Review: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear headphones

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Sennheiser Momentum In-EarSennheiser Momentum In-Ear headphones may look like black and red linguini, but they sound much better than linguini.

The Momentum In-Ear unit incorporates a control pod on the right channel cable for volume up/down and pause along with a built in microphone. You can get these specifically for iOS, Samsung Galaxy, LG, HTC or Sony control, so make sure you select the right variety when making your purchase. The only color option is a red and black combination, but it looks rather nice.

The other handy feature is “noise blocking” which is accomplished by the familiar rubbery earbud mushrooms which fill your ear canal and hold the buds in place. The cable is described as “elliptical cable for a tangle-free listening experience.”

As alluded to above, the shape is reminiscent of linguini, which does help reduce the tendency of the wire tangling, but it isn’t perfect. Sennheiser has even included a handy black carry case with red stitching to match your new buds. The zipper opens and closes smoothly, and there is plenty of room under the spool/holder to keep your spare cushions/adapters.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

The product touts construction of high end materials such as stainless steel as opposed to plastic to get good sound reproduction. This approach has worked, providing full bass, clear mids and crisp highs. The sound is good from very low to very high volume without getting muddy or distorted. While these are not up to reference phones standards or to a good set of over ear headphones, the frequency response range is conducive to a good audio experience.

Following are the specs for the tech-heads:

  • Impedance: 18 Ω
  • Frequency response (microphone):100 – 10,000 Hz
  • Frequency response (headphones): 15 – 22,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 118 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
  • THD, total harmonic distortion: <0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)
  • Jack plug: 3.5mm angled
  • Cable length: 1.3m
  • Weight: 16g
  • Pick-up pattern: Omni-Directional
  • Microphone sensitivity: – 44 dB V/Pa

The only problem I had was the fit. I tried all four sets of adapters (wee, not so wee, medium, and friggin’ huge…). If you are not engaged in vigorous activity, they are fine. I used them while doing a little cleaning up and I found I was very frequently pushing them to get them to seat again. While listening at my desk, they stayed in fine. Part of the issue seems to be the silicone inserts are a bit flimsy and the rubberized wire coating pulls when you move.

The other small issue is the price. The Momentum In-Ear retails for $99.95, and while the sound is good and the construction is solid, I think they may be a bit over priced. They do look good and sound good but they are not issue free, and in a field of many competitors they might do well to bring the price down a bit. On the up-side, they do come with a 2 year warranty which is good to have and shows confidence in the engineering and build quality.

These are decent gear with good sound, so all around pretty good.

Apple Channel Rating B

Buy the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones

Provides: In-ear audio reproduction with inline mic and remote control
Developer: Sennheiser
Minimum Requirements: Audio source (iOS device, iPod, any smartphone or sound system with 3.5mm jack)
Price: $99.95
Availability: Coming Soon (Android versions available now)

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