Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones review – Middle East Edition

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When you first set your eyes on a set of Sennheiser Momentum headphones, you will not be able to look the other way.

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It sounds the way it looks: Rich. Clean. Premium.” is what the brand claims for this breathtaking and impeccable range. So when I had a chance to test out the range, I gladly obliged… even though I am more of a technology buff than an audiophile. A review unit arrived in due course and it was truly worth writing about. Here’s more on my moments with Momentum…

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Right from the unboxing, it was clear that I have in my hands a premium product that has been painstakingly crafted and thoughtfully designed.

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The outer box proudly showcases the credentials, features and specifications of the headphones.

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Then, there is the exquisite hard case with an embossed logo, a beautifully encased headphone set, and the cables aesthetically hidden in a Velcro-topped concealed pocket.

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Sennheiser Momentum – where metal meets leather and form meets design

The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are a study in the stylish fusion of form and design, metal and leather, practicality and sophistication. The headphones look durable and yet are lightweight.

The ear cups wrap around the ears comfortably, thanks to the free ball joints. Soft and luxurious genuine leather cushions filled with two layers of special foam absorb resonances and minimise noise bleed. Most high-pitched noise is cancelled by the ear pads efficiently so you can enjoy pure audio without distractions.

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The shiny, steel slider, built on the principle of shock absorbers in cars, helps you position the headphone on your head with a snug fit. The thin slider with slits is also a good idea for reducing the weight and discomfort of a bulky headband.

I tried the headphones on various head sizes from adults to my 4 year old daughter and in each case, the Momentum headphones fit perfectly with simple adjustments of the slider and positioning of the ear pads.

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Many large around-the-year headphones are difficult to wear for long, as the ears get hot, sweaty and itchy. I did not have this experience during extended listening on the Sennheiser Momentum – it is almost like the ear cups can breathe!

The sound quality and audio signature of the Sennheiser Momentum

Once you have the headphones on, the rich and balanced sound quality seems to live up to the Sennheiser name. Many of the current trendy headphones seem to be heavy on the bass side, but the Momentum series has a much balanced output with richer detail overall. Even listening at the highest volume, the output was so pure that my ears did not hurt.

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The Momentum’s audio signature brings out the full spectrum of what you are listening to without letting any one element dominate or subdue the rest of the mix.

If you are into heavy, head-pounding bass found in the trendy brands these days – this may not be the right set for you.

Built to last – Kevlar cable, swivelling plug

The weakest points of other standard headphones are some of the strong points of the Momentum range.

The audio cable is lined with Kevlar material, used in bulletproof vests and protective suits worn by racing drivers. It is heat and acid resistant, unbreakable and tear-proof. Seems tangle free too!

The joint which connect the headphone to the audio device has a swivelling, metal 3.5 mm stereo jack plug. This intelligent design helps prevent cable break and enables turning the cable direction in one fluid motion – a thoughtful detail for those using the headphones on the move with a mobile device.

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A full-size 6.3 mm jack adaptor is included in the box, for use with standard audio systems.

Audio at your fingertips

In-line control buttons are embedded within the cable of the Momentum headphone – giving you instant control over phone calls, audio playback and volume level. The controls are specially designed to work with Apple devices such as iPods, iPhones and iPads.

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The 3.5mm jack on both cables features a handy hinge that allows it to bend to a 90-degree angle, which works well for giving it some flexibility when connected to a device in your pocket, for example.

Before you buy, you might want to consider…

No product is perfect and there are a few factors that you may want to consider before you decide on investing in a Sennheiser Momentum.

While the Sennheiser Momentum range has been positioned as a great companion to mobile phones, it can take up quite some space when packed in its durable, zipped hard case. People who have long hair might face issues with hair getting stuck in the metal slider – not a major issue but worth pointing out.

The verdict on Sennheiser Momentum headphones

The Sennheiser Momentum series of headphones have been around for a while. They have received very high global ratings for design and form factor, sound quality, and comfort. Most reviews place them above average for noise isolation and durability too.

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I feel that if you are the kind of audiophile who can invest in a headphone which is understated yet sophisticated, has attention to the minutest details and importantly, a reputation for rich and balanced sound quality, you should take the Sennheiser Momentum for a test drive.

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Here’s what a few other top review sites are saying about the Sennheiser Momentum:

“A victory of design and audio performance…”
PC Mag

“…more than just good-looking, they’re downright sexy”
Wired.com

“…may not have enough bass to satisfy every taste, but they are in every other way the best-sounding full-size audiophile headphones we’ve heard in a long time.”
CNET.com

It gets even better than this as we move towards the future – imagine the power and style of these headphones… with no wires. Because you can now enjoy the MOMENTUM series in wireless versions too. It keeps getting better!

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