It’s the little details that make the Momentum in-ear headphones something special. The acoustic components are made out of stainless steel and contains no plastic, the earbuds are at a slight 15° angle, the left bud has three raised buttons and the right a small R, the magic cable that despite being 1.2 m long never tangles up. The result is a stunning, superb pocket headset with a comfortable fit and great sound.
Price: £74 – £89.99
Included in the box: 1x headset, 4x ear sleeves (XS, S, M, L), 1x hard zipped carry case
Sennheiser is a German company founded in 1945 which specializes in the development and manufacture of microphones, headphones, wired microphone and monitoring systems, conference and information technology, products for assistive listening, and aviation headsets. It has roughly 2,700 employees, a turnover of €634.8 million (2014), manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in over 50 countries worldwide.
Sennheiser is an ecologically conscious company with robust corporate social responsibility as well as environmental practices in place at each step of the design, manufacture and retail process. Read more about Sennheiser on their official site.
- Portable in-ear headset with robust case
- Target age range: Adults, Older adults (not suitable for children)
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral design
- Optimized for left handed/right handed/ambidextrous use
- Target audience: £50 – 100 price range for every ear phones with exceptional sound quality
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I started with a generic dirt cheap pair of earphones years ago. They were hooked up to an iPod Nano that went everywhere with me to help mask chronic tinnitus. I upgraded to something a little better every time the last set was irreprebly damaged and the gaps inbetween upgrades have steadily increased as better quality products last longer.
My last in-ear wired buds of choice was the good quality Sennheiser MM30i set that I was perfectly happy with (their review here). I never concidered upgrading because I couldn’t justify the jump in price from under £30 to £70 (mid-range in the £50-100 bracket), but wearing the Momentums for the last couple of weeks made me realise that an adjustment in attitude is definitely required.
I use my in-ear headphones more than any other device I own. They’re in my ears when I exercise first thing in the morning, travel with me for a variety of uses all day and they are often the last thing I put away after listening to an audio book at night. The Sennheiser Momentum earphones offer excellent quality and durability at a comparatively small price when compared to the cost of other electronics I use less often.
Definitely a cost-effective choice for anyone who listens to a lot of audio and really care about sound quality.
Product Dimensions: 30 x 17 x 14.3 cm
Colour: Red, Black
Connectivity: 3.5 mm angled Jack plug
Device: Android/Samsung or iOS/Apple
Cable length: 1.2m
Boxed weight: 100g
Pick-up pattern: Omni-directional
Microphone sensitivity: – 44 dB V/Pa
Impedance: 18 Ω
Frequency Response (mic): 100 – 10,000 Hz
Frequency Response (headphones): 15Hz – 22000Hz
Sound pressure level (SPL): 118 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
THD (total harmonic distortion): <0.5 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)
Warranty: 2 years
* Compatible device. Audio will work with any device with a 3.5 mm jack plug. There are two versions: one is compatible with Android devices (Samsung Galaxy, LG, HTC, Sony and so on), the other with Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod). Both headsets work across different operating systems, but additional features are only available when the correct headset is paired with the appropriate brand.
I use in-ear headphones on a daily basis with multiple mobile devices. I listen to an electric music library and audio books whilst pottering about and enjoy relaxing with a streamed film or TV on a mobile device. Mobile device provide instant access almost no matter where I am, but my headset has always lagged a bit behind because I tend to put my money into more serious gear related to big screen TV watching and gaming.
I spend more time plugged into a laptop, phone or tablet than I do with what I think of as more serious hobbies (listening to music ‘properly’ or playing ‘serious’ games at home). I think of listening to music or an audio book on my phone as inconsequential when in reality, the bulk of my activities are mobile based with audio played through a good, but not great headset.
The M2IEG is a great headset. It can’t compete with headsets in the higher price ranges, but I think it would give any headset in the £50-100 category a run for its money. Speech is crystal clear and distinctive. Music is full-bodied with balanced treble and bass. Ambient sounds are distinctive and well rendered. Although the mid-range is slightly neglected, the sound quality and complexity is fantastic for in-ear headphones. My ears have loved this upgrade.
The review is based on the Sennheiser M2IEi Momentum In Ear Headphones for Apple iPhone – Black Chrome kindly provided by Sennheiser. Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 5 May 2016.