Stylish quality in a practical package.
The Sennheiser brand name is synonymous with audiophiles worldwide, and with good reason too. When it comes to mainstream headphones, and more importantly high-end listening equipment, there are very few firms that can outmatch Sennheiser for the value they provide. Today I’ll be taking a quick look at the latest Momentum headphones launched during GITEX last month.
The Momentum marks Sennheiser’s first entry into the “lifestyle” design, by providing a pair of headphones that look trendy, bordering on hipster. The design itself is undoubtedly beautiful, with a rich chocolate brown and stainless steel mix.
The over-the-ear pads are covered in soft leather with a matt brown plastic covering. Each earpad is attached to the stainless steel headband, with scrolling contacts that move up and down along the length of the headband.
The over-the-ear design of the Momentum makes it not only very easy to adjust various head sizes, but also keeps it comfortable without putting any strain around the ears. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work as intended, as the bottom part of the earcups usually tilts outward, which basically starts letting in a lot of noise and somewhat defeats the purpose of the noise reduction afforded by over-the-ear headphones. Of course, it could be that our review unit wasn’t in the best of shapes, but that means after prolonged usage the earcups loose their “tightness”, which is not a good thing either.
The stitched leather headband with wires going in from each earcup also looks rather cool; as does the metal brand plates on the end of the headband. The detachable 3.5mm cord is sufficiently long from the head to any mp3 player or smartphone in your jeans pocket. The orientation of the 3.5mm plug can also be changed, depending on your device of choice. However, be careful as the metal bit on our review unit came off at the point of contact with the rubber base, exposing naked wires! Again, this could be an issue with our particular review unit, but if this is the norm, then Sennheiser seriously needs to tighten their quality control.
The smart control works flawlessly with iPhone, providing clear voice to the person on the other end of the call. And while the Play/ Pause button (with Sennheiser logo) works fine with Android devices, the volume +/- buttons do not.
Lastly I’d like to bring your attention to the sound quality of the Momentum, which provides the quintessentially crystal clear and rich sound you’d expect from Sennheiser. Vocal tracks have a tad bit warmth to them, but otherwise the mid-levels are perfectly balanced. Jazz and trance tracks sound brilliant, although hip-hop and pop songs suffer a bit due to the lack of bass. Of course, you can eliminate this issue with a built-in equalizer in your listening device of choice, but at default settings the Sennheiser Momentum aren’t going to have pronounced bass.
At the end of the day the Sennheiser Momentum is a great pair of headphones, with brilliant overall sound quality and stylish looks. A shame then that it’s lacking in bass and build quality (could be our review unit) while the effectiveness of the closed-ear design loses impact as the bottom of the earcups opens out to let in background noise.