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Sennheiser Momentum

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The plush Sennheiser Momentum headphone fills a much-needed niche within the Sennheiser sealed-back arsenal and represents the German maker's finest contender in the burgeoning 'audiophile headset' category. Slim-profile circumaural earcup dimensions and sumptous style meets full Top Ten Under $500telecommunications for iPhone or iPad. Included are 2 detachable cords, one with a built-in mic + 3 button Apple controller along with a standard 'no mic' headphone cable. Supple tanned leather earpad cushions and a tough brushed steel headband frame ensures durability on your travels.


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Product Features:

  • Detachable headphone cabling; 2 cords provided
  • iPhone / iPad-ready with mic + 3-button control cord for Apple devices
  • Full-size sealed-back circumaural earcup construction
  • Durable, lighweight brushed steel headband
  • Upscale European styling with plush leather pads tanned by Pittards-UK
  • Sennheiser travel case slim valise included

What's In The Box:

  • Hard-sided travel case
  • (1) 4.5ft headphone audio cable
  • (1) 4.5ft mic'd cable w/ 3-button Apple controller
  • 1/4" stereo full-size plug adapter
  • Sennheiser owner's manual


The Sennheiser-Germany materials lab is amongst the most brilliant in the headphone industry and world-renown for superb audio engineering and cutting-edge designs. The Sennheiser Momentum showcases their latest aspirations in the exploding 'headset headphone' category with an elegant and great-sounding over-the-ear headphone capable of doing many things very well. For commuters using an iPhone or iPad, the sealed-back Momentum includes a detachable cable containing a built-in mic + 3-button player control. Good environmental isolation allows use at the office cubicle or during travel without audio 'leaking' out of the cans earning you dirty looks from folks nearby. For audiophilic listening, the Momentum also includes a 'non-mic'd' cord sans any telephone features for purest sound quality. The Momentum microphone offers very good intelligibilty on both sides of the call; as another plus, the mic control housing is sturdily built and avoids the chintzy feel of most other headset 3-button controls. The Sennheiser Momentum tone sticks close to the classic 'warm and smooth' signature sound heard in lauded Sennheiser reference models like the HD600 or HD650 with a solid, fun low-end extension that doesn't get in the way of clear midranges and upper highs. Safe to say, bass lovers won't feel skimped on the lows but even more analytical listeners will not miss vocal detail or upper treble 'air' and an open sense of recording space. The upper-most strata of soprano highs does sound somewhat rolled-off and exhibits a trace of the infamous Sennheiser "veil". However, we did not find the rounded treble shimmer a deal breaker given the category & application of this headset. In fact, within the Apple / smartphone headphone field, the Momentum may be the top choice for mobile listeners seeking a high-performance, full-featured headset ready for travel and easy portability.

Although technically listed as a circumaural model by Sennheiser, the slim-profile earcup sizing of the Momentum puts it somewhere between "small full-size" and "large on-ear" dimensions. In either event, our testers thought the ergonomics quite comfortable and widely adjustable on a variety of heads, including our smaller wearers. The lightweight brushed steel headband construction of the Sennheiser Momentum does not fold or collapse but is exceedingly well-built and durably designed for the long haul. The Pittards UK-tanned leather earpad cushions feel amazingly soft on the ears and not overly hot thanks to fine pad breathability that's also made sweat and water resistant due to the upscale tanning process. A provided storage valise neatly fits the Momentum for travel and transit. We also really like the extra-sweet 'angle-adjustable' plug jack that allows either a 'straight' connection or a right-angled plug into your audio source of choice. As our biggest quibble, the Momentum microphone on cord seemed prone to picking up ambient noise, so phone calls are best performed in quieter spaces whenever possible. The cable connectivity into the Momentum headphone itself is a tiny 2.5mm [not 3.5mm] jack employing a 3-ring plug. The 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty is serviced free only with a valid 'authorized Sennheiser dealer' purchase receipt, like the ones we've provided here at HeadRoom for all our Sennheiser customers since 1992!


  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Coupler Size: Medium
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Cord Length: 4.5
  • Detachable Cable: Yes
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 18
  • Isolation: -12dB ~ -16dB
  • THD+N: < 0.5%
  • Weight: 7
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB
  • Microphone: Yes

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Best portable closed back headphone!
Posted by Big Daddy Fox from Cleveland, OH on 2014-04-15

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Smooth even toned sound, detachable cable, comfortable, stylish, great sound isolation/leakage
Cons: Slighty rolled off highs, could be slightly tight on larger heads/ears

The headphone quest is over! To keep this short and sweet: The Sennheiser Momentums are the best portable closed back headphone sans amp there is. Incredibly smooth across all frequencies with nice fun (perhaps slightly loose but great) sounding bass resonse, perfect midrange and smooth highs (slightly rolled off but definately not overly bright or sharp.) A nice balance between warmth and clarity. And again smooooooth. Incredibly sexy looking and despite the criticism of being small for over ears that is one of the strengths to keeping them sharp looking and not too bulky. The amazingly soft leather will stretch and adjust to your ears, you just have to be patient and open minded. These are a very different headphone that closed minded listeners really need to give a second chance to. Given the $300 price point these are at the sweetspot for price vs quality. Anything better and you'll spend $500+ as well as an amp price. Given the price, style/look, comfort, smoothness of sound, detachable/replacable cable and low impedance, this reviewer has found the perfect iPod headphone and unless I win the lottery, my search for that perfect headphone is over.

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Momentous puchase and worth it
Posted by Mikey B from TX on 2014-01-20

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Excellent sound and very well-balanced
Cons: Cord could be longer and earpads a tad larger

I have Sennheiser ears and I have had them for the past 40 years when I bought my first pair of Senns. My faves are the HD650, the older HD450 and HD518(The foam pads finally disintegrated.)and now the Momentum. And it handles anything I throw at it. Classical, vocals, Metal, Jazz, Dubstep, Electronic, Rock, Classical Guitar.
Does it need a headphone amp? No but it breaks in a lot faster if you amp it. The bass gets tighter and the highs and mids smooth out and clean up beautifully. On my SanDisk Sansa MP3 player the Momentum is brilliant. Very efficient for a work of art.
The Momentum exudes class and workmanship. Excellent design and beautiful sound. Isolation is surprisingly good given the size of the earpads. Since I amp them most of the time a longer cord would be preferable. Pricing is inline with the quality and at $299 when on sale at HeadRoom they are unbeatable in their class.
With the sound of the Momentum, Sennheiser did it RIGHT on the first try. And I really like the brown color scheme. Bravo!

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Sounds great, needs larger ear pads
Posted by oceans22 from Orange County, CA on 2014-01-15

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Very convenient controller, unique looks
Cons: Full size ear cup is really more of a mid size

I have a hard time calling these "full size" headphones. I don't think I have large ears but they do stick out a hair. And it takes me a while to get comfy and find the best angle to wear the Momentums.

I personally think they're the best sounding most efficient headphones for your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Hands down!!! But Sennheiser really needs to redo the cup size by just a few millimeters.

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