As a lover of listening to music and connoisseur of headphones (I break a lot of them!), when I was asked to take the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones for a spin, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a lover of Sennheiser in-ear sets for a while now (not least because they seem to be fairly durable!) but I was venturing into uncharted territory with regards to Sennheisers with this pair. So, how did they do? Let’s read on to find out.
First off, let’s take a look at just what you get with your purchase of these headphones. Thankfully, the headphones are in the box when I open them, always a delight(!)
In the box, you will find a pair of cables, one of them will be plain and one of them will have an in-line mic and remote for you to control your iDevice with. If you’re a businessman on the move or just a rather popular person, you can also use this remote to take calls on the go. Alongside the cables, you’ll find a carrying case with a cute little bag inside to further protect your new headphones. So, now we’ve got that out the way, let’s get onto the nitty gritty.
Today’s market wants headphones that both perform well and look good. Such trends have allowed headphones like Dr Dre’s Beats to flourish and this is the part of Sennheisers range that the Momentums are looking to fill. And fill it they do.
They may not have the young and hip vibe of the Beats, but that’s because the Momentums are not aimed at that market. You don’t need to be all young, hip and trendy to work a pair of these into your style for the day. The headphones are just, well…well made and for everyone!
The stainless steel sliders down the side look stunning and work perfectly whilst the lovely suede headband adds a nice touch of luxury to the headphones. Alongside a lovely design, it also comes in a range of colours – namely pink, green, ivory, blue, black, brown and red – but most of all, they’re comfortable. I’ve tried a wide range of on-ear headphones before, and whilst they did the job, they were very uncomfortable. As someone who has to wear glasses, finding a pair of on-ears which don’t punch my glasses into the side of my head is a hard task, however the Momentum’s have made a good go of it. Whilst it isn’t perfect, it’s a darn sight better than the rest I’ve tried, a big plus in my book.
From a non-spectacled perspective though, the headphones sit on your ear just right, giving off just the right amount of grip to feel comfortable, but not like it’s trying to pop your head open. Even the cable has had some attention from the designers, the remote/microphones fits in well with the headphones design whilst the end of the cable comes complete with a 90-degree plug. For people like me who break headphones often, you’ll understand that this is a joyful moment. It’s super comfy, looks great and even the cable got some attention! What more could you ask for from a design perspective?
I’ll start this off by talking about the noise isolation with the Momentums. If you’re looking for something that will block out aboslutely everything, this isn’t the one for you. That’s not to say that the isolation is poor however. I decided to have a listen whilst on a road trip at 70MPH down a motorway and whilst I still heard cars whizzing by, tires turning furiously fast, I could still hear my music with a fairly nice clarity, and that’s what I want in my headphones.
However, in my opinion, if you’re looking for something to isolate yourself from the noisy daily commute, this probably won’t be your choice. However, if like me, you’re looking for something styling yet functional to do your work with, listen to music in private or you just don’t care about full isolation, this set will do the job, and do it well. As I write this, my TV was on and my music took clear precedence over Peter from Family Guy’s whining, and that made me happy.
One thing I will note though, if you crank up the volume, you won’t hear a thing but your music in almost perfect clarity. And that’s awesome.
To test out how the headphones dealt with a ride range of music and the subtleties that come with it, I tasked both my phone and my stereo with shuffling around from Swedish House Mafia to a lovely chocolate filled song from Babymetal, and honestly, I think it handled the trip pretty well. I didn’t come into this expecting stunning studio quality sound but it it sure came close. The bass comes in when needed and doesn’t overpower other elements of a song like other more style conscious headphones do. *cough* I’m looking at you Beats *cough*
At volume, I can’t really say that the headphones lost much, if any of the quality it retains at a lower volume. I decided to risk my own health (according to the EU) and turn my volume up to the max and as well as being unable to hear anything else in the room, I could make out almost every detail of the song I was listening to. To find a pair of headphones which do not lose quality or distort the sound at higher volumes is a treat!
The real question, would I buy it?
Honestly, I’m really on the fence with this one. From a personal perspective, these really are a good bunch of headphones. They look good and sound good at the same time yet they do have some minor problems when it comes to isolating noise. For £170, I just feel like there should be a touch more sound isolation for my pounds. Despite that, I’d still probably drop the £170 for a pair.
However, from a reviewer’s perspective, if you’re looking for something to block out the sound and make your commute more bearable, this probably isn’t the set you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a stylish yet functional pair of headphones with some top-notch quality sound, this is the pair you’re looking for.
- Compact closed back, on-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment.
- Headband and layered foam ear pads are covered with super soft, breathable and durable Alcan Tara providing comfort and a perfect fit.
- 18-ohm operating impedance produces outstanding bass response, dynamics and overall output level with portable audio devices
Overall, these are a pretty darn good pair of headphones, and a real joy to listen to my music with. The whole noise isolation may be a bit of a personal gripe, it isn’t like I hear everything around me! I can take them on a road-trip and hear the road, but hear my music more and that’s what I want, and that is what you get from the Momentums.
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