Sennheiser Momentum 1.0 Review

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Summary
The momentums are a stylish and well-built pair of headphones that should be at the top of anyone’s consideration for portable headphones, especially with the prices so low after the release of momentum 2.0s. They have a warm and smooth Sennheiser characteristic, but with more bass and less treble than your average Sennheiser headphones like the HD598, HD600, or HD650s, giving it a fun and ear-friendly sound signature for hours of listening pleasure.

 

Quality and comfort

The build quality of the momentums is fantastic. Everything from the headband, cups, paint, and the metal band feels and looks well built. In addition, these are one of the most stylish headphones out in the market today in my opinion. The pads are just enough to fully go around my ears, and I’ve worn them for 4 hours a day for the past few years without any noticeable discomfort for travel headphones. No, they’re not even close to comfort compared to open or full sized headphones, but you can wear them without issues for hours.

The default cables are pretty thin and low quality, so I highly recommend swapping them out as soon as you get them. In addition, I can see people complaining about comfort due to the smaller than average pads, but it’s something you have to try on and see for yourself. These also don’t fold up, but Sennheiser addressed it in the new version!

 

Sound

For current Sennheiser owners, these can be described as a “fun” tuned pair of headphones compared to their open headphones like the HD598 and HD650. There’s a lot of bass in the sound, and the bass is nice and tight, making them suitable for bass heavy genres. There’s just enough bass to sufficiently please bassheads, but if you’re an all out bass obsessed individual, you might want to look elsewhere.

The mids are always the highlight of Sennheiser headphones, and these are no different. As for the highs, they’re slightly rolled off, so you’ll have a fatigue-free listening experience. If you listen for the highs, you’ll find it, but it’s not something that will immediately stand out. Lastly, I’m surprised at how much depth and width is present in the soundstage for tiny headphones. No, they’re not even close to the quality produced in full-size headphones, but they’re almost comparable to a lot of closed headphones.

Overall, this creates a smooth and fun sounding frequency that work across a variety of genres. If you look at their current price and competitors, these headphones become an easy recommendation for people who want higher quality portable sound on a budget.

 

Music section
Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk
  • 00:00 – 00:36 – These surprisingly have a large soundstage for how small the headphones are. In addition, there’s plenty of depth. The response immediately registers as warm, but the details and separation are there if you listen for it
  • 00:36 – 1:08 – The bass is above neutral, but not overwhelming. The smoothness on treble roll off is apparently, and these immediately remind me of the signature Sennheiser sound.
  • 6:58 – 7:30 – Bass sounds just a tiny bit loose, the treble is there; however, it is definitely a lot more tapered off compared to headphones such as HD650s. The soundstage and separation are sufficient, but not huge.
Tom Sawyer – Rush
  • 00:00 – 00:50 The response is definitely smooth, and the combination of rolled off highs and warm voicing gives it a very easy to listen to sound. As great as they sound, I prefer a more balanced or bright sound for rock.
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  • 00:00 -1:00 Again, the warm and smooth characteristic really shines when it comes to vocal music. There’s a lot of depth in her voice, and the entire presentation sounds very cohesive.
Four seasons L’estate III Presto – Vivaldi (Pavel)
  • 00:00 – 00:44 This is where the headphones struggle a bit. While you can make out each of the instruments, the soundstage does feel a bit small with so many layers in the music, but it’s just enough that you won’t be annoyed by it.
  • 00:45 -1:04 Attacks are not harsh thanks to the tapered highs, and the accompanying orchestra sounds a bit lost in the soloist when it comes to soundstage and separation.
  • 1:05 – 1:20 – There’s still plenty of depth, especially when you listen for resonance in the lower string section, but it just feels a tad bit congested. Still really great for closed and portable headphones.
Count Bubba – Gordon Goodwin
  • 00:00 – 00:41 The upright bass stands out immediately with a lot of depths in the sound, drums are soft as expected, and the sax section sound smooth, but not as forward. Soundstage is good for closed headphones, but it definitely starts to struggle with heavily layered music like this chart.
  • 1:10 – 1:39 Great bari entrance, and there is so much depth and smoothness in this section. It’s so easy to pinpoint the barisax on the right side of the sound.
Closing thoughts
  • I can’t emphasize how stylish these headphones are.
  • They isolate sound very well, so I would not worry about leaking, even at full blast
  • I complain about soundstage above a bit, but you have to understand that these are really impressive for closed and portable headphones. Unless you’re trying to analyze and hear every bit of the music, it won’t bother you.
  • If you don’t need the portability, I would skip the momentums and look at full-sized closed headphones for comfort and soundstage.

 

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