The original 2013 Sennheiser Momentum headphones were great, even though they were a bit too tight on your noggin. Wearing it for long periods of time was really uncomfortable – of course, it varied from individual to individual.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 has alleviated that issue and brought along with it better and rich sounds. With all the changes it made, the Momentum 2.0 carries with it a somewhat hefty price-tag – $350.
Sennheiser has tweaked design for their over-ear and on-ear models, and both of them now come in wired and wireless versions.
Sennheiser Momentun Review
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are more spacious and offers softer earcups, which makes it more comfortable. Sound is just excellent – refined and scrumptious. Build-materials are high-end and the new folding design is better.
You get an inline microphone/remote for mobile use – iOS and Android friendly; and a carrying case.
However, it’s super pricey and in the box you receive cables only for one of the two – iOS or Android.
Both the wired and wireless versions have large earcups so they better fit over the user’s ears. They are much improved when comparing to the original Momentum, and they don’t pinch your skin.
One other design change is to the plug. While Sennheiser’s first iteration packed a sumptuous plug with a hinge that allowed the wearer to change angles on the go, the 2.0 went with a more simple one. Now, it’s just a normal slim L-shaped plug that can be used with your average smartphone.
Users should get both Android and iOS cables in the box for $350. Unfortunately, you have to specify with which mobile phone you are going to pair the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 with. You won’t get both cables.
It seems like Sennheiser didn’t thought things through – I have both an iPhone and a Nexus. I use them both for music. Indeed, people might be dedicated to just one platform, but, as a company, you shouldn’t limit your customers.
You can buy the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 in two colours – ivory and black. My favourite is the latter.
More colours will be available in the future.
Performance-wise, the Momentum 2.0 is just superb. It oozes elegance and finesse and it brings the best out of any type of music.
Design isn’t the only difference between the original and the sequel. The second gen Momentum Sennheiser’s sound is also improved – but, just slightly.
Sound has that real feel to it with highs smooth as butter and a bass impact that hits right in the middle of your chest.
Its main competitor is the NAD Viso HP50, which is cheapear – $249; and offers almost the same quality. Yet, when we put the two into the ring, the Momentum clearly opens tones better than the Viso.
We’ve listened to Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet Album on both headphones, which blends rap, hip-hop and fantastic electronica sounds, and the Momentum’s treble and bass were more clear sounding. However, we had to lower the treble so the synths didn’t pierce our ears.
Vangelis’ Blade Runner Blues – and all of the artist’s orchestral score for Blade Runner; noted some tonal shifts. The Sennheiser Momentum headphones surfaced more fleshed out sounds, and strings where more meaty. The Viso HP50, on the other hand, attacked the strings and pushed them away, making them feel more brighter.
Considering this, we decided to bring Player 3 into the game, so we went with the Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 – a $190 pair of headphones. Even though it added some sparks to the piano and synths, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 was the clear winner with a rich package of sounds.
The last album we listened to on all three headphones was Queens of the Stone Age’s Like Clockwork – an album with a rewarding bass oomph, and exquisite blend of ethereal guitar sounds and foreboding piano chords. The Momentum 2.0 delivered superior texture and pitch definition when compared with the other two headphones.
Yet, the ATH-MSR7 had some pretty nice bass depths to it, and the Viso HP50 did very well in the vocals department.
In all of the headphones, percussions popped out of the mix in a satisfying way.
The winner between the three was declared the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. However, take it with a grain of salt. Each person has different music tastes, and different set of ears.
What we can honestly conclude is that the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 offers the warmest and richest sound of the three.
If you’re trying to decide between the Sennheiser Momentum on ear and the Sennheiser Momentum over ear, I recommend you take them both for a test run. If that’s not possible, I recommend going with over ear one simply because it doesn’t drown sound in bass and it’s more comfortable to use for long period of time.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Verdict
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is a serious contender in its price range. It’s a premium pair of headphones that is aimed at both mobile on the go use and home music sessions.
It can cancel background noise without over doing it and its sonic performance is a testament to the ever-evolving tech era that we live in.
It costs $350 and, to be frank, I wouldn’t pay that much for it. If the Momentum 2.0 gets under the $300 mark then it’s the perfect chance to buy it.
If you think of buying the original Momentum, I honestly don’t recommend it. Mainly because it isn’t comfortable to use.
If you can’t wait until it gets discounted, I recommend taking a better look at the Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 and the VISO Hp50. Both performed rather well in our tests.
Yet again, it seriously depends on your music tastes – you might love songs riddled with bass, strings brighter rather than meatier or beaming piano chords.