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Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear

  1. Obery
    Fun sounding headphones
    Written by Obery
    Published Oct 23, 2016
    Pros - Wonderful bass, recessed but smooth sounding midrange, pretty good soundstage
    Cons - "Splashy" treble, wire not the greatest
    Not an audiophile, but here are my most notable impressions of these in ears:
    They're V-Shaped
    Natural, warm, accurate, true to life are not the words I'd use to describe these headphones. They're fun though, and for on-the-go listening, I think these are great, since you won't be looking for detail of the n-th level while walking down the street, or standing in a bus.
    They have bass
    Quite a lot of it. I'm no expert on bass bleeding in the mids, but I suspect there might be some splash into the midrange. Most of the bass is in the mid to sub bass region, which is good, and the bass doesn't sound boomy. It has a lot of impact and get's pretty deep.
    They have forward and "splashy" treble
    There's some emphasis on the high-mid to low treble frequencies, but not as much as I would have expected. It does have a lot of extension though. It sometimes makes some instruments and sounds, like cymbals, sound overly emphasized and in your face. Also, while this is going to depend, I find these earphones sometimes get a little sibilant on certain tracks. Not to the point where I can't listen to them anymore, but enough to make me think of lowering the volume ever so slightly.
    Midrange is recessed
    It's not a bad midrange though. It sounds smooth and natural. Most of the time, vocals don't seem to be buried under the treble and bass, however it can happen on certain tracks. Most notably those, that I know have backing vocals, and I have to kinda search for them in the mix, whereas on other headphones they're just there.
    Soundstage is good
    Not something I would write home about, but enough to keep my interest. Imaging though, IMHO is not the best. Everything sounds slightly outside of my head, but I wouldn't be able to tell exactly where from. Just the general direction that the sounds are coming from.
    Wire is sh**
    It's thin, quite long and it remembers that last time you put them carelessly into your pocket and they got tangled.
    They're quite big
    You're not going to wear these under your hat - you can forget about that.
    Isolation is... meh
    They're shallow fit, so..
    Foam does wonders with these
    It takes away a little bass and some of that overly splashy treble and converts it into a bit more midrange and soundstage. It doesn't really change the overall signature of them, but those slight I'm all for those slight changes in these earphones.
    Would I buy them again for 80$?
    Yeahp. They're fun, they're good looking, have a 3 button remote for both android and iOS (separate models) and they sound a helluva lot of cleaner than my previous IEM's - AKG K323. Oh, and they sound fun. 
    Compared to AKG K323: AKG's have the same amount of soundstage I feel, but the imaging is very accurate. And because they sit so deep into your ear canal, it sounds slightly freaky when a violin is making sounds right outside of your right ear. Also, because they go so deep into the ear canal, they're more comfortable and way less conspicuous. As for sound, the AKG's have less bass, that gets just as deep, they have less treble splash, but more emphasis on mid and low treble, and they sound dark AF. Something about those mid's I just can't accept. Also, the wire's ****, and is shorter, so it's even worse.
    I prefer Momentum In Ears, over AKG K323 - they sound better and cleaner. AKG's have their moments, but most of the time, I don't regret spending nearly 2x on the Senns' as my replacements.
  2. Tom22
    A complete package for iOS and Android Users
    Written by Tom22
    Published Jun 5, 2016
    Pros - iOS and Android Controls, Fun sound, Tangle resistant cables, lightweight, and comfortable
    Cons - thin midrange, not a fan of the red and black design, slightly blunted treble
    The Momentum Series was a collection of lifestyle audio products aimed towards the marriage between style and sound. Since the release the Over Ear Momentums, this collection quickly gained a large following. Fast forward to late 2015-2016, Sennheiser has both updated the both the Over and On Ears.  However, it’s the affordable In Ear Momentums that has received wide praises from the average consumer, with its more affordable price between $70-129 USD/CAD and great sound.  Let’s see if the praise is well deserved!
    Disclaimer- Before we start this review, I want to thank Rosmadi and Sennheiser for sending a pair of the Momentum IE for review. Below a link to my youtube review, please like, comment and subscribe more reviews.
    Features and Accessories:
    The Momentum IE was intended for use with the modern smartphone with : Android and iOS Controls(for phone calls and media playback). This feature requires attention, since the market has very few audio gear that is FULLY compatible with android devices (with the inclusion of the volume controls). This is especially important because Sennheiser accomplished this without alienating their apple or android consumers.  The buttons are nicely constructed with beautiful tactile feedback for use even with thick gloves, and the mic is clear and appropriately placed.
    Accessories include:
    1. 1 hard shell carrying case
    2. 4 sizes of silicone eartips
    3. Plastic Mold Storage (requiring careful winding, for a nice  visual presentation of the earphones), impractical for daily usage but nice inclusion
    Overall: 8/10 * the only thing holding back from 9/10 (the smartphone controls is fantastic) is the lacktistisical inclusion of accessories.
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    While in the ear, only the shiny, sparkling sennheiser logo visible.Holding them in the hand. At first, questions may surface as to why Sennheiser designed this peculiar shape to continue the “momentum series” of audio products, which features a more refined, gentlemanly design with some retro inspirations. Its obvious Sennheiser out of their way to cater the IE towards the general consumer, with two colour schemes: the red and black, and the black chrome/gun-metal.  Theres no mistaking the Momentum IE with any other earphone at first glance.
    Overall: 8/10
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    Build Quality:
    The gun metal finish (on my pair) of the housing appears to be made of real chrome from afar, however this isn’t the case as the entirety of the body seems to be made of a light weight plastic upon closer inspection. Looking at the breakdown the earphones construction, the inner chamber and the nozzle is made of solid stainless steel, exuding a nice premium feel. A nice touch is the tangle resistant property of the lightweight, elliptical cable. The compact y split (and cinche) and the low profile L shape jack retains the minimalistic appearance, that’s perfect for the mobile users.
    Overall: 8.5/10
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    The combination of the narrow angled nozzle and the irregular design was designed with the human ear anatomy in mind, allowing them to comfortably slide in and out of the ear effortlessly. The lightweight housing causes no added pressure to the ear, and coupled with the plastic Sennheiser tag on the rear, allowing for easy grip when removing from the ear).
    Overall: 10/10
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    I would say average to above average, a nice all purpose earphone for daily usage. However those wanting to silence the outside world should seek the help of the Meelectronic A151, or perhaps the VSONIC VSD3s instead.
    Overall: 8/10
    The sound of the Momentum IE is very reminiscent of the Brainwavz S5, I’ve reviewed previously, but slightly more refined (for about the same price) but with iOS or Android Controls.
    With a v shaped sound signature, with nice punch (but not overbearing) in the bass makes modern day recordings and synths “fun” and “energetic”. Sennheiser has created an earphone that will play well with today’s popular  genres in the form of pop, hip hop, dubstep, trance and electronic.
    Punchy, fast, and impactful. These are the words that describe the Momentum IE best, providing a nice rhythm and beat to your music library.  The bass is well controlled and boosted at an appropriate level for use in moderately noisy environments. The bass is nimble but still authoritative, compared to the thick and slightly bloated, Nuforce NE800M, and sounds nicely polished to reproduce fast synths with relative ease.
    Laidback in character They are neither shouty  but not so far back as to call them muffled. Vocals are pulled back with a bit more of a nasal character (especially female vocals), which helps with clear speech intelligibility. However, this comes with the expense as they may not be the most natural sounding and may sound a bit thin for some users, a bit reminiscent of the Alpha and Delta AD01, both bassy earphones but sound surprisingly clear.
    They are just a hint splashy, with a bit of a “metallic” texture, however it’s quite minimal. It’s nicely energetic but not enough for me to call the harsh, however its still detailed enough without causing irritation. The treble plateaus in the mid treble, making them a bit “blunt” and not as “shimmery” as say the Dunu Titan 3, or “brilliant and extended” like the VSONIC GR07BE especially for flutes and music with more ambiance.  Presumably, this was done to prevent fatigue from extended listening periods.
    is nicely presented, avoiding the congestion that typical bassy earphones tend to suffer from. Good separation, venturing just slightly out of the head.
    Overall: 8.5/10
    While, the Sennheiser Momentum IE is not meant for the audio purists, looking for a neutral response to re-create a life-like representation of their music. They are simply all around, fun sounding that’s readily available in large retail stores worldwide. Also, with the added benefit of having an iOS and Android compatible controls this is a “no brainer” as a companion for the latest smartphone, for great enjoyment on the go.
    Overall 50.5/60= 84.1%
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    2. Slaphead
      I've yet to hear these - these are difficult to find in Switzerland outside of specialist shops.

      I'm curious as to how you think these compare to the CX5.00, which I already have, and you've already reviewed. I find the CX5.00 quite good for the money, and find the bass more than sufficient for electronica genres such as D&B, Trance etc.

      Great review by the way.
      Slaphead, Jun 8, 2016
    3. Sennheiser
      Nice detailed review. Thanks Tom! 
      Sennheiser, Jun 8, 2016
    4. Tom22
      @Wokei  thanks my friend! hope your doing well!
      @Slaphead  i would say the momentum in ear is faster and more exciting sounding, with A more emphasized treble. the cx 5.00 is more laid back relatively speaking!
      @Rosmadi Mahmood thank you! hope your enjoying your time off
      Tom22, Jun 13, 2016
  3. raymartin
    Need proper Amp or DAP
    Written by raymartin
    Published May 13, 2016
    Pros - excellent bass, clear mids, detailed highs, mighty comfortable,great isolation
    Cons - feel overly bright sometimes
    these are as good as they can get for their price point, got them after returning shure se215, detachable cable is too unreliable in them..plus they lack the bass..
    only con i felt with them is the highs get a little too sharp in rare cases,which is a good thing whren u are watching v shows, movies or anime, but not so much with jazz music
  4. e07015
    Decent In-Ear headphones
    Written by e07015
    Published Mar 23, 2016
    Pros - Works well with Apple products, Decent sound, Nice case, Sturdy build, Comfortable fit
    Cons - Lots of cable noise,
    Recently bought these as I had some rewards points to redeem.  I did not have many options to choose from but thought the Sennheiser would be a good choice based upon the reputation of the Sennheiser brand and also the good reviews of the Momentum line from Sennheiser.  The earbuds came from Best Buy and the retail price was $99.00.
    Packaging of the earbud is good.  They come with a nice hard zippered case with a plastic insert that can be used to wrap the earbuds.  The insert can also be removed so that you can use the zipper case without the insert.  The case alone is my choice as the plastic wrap is somewhat cumbersome to use.  They also come with a wide range of silicone tips of various sizes.  It would be nice if they came with some foam tips such as Comply.  
    Out of the box, the earbuds had a nice balanced sound, not too much bass.  I have used them for rock and alternative and they work well for me.  Probably would not be the choice for bass heavy rap or EDM.  They sound good but are not outstanding especially for the $100 price.  My $40 VSonics beat these hands down.
    Comfort wise, they are good.  Despite the metallic appearance, they are light and comfortable.  Should be no problem to wear all day.  Shirt clip is included and actually was useful.  90 degree 3.5mm plug is sturdy and also small so that it is not hindered by phone cases.  
    The Apple version comes with an inline control which works with the iPhone.  There is also an Android version available.  The buttons on the inline control are a little hard to control by feel as the raised buttons are hard to discern by touch.  
    My main complaint with these earbuds is the cable noise.  That problem is enough to make me not recommend them over other earbuds.  Walking with these earbuds is so distracting that you can hardly focus on the music due to the cable noise.  Using the shirt clip helps some but not enough.
    I really wanted to like these but after using for a week or so, I cannot say that I do.  I have put them away and gone back to my Mi Pistons as my daily drivers.  The Momentums will not be a keeper but a pass along to the kids.
    For far less money, there are much better options available.  The Mi Piston 3 sound just as good or maybe better and have no cable noise.  I could get 5 pairs of them for the price of the Momentums.  
    1. omgflyingbanana
      Which VSonics?
      omgflyingbanana, Mar 23, 2016
    2. Tom22
      @e07015 do you mean the Xiaomi Piston 3s? also which Vsonic are you referring to?
      Tom22, Mar 24, 2016
    3. e07015
      Vsonic VSD 3 (removable cable) and the Xiaomi Piston 3.  
      e07015, Mar 24, 2016
  5. Chiek
    Thank you Sennheiser for making high quality audio enjoyment so affordable
    Written by Chiek
    Published Aug 20, 2015
    Pros - Superb quality with a pleasing base complementing the sweet treble. Nice square carrying pouch. Remote volume control.
    Cons - Ear pieces don't fit well (too lazy to try the different plugs)
    The base stands out immediately. Not overpowering but complementary to the treble to produce an immensely warm and full bodied feeling. I test drove this pair of gems on Travis´ Side. The music resonated and enveloped me and led me into a drunken state of bliss. I praise Sennheiser for making great headphones for people of all budget profiles. This is a highly affordable pair of headphones that produce fantastic music for the masses. Because it has a remote control for volume, I rate this pair slightly higher than my highly rated Philips IE Fidelio S2 but below my current champ, the stylish and competent SE215. The Philips have a more subtler base but are nevertheless equally loved by me. I will alternate this two pairs of IE headphones on my mountain biking trips.
  6. oschon
    Great IE adddition to Momentum Line
    Written by oschon
    Published Oct 4, 2014
    Pros - Great slightly bassy sound, nice design, comfortable wear
    Cons - Enhanced bass will not suit everyone. Noninterchangeable cable, size is on the larger side
    I have published a review in my native language at http://tech.ihned.cz/c3-62890750-040000_d-62890750-test-sennheiser-momentum-in-ear but to make it more inclusive here are my findings in english (or "czenglish")
    I got my pair of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear at the end of Keynote at IFA show after talking with the Sennheiser brothers which was a nice surprise as it is actualy unpacking
    I have published a review in my native language at http://tech.ihned.cz/c3-62890750-040000_d-62890750-test-sennheiser-momentum-in-ear but to make it more inclusive here are my findings in english (or "czenglish"

    I got my pair of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear at the end of Keynote at IFA show after talking with the Sennheiser brothers which was a nice surprise as it is actually unpacking the headphones themselves. The presentation is great and the headphones look awesome with a hint of luxury. I like the dark red color mixed with black and the remote looks and works flawlessly (I got the android version, with iOS play/pause, skip forward work fine as well) .
    The case contains only 4 pair of tips. I have tried them all and did not find the perfect match. I would love to see some foam or triple layered tips included. The case itself looks great, but i hate removing the coil as it resists on the way out and on the way back in as well. It will get easier with time but not for me, i like the non-tangliness  and carry them in a separate small pocket in my backpack.
    The sound
    I had  a brief glimpse of the sound at IFA during a Showstoppers event and they described the headphones as high tones from original Momentum, bass more present, deeper and better presented than with On-Ears. Owning Momentum On-Ear for a year and loving the original Momentum which I have reviewed previously I was hooked and couldn't wait to get to review them (and then came the surprise at the keynote).
    So about the sound… Momentum In-Ear confirms what I believe strongly in: in-ears offer better sound than other headphone types at the same price. Sennheiser managed to produce sound covering the whole spectrum from sub-bass to high tones barely audible to humans with only one driver and did it surprisingly well.
    My first impression was that the bass is just a bit too much. It was strong, the very low end of the spectrum is there, and i felt like there is some bass leak. But after playing with different tips and letting them burn-in the bass got controlled and it actually enhances even jazz and classical recordings. The only effect I felt was that insturments like hoboe or even upright bass just got better separation and presence more akin to what i know from live jazz shows from my student years.
    The high tones like flutes (i love the sound of flute) or even cymbals is bright and clear with no sign of distortion or infidelity and there is so much detail in the recordings.  The same goes for vocals. It is pure joy to listen to FLAC versions of songs like Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega or Grandmother by Rebecca Pidgeon.
    Given the fact that Momentum in-ear offers some enhanced bass modern music like hip-hop or trance sounds the best. This is where Sennheiser shows all the wannabes how the music should really sound. Even with strong bass the vocals can be heard clearly. I enjoyed this characteristic with songs like Mercy by Kanye West, Church in the Wild by Jay Z or the “boomy” Royals by Lorde with great contrast of the deep beats and lovely vocals.
    On the other hand I mostly listen to quite different type of music. Jethro Tull with the great Flute of Ian Anderson), Diana Krall and these headphones made me listen to lots of classical music as well. It may sound strange given the slight V shaped sound but I like it even the bass which I find controlled and adding to the music. I really love the sound of Momentum IN-.Ear in Ravel’s works, especially with Bolero and Daphnis at Chloé (yup, I am conformist) Sennheiser shows the full dynamic range and the ability to separate instruments and offer great soundstage. I have two versions of Bolero in FLAC one by  Berlin Filharmoniker Orchestra directed by Von Karajan and by Czech philharmonic orchestra directed by Pesek and both are joy to listen to. The sound is alive, full of detail and just fun to listen to.
    On the other hand I found some music the headphones doesn't excel at too. Metal doesn't sound particularly great. It may be because of the lower quality files I have with Hail to England by Manowar ripped from a CD long years ago and even songs from Spotify... it simply is not the greatest I have heard.
    Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear generally don't sound that good with lower quality recordings. FLAC or ALAC is the way to go with this class of headphones but that is something head-fiers know by heart. Sound source is important as well. Top of the line phones are ok, low end phones are bad but the good news is you don't need to use headphone amp to enjoy Momentum In-Ear
    Of course you get some further sound refinement when playing them on a pocket amp (like on my slightly exotic Dared HPA-55Lú or with table amp like my Xonar Essence One but the boost isnt as great as using FLAC instead of 256kbps MP3 files.
    I use the headphones for movie watching and gaming as well and they do a good job with all the explosions being thrilling and dialogues clear and vivid.
    Overall, I am in love and given the sensible price of 99 USD/eur I think Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear is a great item to put on your letter to Santa.
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    2. Hoplite
      NIce review! Can you wear it over the ear?
      Hoplite, Oct 6, 2014
    3. bway17
      Hey great review, I just got a pair myself and agree about the tips.Have you had any luck finding replacement tips? I talked with sennheiser about it and as far as they know there isn't, at least not by 'comply' yet. I'd love some triple flanges, but for now I'm making do with the small tips.
      bway17, Oct 16, 2015
    4. oschon
      thanks for the nice words. Unfortunately no, comply still doesnt have compatible tips, or didnt have last I checked. I started using tips from LG in-ears from my LG G3, they fit better, but it still just simple tip, nothing fancy. I would love to have comply tups like I do with Beyerdynamic DX 160
      oschon, Oct 17, 2015
  7. Yubacore
    Bass bloat
    Written by Yubacore
    Published Apr 29, 2016
    Pros - Good isolation, easy to get a good seal
    Cons - bass bloat, veiled mids
    I picked up these for my wife. I thought that since she is more of an average listener (not too concerned with audio), the V-shaped sound might be acceptable or even preferred. I gave them a listen myself, naturally, and they are nothing short of terrible as far as I'm concerned. I can not believe the reviews are this positive, even at this price point.
    These IEMs have boomy, bloated bass and veiled mids. Stay away unless you like this kind of thing.
    Somebody had to say it.
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    2. tarunalpha
      You are right man. Just recently bought them to replace my ATH CKX9. As my CKX9 were having some channel imbalance issues. But CKX9 sounds much better and clear then momentums is ear. Soundstage in CKX9 is enormous. Just love it.
      Also they cost half the price...
      tarunalpha, Dec 28, 2016
    3. Dohyun
      Good point. I heard them too and they sounded like listening to 2 12 inch subwoofers.
      Dohyun, Jan 1, 2017
    4. Dohyun
      Otherwise, they have great construction and are very comfortable.
      Dohyun, Jan 1, 2017
  8. Fidelity King
    A great bass earphone
    Written by Fidelity King
    Published Jan 18, 2015
    Pros - Looks, control/ mic compatibility, energetic sound with lots of bass and treble
    Cons - Earpieces are large and stick out a little bit, too much bass for some, recessed mids, micro detail is lacking
    Before this review begins I would like to let all you readers know my audio path, from where I started to where I am now. This somewhat of a lengthy summary so you can skip it and go straight to the review if you'd like. 
    My audio story
    Like pretty much every other human on this earth, I never really bothered with sound quality. Yes music has always been part of my life, but I never had the equipment to truly enjoy it. Right around the 6th grade the amount of time i spent listening to music rose to new heights. At this time I only listened to music at home on youtube as I didn't have any portable media player to take on the go. For Christmas of 2011 I received an ipod touch 4g and i could now listen to music anywhere. I had never downloaded music before as I didn't feel it necessary, I mean I could always go on youtube and look up what I wanted. Like most 12 year olds, I got free music from an app on my computer. This was where I first began to notice a difference in the quality of sound. Everything just sounded cleaner and without noise in the background. I was impressed, but it still didn't draw me into the audiophile world. Around April of 2012 my cousin came to my house and gave me some Sony earphones, ( not earbuds ). I put them on, but immediately took them off as it felt very strange putting something that far inside my ear for the first time. After losing my earpods I once again turned to those earphones and this time I got over the fit. Well after playing just one song I was blown away by how clear everything sounded, this was where my audiophile journey truly began. After being so amused by my $30 earphones I began to understand why someone would pay $300 for a pair of Beats. The funny thing was that no matter which model I tried, the sound of Beats never amused me. This confused me as I thought that something of that price was sure to blow my socks off. One day I googled : world's best headphone, and I was stunned to know that Beats were actually some of the worst headphones on the market and that the true champions were the Sennheiser hd800. Over the next few months I did tons of research and discovered all of the REAL audio brands. Finally on Christmas of 2012 I decided to get a pair of Sennheiser hd 280 pro. This was my first real headphone and would be my reference pint for the next year. Once again in 2013 I continued my research and kept on learning new things about audio, like amps, dacs, and even cables. I moved to a different high school for my freshman year due to problems I encountered with the people at my old district. At this new school I made many new friends, many more than I had at my old school. Due to this I started to need portable headphones as I was on the go much more often. I didn't really know where to look as I wasn't too familiar with iems yet. Well. one day I went with my cousin to Fry's Electronics and there was a pair of DNA iems for only $50, half off from $100. There wasn't any information on these regarding the sound, there was only on pair left and the price was something I just couldn't resist. I had no money on me, but luckily my cousin was generous enough to buy them for me, these were his Christmas present to me. For the price I got them at, I was more than pleased with the sq. Only 2 months passed before they were stolen from me. In less than a week however I found the guy who took them and got him suspended for stealing. I would have kept them and if I had I wouldn't be looking at iems all day like I do now. But the reason I couldn't keep them was that i had recently gone to a party and didn't get my friend anything. She helped me find the guy who took them from me and I told her if I did find them that I would give them to her. Lucky for her and I, they were found and it felt great giving her a present because I was pretty much the only one who hadn't. Immediately after giving her those, I began doing heavy research on iems and all other things about headphones, but mainly iems. During this time I discovered many of the well regarded ones, which included the Sony ex1000, Shure se535, Klipsch x11, Sennheiser ie800, Etymotic er4 and it as also during this time that I got to know about ciems. There were too many options to chose from and a lot of them were way out of my budget, so I knew that it would be a very long time before I would decide on which one to buy. By now I was really getting into the whole hifi business. the title of "best" changes every once in a while, and it had been two years since I asked google what the best headphone in the world was, so once again I googled that. This time my mouth dropped wide open. Stax sr-009 electrostatic headphones, $5000, $12000 for a proper system. Never did I think a headphone could get that expensive. A new phase in my journey began and this was where I learned about different driver technology and how much more expensive it could make a headphone or a speaker. I took all of this seriously however, but whenever I saw a $2000 on the internet I just laughed. After I learned about why somethings are as expensive as they are I moved on to yet another phase in my journey and this was where I examined audio processing, 16-bit, lossless, uncompressed, 24-bit, raw samples. This last part of the journey was hands down the most complicated to understand, but I felt proud to have understood all this stuff. During July of 2014 I bought a fiio e7 for $8 from a garage sale, I'm so glad the person didn't know what they were selling otherwise he would have sold it for a much higher price. The difference in sound was something that I really did noticed when I hooked up my 280 pros to the fiio. By late July I had made my decision to buy the Apple in ear phones, the reasons for that were that I really wanted to own a pair of BA earphones, they seemed to have the sound signature that I liked which was with a lean one with an emphasis on treble, also they matched nicely with my iphone 5s. Before I bought them every review I came across said that they really lacked bass, to my surprise the didn't lack bass at all, but they did lack treble sparkle which is why I returned them only a few weeks after getting them. I had $30 earphones that had better treble than those, no way was I keeping them. It would be months before I would buy another set. Finally the time came once again where I had to decide on what to get. For a while I had trouble deciding on whether I should get the Shure se425 or the Eymotic er4. The Shures were more comfortable, low profile fit, and had more bass which while I don't really care for, is needed since I listen to a lot of rap and electronic music. the Etymotic had a treble response that I wished for, it was very accurate, probably isolated better, could improve with an amp, and had the option of custom earpieces. These two options were tearing me apart, but then I came across the Audio Technica ath im02, they combined every good thing from both the Etymotics and the Shures, and the best part was that they were only around $150 on amazon. I was settled and was ready to buy, except there was one more problem. Yes, I had $350 in cash but there was no place near where I live where they could be purchased. the only way to get them would have to be through the internet, and to buy them from there a credit card or something similar is needed, at the time I didn't have anything like that. I asked my parents hoping that they would buy it for me if I gave them the money. My parents, and everyone around me has no appreciation for good sound quality so to them the idea of buying earphones for $150 just seemed outrageous. It was no surprise to me when they told me no. My only other option I had in mind were either the Shure se 215 or the Sennheiser momentum in ear. Only because the momentums had more treble was why I chose them over the Shures. So here I am 3 years after getting into the hifi hobby, ready to do my first review. 
    1. Packaging: The packaging on these is pretty standard for something of this price.  IMG_2435.jpg
    Once opening them the carrying case is inside some foam protection. The foam also has a little compartment where the extra ear tips are housed. Like all products, there is a manual included  IMG_2442.jpg IMG_2439.jpg IMG_2440.jpg IMG_2441.jpg
    Other than that there's not much else to discuss, pretty simple packaging nothing fancy.
    2. Design/build: At first these may not seem like they're well built due to the plastic housing. Upon closer inspection you'll notice that these are actually substantial and even have a stainless steel tip. As you move down, the cable quality is good. It a black/red elliptical cable that doesn't feel too thin or too thick. Overall good build quality. Designs are always a preference thing, but in my opinion these look great. They have a shiny Sennheiser logo, a red/black color scheme, and a convenient right angle jack. My only gripe with the design is that there is only one color option.  IMG_2451.jpg IMG_2450.jpg IMG_2448.jpg
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    3. Sound: Finally, the part you've all been waiting for. Note my reference point for sound is the hd280 pro which is a studio monitor with a "flat" sound. I'v since sold them but the way they sounded is still very fresh in my mind. I will rate the sound for what it is and how it is. My preferences will be almost absent from this review. All listening was done on my iphone 5s and fiio e7 with a mix of itunes downloaded music and apple lossless cd rips. 
    Bass: The bass was the first thing I noticed when I first put them on. Its thunderous and thumpin , and ever  so slightly messy. After a week of burn in the messiness went away, but the big fat bass stayed. for rap and dubstep this works really well. It gives these genres the pounding bass that they deserve. Tracks like Dont hate the playa by Tyga sound intense and makes your eardrums rattle. Doing it right by Daft punk really shows the bass decay in these. As mentioned before, burn in removes any messiness that would occasionally spill into the lower mids. The bass may not be such good thing with strings which at lower volumes can really be drowned out. This is the type of bass that really suits modern genres like rap, electronic, or pop. I think the average consumer would really enjoy the ass on these.
    Mids: This is the weakest aspect to the sound. If you've heard anything else higher end, you'l immediately notice that the midrange is recessed. Its obvious, but they're not completely absent or lacking like they are with other mainstream earphones of this price. Listening to Touch by Daft Punk shows how the extra bass gives authority to male vocals. With female vocal these still sound great, but could be better. Not the strong point of these earphones, good enough for most average listeners.
    Treble: The treble on these saves them from sounding muddy. It clearly has a sculpted trebled that sounds bright. The lower treble gives them a lively signature that works well with modern genres. Strings sound clear and separate and Daft Punk's Within shows the amount of sparkle that these can put out. Only the highest treble region is smoothed out and lacks the micro detail that other earphones may have.  All in all the treble on these is good, its smooth with no sibilance, just be aware that if you're a treble head they may not provide the last bit of detail that you wish for. Separation and sound stage are both decent. They don't feel completely in your head like other earphones do. Isolation is rather poor on these, they muffle some noise but don't block it out. 
    Final thoughts: I bought these not because I wanted them, rather because I really wanted a good pair of earphones and had no other option in mind. I will be selling these, but I'm sure that they'll go to a better place afterwards. If anybody's interested in buying them my email is oscartamayo2010@outlook.com. I'll be selling them for $90 and I'm willing to go as low as $80. Hope this review was helpful, my next one wont be so long. 
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    1. Otto Motor
      Earcandy. Sounds nice and shiny but has a V-shaped signature. Pleasant, good, firm bass, but the vocals are lacking.
      Otto Motor, Nov 7, 2016
  9. MakeTotlDestroy
    A Solid Performer at 99$
    Written by MakeTotlDestroy
    Published Jan 11, 2015
    Pros - A lot of detail, nice bass, engaging and dynamic sound, great value, eye catching design
    Cons - Housings are a bit too large, not much accessories, carry case isnt great, treble can be metallic and harsh at times
    The new momentum IEMs are quite an interesting pair of earphones. The momentum series is known for its striking design and the attention to detail and this carries forward to the in-ears as well. The red and black metallic finish is a nice touch and turns heads. The build quality is quite solid ( it looks like metal bit its actually mostly plastic), the cables aren't removable like with the Shure se215s but the semi-flat design ensures they don't tangle as much.
    They plug in directly to your ear. They have pretty large housings and stick out of your ear a lot, so i did find it easy to dislodge the iem's when its in your ear. It's definitely not as secure as some around ear cable design like how i wear my RHA ma750i, which is definitely a lot more secure. It isn't the best iem in terms of comfort
    Coming to the Sound Quality, the momentums have a V shaped Sound signature which means the bass and treble is more emphasized. This makes for a energetic and lively sound. The momentums can come off as slightly too treble forward or bright for some. I feel that the s notes are slightly irritating. Some heavy metal songs which use a lot of cymbals can be a touch sibilant and sound metallic.
    The bass is, i think, the best part of these iem's. Its tight and has a lot of detail and texture. It does not feel overdone and gives a warm and punchy sound. I dont think it bleeds into the mids much. It makes the music very dynamic and engaging to listen to. It has a good amount of both mid-bass and sub-bass
    The mids are also good. They have a lot of detail but might feel a little distant because of the emphasized bass and treble.
    Noise isolation is pretty good with the right sized eartips
    Overall i think these are an excellent pair of earphones at 99$. I do prefer the RHA ma750i as i think it has better build quality, better fit, better accessories and slightly better soundstage and slightly more natural sound, but its also more expensive.
    Also this is my first review. Any suggestions and comments are welcome :)
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  10. mark2410
    Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears Quick Review by mark2410
    Written by mark2410
    Published Nov 7, 2014
    Pros - Bass. Its VAST and its glorious. Mids are superb too. Android controls that work.
    Cons - Bass is very ever present. Pricing variation.
    Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears Quick Review
    Thanks to Sennheiser for the sample
    Full review at http://www.head-fi.org/t/741375/sennheiser-momentum-in-ears-review-by-mark2410
    Brief:  Sennheiser do a “style” IEM.
    Price:  £90 or 99 Euro or US$100 depending where you are.
    Specification:  Impedance 18 Ω, Frequency response (microphone)100 – 10,000 Hz, Frequency response (headphones) 15Hz - 22000Hz, Sound pressure level (SPL) 118 dB (1kHz/1Vrms), THD, total harmonic distortion <0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL), Jack plug 3.5 mm angled, Cable length 1.3 m, Weight 16 g, Pick-up pattern Omni-Directional, Microphone sensitivity - 44 dB V/Pa.
    Accessories:  Ear-adapter set (XS, S, M, L), Premium carrying case
    Build Quality:  First Class.  2 year warranty too.
    Isolation:  For a dynamic very good.  Great for normal use, on a bus etc etc.  Not really daily Tube commute worthy but close.  As always way more than enough to make you road kill if you’re not keeping your eyes open.
    Comfort/Fit:  Exemplary.  The tips are angled from the body and they perfectly fit my ears.  Instantly a good fit and not the slightest comfort problem.
    Aesthetics:  Errm.  Let’s go with “different” shall we. 
    Sound:  Very bassy but very good too.  It’s a slight deviation from the normal Sennheiser V shaped sound but I believe a continuation of the Momentum signature.  It’s richly warmed, heavy bass.  The mids are clear but somewhat recessed in quantity.  The highs stand up a bit from the mids but still quite notably behind that big old bass mountain.  The funny thing is while my head knows the bass is massively over done it just doesn’t feel that way.  With them in your ears for any more than a few minutes and its gargantuan volume seems to be so natural, like that’s just how it is meant to be.  I know it isn’t but it feels so convincingly natural, it just belongs there, somehow.  It’s so rich and rounded with a perfect blend of power and scale yet retaining a nimbleness that belies its massive size.  Again despite its quantity it manages to in no way impinge on any vocals.  Signers always shine through effortlessly, in a lovely, liquidy, flowing stream.  I just wish there was more of it.  Highs are a bit muted in their brilliance, mostly clean but when things get too fast paced they just can’t keep up.  In fast and explosive treble they begin to creep to brittleness and while their slightly muted quantity keeps them from savaging your ear it’s the only place it falls down acoustically.  The bass though, that’s why you buy these, its vast and spectacular yet always gentle on your ears.  As such these are such a pleasure to use all day long for pretty much any and all genres.  Oh and soundstage is more of a sound scape.  Big and expansive all the way.
    Value:  Hmm seems quite a price variation depending on location.  The US price makes these a fantastic proposition and I’d bet an Xmas sales winner.  The UK price though is rather higher and while still a solid choice places it higher than its comparably excellent competition.
    Pro’s:   Bass.  Its VAST and its glorious.  Mids are superb too. Android controls that work.
    Con’s:  Bass is very ever present.  Pricing variation.
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    2. mark2410
      id take the senns.  RHA's 750 is more comparable with the momentum though, the 600 is rather V shaped.  big bass and some very dazzling treble, the momentum is much more relaxed and mature up top.  the 600 is the much more aggressive and in your face kinda sound.  for my ears i could like with the senns, but the aggressiveness of the 600 would wear out my ears.  did you read my review of it? link to short and in it the full review too. http://www.head-fi.org/products/rha-ma600i-noise-isolating-in-ear-headphone/reviews/9877
      mark2410, Jan 5, 2015
    3. iamdxking
      @mark2410 thank you bro.....and ur reviews r great.....loved them.....and thanks for your help......m gonna go with the senns tto !!! :D :D
      iamdxking, Jan 6, 2015
    4. Nek8888
      Good and informative review! Thank you.
      Nek8888, Mar 20, 2015