“Sennheiser’s new Momentum line-up includes an In-Ear” and this I read in somewhere and decided that same moment that I am going to buy these. After 3 or 4 days my new Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear arrived and I was amazed by the quality of the box. It was black with soft touch type material on it. Hastily opened the Momentum In-Ear box, which is kind of hard but not made of plastic and the Red highlight on the case was eye-catching.
The zipper had the branding with brushed kind of feel to it which I liked. As soon as I opened the case I was in AWE. I was skeptical of the red and black combination as these are my first red and black earphones. It is not easy to pull off this combination but these do. The Momentum In-Ear do go on Sale from time to time and a new wireless version is also released. You can find all the links for buying the Momentum In-Ear at the bottom of the page.
Build Quality of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear:
Starting with the case of the Momentum In-Ear, which is not truly a hard case but semi-hard and a bit on the bulky size. The case might not fit in your jeans pocket but they have ample space for the earphones and some extra accessories. I like the size of these and wish every manufacturer provide this big case.
Cable and Stereo Jack:
Starting with the 3.5mm gold plated jack which is right angled and a white or silver band on it which should have been red but its fine. There is enough strain relief for the flat and tangle proof Black cable. The cable feels great in fingers and is flexible but strong as it should be. It ends in a black “Y” which has a “Momentum” branding on it then splits in two, having a Black side and a Red colored side on them. A cable manager runs across the wires with a Sennheiser authentication logo on it.
Mic and 3-Button remote:
On the right cable their is a 3-Button Mic, the buttons are clicky but the click sound doesn’t travels through the cable in the earbud affecting the sound. I have the iPhone version and the buttons works for increasing and decreasing volume in both iPhone and iPod. In android device the buttons are useless. The middle button works and you can end and start a call or pause and play the music on your android device. So be sure to get the one supported by your device.
The Mic is great and the voice is clean and flat on the other side. Also there is no hissing or static while recording audio with this mic which is always appreciated.
Also their is a number on the cable “504” I think this is the serial number but whatever. Upon arriving at the earpieces the design is strange and the red color is eye catching. Build is solid and gives you confidence to use them as your daily driver. The cable comes out from the base of the earpieces and goes through a hoop thingy which serves as strain relief for the cable and let me say as an Engineer studied “Design and Aesthetics”, this is the best strain relief I have ever seen on any earphones.
Comfort with Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear:
The design is a bit unorthodox and suits the design language of the whole Momentum line-up. I have to say that this is the weakest point of these earphones as the comfort gets a hit by this design. That being said, You can use them for long long hours provided you insert them perfectly. Once you get a perfect fit with them you are good to go for long hours of listening. I have to say these are not your “GYM” earphones, the weight of the wires do pull them down a bit.
Sound Quality of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear:
I started with listening to Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, the guitars were separated as they should be. The reverb on the left guitar was perfect. The vocal harmony was on point and just above the right channel. Next was Adele’s “Rumor Has It” from the live album which I have in 5.1 channel. The equipment placement is on point. You can feel the reverb from the hall in Adele’s voice which you can not hear in every earphones.
Comparing these to Shure SE215 and RHA T20 I can confidently say that they are just equal to Shure and a bit better than RHAs.The sound is a bit, just a bit unreal to me. I like the sound signature of Shure SE215 but it depends on the listener.
Going back to “Rumor Has It” the drum intro in this song is rumbling and you can feel the the rumble in your heart. The bass is punchy and on point. As the frequency drops to Sub-Bass the Tightness is a bit lost and the low end is a overlapping and messy in some songs. This effect was most heard in a A R Rehman’s “Chupke Se”. The sub bass is strong and very light in this song but the Slap Bass in the chorus parts is played with the Electronic Sub-bass which fills out the spectrum and provides the contrast to the song.
I am a huge fan of A R Rehman’s composition on this song, I was a bit disappointed by the performance of these pair. For confirmation I then put on “Sleep now in the fire” by Rage against the Machine, The bass guitar was a bit muddy but the mid bass in other RATM songs was on point.
Overall the Bass and Sub-Bass was average, nothing was surprising and nothing was too disappointing at this price point and the Mid Bass was tight punchy and on point.
Starting with my favorite band of all time, Metallica and the best produced in their entire discography “The Black Album”. “Don’t Tread On Me” starts with the bass intro and after that James comes with his tight and on point Vocals and I have to say like all Sennheiser Earphones these are also great in representing the mid frequencies. The tightness in the mids is astounding. But my favorite is “Of Wolf And Man”, the vocals are not forward here but a bit higher in space which is true to recording. Some earphones do put the mids a bit too much forward in this song which is a big No-No for me.
Now Adele’s “Rumor Has It”, what can I say. Man-o-man the vocals are amazing and the reverb in vocals as stated before have floored me. “Set Fire To The Rain” is also a great piece of vocal performance by the amazing Adele and these earphones did a perfect job with it.
I like some classical music like J S Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. But Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” has some awesome violin pieces. Some Trills are a miss and some are perfectly hit. Clarity of strings in the background was amazing. I was a bit disappointed in some parts as the highs are not that defined and is a but shrilly to listen.
Higher frequencies are not that great and makes you cringe a bit. As the violin goes higher in frequencies, the drivers start to fail and slowly listening to them becomes harder and harder.
But on the other side the Guitar, bot Acoustic clean and Electric Clean and clear and well defined. I have to say the Distorted guitar is kind of hit and miss.
In Metallica’s “Of Wolf And Man” the guitar solo is harsh and not on point. There is no punch in the solo. That I am use to hear. In the breakdown of the song, at the end their is a drum fill which includes high-hat and the reproduction of that part made me cringe.
This brings me to the cymbals and “Wherever I May Roam” is my choice of song for that. The cymbal fills are shallow, piercing throughout the song and this disappointed me a lot. But I loved the decay in the higher frequencies. The range is decay with these earphones is a rare thing to see in this price range.
Our Verdict For Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear:
I have listened these for 4 hours a lot of songs and the for me the sonic-ally the worst part was the lack of definition in Higher frequencies. But to my brother the highs were great and not at all piercing.
For the price they are sold at right now the sound they produce is definitely a steal deal. These are solid performers in Mids and a bit “floopy” in Sub-Bass and really High Frequencies. I would definitely recommend Momentum In-Ear for an average listener, for an audiophile these are a no go.
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