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- Closed back, over-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment..Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Premium leather ear pads and headband deliver softness and breathability for extreme comfort during long listening sessions
- Precision metal ear cups and stainless steel headband provide durability and enhance sonic performance
- 18-ohm operating impedance produces outstanding dynamics and overall output level with portable audio devices
- Luxurious hard carry case, standard and "i" device cables, and 1/4-Inch stereo adapter included. Two-year warranty.
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MOMENTUM is a closed back, around-the-ear headphone specially designed for music lovers wanting an iconic, sophisticated appearance, luxurious wearing comfort and rich, detailed stereo sound. The headphone boasts soft breathable leather ear cushions, metal ear cups and a stainless steel ear cup slider providing maximum durability and a custom fit. Completing the package are interchangeable cables-one with an integrated smart remote with in-line microphone, and the other a standard connection cable for excellent connectivity and ease of use.
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- I ordered both the Sennheiser Urbanite XLs and the Sennheiser Momentums and compared them for 30 days.
- These are two quality, well-priced pairs of headphones.
- I chose to keep the Urbanites, and return the momentums, for two key reasons:
--- The Urbanites are the most comfortable pair of headphones I've ever worn, while the momentums put enough pressure on my ears that I need a break after over an hour of listening.
--- The Urbanites are more portable, and can be safely tossed in a backpack without a case
- The differences between the two pairs aren't in quality. Rather, there are some specific characteristics for each pair that will make some people happier with one pair or the other. A full comparison is below.
- I ordered both pairs USED off of Amazon, each for around $40 off the new price. The packaging was opened but the two pairs were otherwise impeccable.
The overall sound quality was excellent in both pairs. As a former Bose employee, I can say that each of this options will give you the kind of sound you would expect out of a $300 to $400 pair of headphones. The biggest difference between them (and, generally, between any similar-quality headphones or speakers) was the equalization. As other review will tell you, the Urbanites really emphasize the mid bass a somewhat emphasize the deep bass, while the Momentums emphasize the mid range. After adjusting the equalization to account for this, the sound quality was quite similar. I still found the Urbanites to be somewhat tinny at the very top of its high range, but overall, they were both clear, crisp, and gave a very solid performance on a wide variety of tracks.
For speech, (in this case, many hours of CS lectures), they were both excellent, and easier to listen to than my external speakers. The Momentums gave a more engrossing experience (which sounded like more like someone was right in front of you), but the Urbanites were actually a touch more comprehensible. I know this because I consistently crank up the lecture speed to 2.0x - 3.0x. With the Urbanites, I could consistently increase the speed an additional notch or two without syllables becoming unclear.
In this category, I should emphasize that higher is not necessarily better. The momentums absolutely block out sound, and have a tight seal. While wearing the Momentums, someone right next to me can call for my attention, and I won't notice until they wave their hand. The Urbanites have good isolation (in fact, better than my last pair of phillips), but outside sound can definitely leak in. As someone working in an open office, I do prefer having some sound leak through so I don't enter a conversation around me halfway through having no idea what was going on. In this aspect, the Urbanites are a good balance for me.
However, if total isolation is an important part of your listening experience, you will absolutely get more of that out of the Momentums. It should be noted that isolation goes both ways, and you can probably crank up your music a little louder with the Momentums without anyone hearing.
This was the deal-maker for me. I listen to music 80% of the workday, and for several hours a week listening to video lectures. I honestly have never worn a pair of headphones that is as comfortable as the Urbanites are. I can wear them 10 hours a day without any discomfort, which has never been true of other over-ear headphones for me, and certainly not true of any on-ear or in-ear headphones.
The Momentums are by no means terrible when you put them on. However, after 1-2 hours of use, for me, I needed a break. The aforementioned tight seal is obtained by putting a reasonable amount of pressure on your temples, and the cups are just slightly too small for my ears. Your experience may vary in this regard, but it's clear that the Urbanites are the winner in the comfort category.
I'm no fashion authority, I'll just give my two cents: I don't really find any pair of over-ear headphones attractive. When they're on your head, you're going to look a little bit like mickey mouse, regardless of what headphones you choose. That said, I did find the momentums to have a nicer, refined look that I could imagine someone wearing in a highly corporate setting without a second glance.
Momentums: 7 out of the case, 10 in the case
The Momentums come with a nice hard-shell case which protects them well. That said, I couldn't bear the thought of anyone throwing them in a backpack without that case. The plastic top and metal sides do feel durable, but their sheer geometry allows stray items to press against their drivers, which are more vulnerable than the Urbanites', and the fact that they don't fold means that throwing your backpack down somewhere could unintentionally cause their aluminum supports to bend.
The Urbanites' cups fold in, an awesome feature. Folded, they're less than half the volume of the Momentums' case, and they're in a more protected and flexible position. This, combined with the fact that the whole pair of headphones is incredibly flexible, makes for a remarkably durable set of cans. The drivers themselves also have a hard plastic cage over them underneath the fabric covering, which makes me less worried that stray items will press directly against the drivers and muck with their ability to perform.
These are both pairs of headphones that look like they're built to last. If they're just sitting on your desk, I'd even put my money on the Momentums outlasting the Urbanites. However, the Urbanites are built to last inside a backpack, suitcase, or messenger bag without needing a case.
Which brings us to...
The Momentums' case does deserve some credit here: It's light, it's durable, and it's a lot less bulky than some other headphones you might see. That said, it's still a case, you still have to unzip it, and you still have to adjust your headphones away from the positions that fit your head to the positions that fit the case every time you want to take them anywhere. For someone leaving their headphones at home, this probably isn't a big deal, but for someone constantly throwing them in a backpack and biking to work, it is a bit of a pain. The small folded position and flexibility in the absence of a case make the Urbanites one less thing you have to think about.
I'm not going to give an overall score: These are different pairs of headphones. The momentums give you an immersive, isolated sound experience, while the Urbanites are more comfortable and more more portable. After my month of testing, I chose the Urbanites.
ON BUYING USED
These headphones both seemed worth their sticker price, but at the end of the day, I saved around $40 and got headphones that, as far as I could tell, were identical to a new pair. Obviously, your results may and will vary, but the return policy on Amazon is the same with used items as it is for new items, so you aren't necessarily stuck if you get a bad pair. I would definitely buy headphones used from Amazon again.
First, Amazon should post this clearly as the Momentum 1, not just Momentum to avoid misunderstandings since now Sennheiser has come out with the momentum 2.
I had purchased the ON EAR momentum 2 for $80 like new and they were terrific. After having them for 3 weeks, I decided to return them because I got the impression that the left channel was sounding scratchy at times and I decided I wanted the over the ear model. So I got these.
I almost returned these as well because even though I do not have large ears, it was difficult getting my entire ears IN the headphones. I discovered that by adjusting the angle of which the headphones sat on my ear, it for the most part, took care of that problem. However, if you do have large ears, you may want to wait and fork out the additional $$ for the momentum 2's. Based on many reviews I've read, it seems as though that the sounds of the 2's OVER ear are SLIGHTLY better than the 1 and perhaps would be even difficult to discern. You therefore are getting only for the most part bigger headphones and a little bit more portability for your money. Bigger headphones and portability were not an issue for me so I decided to keep these. However, when these give out, 2's here I come.
So how is the sounds. Let me give you a few examples...I have an old Johnny Mathis album at 320kb/s..."A fire and Two Guitars"...the entire recording is Mathis and 2 guitars. In the song, I Concentrate on You, I hear Johnny actually inhale before he sings the first note!! Keep in mind this was recorded when recording technology is not what it is today and it is at 320kb/s not FLAC. I also have a FLAC recording of Unforgettable by Nat King Cole...both the original and the re-recorded one withe his daughter Natalie. I ended up deleting the original version because the quality difference was so noticeable. These headphones will spoil you and will bring out the flaws in bad recordings. You can even tell the difference between new 320 kb/s recordings and new FLAC recordings. The FLAC recordings sound like they are on steroids...everything is richer, fuller, more magnified.
So how does the momentum 2 ON EAR compare with the momentum 1 OVER ear? To me, since I was able to get my ears in the OVER ear ones, more comfortable, providing greater isolation. As far as the sound was concerned, the ON ear had more bass and less soundstage. The OVER ear has plenty of bass but it only comes out when the song calls for it and it sounds GREAT The on ear is ALWAYS there need it or not. The OVER ear sounded even clearer to me. The OVER ear tends towards the "warm" side of sound and VERY clear sounding. To me the OVER ear 1 is the better of the two but they are both GREAT.
Another thing to note...I was listening via my Samsung smartphone which is not the latest and greatest phone. I then listened to the same music through my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and there was a significant difference...The Tab seemed to produce even better, fuller sound. I'm not sure why but I guess it must be the built in amplifier.
Overall, this headphone will bring out qualities in music that you have not heard before and it makes the listening experience all that much more enjoyable. I'm sure that there are even better headphones out there but I would imagine you would have to spend $400 or more to hear improvements. Further, beyond this price point, it's probably diminishing returns...you would have to spend a LOT more for a little bit better sound quality comparatively speaking. For me, these are the BEST headphones I've ever own and I am now a BIG Sennheiser fan.
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