A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to review the Sennheiser Momentum M2IEG in-ear headphones and after loving them Sennheiser was nice enough to let us get a look at their bigger and bolder brother the Momentum 2.0 over-ear headphones also known as the M2AEGs.
The headphones come in two models – one for iOS and one for Android and from the moment you open the box they scream quality. Firstly you come to a padded leather and velvet carrying case that you open to find another silk bag. Inside that, you get to the folded headphones. I’m finding it hard to explain how nice they look without seeming too gushing – the combination of soft brown leather, chrome, gold and ivory is very attractive and once you get them on your head the impression intensifies. The two over ear pockets are large enough to contain my (large) ears and the soft leather padding is very comfortable. The cable is detachable and has an interesting screw mechanism that makes it far less likely to pull out by accident but means that a strong enough pull will remove it rather than damage the headphones.
With a little adjustment, I was able to comfortably wear the M2AEG’s for several hours at a time.
So how do they sound? The first thing I was surprised by even before switching them on was how much they were sound isolating. There’s no active sound cancellation but the way it cradles your ears does a good job at cutting out external sound even before you start up music. When part of you start up that first song you can see where the other part of the cost of the 2.0’s has gone. The bass is strong, the mids well defined and the uppers very clear. The headphones go surprisingly loud and suffer from no real distortion in almost any situation. I’m not an audiophile – in fact most of my listening will tend to be spoken word rather than music but these headphones produce the best sound I’ve ever heard on headphones.
Move down from the headphones themselves and the cable has a three-point controller – up volume, play/pause and down volume that hangs at about chin height. The controller is a cylinder about a centimetre across and has nicely positive action buttons with raised identification that make them easy to decipher without looking at them. The controller also has a small microphone built in that while not quite of the same quality as the headset’s speakers is decent enough for phone calls or Skype chat.
Included in the box: Headphones, removable cable, slip bag, storage bag, quick start guide
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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.
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- Target audience: Audiophiles and regular music listeners who want to listen to their music on the go
- Target age range: Adults, Older adults
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral, ivory and brown colouration works for both sexes
- Optimized for right-handed use with the controller on the cable coming from the right ear cup.
- Optimized for indoors and outdoors use but not waterproof or splashproof.
There are no bones to be made about it – the Momentum’s are an expensive set of headphones. They are also very well built and have a number of spare parts available from as the cable to the headband or earcups and hence are likely to have a long useful life quite apart from the two-year warranty. If you listen to a lot of music the quality and comfort provided might be worth the investment.
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Colour: Black, brown or ivory
Materials: Stainless steel headband with leather cover and leather ear cups
Ear Coupling: Around-Ear
Transducer: Dynamic closed back
Volume control: Smart in-line remote
Microphone type: In-line omnidirectional
Cable: 1.4m 3.5mm detachable (angled)
Warranty: 2 years from time of purchase with registration on Sennheiser website
The headset has a 3.5mm jack connector which will work with most audio equipment, phones and computers but the inline controls are specifically designed to work with Android devices. I was able to test and verify them working with a Samsung, LG, OnePlus and Xiaomi device. The controls did not work with an Apple iPad but audio (not including the microphone) worked perfectly.
The cable is removable can be purchased separately and I’ve found reports online of listeners successfully swapping between Android and iOS cables although I’ve not been able to verify this
High-end headphones are a very specialist market that only a minority of us well every really access. If you’re someone who listens to music for long periods of time every day it’s an investment that might be very worth making. If it’s for you then you’re looking for something long lasting, comfortable, isolating and with great sound. The Momentum’s design is tough, good looking and supremely comfortable with a set of speakers to match. Highly recommended.
The review is based on the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Around Ear Headphones for Android/Samsung – Black kindly provided by Sennheiser.
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