The Momentum On-Ear is no slouch, the pulsing beats that run through Thom Yorke's "Eraser" album are given their full due, there's plenty of punch and definition, but the bigger Momentums reach lower into the deepest bass frequencies. Orchestral music was given its full due on the Momentum On-Ear, but the stereo "picture" is larger and more spacious on the over-ear Momentum.
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The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear may not fully match the larger Momentum's sonics, but it gets you 80 percent of the way there for $120 less. It's also worth noting that this headphone's sure-footed low bass performance will please listeners of EDM, rock, and hip hop.
As you can probably tell, we liked the Momentum On-Ear. It delivers the type of sound you'd expect from a headphone in this price range and has a nice look to it with good build quality. My only small reservation is the fit. It's tricky to make a very comfortable on-ear headphone and I think Sennheiser's mostly gotten it right, but some users might not find this heapdhone comfortable enough. Then again, it may be perfect for other users.
Overall, it's a very good headphone. You just might to try it before you buy it to make sure the fit is to your liking.
CNET contributor Steve Guttenberg contributed to this review.
Editors' note (June 13, 2014): The rating on this product has been updated (raised from 3.5 to 4 stars) to reflect changes in the competitive marketplace.