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Sennheiser Momentum

Around-the-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Brown)

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by David Brown
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Sennheiser Momentum over-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone for iPod and iPhone

The durable and stylish Sennheiser Momentum comes with two detachable cables, including one with an in-line remote and microphone. (Brown model shown)

Bridging the gap between outstanding sound and portability

Some headphones are designed for reference listening, while others are designed for portable use. And some are more about making a fashion statement than true audio superiority. Sennheiser designed the Momentum to fill each of these roles by combining modern features and stellar sound in a retro-cool design. The Momentum headphones will bring out the details in your music with a fresh look that harkens back to classic over-ear designs.

Featuring brushed metal ear cup sliders and a rugged leather headband, the Momentum is durable for on-the-go use as well as lounging at home. The soft cushioned ear cups fit comfortably over your ears while the closed-back design blocks out external noise and keeps music from leaking out and disturbing others, so you can enjoy your music in any setting. And because Sennheiser has been improving headphone sound quality for more than 40 years, you can be sure the Momentums will sound as striking as they look, with deep bass response and revealing clarity.

Three-button remote with phone and music controls

When you're out and about, why not keep your iPhone® or iPod® in your pocket or bag? You'll still maintain control, thanks to the Momentum's remote cable. The 3-button remote lets you play and pause music, skip between tracks and control the volume. A built-in microphone on the remote lets you take calls on your iPhone, while the remote lets you answer calls and hang up. The remote cable terminates in an adjustable miniplug, so you can determine the angle that best suits your portable setup. The Momentum's low impedance ensures these headphones are easily driven by your mobile device, for great sound wherever you go.

From the review Sennheiser Momentum headphones: Classic looks and balanced sound make the Momentum stand out

"The Sennheiser Momentum seems to live in the sweet spot of making just about everything sound good. They have a remarkable consistency across a wide range of musical styles, eliciting musical details while maintaining excellent tonal balance."


— David, Crutchfield Home A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • closed-back design to block out external noise
  • metal ear cup sliders and rugged leather headband for durability
  • soft leather ear pads for long-lasting comfort
  • miniplug cable with in-line 3-button remote and microphone for use with iPhone and iPod
  • remote cable features an adjustable miniplug for customizable angled fit
  • standard miniplug cable
  • includes hard shell carrying case
  • 1/4-inch adapter
  • frequency response: 16-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 18 ohms
  • weight: 7.0 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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16-22k Hz
Sensitivity
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110 dB
Impedance
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18 Ohms
Weight
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7 ounces
Cord Length
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53"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Yes
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Brown over-ear headphones
  • 53" Cable (installed on headphones) with in-line remote/microphone (with lockable 2.5mm plug on one end and 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • 58" Cord (with lockable 2.5mm on one end and 3.5mm on other end)
  • Headphone plug adapter (Female 3.5mm / Male 1/4")
  • Zippered semi-hard storage case
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety Guide
  • Product brochure

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Features

Overview: The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are stylish, high-quality over-ear headphones. They are lightweight and comfortable, with durable metal construction on the earcup and earcup sliders. The ear pads are covered in luxurious, breathable leather. The Momentum headphones give you high-performance audio reproduction with rich, detailed sound. The Momentum comes with a semi-hard zippered storage case.

Design: The Momentum has a closed-back, circumaural design which isolates much of the background noise. The headphones are equipped with high-performance neodymium magnets. The impedance is lowered to 18 so it will play portable devices at high volumes without overdriving the device's tiny amp.

Included Cables: The Momentum headphones are equipped with two exchangeable audio cables, both with 3.5mm plugs. One cable is 53" long and has an in-line remote and microphone. The 3.5mm plug is hinged, allowing you to convert it from a straight plug to a right-angle plug. The other is 58" long without a remote and with a straight plug. The cables connect to the left earcup via a 2.5mm sub-mini plug that twist-locks in place to prevent accidental disconnection. The included 3.5mm-to-1/4" plug adapter can be used with either cable.

Smart Remote: The 3-button Smart Remote lets you control your iPod, iPhone, iPad, and recent versions of Macbooks. The outer buttons control volume up and volume down. The center button controls music playback (play, pause, play next song, play previous song) and phone functions (accept call, end call, reject call, voice control). In addition, the Smart Remote has a built-in microphone. The Smart Remote is compatible with:

  • iPod:
    • shuffle: (remote and voiceover functions) 3rd generation and later
    • nano: 4th generation and later
    • classic: 120 GB, 160 GB
    • touch: 2nd generation and later
  • iPhone: 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
  • iPad: iPad and iPad2
  • Macbooks: 2009 and later models of Macbook, Macbook Pro, and Mac Pro
 

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Sennheiser Momentum headphones

Sennheiser Momentum headphones

by David Brown
 
Sennheiser Momentum headphones

Sennheiser combines well-balanced sound with true portability in their uniquely handsome around-the-ear Momentum headphones.

 
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4 out of 5

Seenheiser Momentum Headphones

Written By RandM, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The new Sennheiser Momentum is a great pair of headphones built to last a long time. The sound quality is well balanced and straightforward. There are no unpleasant surprises lurking here. If I could change anything I think I would have designed the ear cups to be slightly larger so that they would completely cover the ear and not give the impression that they are somewhere in-between on-ear and over-ear. Both options are available with the Momentum. After using them for a while they have become my go-to headphone. Particularly adept at taking advantage of the improved sound performance from a digital-to-analog converter.
Pros:
Great, balanced sound. Superior build materials. Very cool design.
Cons:
Ear cups might feel a little small on over-ear model.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By Anonymous, State College, PA on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Excellent sound quality and constructions. The only thing I would change is more adjustability of the ear cups in the rotational plane.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By SteveC, Chester, NJ on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Sennheiser's Momentum is vey good looking headphones, have clear accurate sound and provide excellent isolation. The Momentum's are extremely light and are comfortable even after wearing them for long periods of time. They are easily driven from a source with no distortion at high volumes. A great headphone for home, office, and listening on the move. The pivoting plug is a great addition.
Pros:
sound, comfort, noise isolation, light weight
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By Jamesboy, Overland Park, KS on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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I have been Sennheiser user for years; both wired and wireless are outstanding compared to comparable models. My latest are Sennheiser's Momentum over the ears. I prefer music to be balanced across the entire spectrum as opposed to being overloaded with boomimg base, and Sennheiser delivers the goods. These are light weight, attractive and very portable in the included hard case. I am very pleased!
Pros:
Balanced sound and overall quality across the entire music spectrum.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By DK, NJ on Monday, March 10, 2014
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elegant styling and excellent sound -fits the bill all around.
Pros:
great sound, lightweight, look good, pivoting plug
Cons:
non-folding
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5 out of 5

Ear Candy

Written By ChrisM, Huntersville, NC on Sunday, January 19, 2014
 
Fantastic headphones. Better sound than the B&W P5's and the Sol Republic Ultra's. I tested these against Beats Studio and there is no comparison. The bass is just right while the mid's and highs are very clear. From classical to Rap they all sound good in the Momentums. Mostly wear them to the gym they feel just fine, light and just the right amount of noise cancellation. They also look pretty cool and I like how the cord locks into the headphone.
Pros:
Lightweight, stylish, good noise cancellation and unbelievable sound for the price.
Cons:
Cannot fold them.
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4 out of 5

Great Over the Ear Phones

Written By El Jeffe, Alexandria VA on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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I've listened to a wide range of music and really enjoy the performance of these headphones and have no overall complaints. Very comfortable and good noise isolation without the baggage of noise cancellation. I'm very impressed at how well they work with all portable devices, particularly my iPod shuffle.
Pros:
Good Sound, Comfortable, Noise Isolation, High Quality
Cons:
Case is a little bulky
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5 out of 5

Impressive range

Written By Andrew S, Elmira Ny on Monday, January 06, 2014
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I am really impressed with the range of sound these headphones have. They're a must have if you're at all serious about listening to music.
Pros:
Beautiful sound
Cons:
Minor ear discomfort after hours of continued use, but that's probably me and not the headphones.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser

Written By Hoyt, Fairfax, VA on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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I love Senny headphones. This is the best you can get in the price range. I tested lots (including HiFiMan HE-400) and you have to spend about $200 more to beat this sound. They are flat to bright out of the box and breaking in for 4 days improved them. So BALANCED. No thumping bass thank you, just accurate . Bright in the high range without sounding tinny. Like sitting in the middle of the auditorium. Not the front row, not the back row. Get em, love em. Test your FLAC files with these babies. I did not want noise reduction, so these are perfect for me.
Pros:
Great value. Accurate, neutral, balanced sound. Comfortable. Lightweight. Short cord, perfect for computer or portable players. Great storage case and box.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent easy to drive headphone

Written By SteveF, Oakley, CA on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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As a longtime Sennheiser fan, I am pleased to the Over the Ear Momentums. They seem to be much easier to drive than my Sennheiser HD 650 phones with my Apple Lossless music on an iPod without the necessity of an external amp. I have been using them daily for the last 3 weeks an average of 1.5 hours daily. They are comfortable, easy to adjust, and the music to me is unsurpassed except for the planar magnetic phones that can't even operate w/o a high current amp driving them. Both the midrange and the high end details are much better than my v-modas, and the entire soundstage is better than my somewhat cheaper Audio Technicas. The Momentums are night and day better than my Sennheiser MM 450, although the latter's Bluetooth wireless capability helps keep the wires away. Bottom line, the Momentum is my new #1 everyday headphone for listening to music and books while on the move.
Pros:
Comfortable Durable Light enough while still being adjustable Musical through all portions of the musical spectrum
Cons:
None significant
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By gd, satx on Friday, October 04, 2013
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They are great. They sound great and really like them. I just wish the right cup was just slightly bigger to fit my right ear but that should not stop anybody else.
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4 out of 5

EXCELLENT CLEAR SOUND

Written By RICKY, RICHMOND, VA on Friday, September 27, 2013
 
This headphones sound great. They are comfortable but after a while it hurts my ears a little. They look great. The carrying protective case is strong and of good quality. However I wish it wasn't as bulky to fit more comfortably on my backpack. It comes with 2 cables that you can plug & unplug. One cable has a pivoting tip with iphone/ipod controls and mic. Does not work well with Android however and I wish this cable was a little longer. The other cable is standard but I have not tried it yet so I'm not sure if it's longer. They are more compact than other headphones and much lighter. However they don't fold. But music wise, they sound great. Very crisp and clear with enough bass. I like them a lot.
Pros:
Great sound quality Excellent build quality and style 2 Removable cables Protective carrying case Lightweight
Cons:
Cable with controls could be a little longer Carrying case could be more compact Cable with control doesn't work with Android phones
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5 out of 5

Love

Written By Jason, San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Outstanding headphones. Comfortable, great build quality, excellent sound isolation, great sound!
Pros:
Sound, noise isolation, comfort, looks
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5 out of 5

Light, handsome, and good sounding headphone.

Written By crazy4hp, Seattle, WA on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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This is one of the best headphones I have ever owned. Very light. Very good build quality. Exceptional sound quality. Stylish. Earcups are smaller than I thought, so you may want to try it on before you buy.
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser Momentum

Written By scottw, northville,mi on Friday, April 19, 2013
 
"Senns," as they are called in the audiophile world, are major players in the headphone market, and I trust their quality. I have an open pair, the HD-598, which are my favorite. I also own the less pricey 239 model, which are also circumaural and open-backed. The vented (open) design allows air to escape and the sound to be more natural (not noise canceling), allowing more nuanced, ambient sound in without ever getting distortion.

I don't have the language of these technical experts that are reviewing the same headphones here, so consider my review as basic, from a lay person's viewpoint (but I am a lover of sound!). On the other hand, I am baffled that some reviewers are comparing these to the HD-598 cans. Open-back is a whole different experience, which allows outside sound to leak in. I prefer them when intensely listening to music--whether rock, jazz, or blues. These Momentums are also circumaural (covering the whole ear), but closed-back.

In my humble opinion, the Momentums should be compared--for purposes of reviewing--to others in its type. Now, I believe that open-backed are generally superior, as they are designed for subtlety and naturalness, but my review reflects my expectations of closed-back cans.

I consider my ears to be medium-sized for a woman, and these fit me perfectly. Even when I wear glasses, the fit is superb. Some of the reviewers complain that these are too small for their ears; in that case, I can understand the sound being inferior for them.
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