Sennheiser Momentum 2 Headphones

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Product: Sennheiser Momentum 2 Headphones
Provided By: Sennheiser
Price: ~$399 CAD at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are taking a look at the Sennheiser Momentum (M2) headphones. These are a luxurious set of over-the-ear cans that are geared toward those that enjoy great audio and don't want a glossy pair of plastic, bass-heavy headphones. That's right. These are built for people who are proud of who they are and what they have accomplished. In all fairness, each different style and design of every headphone probably has a perfect fit for a different consumer, but I really do like the simple elegance of the Momentum (M2).

We looked at the original Sennheiser Momentum headphones a while back and the audio quality was very good on those, but there were a couple of things that maybe needed some work after prolonged usage. Sennheiser has tried to address these issues as well as bring a folding design to the table - all while maintaining great durability and support for your Android devices as well as your favorite Apple device.

The current price of these is about $50 than the original Momentum, so you'll have to stick around and see if that half-a-Benjamin is worth spending on the M2 version.

Box In Box

 

In The Case

 

First Look:

The Sennheiser Momentum (M2) headphones come in very classy package and include a carrying bag to protect them from dust and scratches while you're on the road. I have a good feeling that if they sound as good as they look, that they will be on your head more than in storage, but we'll have to listen here in a bit. For now, we'll take a look around the headphones and notice the stainless steel band, solid hinge, stainless screws, and leather cover on the ear pads. The headband is slightly padded and wrapped in leather as well. There isn't much padding on the band itself, but with the gentle fit of the Momentum (M2) they are still very comfortable.

Folded Profile Jack In

 

The ear cups are closed circumaural and feel like memory foam covered with soft leather. Whether or not you have something against leather or not, the feel of these is absolutely fantastic. They feel as luxurious as as I hope they sound.

The included cable isn't as flashy as the one that came with the original Momentum headphones we reviewed a couple of years ago, but that cable had a few failure points with the connector and Sennheiser has simplified this design. There is a handy in-line volume control that works with Android devices and allowed me to change volume on HTC and LG devices as well as play/pause music and answer phone calls.

Cable

Sennheiser is always pretty happy to brand their products and does so with an iridescent logos the side of each of the ear cups as well as with their Momentum model on a stainless plate on each side of the headband.

Profile Side Profile

 

The leather, contrasting stitch, stainless steel and solid build of these headphones make me glad that I was able to take a look at this review sample. I personally love the understated elegance of the Momentum line. They don't have to be crazy flashy, plastic, glossy or glitter. Sennheiser picks great industrial materials and blends them to make an elegant product.

On the next page we'll take a look at the specifications and features before we continue on to testing these out.


 

Features:

The following information has been pulled from the Sennheiser product page and posted here for your convenience. We have posted some of the information and if you want to get all of the details, please be sure to check out the product page.

Momentum - THE NEW GENERATION
Our fascination with precise and detailed sound manifests itself in the new MOMENTUM headphones. From the high- quality materials like brushed stainless steel and finest leather to the perfect finish to the experience of uncompromising sound.
Our developers have worked to combine customer feedback and technical innovations to create the best MOMENTUM headphone yet.
 
Sound - HIGH-RESOLUTION AND DEEP-REACHING
The new generation of MOMENTUM headphones carves out every aural nuance in even finer detail. Thanks to proprietary 18-Ω Neodym transducers. With large diaphragms that make the trademark MOMENTUM sound an even more brilliant experience. Clear, richly detailed, and with a powerful bass.
 
Design - TIMELESS AND IMMACULATE
Love of detail is a main character trait of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM: With sliders made of stainless steel, and luxurious leather covering the soft, newly designed ear cushions. Its sound and its finish with accurately placed seams make the MOMENTUM a delight for all senses.
 
Profile
 
Mechanics - COMFORTABLE AND VARIABLE
The ear cups of the new MOMENTUM are attached to high-end ball joints running steplessly in collapsible sliders made of brushed stainless steel. The individual adjustment to the head is important for both comfort and sound. And with its newly designed ear cups the MOMENTUM offers even more wearing comfort.
 
Remote Control - HANDY AND INTUITIVE
The integrated in-line remote comfortably lets you control phone calls, music, and volume. Furthermore, it supports Apple devices like iPod, iPhone, and iPad as well as Android tablets and smartphones.
 
Connection - AESTHETIC AND MOBILE
With its low profile the angled 3.5-mm stereo jack plug is optimized for the use on mobile devices. Fitted with jack plugs on both ends, the cable is completely detachable and can be replaced if necessary.

 

Specifications:

Momentum 2 Specs
Momentum 2 Specs

 

While this review isn't a comparison of the original Momentum headphones, we will post the specifications here for those as well and highlight the differences.

Original Momentum
Original Momentum Specs

 

The differences are pretty much the Sound Pressure Level of the new Momentum headphones, contact pressure, and the inclusion of microphone specifications. The new Momentum headphones have a slight edge in all of the areas - on paper at least.

On the next page we'll take a listen to these plugged into several different audio sources to see how they perform under Android, Apple, Windows and Chrome.


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.