The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 are great-looking headphones with a sturdy, durable design and rich and balanced audio reproduction. They sound amazing with most music genres but struggle a little with treble and higher frequencies. Padding is also lacking and a bit stiff, which slightly lessens their level of comfort. If you want noise cancelling, check out our review of the wireless version.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Sturdy and durable design.
- Minimal sound leakage.
- Poor isolation.
- Lacking comfortable padding.
The Momentum 2.0 are very well-crafted, stylish headphones that feel sturdy and durable. The metal frame is solid enough to not warp easily under physical stress and the dense ear cups are able to withstand a few drops. They offer great control options and are moderately comfortable but the lack of padding on the headband and slight stiffness in the ear cup padding lessens comfortability.
The Momentum 2.0 ear cups are decently sized and encompass most ears well. They do not apply too much tension to the head, which makes them comfortable to listen to for long sessions. Unfortunately, they lack padding on the headband and the padding used for the ear cups could be softer. It's slightly stiff and may be uncomfortable for some.
Button layout and functionality is above average, offering well-defined inline controls for call/music, track skipping and volume controls. They don't have any additional features but what is present is efficient and easy to use, as long as you get the corresponding inline control for either Apple or Android.
The Momentum 2.0 are decently stable. They easily maintain their position during casual listening sessions. However, they are not designed for sports. The ear cups will sway and slip off your ears during high-intensity activities like running and jumping. Their audio cable is detachable but can be locked into the ear cups. This means, that if the cable is locked and gets hooked by something in your environment, the headphones will be pulled off your head, unlike the wireless model.
The Momentum 2.0 like the momentum 2.0 on-ear and the wireless model., have the same soft case that will protect the headphones from scratches and will fit all the gear that is provided with headphone. Sadly, it will not protect the headphones from hard falls.
The Momentum 2.0 have great audio reproduction with minimal harmonic distortion. Their mid-range is well balanced reproducing the lower harmonics of vocals and instruments very well. Bass is punchy and has the low rumble fans of bass-heavy music will appreciate. However, this bass may overemphasize already bass-heavy tracks and the mediocre higher frequencies reduce the clarity of the lead instruments like guitars.
Good performance. We had difficulty finding a position in which the left and right channel would match. Also, there is a broad bump covering bass and low-bass, overemphasizing the kicks, low frequency effects, and bass instruments.
Very good performance. The neutral mid-range however, will be overpowered by the hyped bass.
Poor performance. There are two issues here: First, the dip in the 3KHz-7Khz range, which will negatively affect the clarity, intelligibility and brightness of the vocals/leads/cymbals. Second, the slight bump at 8KHz and above, which could make the sound of these headphones a little sibilant.
Very good performance. The right ear, which performed worse on the bass test, shows more distortion in the same region. This suggests a bad seal, or a high manufacturing tolerance. However, the overall harmonic distortion is lower than the Bluetooth version of these headphones, the Momentum 2.0 Wireless.
The Momentum 2.0 only have passive isolation. The oval ear cups encompass the ears well, which creates a decent seal that does not leak much sound. However, this seal is the only thing keeping ambient noise from seeping into the ear cups, and is insufficient in most moderately loud environments, let alone in the intense, low frequency noise of a plane or train. Listeners seeking a more isolated listening experience may prefer the Momentum 2.0 Wireless, for the additional active noise cancellation.
Poor overall isolation. However, considering these headphones don't have active noise cancelling, the passive isolation provided by the ear cups is quite decent. Treble isolation is excellent but as expected, the passive isolation only becomes effective past 400HZ and does not really block any low/bass frequencies. Isolation in the mid-range is also below average.
Good leakage performance. The majority of leakage is in the 400Hz-3KHz frequency range. However, the overall volume of sound that escapes the ear cups is low relative to listening volume.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennhiser Momentum 2.0 Headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying case
- Carrying pouch