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- Closed back, over-ear design isolates ambient noise to maximize musical enjoyment.
- Premium leather ear pads and headband deliver softness and breathability for extreme comfort during long listening sessions
- Precision metal ear cups and slider 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" stereo adapter included. Two-year warranty.
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|Item Dimensions||8.66 x 4.84 x 10.87 in||4 x 6.7 x 9.9 in||4 x 7.4 x 9.9 in||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||2.01 x 4.02 x 6.5 in|
|Item Weight||6.7 ounces||1.6 lbs||2 lbs||0.75 lb||0.64 lb|
|Additional Features||Noise-Cancelling-Feature||foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight||noise-cancellation||ios-phone-control, lightweight||lightweight|
Momentum - the force of movement. You'll be moved listening with Sennheiser’s new Momentum headphones. Musically and emotionally moved by sound quality so detailed, so dynamic, so lifelike, you’d swear you were at the performance. A natural and authentic sonic presentation, just as the artist intended... Momentum’s stellar sound quality did not happen by chance. It's a function of Sennheiser's legendary engineering process. Decades of transducer design experience combine with new technologies in the pursuit of perfect sound. Premium materials were selected to highlight Momentum sophisticated, iconic design. Metal and leather elements are combined with exceptional fit and finish. These materials were chosen not only for thier look and feel, but thier sonic characteristics and durability as well. Non-resonant metal earcups provide structural rigidity to allow the neodymium magnet driven transducers deliver outstanding clarity. Of special note is the leather used for the headband and ear pads. Supplied by internationally renowned British leather manufacturer Pittards, it's absolute softness and breathability deliver luxurious comfort for long listening sessions. Momentum’s 18-ohm operating impedance and 3.5-mm stereo jack mean this headphone is optimized for premium performance and connectivity to any portable audio device. Two audio cables are supplied, one for standard stereo connection, the other employing an integrated smart remote with microphone for control of Apple products such as the iPad, iPhone or iPod. This is used to adjust volume, select tracks, take phone calls and activate the voice control feature. Momentum – Iconic design and contemporary style for those who are passionate about their music. Let them move you…
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Every single low, mid, high in any song sounds better with these headphones. I've owned Beats (I know..Forgive me...), Audio Technicas, M-Audios, and I've tested Master and Dynamics MH-40 extensively and these Momentums are simply put - better.
The only comparison in which the Momentum's aren't superior is when they are compared to Sennheir's HD 598 - Over Ear headphones. The HD 598 are open and allow for a better soundstage (they sound terrific with Beatles btw) than the Momentums, but since I was in the market for a portable and closed-headphone to listen to music on the go the HD 598 were out of the picture.
Here's some background, I was on the market for headphones under $300 and portability was my #1 priority. I wanted to listen to great music on the go, on the metro, walking to class, during my work hours, and I wanted to listen to music at home with my setup so I needed headphones that sounded great with constant movement and ones that also sounded great when I was staying put. The Momentums, I believe, were by and far the best choice.
Here are some Pros and Cons
-Portability!: They're light, take up almost no power from my mobile device, and are easily manageable to carry around anywhere. I sometimes forgot I even had them over my neck! They do NOT bleed any sound at around 75% volume so I'm listening to high quality sound without disturbing anyone, anywhere -- a BIG plus.
- Style: Style was a consideration for me because I didn't want to look like I was carrying boomboxes to classes and work and look like a fool. This Momentums look very nice and I've gotten compliments on how they look so it's safe to say they're pretty stylish.
- Comfort: Yes, they're extremely comfortable save for one minor thing (more on that later). They go over my ears nicely and don't strain them unnecessarily.
-Sound: Amazing, crystal-clear, such-a-good-sound-they-make-me-trip-out, deep and rich, unbelievable soundstage for a closed-back, literally insert any adjective here to describe "good sound" and it would probably fit for these headphones.
-Computers & Devices: These headphones have very low impedance (18ohms) meaning they do not suck that much power, and it takes very little to power them . My iPhone 6 Plus has no problems reproducing high- quality sounds and it has very little drain on my battery. With my computer and my external DAC these headphones simply gleam through my lossless files like a sailboat sailing swiftly during calm weather.
-Classical: Classical instruments sound unreal. Violins, cellos, basses, and pianos all sound phenomenal and unmatched to anything I've ever had before.
Strain: After about five hours or so of use, the headphones begin to strain my right ear. It's nothing major, and some minor adjustments fix the problem, but it's still there.
Not good for laying down: If you listen to music on your bed you wont be able to sit on any angle other than laying straight. Lean a little to the right or to the left and the headphones will hit the bed cause of the circle bulky thing in the middle of the outside ear pads and will cause discomfort.
Warm: They're made of leather so they do heat up my ears a bit during while using them in warm weather (nothing of apocalyptic proportions). Using them during the winter would be great cause they may double for ear-muffs.
Final word: They're worth every penny of 350 dollars. (35,000 pennies exact worth ftw!). My friends and I have done extensive research, and because we trust people who we consider to be considerably smarter than us, I can definitely say that anything less than $350 is an absolute bargain. Our research also yielded evidence for these to be considered the best closed-back-portable headphones ever.
If you need portability and do not want to sacrifice sound or style then BUY THESE HEADPHONES. At the time of this review they were selling for less than $200 and I guarantee you you will not find a better buy anywhere for amazing quality and sound.
They're worth every penny, and they're the best portable headphones out there.
- 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.
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