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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely all-rounder, 1 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Sennheiser Momentum 1.0 On-Ear Headphones - Pink (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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I'm a repeat customer for Sennheiser, having owned many different pairs over the years for different uses. My priorities when buying them have always started with sound quality in whatever category they fall; for monitoring and DJ (very amateur!) I have been using Sennheiser HD280pro Closed Monitoring Headphones for more than 10 years as I find them to be a very clean and accurate sound but their size and impressive noise attenuation make them a poor choice for music `on the go' (except maybe long-haul flights when the isolation is a pleasant escape).

The Momentum on-ear phones, by contrast, are a quality product across the board targeting a much trendier market than I claim to represent. Having rolled my eyes (and ears!) in horror at the fashion for overpriced and underperforming headphones made to look good but not much else, I was intrigued by what Senn' would do in this market. How much would they compromise on their reputation for good sound quality at affordable mid-market prices? Just as I wouldn't go to Dr Dre with a medical complaint, I wouldn't believe much of the hype about those `phones and all the many rip-offs on the market.

So straight out of the box I knew I was in for a treat. Pink and proud (well, more plum colour really) these are some fine metrosexual accessories if ever I saw them; but more than that they feel great on the ear (I've worn them for 6 hours in warm weather with no discomfort) and have a very creditable command of music. They fit a wide range of heads from my fairly large noggin down to my five-yearold daughter who loves them rather more than she's going to be allowed!

On the sound quality front, I am the kind of listener who likes polite, detailed and precise sound with a neutral frequency response. I have a very reputable hi-fi at home that reveals the quality of a recording nicely and I have wide ranging tastes but don't like bass over-emphasised or effects applied. With that in mind, these are pleasure to listen to. Of course they don't have quite the dynamic range, frequency response or skill with intricate details as the HD280 Pros but they are very competent with all kinds of music from many different sources. Bass is lightly highlighted, presumably to help snap up the market of people who use this as their sole benchmark of sound quality. But its subtle and not at the expense of too much clarity.

As for sound I've found it has a nice light touch with classical (Tedi Papavrami performing Saint Saens, Schubert: Death and Maiden performed by the Takács Quartet), serves up classic Scandinavian progressive trance with style (Ticon's Rewind; Vibrasphere's Archipelago), can handle the dark and dirty sounds of Hecq's Avenger album and Liquid Stranger's Arcane Terrain and it's in home territory with well-produced pop vocals (despite this not really being my domain). In fact nothing I've played on them sounded bad; they were quite forgiving of even some relatively poorly recorded stuff & mp3. (I generally listen to lossless formats in at least CD quality but have some 320kbps mp3 live mixes to play with too).

Overall I can see these becoming my do-it-all headphones with the monitors saved for when they are absolutely necessary. My only risk is not being able to pry them off my wife & daughter who look much better in pink than I do! I've still got my eyes and ears on a pair of AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones which are more to my taste aesthetically but until then these are going to be wrapping my ears for some time to come.
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