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Sennheiser Momentum review

Andrew Williams



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Sennheiser Momentum


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  • Dynamic, fun and engaging sound
  • Comfortable design
  • Excellent as an on-the-road headphone


  • Significant outlay for a portable pair

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Review Price £259.99

Key Features: Removable cable; Real leather headband padding; Single-piece headband structure; Carry case; Dual cables

Manufacturer: Sennheiser


The headphone market has changed a whole lot over the last few years. Style headphones have become so popular that old headphone hands like Sennheiser have had to take notice. Some makers' sets have fallen into urban headphone pitfalls, but others like the Sennheiser Momentum get the formula just right. They offer the sound quality Sennheiser is renowned for, but with the comfort and style of a more fashion-conscious pair. The result is love at first listen.

Sennheiser Momentum - Design

Several of Sennheiser’s headphone designs have become design classics, but it has often occurred in spite of their aesthetic approach, rather than because of it. The Sennheiser Momentum pay a bit more attention to finish, construction and comfort than most of Sennheiser’s sets, though.

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The closer you look, the more the superb attention to detail becomes apparent. Sonically, the Sennheiser Momentum might be compared to the HD 25 range, but these cans are far more comfy.

They are over-ears headphones, using fabric and synthetic leather foam pads that circle around your earlobes. The pads are reasonably petite, so if you have giant ears we recommend seeing if you can try a pair before buying. Not so well endowed? The Sennheiser Momentum pads are extremely comfortable.

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The outer leather-effect padding is soft and pliant, and the inner part is finished in porous fabric, to stop your ears from overheating. These headphones aren’t “just about the look.”

The Sennheiser Momentum look does warrant a mention, though. Finished in muted brown and silver, they remove themselves far enough from the matt black headphone staple to get noticed, without remotely becoming crassly attention-grabbing. Like the Philips Fidelio M1, they spice-up the traditional headphone design with just a pinch of urban flavour – but not to the extent that middle-aged office workers can’t pull them off.

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They are relatively unobtrusive in size, largely thanks to the thin split-design headband. There’s just a small buffer of leather-topped foam padding on the headband, but as the Sennheiser Momentum are fairly lightweight, and the split design offers good weight distribution, they do not dig into your head.

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Underneath this padding is the single band of flexible metal that curves around to meet the metal-backed earcups. These cups slide freely along the headband, making adjusting the headphones to your noggin easy to do. The one tiny issue is that using a single-piece headband makes the sides of these cans stick out a little more than some. They may look snazzier than most Sennheiser sets, but we’d still give the coolness crown to the Philips Fidelio headphones. That said, the stitching of the leather headband has an artisanal quality that’s extremely rare in portable headphones like these.

Sennheiser Momentum – Cable and Accessories

The Sennheiser Momentum are designed carefully for mobile use. The cable is removable, making it easy to replace should everyday wear and tear finally take its toll, and the included 1.2m cable features a three-button remote control for use with iPhones and iPods. It lets you control music playback, as well as taking calls while on the go, thanks to an inbuilt microphone.

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The 3.5mm jack is unusual too, featuring a hinge that lets it switch between roles as a straight and right-angle jack. This should minimise the damage it takes while in your pocket, although we have a feeling the look of the thing may have factored into this particular design decision too.

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Sennheiser Momentum

Alongside the headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum package includes an excellent – if not beautiful - colour-matched semi-hard case, a 3.5mm-to-6.3mm jack and an additional headphone cable that doesn’t have a remote housing. There’s nothing too technically snazzy to find in these headphones – no active noise cancellation or wireless streaming – but everything we’d expect from a headphone of this grade is included.

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January 16, 2013, 11:19 pm

Considering they don't cost any more than a pair of Beats Studio headphones, they're an absolute steal!


January 17, 2013, 5:32 pm

Hi Andrew, Can you give a brief comparison to the Soundmagic HP100 please as these are the two on my list for consideration


February 8, 2013, 9:19 am

I started reading this review but gave up after the first paragraph due to the incredibly annoying powwownow advert at the top and sides of the screens. I'm on a work laptop which isn't particularly quick, but it's certainly no slouch either, and scrolling down the page was chuggy and really irritating. First world problem, I know, but I've given up and will read a review elsewhere instead.

Gavin Martin

February 27, 2013, 4:22 pm

I've never got the Beats Audio thing. Heard the audio quality isn't all that great, but I see them everywhere. A case of style (questionable style, they look tacky to me) over substance? These Momentums look much classier. Didn't seem to have much volume listening in the Apple store on my iphone though (coming from Shure SE535s which are obviously a different type of phone altogether) so I wonder how they sound with a cheap portable amp like a Fiio.


March 7, 2013, 8:50 am

To correct the review a bit; all leather on the Momentum is genuine english leather. NOT synthetic or leather-effect as stated in the review.
Check out the Sennheiser product page: http://en-de.sennheiser.com/on...

Kevin Southam

June 5, 2013, 1:50 pm

and the build quaility is poor too. Direct comparison between Momentum and Beats Studio indicates that the Sennhesiers are superior in every area, even bass. It is well known in the industry that Beats reinforces the bass on the demo units to make the headphones sound more bassy.


June 6, 2013, 10:19 pm

Great review if you just plan on sitting there looking at them but what do they sound like?


August 30, 2013, 12:48 pm

I listened to these in a shop using my own lossless files on an iPhone 4s not the greatest source admittedly but the best I could take along with me. I like bass but it has to be deep, well controlled and exciting all at the same time. I listened to tracks including Easy Money by Rikkie Lee Jones, No Need To Argue by the Cranberries and threw in Could you Be Loved by Bob Marley amongst others. All this talk of bass is lost on me with the Momentums. The are beautifly clear but lack the excitement I was looking for. The B&W P5's I tested at the same time were in all honesty more exciting as a whole, they had a more pronounced bass without engulfing the rest of the frequencies. I was somewhat disappointed. The iPhone couldn't drive the Momentums as well as the P5's maybe this had something to do with it.


October 11, 2013, 6:06 pm

you managed to scroll down to make a comment???? why then, didn't you read the page as you were scrolling?


October 28, 2013, 8:05 pm

I pressed 'End', and it took me straight to the bottom.


November 6, 2013, 8:15 pm

the 'End' is not going straight to the bottom...


February 8, 2014, 2:53 pm

is it good for dj use


April 30, 2014, 7:06 am

look the ipod touch 5 sounds better than the 5s phone does . it made for sound there are better sounding audiophile grade mp4 players around as well .


June 18, 2014, 2:02 pm

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James Siggers

July 22, 2014, 11:19 am

Also worth checking out is the Final Audio Design Pandora IV and B&W P7.

Admittedly both are a lot more money and not as portable, but well worth it in my opinion. I've been demo'ing both of these truly excellent headphones the last couple of weeks and the Pandora's have really taken my breath away. Incredible instrument separation, tightly controlled bass and a totally immersive sound. The Momentum sounds quite mediocre compared to the Pandora.

Andy Cantillon

August 18, 2015, 10:30 am

Mine are brilliant, except when used in conjuncture with me Mac. The left ear piece works perfectly, but the right one is so much quieter. I've played with the levels and the sound settings, but still no improvement.

Does anyone else find this?


September 24, 2015, 11:24 pm

Maybe try page 2?

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