Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear

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  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
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  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
  • Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
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Specs / Features


Compact closed back, on-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment. | Headband and layered foam ear pads are covered with supersoft, breathable and durable Alcantara providing comfort and a perfect fit. | 18-ohm operating impedance produces outstanding bass response, dynamics and overall output level with portable audio devices | One of the two included connection cables features a metal in-line three button control and microphone supporting Apple devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone. | 2 year global warranty

Compact closed back, on-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment. | Headband and layered foam ear pads are covered with supersoft, breathable and durable Alcantara providing comfort and a perfect fit. | 18-ohm operating impedance produces outstanding bass response, dynamics and overall output level with portable audio devices | One of the two included connection cables features a metal in-line three button control and microphone supporting Apple devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone. | 2 year global warranty

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Specification

Specification
Brand Sennheiser
Model Momentum On-Ear Brown
Warranty 24 months
Size 20 x 8 cm (7.9 x 3.2 in)

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

What's good

  • Easily adjustable band and earpiece position for custom fit
  • Premium faux suede and stainless steel design
  • Well balanced sound quality

What's bad

  • Poor noise isolation
  • Not foldable for easier transport

In 2012 Sennheiser released their Momentum over-the-ear headphones, which was positively received by reviewers and audiophiles alike. The Momentum On-Ears is the smaller version of the original and shares the many of the same design cues. Rather than leather, Sennheiser opted for faux suede accents along the stainless steel band. The actual earpieces can be adjusted along the band via a multi-position rocker at the joint of the cup that should, in essence, conform to any head shape. CNET notes, however, that "each head is different, and some people may have an issue with their fit."

In terms of overall comfort, most reviewers were quite happy with the ear pressure and weight. The only gripe for many is that it doesn't fold up into a more compact package, unlike many other similarly priced headphones.

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Performance is typically where Sennheiser excels, whether it's with their regular speakers or headphones. The Momentum On-Ears are no exception. Critics praise its accuracy and ability to balance out the high, mid and low ends for each song, though they add that the headphones tend to accentuate the bass. Digital Trends adds, "The Momentum had a way of exposing the subtler details in music by separating each instrument with clean precision…" While sound quality is good, experts were disappointed by noise isolation as it does little to block out ambient noise.

Overall, reviewers highly recommend the Momentum over other on-ear headphones. Trusted Reviews states, "The…headphones look good, sound good and feel good…" Inner Fidelity adds, "The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear strikes a remarkably excellent balance between sound quality…, styling, comfort and build quality…strongly recommend."

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

Good-sounding and stylish pair of cans

from What Hi-Fi

They’re really nicely made, for a start. The suede headband is a nice touch and the stainless-steel sliders look great.

The finish (it comes in pink, green, ivory, blue, black, brown and red) is near flawless. And they’re comfortable. The ear-pads contain two types of foam and grip your ears with just the right pressure....

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They’re really nicely made, for a start. The suede headband is a nice touch and the stainless-steel sliders look great.

The finish (it comes in pink, green, ivory, blue, black, brown and red) is near flawless. And they’re comfortable. The ear-pads contain two types of foam and grip your ears with just the right pressure.

The Momentums still serve up a nicely easygoing sound. Like the Philips M1s, they’re the kind of cans that you could listen to all day long.

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GSMArena

Hard to beat when it comes to design

from GSMArena

The real-life sonic experience which the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones deliver is in line with the high expectations which the brand commands. In a segment dominated by bass-centric offerings, the headset stood out with clear, well-balanced regardless of the music style I played.

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The real-life sonic experience which the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones deliver is in line with the high expectations which the brand commands. In a segment dominated by bass-centric offerings, the headset stood out with clear, well-balanced regardless of the music style I played.

The Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones combine eye-grabbing timeless design, unmatched tactility, and great sound in a compact package. The headset should be on the shortlist of anyone looking for an on-ear daily driver with $200 to spend.

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Audioholics

Beats the competition with superior audio performance

from Audioholics

The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are not the most expensive headphones that Sennheiser makes. Not by a long shot. But for $350, you're going to have a hard time finding something that sounds much better. While they do have small earcups for an over-ear headphone and the headband isn't the most comfortable, the sonics more than make up for these issues....

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The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are not the most expensive headphones that Sennheiser makes. Not by a long shot. But for $350, you're going to have a hard time finding something that sounds much better. While they do have small earcups for an over-ear headphone and the headband isn't the most comfortable, the sonics more than make up for these issues.

If this is the quality of headphone they put out, I can see why they are one of the biggest names in headphones. The Momentums are a great headphone and you should give them a listen.

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PC Magazine

Offers great comfort while delivering top quality sound

from PC Magazine

The Momentum On-Ear, like its over-the-ear cousin, is an eye-catching pair of headphones. The sound signature here is more about boosted bass than flat response, but there's a steady balance that is maintained—things never seem overwhelmingly in favor of the lows. The performance is clean at high volumes and the headphones are comfortable over long listening periods. The Momentum On-Ear is worth the high price for those seeking added low-end presence without veering into Beats-level bass boosting....

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The Momentum On-Ear, like its over-the-ear cousin, is an eye-catching pair of headphones. The sound signature here is more about boosted bass than flat response, but there's a steady balance that is maintained—things never seem overwhelmingly in favor of the lows. The performance is clean at high volumes and the headphones are comfortable over long listening periods. The Momentum On-Ear is worth the high price for those seeking added low-end presence without veering into Beats-level bass boosting.

For $230, the Momentum On-Ear delivers a frequency response that will appeal to those seeking added bass without overwhelming the mix—the comfortable design and detachable cable only sweeten the deal.

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Digital Trends

A great pair that impresses on all fronts

from Digital Trends

Channeling the basic design traits of its over-ear sibling into a tighter and lighter package, the Momentum on-ear can be had at the more accessible price of $230 while still promising high-quality sound.

The Momentum pull no punches. What you put into them is what you get out. Our low-quality, lossy files sounded just as they should: dirty, warbled, and thin. And our high-grade transfers of well-produced tracks sounded detailed, clear, and gorgeous. The headset’s transparent sound signature showed a nimble ability to lean into every track we played....

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Channeling the basic design traits of its over-ear sibling into a tighter and lighter package, the Momentum on-ear can be had at the more accessible price of $230 while still promising high-quality sound.

The Momentum pull no punches. What you put into them is what you get out. Our low-quality, lossy files sounded just as they should: dirty, warbled, and thin. And our high-grade transfers of well-produced tracks sounded detailed, clear, and gorgeous. The headset’s transparent sound signature showed a nimble ability to lean into every track we played.

Combining style, comfort, and sonic brilliance, Sennheiser’s Momentum on-ear had us rushing the stage for more. We realize $230 is a lot of money for an on-ear headphone, and $70 more can get you into a few more capable over-ear models. But we count these as one of the best headphones we’ve heard in their class, and their performance exceeds many we’ve heard at the next tier. Even if you have to stretch your original budget a tad, Sennheiser’s Momentum are worth every penny.

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Expert Reviews

Lives up to high audio quality expectations

from Expert Reviews

With the new Momentum On-Ear headphones, Sennheiser has retained the build quality of the larger over-ear headphones in a more compact form.

Sennheiser has successfully retained the larger headphones' audio quality in this smaller design, too. The bass is vibrant and prominent in the overall sound, but doesn't overwhelm treble and mid-range detail, although it was quite noticeable when compared to our flatter reference, particularly on busy tracks with a pulsing bassline....

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With the new Momentum On-Ear headphones, Sennheiser has retained the build quality of the larger over-ear headphones in a more compact form.

Sennheiser has successfully retained the larger headphones' audio quality in this smaller design, too. The bass is vibrant and prominent in the overall sound, but doesn't overwhelm treble and mid-range detail, although it was quite noticeable when compared to our flatter reference, particularly on busy tracks with a pulsing bassline.

Although they don't have particularly good sound isolation, the Momentum On-Ears are a great buy if you want headphones that you can use comfortably in a variety settings, whether you're in a quiet room at home, in the office, or on public transport. Their light weight makes them far more comfortable and practical to wear on the move than most headphones capable of producing this kind of sound quality.

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TrustedReviews

Among the best headphones in its class

from TrustedReviews

Their design is even less intimidating than the original Momentums, in part because of the colours they come in. Four shades are available – pink, pistachio (green), blue and cream – and all are mellow-looking.

In terms of sonic character, the Momentum On Ears are very similar to the full-size Momentums. And that’s a very good thing. ...

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Their design is even less intimidating than the original Momentums, in part because of the colours they come in. Four shades are available – pink, pistachio (green), blue and cream – and all are mellow-looking.

In terms of sonic character, the Momentum On Ears are very similar to the full-size Momentums. And that’s a very good thing. 

The Sennheiser Momentum On-ear headphones look good, sound good and feel good for a pair of on-ear headphones. There’s just one problem. Noise isolation isn’t great, so they’re not well-suited to noisy environments.

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T3

Stylish headphones with superb sound quality

from T3

It's hard to fault these Sennheisers on execution. Maybe the band-construction and lack of foldability will put buyers off, but their rugged construction means that not using the carry case doesn't result in immediately broken headphones (at least during testing).

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It's hard to fault these Sennheisers on execution. Maybe the band-construction and lack of foldability will put buyers off, but their rugged construction means that not using the carry case doesn't result in immediately broken headphones (at least during testing).

The sound quality might be accused of being more mainstream than the B&Ws, skewed to tunes with a bit of bass rather than classical, but that's no bad thing. There's no noise-cancelling, but the on-ear fit blocked out a comfortable amount of noise in testing. If you can live with the looks, the rest won't disappoint.

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Cnet

One of the best-sounding full-size audiophile headphones

from Cnet

No, you won't mistake the Momentum for a mostly plastic Beats by Dr. Dre or Ludacris model. It also doesn't sound like those trendy lines. Nowhere near as bass-heavy or pumped-up, the Momentum headphones sound crisp and clear with all types of music and movies. While they may not be perfect, they're easily among the best-sounding headphones in this price range....

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No, you won't mistake the Momentum for a mostly plastic Beats by Dr. Dre or Ludacris model. It also doesn't sound like those trendy lines. Nowhere near as bass-heavy or pumped-up, the Momentum headphones sound crisp and clear with all types of music and movies. While they may not be perfect, they're easily among the best-sounding headphones in this price range.

The Sennheiser Momentum headphones will appeal to audiophiles or anyone looking for full-size, over-the-ear headphones that sound equally good with a wide variety of music genres. Build quality is superb, and the handsome design is a nice alternative to more hip-hop and fashion-oriented headphones like the Beats line.

Setting aside the small comfort issues I encountered (you may not experience them), these are clearly among the best-sounding headphones in their price class. And for some, they may actually be the best.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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1,104 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.2 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.4/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

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59 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8.2/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

498 from Amazon.co.uk

498 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

9/10

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