The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear have a sturdy, portable design but sound a bit too bass-heavy for most listeners. They have a great case and easily fit into your pockets. They're stable and they don't leak, so you won't distract anyone around you. However, their sound quality is not the best and the in-ear fit can be uncomfortable for some.
- Minimal leakage.
- Decent passive isolation.
- Portable design with a great case.
- Overly bass-heavy audio reproduction.
- In-ear design not always comfortable.
The Momentum In-Ear feel high-end and durable but look a bit bland. They have the typical in-ear design and fit, so they may not be comfortable for everyone. Thankfully, the cables are decently rubberized, and the ear bud tips are flexible enough to deliver a stable fit that's good for jogging or running. They're lightweight, super portable, and come with a great case that will prevent them from getting damaged.
The Momentum In-Ear have a stylish red and black color scheme but do not really stand out design-wise, compared to other in-ear headphones. They have relatively small earbuds that do not protrude outwards when in your ears. And the rubberized cables are slightly flat, which gives them a more well-crafted and somewhat premium appeal. However, they still look a bit bland.
The Momentum In-Ear have the typical in-ear fit, which may not be comfortable for everyone. They come with several tip sizes but no foam or special tips to help with a better fit. On the upside, the tip material is quite flexible, and if you're used to in-ear models, these headphones shouldn't feel too different.
The buttons on the in-line remote provide good tactile feedback and are fairly easy to use. They offer call/music, track skipping, and volume control but they're a bit small. However, they're sufficiently well spaced out and shouldn't be too difficult to use in most situations.
These headphones are quite stable. The in-ear fit buries the ear buds relatively deep within the ear canal. The tips are also very flexible, so they fill and conform to the shape of your ear canal pretty well so that they're not easily dislodged during casual listening sessions. They're sufficiently stable to jog with, but the lack of stability tips means a sharp tug on the audio cable will quickly pull the ear buds out of your ears. They're decent for sports but might not be the best under strenuous exercise conditions.
Like most In-Ear models, these headphones are highly portable. They will easily fit into bags and thanks to the added cable winder, they're easy to manage and safely store in your pockets. If you're often out and about and need to carry your headphones on your person, the Momentum In-Ear shouldn't be much of a hassle, and they also come with an excellent case.
Comes with a sturdy, fabric covered hard case that's reinforced by the plastic cable winder. This also helps to neatly store the headphones within the case, which will easily protect the headphones from physical and minor water damage as well as regular wear and tear.
These headphones feel moderately durable. The cables are decently thick and rubberized, and they're slightly flat to prevent them from getting tangled easily. The in-line control module is also well put together and feels relatively dense. However, where the audio cables connect to the ear buds isn't strengthened by any additional rubber to prevent regular wear and tear. They also do not detach from the ear buds like some of the more expensive in-ear models. This means if they're accidentally damaged the cables will not be replaceable.
The Momentum In-Ear sound a bit too bass-heavy and do not cater well to instrumentals and vocals. They have a deep, extended low-end that may please some fans of bass. However, they're poorly balanced, pushing lead instruments, like guitars, to the back of the mix, where they're a bit drowned out by the overpowering low-end. They don't sound too sharp, but the overall audio reproduction is a bit dark and muffled due to the lack of openness and overemphasis on the lower frequencies.
Decent Bass Range performance. The overall response is flat and consistent, but overemphasized by about 5dBs. This overpowers the instruments and vocals which sit in the Mid-Range, shifting the balance of the sound towards the lower frequencies.
Average Mid Range performance. Low-mid has a slight tilt favoring lower frequencies, adding a bit of boominess to the sound, but the effect will be subtle. The remarkable issue however, is significant tilt in Mid and High-Mid. Overall, there is about 12dB of tilt in the Mid-Range favoring lower frequencies which results in a scooped-out, thin, and nasal sounding Mid-Range.
Poor Treble Range performance. Low-treble is consistently underemphasized by about 9dB, which will have quite a negative effect on the presence, clarity, and detail of vocals/leads. Especially considering that the scooped out region starts from 500Hz and extends up to 6KHz. The rest of the Treble range is decently produced, although hints of sibilance may be present.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the in-ear design, there is no interaction between the headphones and the pinna, hence their low PRTF score. Also, the closed-back and tight fit of these headphones, causes them to not sound as open as some other in-ears/earbuds. Resulting in a Soundstage that is not as immersive, and may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head.
Very good Imaging performance. Phase error is minimal, and the shift are with a low-Q (broadband), and therefore less audible and detrimental to sound quality. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were very well-matched.
Excellent Harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount harmonic distribution produced is very low regardless of the volume. However, at 100dB SPL there is a peak at around 1KHz which could sound a little harsh, but it's still within very good limits.
The passive seal of the Momentum In-Ear prevents a significant amount of noise from entering your audio. They're not quite as good as some of the noise canceling models, but at decently high volumes you shouldn't be distracted by the hustle and bustle of a regular commute. They also barely leak so you can play your music at those higher volumes and not worry about being heard by the people around you.
Decent isolation. Althought these in-ears isolate only passively, their tight fit creates an impressive degree of isolation for a passive device. In Bass, about 6dB of isolation is achieved which is in the upper limit of what passive headphones can do. The weak point with these headphones seem to the 200Hz range, however soon after than the passive isolation kicks back in and provides well above-average results in Mid and Treble Ranges.
Excellent leakage performance. The closed-back and tight fit of these in-ears don't let much sound out of them. The significant portion of the leakage is between 1KHz and 8KHz, which is broad, but the overall level of the leakage is so low that makes the other variable rather irrelevant.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones
- Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
- Carrying case