Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears Quick Review
Thanks to Sennheiser for the sample
Brief: Sennheiser do a “style” IEM.
Price: £90 or 99 Euro or US$100 depending where you are.
Specification: Impedance 18 Ω, Frequency response (microphone)100 – 10,000 Hz, Frequency response (headphones) 15Hz – 22000Hz, Sound pressure level (SPL) 118 dB (1kHz/1Vrms), THD, total harmonic distortion <0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL), Jack plug 3.5 mm angled, Cable length 1.3 m, Weight 16 g, Pick-up pattern Omni-Directional, Microphone sensitivity – 44 dB V/Pa.
Accessories: Ear-adapter set (XS, S, M, L), Premium carrying case
Build Quality: First Class. 2 year warranty too.
Isolation: For a dynamic very good. Great for normal use, on a bus etc etc. Not really daily Tube commute worthy but close. As always way more than enough to make you road kill if you’re not keeping your eyes open.
Comfort/Fit: Exemplary. The tips are angled from the body and they perfectly fit my ears. Instantly a good fit and not the slightest comfort problem.
Aesthetics: Errm. Let’s go with “different” shall we.
Sound: Very bassy but very good too. It’s a slight deviation from the normal Sennheiser V shaped sound but I believe a continuation of the Momentum signature. It’s richly warmed, heavy bass. The mids are clear but somewhat recessed in quantity. The highs stand up a bit from the mids but still quite notably behind that big old bass mountain. The funny thing is while my head knows the bass is massively over done it just doesn’t feel that way. With them in your ears for any more than a few minutes and its gargantuan volume seems to be so natural, like that’s just how it is meant to be. I know it isn’t but it feels so convincingly natural, it just belongs there, somehow. It’s so rich and rounded with a perfect blend of power and scale yet retaining a nimbleness that belies its massive size. Again despite its quantity it manages to in no way impinge on any vocals. Signers always shine through effortlessly, in a lovely, liquidy, flowing stream. I just wish there was more of it. Highs are a bit muted in their brilliance, mostly clean but when things get too fast paced they just can’t keep up. In fast and explosive treble they begin to creep to brittleness and while their slightly muted quantity keeps them from savaging your ear it’s the only place it falls down acoustically. The bass though, that’s why you buy these, its vast and spectacular yet always gentle on your ears. As such these are such a pleasure to use all day long for pretty much any and all genres. Oh and soundstage is more of a sound scape. Big and expansive all the way.
Value: Hmm seems quite a price variation depending on location. The US price makes these a fantastic proposition and I’d bet an Xmas sales winner. The UK price though is rather higher and while still a solid choice places it higher than its comparably excellent competition.
Pro’s: Bass. Its VAST and its glorious. Mids are superb too. Android controls that work.
Con’s: Bass is very ever present. Pricing variation.