Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones

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Product: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones
Provided By: Sennheiser Canada
Price: ~$249 MSRP At Publication

Introduction:

Who does not have at least one pair of on-ear headphones?  They are OK but often they do not stay on when you bend over to tie your shoe or are very active.  Often, the sound quality is not the greatest either.  If you are still clinging to your old headphones, today you may consider throwing them away and picking up a pair of Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones. This German company has once again shown us why their products are worth the price.  Sound, Bass, and Style are just some of the reasons why these headphones are worth buying. Read on to find out more.

Sennheiser Box

These come packaged in a custom foam box and have a home in the included carrying case. While these little details don’t make the product better, this attention to detail reflects in more than just the packaging.

Foam Padded

Foam Padded

Out of The Box

Out Of The Box

 

Closer Look:

Inside the carrying case, you will find two audio cables in addition to the sweet-looking Momentum headphones. One cable has a volume control with microphone (for newer Apple products) and the other is a simple straight-through audio cable. Unfortunately, the non-Apple cable doesn't have any sort of volume control built-in.  While this isn't the worst thing I've seen, it is a bit annoying that Apple products have a cable that is more functonal that the cable for everyone else.

Mometum & Cables
Momentum with Cables

 

The Sennheiser Momentum comes in your choice of seven colors (Blue, Green, Ivory, Pink, Red, Black and Brown).  The ear pieces are covered and the part of the headband are covered in comfy Alcantara. This material lasts as long as leather and is easier to clean than suede. Also to note, that it is also used as flame retardant seat covers on Formula One race cars. Your headphones - no matter how hot they sound – won't burst into flames.

Cans

Alcantara Covered Earpads

 

As well as the Alcantara covered bits, Sennheiser uses stainless steel on the lower half of the band with steel sliders for adjustment.  This leather/steel look gives the Momentum headphones a sophisticated style.

Profile
Profile

Headband
Headband

These other pictures show the attention to detail Sennheiser dedicates to its products and this in turn gives us headphones that look as good as we hope they sound.

Logo Detail
Logo Details

Stainless Screws
Stainless Screws

 

On the next page we'll cover some features and the specifications of these headphones before we jump into testing.


Features:

Now let’s look at the product features and specifications and see what makes these on-ear headphones worth your money. The following information has been taken from the Sennheiser product page and posted below for your convenience.

Attention To DetailBeautiful and compact, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear. It transforms the concept of Sennheiser’s acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones into a lighter, smaller, refreshingly fashionable approach, while staying true to its purist philosophy and dedication to high performance in sound and style.

  • Finish Uncompromisingly beautiful : It is made for you to listen and to wear. The MOMENTUM On-Ear excels in both departments. With every stitch exactly in place and its high-class materials in perfect harmony with each other, these headphones enchant the senses.
  • Comfortable fit Endless listening pleasure : The headband and ear pads of the MOMENTUM On-Ear are covered with supersoft, breathable, and durable Alcantara®. For extra comfort, the pads are filled with two layers of special foam. The ear cups are attached to highly mobile ball joints running in sliders. The result? A perfect fit.
  • The Material The right stuff : True to the MOMENTUM philosophy, only the best would do with the On-Ear: luxurious Alcantara® for the earpads, stainless steel for the sliders, and shimmering metal for the remote.
  • Plug de Luxe Smart Design : A hand flattering technical detail with great benefit. The low profile angled plug makes the MOMENTUM On-Ear perfect for use with Apple devices.
  • The Style Zero Tolerance for Me-too : MOMENTUM was designed not for those who follow fashion, but for those who define their own style. A triumph of substance over mere effect. Understatement as a statement. Timeless style that reflects your design principles. Our interpretation of purism, perfected.
  • iRemote Putting you in control : Sleek and smooth, the MOMENTUM On-Ear’s metal in-line control unit and microphone supports Apple devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone. Placing complete control over telephone calls and your music conveniently at your fingertips

Specifications:

Specs

The Momentum on-ear headphones are a stylish item that is the right size for business or leisure listening pleasure. Now let's continue on to the next page and my favorite part - testing.


Testing:

I have a pin head that makes it difficult to tighten a headband small enough to fit properly. I was delighted to find that I was able to adjust the Momentum headphones down to my size. I have to admit that the only Apple product I own is my 2nd generation iPod Nano so I could not get the volume control or microphone to work. However, judging by Sennheiser's other products, I have no doubt as to the quality of the microphone on the Momentum headphones.

I plugged these puppies into my ThinkPad and rocked out there. I must say I was surprised at how much detail I could pick up in the music when compared to cheap desktop speakers and other headphones - including the BlueAnt Embrace on-ear headphones. I have tested these headphones to a wide array of music including:"Something's Got a Hold on Me" Christina Aguilera, P!nk "So What", and TobyMac "Eye On It". All tested music had crisp, clear sound. The bass was thumping at the right levels without being too weak or overpowering. Vocals were crystal clear in any type of music or media (try Audible for a free book).  The treble seemed to be well balanced, but on some songs, it seemed a bit strong. When I turned up the volume on my PC, iPod, or Android phone, I could not detect any distortion. If you plugged these into a high-end headphone amplifier, I'm sure you could get them to distort at some point, but in normal operation, they are fantastic.
 
Sennheiser Momentum Profile
 
If you are going to be turning up the volume, make sure the people around you have similar tastes in music as well, because they will hear it too. While the Momentum headphones do a fair job at damping sound for the listener, they do not hold all of the sound in. That is one drawback with any on-ear headphones. 
 
As I continued to listen to music, I listened to "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Chris Rice (Piano music), "Hero" by Skillet and all of it came through clear and rocking. Audiobooks were next on the list and I listen to books a lot. The voices were robust, clear, and made for exciting listen. 
 

 

Carrying the headphones around (which I do not know why you would when you could be wearing them, rocking out) is convenient with the carrying case and this case is ideal for storing them in as well. I found the ear pads to be comfortable on the ears which are great. I have the BlueAnt Embrace headphones and they are a bit uncomfortable after a few minutes of use. With that in mind, I’m making the switch.

Another bonus feature is that with the Momentum, you are able to replace the ear pads if yours become damaged or wear out. At this point I need to take them off, stop dancing around and finish this review. 

Conclusion:

The Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones were a great listing adventure for me. They look fantastic, feel comfortable, and are worth every penny. I wish I had been able to test the volume control, but without an Apple device, I just can’t do it. The amazing sound makes it easy to see why you would spend $249 MSRP. I believe these headphone will be the last ones I wear and use for a long, long time. Hopefully down the road I can get a set of these and I'll happily replace my BlueAnt Embrace headphones.

Pros:
  • Travel case
  • All over comfort
  • Two cables
  • Great balance of bass and vocals
  • Replaceable ear pads

Cons:
  • Volume control and mic only work with newer Apple products
  • A bit expensive for on-ear headphones

Gold

I'd like to thank Sennheiser for sending the Momentum On-Ear headphones over for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop them in the forum at the link below.