The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0s are a pair of stylish and well constructed wireless headphones that improve on the previous version and deliver the classic Sennheiser sound: warm and fun sound signature in a portable package. The momentum’s will deliver impressive detail and performance across all bands with an impressively wide and deep soundstage that will have you eagerly digging through your music collection; however, people who want noise cancelling or want a more detail and colder headphone might want to shy away from these.
Build quality and comfort
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0s are just as stylish as the first version, and I love all the construction on the headphones with the exception of the buttons. They feel a bit cheap and plasticky, but they get the job done. Comfort wise, I never liked the default cups, but you can always swap them out. I swapped them out for the Brainwavz Velour Pads. While they do alter the signature and don’t fit as well and frankly look kind of stupid, comfort is more important than looks.
The headband still causes a lot of pressure on the top, which is a known issue, and it still hasn’t been solved by V2. Sometimes, the pressure from either the sound or top can be a bit much, so you’ll have to fiddle with it a lot and actually try it yourself to see if they’re comfortable for you or not. For me, floating the headband above the head and getting it a bit loose helped with the comfort, but again, you’ll have to try it yourself. At the end of the day, it was too annoying to constantly be fiddling with headphone position, so I returned them.
I’ve also never had an issue with bluetooth, and the noise cancelling is so minimal that I don’t really consider these noise cancelling headphones. On the bright side, they don’t have that annoying pressure change you feel when taking the headphones on and off because NC is so abysmal.
The Sennheiser momentum 2.0s continue to maintain their signature Sennheiser sound, and it stays very true to the signature of the first version with a few improvements.
Objectively, momentums produce a warm sound that makes for a fun signature. It’s impressive how much soundstage depth and width is reproduced from these small headphones. Bass is definitely tuned to be a bit higher, so I had to turn it down a tiny bit. While it can feel a bit slow and loose at times, for the most part, it’s good enough to qualify as audiophile quality. Mids have a ton of detail in them and sound smooth, and highs might not sound as crisp as some headphones, but it’s enjoyable to listen to.
Subjectively, these are fun headphones to listen to and shine well with music that focuses on single instrument / vocals or layered music where all the instruments move together. Listening to violin concertos on these headphones sound like a dream, with Wieniawski’s variation being sonically engaging the whole length of the piece with plenty of fun details to smile at. As expected, Amy Winehouse’s Valerie (live at BBC) is fun to listen to because the momentum’s bring out a ton of details in her voice that keeps me engaged the whole time. Electronic music, such as Andrew Bayer’s Voltage Control is extremely pleasant and fun to listen to thanks to the bass and wonderful soundstage these headphones provide.
It starts to struggle in music such as rock where I prefer a bit more detail and balance between the instruments. For example, in Rush’s YYZ, you can really hear the details in all in the instruments, but the balance feels slightly off. Listening to Something Human by Muse, there is plenty of detail in all the parts, but I find myself wishing for something a bit more balanced that brings out the detail equally whereas the Momentum’s seem to create this artificially warm sound. It’s not a bad thing, and it’s exactly the same as the typical Sennheiser sound signature with a touch more exaggeration.
If you’re happy with any other Sennheiser products, you’ll feel right at home with the Momentum 2.0s. It has a bit more bass, and it’s sonically good enough to be considered audiophile grade quality. I find myself enjoying digging through my music collection to see how other genres will sound on these.
Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk
- 00:00 – 00:36 – Soundstage is surprisingly wide. The background voices are noticeably separated from his voice, creating a large space. Details come out well, but the focus stays around his voice. There’s a lot of depth and richness in both his voice and the bass line.
- 00:36 – 1:08 – There’s a plenty of bass, which overpowers the rest of the sound, and it’s recreated with a lot of depth and is reasonably tight and pleasant to follow. Details are there if you listen for it, and all the guitar pops can be heard if you focus on it. Highs are reasonably crisp.
- 6:58 – 7:30 – Highs are reasonably crisp, but there are definitely other headphones that reproduce treble with more crispness. Bass continues to have a lot of depth, and is pretty and keeps up, but it seems like it drags here and there.
Tom Sawyer – Rush
- 00:00 – 00:50 – Soundstage width continues to impress here, and it doesn’t feel claustrophobic at all. Highs can keep up, but it’s not stand out impressive and doesn’t have that wow factor. His voice seems to be overpowered by both the bass and bass drum kicks.
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
- 00:00 -1:00 – Lots of separation as expected, and I love the amount of details that are reproduced in her voice. You can hear everything from the sibilance to where she takes her breath before a new phrase. I wish the bass also took a backseat a bit cause it takes away from her voice.
Four seasons L’estate III Presto – Vivaldi (Pavel)
- 00:00 – 00:44 Violin attacks are reasonably quick and has an overall warm sound to it. The depth and separation is impressive, and the whole string section seems to move as one.
- 00:45 -1:04 Pavel’s aggressiveness comes through with a lot more details than I’m used to hearing, which is definitely a plus. I wasn’t expecting to be impressed by this section, but it’s definitely a joy to be proven wrong. It still sounds a bit too warm overall.
- 1:05 – 1:20 – Love the depth in this section, and you can definitely hear the benefits of all the separation coming through here.
Count Bubba – Gordon Goodwin
- 00:00 – 00:41 Separation and depth continues to impress, but bass can feel a little bit much. You can hear all the instruments, but it sounds a bit dull for some reason. I think it’s because the sax and trombone section sounds like it’s a bit too far in the background when they should be a bit more forward.
- 1:10 – 1:39 As expected, this section sounds very clean with plenty of details. Although, the same flatness seems to carry on from the previous section. It’s relatively minor, and I can’t seem to quite pinpoint it, but it’s definitely noticeable.
Are the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0s right for you?
Who it’s for:
- People who like the signature Sennheiser sound and want a bit more bass and portable version of it
- People who want wireless headphones that are stylish and audiophile grade quality
- People who listen to music genres such as vocals, single instrument, electronic
Who it’s not for:
- People who want a detailed and analytic set of headphones
- People who want noise cancelling headphones