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Sennheiser’s Momentum 2.0 headphones offer bullet-proof build quality at a premium price point

I spent yesterday evening attending the launch event for Sennheiser’s newest addition to their headphone range – the Momentum 2.0.

I’ve been a Sennheiser fan for years now. Upon my first foray into the DJing world I asked all my DJ friends which headphones I should buy, and the answer was unanimous – Sennheiser HD25s, which I’ve stuck by ever since.

Sennheiser have built a reputation over the years for great audio fidelity. While a lot of brands will mess with label collaborations, or prioritise style over sound, Sennheiser believe that their products stand up by themselves, without having to resort to any gimmicks or partnerships. The brand loyalty you find among Sennheiser users can verge on the fanatical, and it’s testament to the quality and ruggedness of the gear.

As the ‘2.0’ affixed to the new Momentum headphone should inform you, this is an update to the Momentum range, and specifically addresses a few user gripes regarding the original model – namely that they weren’t comfortable enough.

“I had a good listen to my reference tracks on the larger, over-ear offering, and the clarity is great.”

Sennheiser have fixed this by making the over-ear headphones bigger, and now they don’t pinch on the top and bottom of Lineker-style ears. There have been a few mods to the sound too – I had a good listen to my reference tracks on the larger, over-ear offering, and the clarity is great. Lovely and warm, well-balanced and spacious, and as you’d expect from a closed-back headphone the world around you vanishes as soon as you put them on.

I didn’t get a chance to try out any of the other models (in-ear, over-ear, wireless) so can’t testify as to their quality, but I was assured they’ve been built to the same frequency response to give the whole momentum range a distinct sound.

The only gripe with these things is the price. At an RRP of £269 the over-ears aren’t cheap, but they’re basically bomb-proof and come with the usual Sennheiser 2 year warranty.

If you’re already a Sennheiser user then you probably know you’ll get on with these headphones just fine – if you’re new to the brand, give ’em a listen and come and join the Sennheiser aficionados.

James Brown

is a musician/producer from the north-east of England, now residing in a charmingly frenetic area of north London. He is generally engrossed in music production under his Plainview moniker, and has a soft spot for old-school sci-fi novels with badly drawn covers. You can find him out and about in Dalston and Stoke Newington most weekends, or Djing at his residency for club night French Cafe. Feel free to contact James at james_philip_brown@yahoo.co.uk