Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones

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Product: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones
Provided By: Sennheiser
Price: $99.95 MSRP at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today we are taking a look at one of Sennheiser's latest products. While the Momentum series of headphones has been around for a while now, this series has only been available as over-the-ear or on-head products. Today, however, we are taking a look at their in-ear Momentum earphones. These promise the same high-quality experience, but with a distinct difference. They are very small when compared to bulky headphones. I know there are a lot of people that enjoy large headphones, but they won't take them on the road. These are aimed for those consumers. 

I've tested out a large number of earphones over the years from Creative, Razer, SteelSeries, Optoma and more. I enjoy good, accurate, clean audio and have been impressed with some of Sennheiser's products in the past, but they've always been pretty large. Hopefully they have figured out how to get the same high-quality audio inside a small package.

Momenum Box

 

Closer Look:

These earphones come packaged in a classy box that it's overly flashy and shows off the product through great graphics. It will catch your eye at the big-box store. Inside the box, is a nice carrying case that includes a bunch of extra ear-tips that range from extra small to large. The 1.3m cable includes an in-line remote as well as an omni-directional microphone. The cable is not entirely flat, but it isn't exactly round either. Flat cables have an advantage of being really easy to untangle, but they don't always lay right. Sennheiser tries to blend the best of both cables into this elliptical cable and it appears to work pretty well. They are much easier to untangle that the Optoma earphones, and they are more comfortable than the SteelSeries units we looked at a while back.

In The Box

 

 

In The Package:

The Sennheiser Momentum Earphones have some unique design styling that gives them immediate curb appeal. The cable exists the driver housing on the side of the main body and is help securely in place with a hard loop that should keep the wire secure and prevent it from getting damaged as easy. The sound chamber sits on a slight cant and this makes them very comfortable and stay securely in my ears.

Closer

The Sennheiser Momentum is a headset - not just a pair of headphones. The built in remote houses the microphone as well as controls to play, pause, skip forward and skip backward. All this is done on a very slim unit that doesn't add a lot of bulk to the package.

The overall look, feel, fit and finish is very well done and on the next couple of pages we'll find out more about the Sennheiser Momentum in-ears and find out what makes them tick, how good they claim to be and finally, how good they actually are.


 

Features:

The following features and specifications have been pulled from the Sennheiser website and posted here for your convenience. Please make sure to check their product page for all of the latest and updated information.

Perfection in a compact package - MOMENTUM IN-EAR
The true dimensions of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear headphones can be measured not only by their uncompromising sound, but also in a wealth of little details – from the nano-precise, stainless-steel sound tunnel to the three-button multifunction remote with integrated microphone.

 

Design - SLEEK AND SOPHISTICATED
The design of the MOMENTUM In-Ear speaks a clear, consistent language. Over 200 contrasting red stitches grace the black-lacquered zipper on the soft-covered case that safely protects your earbuds. The black-and-red cable leads to a red, high-gloss housing. And the outstanding design also extends to their fit, with comfortable tips that sit just right.
 
Carry Case Inside Top Carry Case Inside - Bottom

 

Sound - BRILLIANT AND POWERFUL
There’s only one way to deliver uncompromising sound in a small package: by combining top-quality materials with superior craftsmanship. That’s why the acoustic components contain no plastic. They are made of high-quality stainless steel, manufactured using precision milling technology. It’s not a difference you can see – but one you’ll hear in the powerful yet nuanced sound signature.

 

Comfort - ADAPTABLE AND ERGONOMIC
You can forget about the MOMENTUM In-Ear. With their ergonomic, adjustable angle of 15°, the buds adapt so well to your ears that you’ll forget they are there. Thanks to the extra-small sound tunnel and a choice of four ear sleeves to fit any size ear, all you’ll experience is the pure sound.

 

Accessories - FUNCTIONAL AND DURABLE
The range of In-Ear accessories is as broad as the In-Ear itself is tiny. Including a sturdy hard-shell case, intuitive remote for iPhone and Android, elliptical cable that minimizes tangling and sound loss, gold-plated jack and integrated hands-free microphone.

 

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

On the next page, we'll take a listen to these to see and hear how they perform.


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.