Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear Review


  • Comfy pads
  • Involving, rich sound
  • Good looks


  • Fairly poor isolation

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £169.00
  • Removable cable
  • Alcantara pads
  • Three-button remote

What are the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear?

The Sennheiser

Momentum 2.0 On-ear are the second generation of a series of headphones

that’s proven extremely popular, and with good reason. While they may

not have unseated the Beats range as king of headphone sales, they’re

now recognised as one of the few ranges that marries top style with top

sound quality.

At £170 they’re easy to recommend over sets such as the Beats Solo 2

and almost all other style-driven headphones in this class. The one

sour note is that while they’re an improvement over the first

generation in a few respects, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear still

don’t offer particularly good noise isolation.

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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear: Design


Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear are portable headphones with fairly

small earcups. As the name suggests their pads sits on your ears, rather

than encompassing them with giant pads.

They are all the more

important in this second generation, because the ‘full size’ Momentum

2.0 are bigger than last time around, sure to displease a few who are

after relatively small-looking headphones. This on-ear set doesn’t seem

to have gotten radically larger in its second iteration: the pads have a

different shape, but the cups are roughly the same.

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Momentum series has always prided itself on using materials that look

and feel a bit fancy. A few years ago 90 per cent of Sennheiser

headphones were black and boring-looking. The Sennhesier Momentum 2.0

On-ear are not.

Out set uses cream cups with a brown headband and

gold accents around the pads. It’s shiny , eye-catching gold, so make

sure you take any little flourishes like this into account before

picking a shade. This bonus boldness seems to be something we gain with

Momentum 2.0.

There’s nothing quite so contentious about the

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear’s pads and headband. Sennheiser says it

has increased the pad thickness for extra comfort, and both headband and

the pads are topped with Alcantara. This is a hard-wearing manmade

fibre that has some of the tactile quality of felt, while being tough

and water resistant. We’re fans.

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before, the headband is made of steel, and is split at the top for

extra stability. These are well-designed headphones whose sense of being

an upper-tier set isn’t dimmed by the use of plastic for the outer of

the cups.

The full-size Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 beat this on-ear

pair for comfort, but the On-Ear manage the balance of headband tension

and ear comfort well. They stick on your head tightly enough for

joggers, but don’t cause ear ache. The only people that need worry are

glasses-wearers with sensitive earlobes.

We get greater

portability this time too. The first Momentum On-ear pair were designed

for outdoors use primarily, but didn’t have a folding design. This pair

does. They use an impressively discreet hinge built into the headband,

letting the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear fold up to half their usual


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element we do wish Sennheiser had managed to fix a bit better is noise

isolation. It’s just not that good, just like the first generation.

Having used the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear on trains, both

underground and overground, we’re actually fairly pleased with how the

robust sound copes with noise. But if you’re looking to block out the

outside world you’ll be disappointed.

This is the only major

design negative, though. We like the removable cable, and its use of a

three-button remote is welcome (if more-or-less standard these days).

It’s designed for iPhones primarily, but the central button also works

with Androids to play/pause your music.

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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear: Sound Quality


Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear have a sound not terribly different from

the first generation on-ear set. But that’s no bad thing. These are

some of the most enjoyable style/comfort-driven headphones in this


They sound beefy and rich, with a bulkier, thicker signature than the full-size Momentum 2.0 pair. We like the sound, a lot.

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not the sort of sound you’d want to use in a home studio to mix tracks

with as it’s that bit too warm and not all that critical. However, it’s

exactly what we want when out and about just enjoying music.


the other Momentum sets, bass and sub-bass are great, with plenty of

power but also very good control. The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear ace

the balance of having enough bass to sound fun, without it becoming

unruly, swamping the mids.
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to the Beats Solo 2, these headphones’ clearest rival, the Sennheiser

Momentum 2.0 On-ear sound a little more balanced, more natural and a lot

more relaxed. They lack a little of the pure energy of the Solo 2s, but

the Sennheisers still have plenty and offer a very involving listen.


the Beats set, soundstage width and scale is excellent for a fairly

small, closed set too. There’s a little less treble detail than in the

full-size Momentums, but then you’d expect that when they cost a full

£100 more. Treble tone is pleasant. It’s easygoing rather than sharp and

revealing. They’re quite forgiving headphones that make most content

sound good.
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robust tone is also very important in dealing with the Sennheiser

Momentum 2.0 On-ear’s one weak point: poor isolation. Beefy tone ensures

that while they don’t block out noise, your music usually isn’t drowned

out unless there’s a lot of ambient sound. In other words, wearing them

on trains is fine, but we found the London Underground’s Northern Line

really tested the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear to their limits.

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Should I buy the Sennhesier Momentum 2.0 On-ear?


Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear are excellent headphones with some

meaningful practical improvements over the first-generation model.

Namely, they’re a bit more portable.

They have power similar to

the Beats Solo 2, but with a more discerning tone that cuts out those

moments where style headphones go a little bit too bass-heavy.


only issue is the same as we had first time around: they just don’t

block out sound that well. For 90% of the time it didn’t spoil our

enjoyment of these otherwise quite excellent headphones, but do bear it

in mind if your commute involves a stint on the Tube or somewhere

similarly noisy.

Other than that, though, dive right in.

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Attractive, classy and involving headphones only let down by limited sound isolation.


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