Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear headphone debuts at $99 (hands-on)

The slick looking Momentum In-Ear isn't as balanced as the rest of the Momentum headphones, but some people may like that.

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The Momentum In-Ear is the latest addition to Sennheiser's well-regarded Momentum family of headphones, which are designed for use with today's mobile devices. The original Momentum is one of our favorite premium headphones and we also liked the Momentum On-Ear. This new In-Ear is the most affordable Momentum headphone yet, coming in at $99 (£90 UK or AU$169 in Australia), an attractive price point. It hits stores this fall.

There's a lot to like about it. It looks slick, is lightweight and comfortable, and has a flat cable design with an integrated iOS friendly remote and microphone.

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At first glance, the polished housing appears to me made of metal, but upon closer examination, only the posts turn out to be metal. In short, while the headphone looks swanky on the surface, you quickly realize why the Momentum In-Ear costs only $99. However, it does come with a nice carrying case.

The sound isn't typical of the Momentum line, which tends to be more balanced. In contrast, this is a fast headphone with lots of bass and treble and not much warmth in the midrange. It's certainly not a laid back headphone. Both editor Ty Pendlbury and I found it a tad bright.

The headphones come with a nice carrying case. Sarah Tew/CNET

That's all good if that's the sound profile you're looking for. So while the Momentum In-Ear probably won't appeal to audiophiles, if you after more exciting headphone with forward sound and lots of bass, it could be an appealing choice at its fairly modest price point.

We'll post our full review after putting in more hours listening to it. We like to listen to a headphone for a week or two before giving it a final rating.