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Sennheiser Momentum On Ear: a worthy mid-range contenderIt may not sound as good as its over-the-ear big brother, but it's gets you 80 percent of the way there for $120 less.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the little brother of Sennheiser's excellent Momentum headphone. That's an over-the-ear model while this one is smaller and sits on your ears which is why it's called the Momentum On-Ear. It's got the same premium styling as the Momentum in a slick modern retro look that makes it stand out in the crowd of the headphone market, comes in lots of colors too. I found the headphone a little tight at first, but if you bend the metal headband a bit and loosen things up, it helps with the comfort level and I like the microfiber cover on the ear cups. I wouldn't call this the most comfortable on-ear headphones I've tried, but with some breaking in most people should be able to wear them for longer listening sessions without a problem. What makes the more expensive Over-The-Ear Momentum so good is that it sounds very accurate, is highly detailed and has tight bass. It's a real audiophile headphone for $350. This Momentum On-Ear doesn't sound as good but it gets you about 80 percent of the weight to the Momentum and costs $230. It has a lively sound so you hear with good clarity and powerful bass that outperforms the V-MODA On-Ear Crossfade M-80's for digispace umph. The Momentum On-Ear also sounds more open and less canned than the M-80. The larger Momentum is a warmer and richer-sounding headphone. It's just as detailed but acoustic instruments and vocals have a more natural, full-bodied tone. In our text review we compared the on-ear to a few more headphones so check that out, but for this video review sufficed to say we like this headphone a lot. It may not fully match larger Momentum sonics but as I said it gets you 80 percent of the weight there and costs $120 less. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear. Thanks for watching.