices might not suit everyone - we wish there were more neutral choices available, such as plain black or white. But more colours are on the way later in the year.
Conclusion: Sennheiser’s Momentum mantra is “the symphony of perfection” and “the pursuit of perfect sound”. It would be a stretch to consider them “perfect,” but that’s ok – they’re not targeted at audiophiles, necessarily. But these stylish cans from Sennheiser do make a compelling case for quality sound in a trendy headphone in the increasingly murky world of flashy, celeb-backed headphones.
Pros: Clear with solid range, Balanced sound for all genres, Noise isolation works well, Lightweight, Thoughtful and elegant design
Summary: The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are a bright spot in a market becoming saturated with gaudy plastics and overboosted bass. The headphones are appealing both visually and aurally, combining supple leather and stainless steel with rich, vibrant audio. For the $349 price tag, we wish the in-line controls worked with Android devices as well as iDevices.
Sennheiser Momentum headphones: Plush sound for $349
5 February 2013
Summary: The Sennheiser Momentum headphones may not have enough bass to satisfy every taste, but they are in every other way the best-sounding full-size audiophile headphones we've heard in a long time.
Pros: The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are an elegant full-size over-the-ear pair featuring a brushed stainless-steel headband and plush, leather-covered earpads. Sound and build quality are excellent, and the headphones come with a nice carrying case, as well as two cables, one of which has an Apple-friendly in-line remote and microphone.
Cons: The Momentum headphones are pricey and don't fold flat for compact storage.
Summary: The Sennheiser Momentum can be described in one word - brilliant. Yes, it does cost quite a bit of money, and at Rs. 24,900, it significantly restricts the potential customer base. For those who can afford this, we would strongly urge that you go and consider it before buying anything else.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Unique design, Amazing sound quality, At ease with most kinds of music, Isolates ambient noise very well, Lightweight and comfortable, In-line playback controls
Cons: Pricey, In-line controls only work for Apple devices, Pouch cannot be carried around everywhere
Conclusion: A victory of design and audio performance, the Sennheiser Momentum stands out in an increasingly crowded field of luxury headphones.
Pros: Excellent audio performance, with no distortion at top volumes. Beautifully designed and extremely comfortable. Built-in iPhone controls and mic. Removable cable. Extra, iPhone controls-free cable is included.
Cons: Quite expensive. Frame is lightweight, but a bit bulkier than most pairs intended to be used portably. Large case.