SASKATOON, SK, Apr 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ – I’ve tested out and reviewed quite a few different types of on-ear headphones over the years. Some I loved the second I put them on, some, not so much. But I learned one thing for sure – you get what you pay for.
I have to say that I am not an audiophile. That is to say that I can’t recognize all the nuances in sound quality like a true audiophile does – but I do know what I like.
So when I got the chance to test out a C$399 set of Sennheiser MOMENTUM on-ear headphones I was quite excited by the prospect of testing out a product from one of the premiere headphone makers in the world. OK, that’s a little over the top – the MOMENTUM headphones aren’t the Sennheiser top-of-the-line, but they’re pretty darn impressive!
In general, I don’t care for over-ear headphones because I’ve got Dumbo ears and they start to hurt after a while. It took quite a while for these headphones to get uncomfortable – much longer than most other over-ear sets I’ve tried. The longer I wore them the more comfortable they got – which is weird for me.
The earpads are made from several layers of special foam covered with very soft sheepskin leather that molds comfortably to your ears. They’re on stainless steel sliders, which lets you get a great fit while looking modern and very solid. I like this method rather than adjusting the size of the headband because it seems to offer a better fit. The headband is also covered in leather.
These headphones ooze quality, from the handsome, but large, carrying case to the headphones themselves. They have a sound that suits my ear perfectly. I tend to like a bassier sound, but I still want to clearly hear the highs and mid-tones. But it’s the bass is what makes me start to move – something nobody would ever want to see.
Crank them up and there’s no distortion at all: I wound them up until my eyeballs went all jiggly (not really) with no distortion at all. Suffice to say that you can play your music as loud as you want, no matter your listening preferences. I listened to everything from Bach to AC–DC and was impressed with the sound clarity and depth throughout.
The MOMENTUM headphones have Sennheiser’s Smart Remote control inline so you can raise or lower the volume or pause the music while carrying on a conversation or making or receiving a phone call on an iOS device. I like the pause feature, and once I got used to turning the volume up and down without actually looking at the controls I was happy.
The remote is pretty far up the cord – too close for my old eyes to focus on, but only having one cord go to the left earphone is a lot nicer than having a Y-cable.
A really different feature is the way the cable plugs into your device. When using the cable with the inline controls, the jack at the end is on a pivoting hinge, so you can adjust the angle the cable comes out at. This isn’t a huge thing, but it’s a cool and unique addition.
My test version was brown, but the MOMENTUM Over Ear Headphones also come in black, green, ivory, pink, red, and blue.
The whole package is classy, has great sound at all volumes, is decently priced and comfortable to wear. What else can you ask for? It’s not a Bluetooth headset, which might put some people off, but they’re heavier and don’t offer the amazing sound that these headphones can. The MOMENTUM Over Ear Headphones are very light at 160 grams.
PROS: Wonderful sound – great bass, clear highs and mids, no matter the volume; extremely comfortable fit; classy and high quality design; decent price; lightweight.
CONS: Carrying case is huge – only really good for storage; inline remote is a little close to the earphones; remote is for iOS devices; noise isolation could be better; not foldable, so they take up lots of space in the travel bag.
TO SUM IT UP: If you’re on the hunt for a first class set of on-ear headphones then look no further than these Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones. They’re beautiful to look at and made with outstanding quality, but the best part is under the hood, where the sound tends to be bassy, but crystal clear at any volume. You’ll hear all the music – highs, mid tones and low, bassy tones regardless of the genre of music you listen to – terrific headphones that I’m very impressed with.
Troy Media columnist Murray Hill reviews products weekly. You can follow Murray on Twitter at @MurrayDHill.
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