Sennheiser Momentum 2 Headphones - Testing and Final Thoughts

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Sennheiser Momentum 2 Headphones
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Testing and Final Thoughts

Testing:

Let me get this out of the way; I'm not an audiophile. Granted, I love good audio. I do have a pretty good ear and I really enjoy music. With all that being said, I don't believe that there are a lot of objective ways to test headphones. The experience is very personal, very unique and everyone has a different idea of what sounds "good". I did listen to some Sennheiser Urbanite headphones and while they were louder and offered more bass, I'd rather have balanced sound than crazy bass. Ok, enough of that stuff, let's get into it.

I listened mostly through my Nexus 5 phone as I was pretty busy and on the move through the time I had the Momentum on my test bench (aka - head). These headphones highlighted the shortcomings of the LG-made device. The volume on the Nexus 5 is weak compared to an HTC One M8. That's not to say the quality was bad - it wasn't bad at all. The volume was on the weak side and the overall lower end of the spectrum sounded thin.

Once I plugged these into an HTC One M8, they were totally transformed. The sound was fuller, richer, more balanced and made me wish that I packed an M8 with me everyday. Listening to music off an iPod Classic was equally improved over the Nexus 5. It was a great experience. Similarly, listening to music through my headphone AMP, mixer, laptop via ASUS XONAR U3, or Chromebook produced better audio than my default device.

Looking Down

 

In terms of music specifics, I did listen to a lot of different genres as I'm not really strapped to one type of music. I listened to everything from 90's alternative, modern pop, country, rock, some speed metal (my least favorite) and everything in between. I have a few lossless FLAC albums that I purchased that really showcase stereo headphones and I made sure to spend some time listening to these as well.

These headphones provide an incredibly balanced music experience no matter what type of music you listen to. The bass is full and powerful enough to really be appreciated without trying to shake your brain. While some music feels like it could do with a bit more bass, that of course is personal preference as the Momentum (M2) are very well balanced. The bass tracks in Fall Out Boy's "Immortal" is just right as is the overall sound and feel of Thousand Foot Krutch's "I See Red". 

The high-hat is so clear and crisp without being harsh, vocals are strong and clean with the kick drum and bass guitar providing a great fill to complete the feeling. With the Momentum (M2) on your head, you get a new feel for music as it is such a clean, crisp, clear experience. 
In terms of pop music, if you've been brainwashed into "Beats" audio, you may find the Momentum (M2) to be a little lacking. I've listened to Beats, Sony, Bose, Urbanite and others and I always come back to the Momentum in terms of overall sound quality and balance. Again, this is a personal preference, but one thing that is not personal - but completely objective is the clarity of the Momentum (M2).

As far as comfort goes, the Momentum (M2) are over-the-ear headphones that are covered with leather and filled with the hopes of kittens and the dreams of bunnies. I've worn these on days when I was traveling for hours and even fell asleep binge-watching the Netflix Daredevil series while fighting a cold. I woke up about four episodes later and watched three before I fell asleep. So after wearing them for about 7 hours straight, I can testify that they are ridiculously comfortable. I've worn other headphones that made you glad you watched a 90 minute movie instead of the 3 hour extended cut.

Hinge Screws

Conclusion:

The Sennheiser Momentum (M2) are a refresh on a product that I was very happy with a year or so ago. The original Momentum over-the-ears was a great set and in the short time I had them, I was very happy with them. The second iteration brings all of that audio quality, build quality and overall finish that makes you glad you spent the extra money on Sennheiser.

While folding headphones can often feel a bit flimsy and construction quality can be an issue, I've never had a bad feeling regarding the quality of these. They feel super durable and the hinge feels tight without any play. Of course as time goes by the hinge may loosen up a bit, but after using these for about a month and folding them dozens of times, it feels just as solid as it did when I first unboxed the Momentum (M2).

In terms of audio quality - which is probably why you decided to consider these, they perform like champs. Unless all you listen to is mind-thumping pop, these headphones are absolutely fantastic. If you want your brain rattled with inaccurate audio, you may want to consider some plastic headphones, but if you're into quality - you can't go wrong with these. From comfort to quality to performance, the Momentum (M2) have it all - and this version is a little more portable thanks to the folding design.

 

Pros:

  • High quality construction
  • Great, balanced audio
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Elegant looks and feel
  • Super comfortable
  • Works well with Android devices

 

Cons:

  • Hinge may loosen up over time
  • Carrying case offers less protection than the original

 
I'd like to thank Sennheiser for sending over the Momentum (M2) for us to review. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please leave it in the forum here.