The Sennheiser’s original Momentum headphone was everything a regular audiophile would be looking for. After the announcement of the Momentum 2.0 series in 2015, there was a lot of debate whether and how will the successor model be better than the first one, which offered unattainable comfort and more importantly, uncompromising sound.
We have written this detailed and analytical Momentum 2.0 In-Ear Headphone review, which reveals the information behind the Momentum 2.0 series. Here we will display the noticeable improvements over the 2013 Momentum models.
While the basics haven’t changed, there were noticeable enhancements in the upgraded models.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 series were introduced the first time back in 2015. The company aimed for a better quality, more comfort and most definitely, more portability.
Sennheiser lived up to its name and, more importantly, broke through its original recipe to the good-quality headphones. In terms of design, the headphones still address its’ popular and recognizable design which pretty much resembles some kind of a futuristic model, likely to come from another planet. However, it is the sound that matters, it is deeper, crisper, and much more powerful compared to the prior models.
With this review and comparison article below, we hope that we will encourage you to buy these headphones and experience the same emotion-evoking feeling, just like we did.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear headphone
- Closed back, on-ear design featuring Bluetooth technology and immediate pairing to smart devices using NFC connectivity for wireless freedom
- Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise using 4 microphones for ultimate isolation to dramatically improve sound quality in noisy environments
- 22 hour battery life with both Bluetooth and Noise Gard activated to insure performance during long commutes or plane flights
- technology uses 2 built-in microphones working seamlessly to improve voice quality and remove external noise during phone calls
- Two year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer
If you are looking for a premium audio experience with an extended portability Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is the right headset for you. These on-ear headphones have everything that combines superb audio quality and design that matches the future. It is much ahead of the prior models that we have reviewed before, and below, we’re going to explain you why.
Features of Momentum 2.0
Wireless vs Wired
Although the vast majority of features is the same for either wireless and wired version, we prefer to point out the significant difference between this two version, which may or may not affects the overall experience of listening to the music.
Bluetooth Technology (In Wireless model)
The on-ear, wireless model is powered with the advanced Bluetooth technology with the integrated aptX feature.
If you would like to pair your smartphone or laptop with your headphones, you are only a click away.
The connection is swift and performs smoothly. Also, the latest version of Bluetooth which is built in, ensures the hours of music, as it drains the battery less.
Thanks to the aptX imbued in the Bluetooth, which greatly improves the sound quality once the music has been streamed over the Bluetooth, and a great range. You will be able to listen to the music anywhere in your room, as long as your device is in your pocket or covered with the Bluetooth 4.0 range, which is usually up to 10 meters. Also, it is important to mention the quality and steady wireless connection that unfortunately at times interferes with the Bluetooth.
It is also important to mention the extensive battery life supported on the wireless version.
Despite the Active Noise Cancellation is always turned on, the battery manages to persist for amazing 22 to 23 hours. This time will allow you to use your headphones for the long-run traveling and experience the amazing quality of sound without “battery-low interruptions”. Additionally, the battery recharges pretty fast.
Built-in Voice notifications
The other Bluetooth models have already implemented this very interesting feature, and now the Sennheiser decided to spring for the voice notifications. It is a kind and courteous female voice that warns you every time that the battery is going to drain out, also she lets you know whether is the power button turned on or off. She will also give you a notification every time the headphones are paired with the Bluetooth, while the wired versions will give you notification about the pairing with another device. It is a wonderful feature for those who are too lazy to keep an eye on the battery life. On the other side, it can be very annoying for those who prefer the silence.
She will also give you a notification every time the headphones are paired with the Bluetooth, while the wired versions will give you notification about the pairing with another device. It is a wonderful feature for those who are too lazy to keep an eye on the battery life. On the other side, it can be very annoying for those who prefer the silence.
The wired version comes in two editions, the one for Android (Galaxy) and another for Apple devices. The cables for both are very adjustable and easy to replace if it came down to some issues.
Apple: The Apple model was designed for either iPod and iPhone devices. It has three dedicated buttons that serve as smart remote, along with the microphone. They connect very fast and are compatible with all Apple’s models in particular.
Android: Just because its’ name suggests the Samsung Galaxy, Android-based phones, it doesn’t mean that the Sennheiser Momentum 2 is restricted for the rest of the Android devices. It is compatible with the most of them and features pretty much the same three button remote like the version for Apple.
Both of the headphone models (wired and wireless) have benefits and drawbacks while using them. However, the wireless headphone comes with a cable that you can later put in, in case you get tired of listening to the music completely wire-free.
Active Noise Cancelation (ANC)
Just like the predecessors, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 comes with an Active Noise Cancellation feature called NoiseGard. It will absolutely isolate all the noise surrounding you and it cannot be turned OFF or ON, considering the fact that it doesn’t have the switches for manipulation.
The solid structure of On-ear Headphones does a great job in pushing the sound outside in the noisy ambient, such as cafes, restaurants, buses and streets. A proficient, and premium noise cancellation is a result of four microphones that capture and cancel the sound to give you noise free audio.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2 has dual-system built-in microphones that work together in order to improve the quality of voice calls, while they also remove the background noise that can affect the call (ANC feature). It is very important to secure the necessary silence needed for the uninterrupted phone calls.
Another feature of the renewed microphones is that while you talk, your voice reflects and you can hear it through your own headphones. This can help you adjust your volume of voice, while sometimes it can distract you from the conversation.
Design of Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 In-ear headphone
The Leather Covering
The new ear cushions are now covered in a high-quality leather which makes the headphones extremely comfortable to wear. The ear cushions themselves also got a re-design, and the result is a customizable headphone that fits the ear much more conveniently than before.
The sliders made of stainless steel also help adjust the headphone according to your needs, and an additional enlargement in the earcups and asymmetrical shape, helps the headphones adjust to absolutely every size and shape of head and ears.
The main issue with the prior model was that there was less portability included compared to the competitive models, especially because the model was packed in a chunky and uncomfortable case that was slightly hard to carry around.
The company decided to listen to the complaints of the users and develop a formula that will significantly increase the portability of these headphones. This portability resulted in more comfort, thanks to the hinges that allowed the headphones to get a fold and easily slip into the carrying bags.
The headphones are available in three colors, in the bright white, the elegant black and premium brown ivory color exclusive on the wired headphones designed for the iPhone. The Apple dedicated headphone users can also choose among the white and black color options.
Performance of Momentum 2.0 In-ear Headphone
The improvement in the earcups size helps the music stay inside the headphones and not spread across the bus or other rooms. Also, the NoiseGard helps the user entirely focus on the music instead of the noises from the environment.
The sound is improved compared to the previous version. If you are listening to the instrumental music, you will notice the warmth and depth of each detail. On the other side, the voices in regular music are more accented and pointed out, and the bass more powerful, on lower frequencies. This is the result of the 18Ohm Neodym transducers, which represent small transistors in charge of improving the sound quality and remove the hums and distortions.
- Advanced Design
- Extremely Portable
- Crispy and detailed sound
- Long battery life
- The wireless model can appear to be overpriced
Value for the Money
Despite the wireless model being slightly overpriced, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is an absolutely wonderful buy.
The extremely durable and sturdy design with portability and comfort in mind will fit perfectly, as you enjoy the crispy and emotion-evoking music. The battery life is much longer compared to the competition, which is why the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is an absolutely worthy buy.
When the Sennheiser announced its second series from the Momentum series, we were slightly in shock because we didn’t know how could the German manufacturer overcome what was already considered perfect. However, the product is quite astonishing.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 has everything a strict and professional audiophile dreams about when it comes down to the premium, top-notch headphones.
Sennheiser Momentum 2 VS Sennheiser HD 1
The Sennheiser HD 1 is the successor to the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, and we would like to point out the differences between these two powerful models. Some people also call it Momentum 3.0.
Compared to the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, the HD1 Wireless obviously reads the “HD 1” instead of the Momentum on a plate made of steel at the right side of the headphone. The stainless steel extenders connect to a padded leather headband, with the oval-shaped earcups in other to secure more convenience.
Thanks to this build, we believe that the HD 1 is improved in terms of comfort and durability, especially because you can notice the difference in the width of the headband.
The HD 1 features wider headband. The Momentum 2.0 would apply pressure on the head and ears which would result in discomfort after many hours of listening to the music, while the wider headband assures more comfort.
In terms of the sound quality, at the first sight, you would believe that both headphones sound the same. However, the successor model, HD1 delivers crisper and a more detailed sound. We listened to some of the very demanding songs on each and noticed that the Sennheiser HD 1 delivered more accuracy and deeper sound.
If you are more fond of the newer version, you can check this review and see for yourself what would be more efficient for you. But, if the Sennheiser HD 1 is out of stock, getting the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is still a good choice.