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 telecommunications 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.
- 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
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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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Posted by Paul from Ottawa, Canada on 2013-07-22
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: very listenable, naturally sounding ...
Cons: wish for more comfy ear cups
smooth sounding headphones, no overbearing bass like dr. dre, works well straight from laptops.
Lacks a bit of highs, but it doesn't get on your nerves on popular music.
I wish people at Sens would make them a bit more comfortable.
Good product knowing Sens quality
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Posted by jonny on 2013-07-02
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Sound quality, weight, looks
Cons: Fit, cables
I consider myself a bit of a headphone junkie. I spend way too much time reading reviews and forumns about headphones. The momentum headphones come highly recommended from all the sites I respect most: headphone.com, headfonia.com, innerfidelity.com, and head-fi.org. I was looking for a closed headphone to use at work in an office setting in place of my Shure SE425s, which isolate TOO much for use at work for me. I was looking for something I could wear for 5-6 hours a day. I also wanted something that sounded great with rock and hip-hop, but could also play my jazz and classical collection. I was looking for a fairly neutral sound signature, rather than the warm/dark sounds that you get from the more mainstream headphones.
SOUND: The sound on these headphones is awesome. It's very clear, detailed, and hits low frequencies comfortably. It can sound a bit rolled off in the higher frequencies. I fixed this by using the Foobar Graphic Equalizer add-on to add a peak centered at 5k hz. I built my equalizer preset for these based on the frequency response given at headphone.com. This equalizer adjustment to me makes these headphones a bit brighter and more detailed, and less rolled off. My only remaining gripe with the sound on these is that they don't have very good imaging. The sound feels like it's right in your head, rather than out in front of you where it should be. I realize this is partly just the nature of closed headphones. I think slightly bigger earcups with a bit of a forward angle could probably have improved this though. I use these with the Fiio E10 DAC/Amp, playing music with Foobar. If you're looking for a DAC or Amp to go with these, I'd actually recommend the Fiio E07K over the E10. It's only $10 more ($90), but is newer and more portable and versatile. These headphones don't have an aggressive sound, but I find that with my equalizer adjustment they still sound great for rock music. A more aggressive sound might be better for rock music, but it can also get tiring/abrasive after an hour or so.
FIT: As everyone has said before me, the cups on these are too small. I can still wear them for 2-3 hours without discomfort, but then I find I need a break before putting them back on. The cups touch the top and back of my (rather small) ears, which gets uncomfortable. You can pull on the inside of the cups and stretch them a bit, but they will reset to their starting shape. I do this before I put them on each time and it helps for awhile. The headband also doesn't have much padding on it. This headphone is light so this is a minor complaint, but a bit more padding would make them less noticeable on my head. The earcups hit my ears at an angle at first (i.e. the top of the cup was on my head, but the bottom stuck out leaving an air-gap). A very slight bend to the headband fixed this problem.
FUNCTION: These headphones are light, small, classy looking, and feel very durable. These are all big pluses. They don't collapse, but the case isn't too big for me. When I go on long trips I bring my Shure SE425s instead of these, but for short trips and office work these are great. My only complaint on the function side is on the cables provided. If they are going to provide two cables, they should provide two that are a bit more different from each other! The "audiophile" cable without the in-line mic is just as thin and short as the cable with the mic. They should have made it a thicker/longer cable. The problem is that this headphone has a unique headphone jack, so it's hard to find cable replacements. I'm hoping someone makes custom longer/thicker cables for these at not too high of a price soon.
OVERALL: I highly recommend these headphones. I do recommend that you try them on before buying, or buy from a retailer with a good return policy (like headphone.com). I imagine you will love the sound on these, but won't be perfectly happy with the fit. You'll want the opportunity to wear them for a few days before making your mind up.
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Posted by x on 2013-05-11
Recommend Product: Yes
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