Sennheiser MOMENTUM

  1. subseasniper
    Benchmark Setting for 'stylish' portable headphones
    Written by subseasniper
    Published Sep 24, 2013
    Pros - Amazing package, truly world class, engineering and material are amazing, sound matches up to the build quality
    Cons - Honestly, nothing.
    Sennheiser is one of the old players when it comes to high-end headphones and their top tier products are rightly recognized as world class. Rightly so, the Sennheiser heritage produces quality, refined products that excite the listener.
    I have been looking for a new set of cans for a while, and although I have been tempted by other brands I always come back to Sennheiser as I know the quality is there.
    So, having done my research I finally homed in on the Momentums. Before I continue lets clear up a couple of points, firstly, these are are branded as circumaural, which means the cups don't touch your ears but, rather, entirely enclose them. This is not quite the case, unless you have small ears. These are more on-ear (supra-aural) rather than over-ear. Secondly, these have are ridiculously easy to drive, they come in at 18 ohms, which is similar to many earbud or IEM's so you will have no problems running these with your portable DAP without an amp.
    Okay, firstly the packaging. One word, sumptuous, the box is very thick card and has a hinged lid, a red ribbon prevents it opening past 90 degrees. There is die-cut foam inside, cradling the headphone carry case. There is also a card envelope built in to the foam which contains product literature.
    Once you get the cans out of the box the first ting that hits you is the carry case. This is semi-hard and custom made for the Momentums. I have read complaints regarding the case being too big but it is custom-made and I don't really see how it could be any smaller. Personally I have no issues with the size.
    Inside the carry case, you of course find the cans, there is also a small recess with a velcro'ed lid that holds the cable attached to the phones, spare cable and a 6.5mm adaptor jack.
    The cables included are both 3.5mm, one has a controller for making voice calls with a compatible iphone and the other is a bog standard cable. The iphone cable has an interesting jack that can be bent to 90 degrees or left straight (or any position in between). A nice feature.
    The cables themselves are red and rubbery feeling, they complement the red stitching beautifully and microphonics are almost non-existent.
    Okay, the cans themselves, these need to be seen and felt and smelt to be believed, very high end materials here, the headband is brushed steel with a satin finish, the leather pad is thin and has red stitching to contrast the leather. The cans are some kind of injection moulded plastic with glass in them and have a very tactile feel. The earpads are just lovely, fine black leather that cradles the ear without making it too hot. Basically, you won't be embarrassed walking around with these on, they look amazing.
    what about the sound? Well this is where Sennheiser has scored a slam-dunk. The sound is stunning. I have given mine about 20 hours burn-in and have been really impressed with the quality of the sound.
    I use FLAC files on a rockboxed Sansa clip-zip and have been really, really happy with the sound.
    If I could describe the sound in a short phrase it would be analytical but warm and forgiving. A bit contradictory I know but there you are.
    BASS - this is not a basshead set of cans, but the bass is present, polite and thumping without overwhelming. I would not consider the bass to be watery or tame, it has impact but does not drown out the other frequencies.
    MIDS - Oh baby, this is where the momentums excel, mids are just lovely, sparkly, and fast. Rock and vocals are handled with aplomb and given centre-stage. Very luscious and defined, everything from dance to classic to metal is handled with speed and confidence. Gorgeous
    Highs - the highs are rendered very well too, there is no sibilance and no fatigue, very well mannered and rendered with precision but they do not pierce at all.
    SOUNDSTAGE - being enclosed cans these offer an intimate soundstage which is not congested and allows you to locate instruments.
    OVERALL - I have been walking around with a smile on my face listening to my music with the Momentums, they are really stunning and worth the asking price. I have been particularly impressed with how they render drums, you can really feel the impact of the sticks and they are lively, warm and full of detail. I noticed this when listening to Linkin Park and Grizzly Bear, they have life and impact way beyond what my previous set-up offered.
    If you are serious about headphones and are willing to shell out big bucks on inferior brands like Bose, Beats etc then go ahead, be a marketing victim. But, if you actually want world class sound, high end build quality and a listening experience I guarantee will put a huge grin on your face take a long look at these.
    The Momentums are one of the most 'sorted' set of cans Sennheiser has ever made, they are highly regarded on forums populated by fussy audiophiles and they are an absolute treat.
    ****** I have been using these a lot since getting them a week ago and they are still impressing me with every piece of music I put through them. I have found they excel at layered electronic music like Orbital, Lemonjelly, FSOL etc. They handle the sweeps and analogue sounds with accuracy and warmth, the new Orbital album, Wonky, has come alive with these cans, the first song has layers of soundbites of different voices and the Momentums pick out each voice clearly. A genuinely impressive and high end set of cans with a warmth and sound signature that is becoming more attractive the more I listen to them *********
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  2. radi9red
    excellent compact headphones offerings
    Written by radi9red
    Published Aug 27, 2013
    Pros - balanced sound - fit majority of genre out there , detailed resolving of sounds frequencies
    Cons - 1. small headphone size feels head cramping discomfort over long hours 2. average soundstage
    A trendy and stylish offering by Sennheiser.   Choice of colours and design seems to be targeting at teenagers and younger adults with a taste of design simplicity.    Sound quality is typical sennheiser - well rounded bass with moderate impact, no boom boom rolls., clear mids only slight warm , clear treble - doesn't roll too much, no sibilance.
    What i don't like as follows;
    1. I extend it to largest possible size on the headstrap .. still feels crampy on my head after fitting it on
    2. ear pads gets warm on ears after 30 mins
    3. soundstage size medium , and imaging is only average - i feel like 20 percent larger than a good audiophile earphone.   this is probably a design limitation as in order to keep this earphone
    small and compact, the drivers cannot be positioned further away from the ears to create larger soundstage
    4. would be really good if it can be collapsed and folded.  It cannot be folded and who in the world will carry that large semi-hard case (thats comes with the headphone) on the go ? -
    For the same price , i would have better get a audiophile earpbuds and least it's easy to use it on the move.   If you're looking to use this at work or at home, for this price i would have purchased a larger headphone with better soundstage and more fuller sound dynamic sound qualities.   Unfortunately sennheisser momentum sits in between portability and headphone audio qualities but does not fare well in either each area.,
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  3. supersoulfly
    A Wonderful Sounding Closed Portable Headphone
    Written by supersoulfly
    Published Aug 26, 2013
    Pros - Sound quality and build quality are outstanding.
    Cons - Pricey with a fit that is a bit too cozy.
    The sound expertise of Sennheiser with an eye catching design?
    Yes please.
    The Sennheiser Momentum delivers in many areas.  There are plenty of other reviews from people with better trained ears than mine to read about the sound.  That said, I'm very pleased with the sound quality.  The build quality is outstanding also.  It's refined and the only set of headphones I own that I consider a work of art.
    There are little issues one can note.  The cozy fit is usually fine for my ears, but not always.  It's a bit too snug and it wears on my ears after a couple of hours.  As a set designed for portable use, I do wish it had some mechanism in place to make them more compact.  And while I do feel I got my money's worth with this purchase, I don't feel like I got an especially good deal.  I got what I paid for.
    Highly recommended.
  4. theyazzern
    I think I've found my new portable cans.
    Written by theyazzern
    Published Aug 25, 2013
    Pros - surprisingly comfortable, superb fit and finish, THE SOUND, just look at it.
    Cons - gets a bit unbearable after a while, not exactly reference signiture.
    Disclaimer: This is my first review, and I am still learning the 'ins and outs' of the terms used. I am also genuinely trying to convey what I hear personally, what with personal audio being highly subjective and all, having said that, any and all criticism is welcome.
    So I had the chance to try out my cousin's sennheiser momentum, and I am now very reluctant to return them, let me explain.
    The first thing that captivated me about the senn's is the sheer beauty of these things, the stainless steel headband is clad in soft lambskin leather, as is the ear-pads. The cable comes with a really substantial variable angle plug which I love, but the controls aren't android compatible, which I hate.
    Another thing that struck me is how small the momentum's are, which calls into doubt their being classified as a circumaural headphone, the size, compounded by my slightly larger than usual ears, made me doubtful over wither or not they would fit me. I was partially right, the smallish ear-pads touched my ears from every corner, which gave them a rather claustrophobic feel, and the headphones don't really "disappear" like my ad900's do, they aren't especially uncomfortable( advantages of the more breathable lambskin?) , but you are very much aware that you are wearing headphones the entire time, which can get a wee bit distracting. Clamping force on the momentum's is better than I expected, but then again I would say this seeing that my current portable cans is the medieval torture apparatus known as the beyerdynamic  dt1350.
    Now on to the most vexing aspect of the momentum's: the sound, and what a glorious racket it is.
    As has been mentioned many times on this site, the sennheiser momentum's are clearly acoustically tuned to cater to the general consumer signature, but rather than go with a strictly v shaped signature, the engineers at sennheiser seem to have gone for a shallow U shaped signature. This effectively means that you have really clean, Impactful bass, shimmering highs and a more refined mid frequency when compared to other consumer-type headphones, I find this brighter signature really agreeable, seeing that I listen to mostly house music in addition to other genre's. sound stage is a bit congested but with good spacing between instruments, but my dt1350s blow the momentum's out of the water as far as imaging and resolution go.
    Now for the confusing part, the momentum's are the only headphones I have ever listened to which sound better unamped than amped, this struck me as odd, so I gave it another listen on another amp, and sure enough, the bass lost it's tight punchiness, and became rather diffuse and light, the mids took an even further seat back, and on some tracks became unbearable, and likewise the highs sounded shrill and lifeless. Now I realize that some people may disagree, and say that I have crappy gear, or crappy music, or that I don't know what I am talking about and should just go away, nevertheless to my ears the momentum's sound quality  degraded in such a way that amping them really served no purpose.
    amps used( Fiio e17> schiit Asgard> fiio e11> zo2, on low gain, fiio e7 desktop amp).
    Summary: great looks, build, sound, portablity, and you don't even need an amp, color me curious.
  5. MunDog
    Sennheiser does it again
    Written by MunDog
    Published Aug 5, 2013
    Pros - Build quality, sound qualit, asthetics
    Cons - Nothing worth noting
    I have an Audio Technica and Sennheiser open over ear headphones and was looking for a closed portable, iPhone compatible one which is top notch in sound quality, not the kinds of VModa or Beats crap. I got the Beats as a gift. Brought the bets back and put some extra money to buy these. This was the best decision I made. The looks are great. Sound is top notch, Sennheiser quality. Build is particularly solid. Love each inch of it and the sound coming out of it. My ears are large and somewhat brush the leather a little bit for these over the ear cans. The gentle pressure and soft leather does not cause any discomfort of any sort. I broke them in with music and white noise over night and they sounded even great. Another masterpiece by Sennheiser. I would rate it at 4.9. The slight 0.1 point deducted for the aspect that they do not fold though the included case is pretty sturdy, just like the cans. These are 18ohm cans and built to be driven with portable players. Sound is very balanced. They do have bass but very balanced and controlled. Mids and highs sound nice and flat, not over exaggerated. The highs are a bit rolled off but I think that's more of the characteristic of the closed ear headphone. My open ear surely have a better sound stage but then they leak a lot of sound and are not good as a portable headset. Within portables, i cannot stand the sound of noise cancelling ones plus they make me dizzy. Wish these were just a tiny bit better and were fold able then they would have been completel price justified. Right now, though I LOVE them, I wish they were more of about $280. These are a keeper none the less.
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    1. customcoco
      Vmoda's not crap.
      customcoco, Aug 6, 2013
    2. MunDog
      OK, I agree it VModa is not crap. I really wanted to like it but the overall sound somehow was a little too EQed for me. The problem I had was that it was extremely genre specific and the listening experience jumped from 150% enjoyable to about none. Should have not compared it Beats. Beats for sure is plain mud in 90% of the songs I listened through it.
      MunDog, Aug 12, 2013
  6. JAnderton
    THE ONE you've been looking for
    Written by JAnderton
    Published Aug 3, 2013
    Pros - Great sound, good build quality, quite comfortable for long listening sessions
    Cons - Price, "regular" sized cable, In-line controls only work for Apple devices
    If you're looking for a great headphone that has good bass without being muddy or sluggish along with amazing vocals that can touch the highest of highs, this is the headset for you.
    • Sound so good, it should be illegal. :) Really enjoyable. Sound has good balance. I have a pair of Shure SE315s which I love for the quality of sound they have but I only dislike their lack of bass when listening to something along the lines of rock. This headset maintains the quality that my Shure's have and adds the perfect amount of bass. I love it.
    • Good build quality. It's made with good leather which is really soft so comfortable around the ear. The cups are made of a hard plastic thingy with great finish and the head band part is made of metal with leather over the top. You're going to love this headset.
    • Comfort is important to me because I listen to a lot of music and these headsets are definitely that
    • Premium finishing certainly gives you a special feel
    • Detatchable cables are easy to snap on. I've not had issues with them at all.. they provide customizability too.
    • Cost. Cost. Cost. Cost. The price (in India at least; 25,000 INR is the retail price which is around 400 USD) is a tad bit on the high side. Out of the budget of most people. If you don't care, you're going to love this headset
    • Portability isn't a feature.. the travel case will ensure your headset is secure though you it will take up a lot of space when travelling :xf_eek:
    • The cable that comes in the box is normal sized which isn't a problem when I'm at work listening to music on my iMac but when I'm home on my desktop (behind my monitors), the wire is a tad bit short :)
    • Large burn in time. I've spent over a couple of hundred hours with this head set over the past few months and it just keeps getting better. I don't mean this as a psychological effect cause 2 people did the test.
    • Controls only work on Apple devices. I tried it out on my nexus and it doesn't work but I almost expect that by now :frowning2: Works like a charm on Apple devices, obviously. It's been tested on an iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 5 :)
    The cons aren't really that big tbh. Chances are, if you're here, you considering the value for money of this product. This definitely is a great headset and is worth the money you pay. There is a simple reason why they charge you so much. The headset has a premium finish (you'll love it) and has good build quality with great music output. If you can afford it, get it!
    Just to clarify, I don't own this one unfortunately but a friend does and I've used it over 100 hours. He did have one issue though which was that the left cup had more sound when the headset was new so he returned the headset. The new one had the same issue so we were asked to burn it in a few hundred hours (and now it's bearable but still noticable if you're really listening to it to check, otherwise it's fine). Sennheisser was nice enough to tell him that he can come to their store, open as many headsets as it takes to find the right one :)
  7. rfcarvalho
    Well, these Sennheiser just introduced me into audiophile world...
    Written by rfcarvalho
    Published Aug 3, 2013
    Pros - Confort, looks, performance, carrying case
    Cons - None I can remember
    Just bought these in new condition at HALF the retail price [​IMG], after recently started reading about them, paid just 150 euros for them... what a finding!
    As soon as I got them to work, 2 colleagues tried them, and they both ordered a set in 5 minutes time!
    My previous reference as a "quality" everyday set of headphones, were my venerable Koss Porta Pro's, that I continue in love with. But of course, the Momentum are in a total different league.
    I'm in the process of finding a decent amplification to them, I have a Samsung Galaxy Express phone and a Nexus 7 tablet, and while they were perfect for driving the Koss, in the case of the Momentum they simply don't deliver the power they need. I already tried them on a friends setup - iPod Classic + Fiio E11 - and it's a whole new world, better sound stage, and better response all over the frequency range.
    My head is spinning around Fiio E17, E11, E18, E12, portable DAP as the iPod Classic, Sony Walkmans, Fiio X3... the offer is big, and I'm just looking for that perfect setup.
    Can't recommend these phones enough. Buy them, drive them in the right way, and you will be delighted. Just don't expect that to happen with your 100$ phone...
  8. akshayshah12
    Amazing Headphones in its price segment.
    Written by akshayshah12
    Published Jun 23, 2013
    Pros - Balanced Sound, Strong(Not boomy) bass, Good separation
    Cons - Not so much portable.
    Truly premium feel of overall looks and packaging. Case is nice. It has got 2 sets of cables, one with the microphonics other without it. For the price the only complain i have is they are not as portable as Bose Quiet comfort. Other than that these headphones are great.
    I actually went to buy Sennheiser HD-25 1-ii(Adidas Version) but ended up buying this one as the effective price difference was not much(Momentum was 'ON SALE' item).
    Sound wise I won't go in much detail as there is enough info available already and I have same opinion for most part of it. They sounded on softer side compared to sennheiser Hd-25 1-ii and more laid back sound which is ideal for longer listening. Clarity was great as with many sennheiser headphones.They do not get as loud as Senn HD-25 1-ii though. Overall great for the price i bought them. 
    1. jmsaxon69
      Good choice! I love mine....
      jmsaxon69, Jun 23, 2013
    2. JAnderton
      Might I ask where you got yours from and if the discount is still on? :p
      JAnderton, Jul 27, 2013
  9. nicholars
    Excellent headphones, shame they are so small
    Written by nicholars
    Published Jun 15, 2013
    Pros - Bass, Midrange, treble, build quality.
    Cons - They are a too small, Soundstage is not good
    Every part of the sound is very good, the bass, midrange and the treble are all excellent, I think that out of all the headphones I have owned, overall these are the best all rounders except the size and soundstage spoils it. It is like Sennheiser was reading my mind when they released these, they have good bas, the usual Sennheiser midrange performance, and also treble which is very neutral and balanced. The overall sound is very good. They are too small and the soundstage is too small. If Sennheiser released a Momentum 2.0 which were about 30% bigger, had slightly better bass and treble and a bigger soundstage, I think that they would be 5 stars.
    1. jmsaxon69
      Great review, I agree completely except the last part about the bass and treble, wouldn't change a thing!. I think Sennheiser did kind of "screw the pooch" with the cup size. They work great for me, but i have small'ish ears.
      jmsaxon69, Jun 16, 2013
  10. dablues
    Comforting, yet detailed: a true jack-of-all-trades.
    Written by dablues
    Published Jun 7, 2013
    Pros - Sound Quality, Detail, Bass, Comfort, Build Quality
    Cons - Earcup Size, Not Flat Response, EXPENSIVE (but worth it)
    This headphone is simply amazing.
    I'm new to these forums, and new to purchasing my own awesome cans (have had Bose OE, V-Moda Crossfade, Klipsch Custom 1 IEM, Sennheiser HD280, Grado SR-80i, and more). I've used other people's great gear - HD800s, Stax something-or-others, and tube amps galore - for a long time as a professional musician. Now I'm a teacher and looking for a good, accurate, comfy set of cans I can use with my MacBook air and Fiio E17. I listen to a very eclectic mix of music - classic rock, modern pop and R&B, blues, jazz, classical, but mostly old soul and rock from the '60s.
    I had purchased a pair of AKG K550's at the urging of some more knowledgable head-fiers. They were great in terms of SQ - detailed, HUGE stage for a closed headphone, well balanced for the most part. However, two things nixed them for me: the really piercing treble that sounded plastic-y, almost digital, and the total pickiness about fit. If they were just a mm off, you were screwed. Glasses? Forget it. Not comforting to come home to.
    Looking at reviews, I decided to spring for a "Like-New" used pair of Momentums from Amazon, at a relatively low price - $280. Sure enough, they were like new - never registered, in the box with the chords not even opened or unwrapped.
    And then I listened to them, and found Nirvana. (Not the band, thank goodness. Not my favorite, but I respect them.)
    Big bass in comparison to the K550's, but not overwhelming. Not exactly reference headphones, but not that far off. A reference-y "fun" headphone, more like. I can hear just as many details as I did with the K550's, but just have to pay a little more attention. The details are served to me as an option, not shoved in my face on a pitchfork. Voices sound more natural - John Lennon doesn't sound as thin anymore. No veil that I can hear, just more relaxed. And there isn't a type of music that baffles it.
    Enough has been written about the build quality. Suffice it to say that they are built like TANKS. I never see these failing.
    If you need a fun 'phone that can also serve as a close-listening companion, these are the cans.
    1. jmsaxon69
      I agree with what you have to say....Not the best at anything maybe, but so good at everything!
      jmsaxon69, Jun 8, 2013