SENNHEISER MOMENTUM 2.0
- Pros: With a design that is always so pleasant, the Momentum 2.0 can now be folded back and offers excellent comfort. Its great strength is obviously its sound performances, which can not be blamed much as the spectrum is well balanced and rich.
- Cons: Besides the question of price, it is regrettable that it is necessary to choose between version iOS or Android where many people have both types of devices.
- In Short: Like the first Momentum headphones, the new Over-Ear model of the brand is once again a success. Comfortable, neat, strong and especially devilishly effective when placed on the ears, the only thing that can block the purchase is its price.
- Passive Noise canceling
- Diaphragm 40mm
- Remote control with built-in microphone
- Excellent comfort
- Carry bag and protective bag
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Review
Presented at the CES in Las Vegas, the new range of Sennheiser Momentum headphones has now been available for a few months at all good dealers and it was high time for us to get our hands on some of these new products for you. With the first generation of Momentum (proposed in the year 2013), which has been very successful, the manufacturer is, therefore, making its products evolve towards versions 2.0 which are more comfortable, functional and efficient.
Today, we are launching this range with the flagship model, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. This is the wired circum-aural (fully enclosing your ears) model of the range. This is complemented by the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear (the compact and supra-aural version, landing on your ears), as well as the arrival of these two models in Bluetooth version. The three trials of these products are also expected to arrive shortly.
Offered with a fairly high price, is the Momentum 2.0 worthy successor to one of our favorite models? The answer is in the rest of our review.
Unboxing: the class according to Sennheiser
When spending such a high price in an audio headset, it is often expected to have a neat and complete packaging, and Sennheiser has understood it well with its new model Momentum 2.0. The headphone is presented in a solid box, displaying soberly a photo of the product on its front and features in several languages on the other faces.
By removing the upper part of the box, one falls face to nose with a large carrying case, containing the small jewel. Inside this pouch, there is a second protective layer, in the form of a small cloth bag. This double protection is clearly welcome, as it would be a pity to damage your Momentum 2.0 and its design more than successful.
The headphone is presented folded inside its case, and this is a novelty compared to the first generation of Sennheiser Momentum. Also, two foam blocks are present to protect the ear cups.
In the rest of the box, we find the cable (detachable), incorporating a remote control that can be compatible either on iOS devices or on Android devices. Warning, only one of two cables is proposed, so make sure to choose the version that corresponds to your smartphone if you want to benefit from all the features of the remote control. A small flat on this point moreover, the two cables would not have been too much, especially since many of us have several devices of different brands (example, an Android smartphone, and an IPAD tablet). Finally, there is a booklet of quick instructions and a booklet concerning safety instructions.
Design and ergonomics: always as beautiful, but even more practical!
The first generation of the Sennheiser Momentum did not have many flaws, but among the few negative feedbacks that could be made, some complained of a lack of room for their ears, making listening prolonged sometimes troublesome. The manufacturer has, of course, these remarks and proposes on this version 2.0 earphones wider and therefore adapted to all morphologies. The ear padding is also more important and the coating soft, all offering an excellent level of comfort.
The look of the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 by itself hardly compared to the first version of the now famous mobile headset, and nobody will complain about it I think. One thus finds again this metallic structure, the true image of the range. The arch is slightly padded with a memory foam, covered with leather. It is also noted that two different leather grains are used for the upper and lower part of the arch, always with these large visible seams.
As explained earlier, the large headphones now have the ability to fold inward. Not really a novelty in the world of headphone nomads, but a choice of design that was lacking the first generation of the model. That is now done, better late than never.
To adjust the size of the headphone and adapt it to each, the headphones slide and swivel along the iron frame, nothing simpler and it takes only two seconds to find the perfect fit. It is noted, however, that there is no way of “tightening” the fastening system and it is then hoped that the fastener will fit perfectly well over time.
Regarding the holding, the maintenance is very correct and the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 does not bronze practically not even during fast movements. The model, for a circum-aural headphone, is clearly lightweight, and the weight distributed homogeneously. In the idea, they can be adapted to the sport, especially for running, although more specific models are available in some competitors.
The cable is detachable (and therefore replaceable) and connects to the right earphone. Once connected, it is possible to turn the latter in order to lock its position. On the other side, the cable has an L-shaped output, adapting to the majority of smartphones and tablets, even when a shell is present. The 3-button remote control incorporates a microphone to use the Momentum 2.0 as a hands-free kit.
On the color side, three are available at the moment. A black version, which we are testing today, as well as an ivory version and another brown. We can imagine that other colors will appear during the year, just like with the first generation of the brand’s flagship headphone.
Sound performance: close to perfection
If the majority of the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 evolutions are in the design and comfort of the headphone, there is nothing really surprising. Indeed, the performances of the first generation of Momentum were already praised by all, so why to change at all costs a team that wins?
The basis of the sound signature remains very close to what we know, with basses as powerful and enjoyable as on for example Beats headphones, but here with perfect mastery, without any deterioration of other sounds. These are really deep, but the headphone at no time seems to give the impression of forcing things, everything seems natural.
Compared to the first generation, however, the impact of the bass is slightly decreased, softening the overall sound quality and adapting the headphones a little more to all musical genres. Everything is perfectly balanced, giving the final result a particularly clear and precise performance while remaining neutral.
The mediums also know some modifications, and the voices now appear even clearer than before, a real pleasure on the vocal tracks.
In short, you will have understood, Sennheiser takes here the keys that had made the success of the first generation, and distil there some improvements all welcome. In the world of nomad headphones, usable every day, difficult to do better. There remains the question of features, where models like the Parrot Zik 2.0 offer performance, comfort, Bluetooth connectivity and ANC for a price virtually equivalent. Of course, there is a Wireless version of Momentum 2.0, but its price a bit high.
If the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 does not have an active noise canceling module unlike some competitors, such as the Bose QC25, its large headphones allow passive insulation rather correct.
It is therefore quite possible to use them both at home and in public transport without sharing your music with the whole train or being disturbed by the incessant noise in your wagon. Obviously, you are not entirely in your bubble like on a headset with ANC, but for passive isolation, it is more than correct. And to be honest, we dare not imagine the price of the beast if the functionality was present.
Difficult not to be a fan of this new Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. The first generation was already particularly appreciated, and this time the brand pushes the bar a little higher with this evolution in finesse. Without upsetting the success of the first Momentum headphones, Sennheiser brings more elaborate finishes, increased comfort, better ergonomics and still exceptional sound performance. With a starting price of over 300 bucks, you can only recommend it if you have the right budget. However, if you already have the first version, it is not necessarily necessary to take the step in our opinion, or rather the version Wireless that we will review very soon.