Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones - Testing and Final Thoughts

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Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones
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Testing and Final Thoughts

Testing:

The process of testing earphones is probably one of my favorite things to do as of late. I get to put in some earphones, block out the world and lose myself in music, a great audiobook or even some great movies. Any earphones can pipe sound down into your ear-canal, but there are a select number of earphones that can do it well and make listening to music a pleasure.

I’m no audiophile, but I do love good audio and have a pretty good ear for music. With that being said, I have a hard time finding objective ways to test earphones. The experience is very personal and varies greatly between people. Everyone has a different idea of what sounds “good”. Some people love the bass-heavy “Beats” experience, while others insist that only something American-made is any good. I’ve listened to a lot of different earphones and headphones in the past and I would much rather listen to accurate audio, rather than have something that has crazy bass levels or is tuned to one particular genre of music. I listen to a wide variety of music and want something “flat” that works with everything – as it should be intended.

As these are designed for use on the go, I did the bulk of my testing during a commute, but got some time to spend with these plugged into my laptop for listening to Netflix and even managed to play a clan game-night with these. They sounded great on any device I plugged them in to, but they sounded really, really good on a ZTE Axon device that I am also currently reviewing. I even plugged these into a Roku 3 that is still on my test-bench.

 

The sound out of these is clean, clear and beautifully flat. They have a high quality fit and feel and this is matched and even exceeded by the clear audio they produce when plugged into almost every device. Some devices that have poor quality audio chips are exposed as they accurately reproduce bad audio as well as good audio.

My everyday earbuds have been wearing out as I’ve had them for over four years, and these are good enough to replace my everyday favorites. The overall audio quality, fit and feel of these are able to replace anything I’ve tried from Optoma, Razer, Creative, Wicked Audio, Skull Candy and others. I’ve very impressed with the quality when plugged into a quality product playing quality audio.

Sennheiser Momentum Close Control

In terms of music specifics, I listened to a lot of different music genres as I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to music. I listened to some great 90’s alternative, a bit of modern pop, some classic hair-bands, classics from the 70’s and some new music by Manafest, Thousand Foot Krutch and more. Some of this music has been purchased as loss-less FLAC files and I use my computer with a Sound-Blaster X-Fi card, and the ZTE Axon device with Dolby Audio for testing these out. They sound equally amazing through these earphones.

The Momentum in-ear phones provide a very good balance to music no matter what type of music you listen to. The bass is full and powerful enough to be really appreciated and on songs like “Turn Down the What” with a lot of deep electronic bass, they perform very well. The bass tracks are very smooth and clean and the overall sound and feel of rock music – and equally – classical music, is smooth, clean and clear. The volume level never gets crazy loud and as such they will never damage your ears. I’m sure that some people wish they would go louder, and in certain circumstances, I’m sure it would be nice, but for the most part they are loud enough for most people.

In addition to the bass, the high treble is very crisp without being harsh in any way. The vocals are clean and strong without being muddied over by poor reproduction of the instruments. Kick drum, guitar, horns and more are fantastic – absolutely fantastic.

No matter how good these sound, if they are uncomfortable, you probably won’t wear them. Thankfully, these are so comfortable, you’ll probably spend more time wearing them, than not wearing them. They come with several different tips and they will fit pretty much any size of ear that you have. They stay firmly in place thanks to the nice soft tips as well as the angled design of the body. If you wear these for a few minutes, or a few hours, they are equally comfortable and you’ll be happy that you stuffed them in your ears.

 

Conclusion:

Sennheiser doesn’t usually make garbage, but some of their products seem a little high priced for the performance. With their Momentum earphones debuting at about $349, I expected these to retail for about $199. Thankfully they are priced just over the $100 mark here in Canada and that is very affordable for the performance.

I wear a lot of different earphones over the course of a year and these have now taken the top spot in terms of comfort. They feel fantastic and look just as good. To top all of that off, they sound even better. While they don’t have all of the brass class of the Optoma NE800M earphones we looked at recently, they do look very classy in their own right.

What it comes down to though is audio quality. Sennheiser’s Momentum line is not their top-end product, but it is not their budget series either. The Momentum’s come in just below audiophile quality and moving a set of earphones into this headphone space could be a bit risky. There are a lot of features and quality materials in the Momentum line and Sennheiser actually did bring all of the features, quality and performance into this little package and make them fit in your ear-holes. 

Moving the high-end Momentum headphone line into their earphones was a risky move, but one that certainly paid off for the consumer. I wish I could find something that I don’t like about these – but for the life of me, I simply can’t. They are about as close to perfect as earphones can get without being given to man by the gods themselves.

 

Pros:
  • Excellent comfort
  • Well balanced audio
  • Look great
  • Work well with any stereo or headset-compatible device.
  • High-quality carrying case
  • Great flat-ish cable stays untangled

 

Cons:

  • Absolutely nothing

 

Gold

 

I'd like to thank Sennheiser for sending over the Momentum In-Ear Headphones for us to check out. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please leave it here in the forum.