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Sennheiser Momentum Headphone - Brown
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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 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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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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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.
I was a little suspicious of the build, thinking they would either be easily broken or ill-fitting. The jury will be out on the former for awhile, but they do fit impressively well. They are snug on the head without feeling restrictive in any way. As a matter of fact, I can hardly feel the band on the top of my head at all. I actually like the gradual fitting (i.e. not having to 'click' into your headsize). Let's just hope they don't have a tendency to slide easily as they get a little age.
In terms of sound, the out-of-box performance is impressive. My previous Senns took a bit of warming up to get the mix feeling right, but these were spot on from the first song. I listen to rock/indie/chamber pop stuff mostly, so having a pair of headphones that knows how to treat mids is absolutely key. I have no regrets about this buy (particularly getting them at the sale price around $200).
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