Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones

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Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones
Closer Look at the Momentum Black
Features and Specifications
Testing and Final Thoughts

Product: Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones
Provided By: Sennheiser
Price: $399 MSRP at time of publication


I'm a bit of a headphone junky. While I don't have a ton of super-expensive headphones, what I lack for in quality, I make up for in quantity. That's not entirely accurate. I have quite a few sets of high-quality ear-buds from companies like Sennheiser, Razer, SteelSeries, Creative and more. I also have a couple of pairs of active noise cancelling Able Planet headphones as well as some BlueAnt on-ear headphones that I bought a while back. Yes, I do have some JBL units around here somewhere too. You get the point. I enjoy music and I enjoy music that sounds good and isn't limited by the drivers that are pushing the sound into my head.



Sennheiser has come a long way to be more of a "regular-consumer" company. A few years back their cheapest products were well out of reach for most consumers and you had to really enjoy music to justify buying a pair. These days, they have a lot more products aimed at different market segments - and they all sound good. Today, we are looking at something that sounds just a little better than good. We have the Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones. These are the big brother to the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones we looked at a little while back. The big brother will also set you back an additional $150 - making these headphones sit right up at the $399 mark. At that price, they certainly aren't cheap, and we'll take a look and a listen to find out if they are worth the extra money. We won't do a straight comparison, as I never got a chance to review the previous set, but I will share my thoughts.


First Look:

One thing I've noticed about Sennheiser products; especially their high-end series - they are packaged and presented very well. The Momentum headphones come in a very nice box as pictured above, and inside the box is a custom-fit foam pad that houses a padded headphone case. also in this foam-padded case is a little bit of documentation that you may find useful. I know that packaging is just that - packaging, and you can put a bow on a dead rat and it still stinks. All that aside, they have done a remarkable job on the packaging and presentation - down to the red ribbon that won't let the box open too far and then wreck the hinge. It's little details like this that let you know Sennheiser cares.

In The Box
Case in the Box



Overall, the package looks as good as the headphones inside - and that is saying a lot. These headphones looks very awesome and the black leather, stainless steel band and red stitching looks awesome. I'm a fan of how they look. I just hope they sound as good as they look.


Another thing that is pretty nice with the Sennheiser Momentum is the way the cables are stored. When you open the case, you get a nice look at the headphones, but their is no mesh pocket or visible pouch for any cables - and the cables come detached. The cables are located under a cover that sits in the middle of the case. There are two cables here. One cable has an in-line volume control, button and microphone and is designed for Apple products, and the other cable is simply a straight-through cable for other devices. We'll take a closer look at the cables in a bit.

In Case
In Case

Cable Storage
Cable Storage


On the next page we'll take a closer look at the Momentum Black headphones before we jump into the features and specifications of these very nice looking cans.