The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear have great, balanced audio reproduction that caters well to most tracks. They feel remarkably sturdy and durable for an on-ear design but struggle in loud environments because of their weak passive isolation.
- Lightweight, sturdy design.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Leaks quite a bit of sound.
- Poor isolation.
The Momentum 2.0 On-Ear keep the same esthetic as the over-ear variant of the same name but in a more compact design. They feel sturdy and durable thanks to their metal frame and dense ear cups. Unfortunately, they lack padding on the headband and the on-ear design and small ear cups are not the most comfortable.
The On-Ear Momentum 2.0 are a more compact version of the over-ear Momentum 2.0 and keep the same old school aesthetic and color scheme. They have dark gray oval ear cups with black padding, covered in a suede-like, soft fabric. The metal headband is covered with hard faux leather.
The Momentum 2.0 On-Ear are relatively comfortable. The on-ear cups are well padded and covered in a soft fabric that feels nice on the skin. Unfortunately, the on-ear design may not be comfortable for everybody and the lack of padding on the headband further reduces their comfortability.
The Momentum 2.0 on-ear are decently stable headphones. They maintain their position during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they're not stable enough for sports or high-intensity activities like running and jumping. Their audio cable is detachable but can be locked into the ear cups. This means, that if the cable is locked and gets hooked by something in your environment, the headphones will be pulled off your head, unlike the wireless model.
These headphones have a moderately portable design. They fold up for easier transport and take up less space. However, they are on the larger side for on-ear headphones, and although they would fit relatively comfortably in a backpack or handbag, it will not fit in most pockets.
The Momentum 2.0 on-ear like the momentum 2.0 and the Momentum 2.0 wireless, have the same soft case that will protect the headphones from scratches and will fit all the gear that is provided with headphone. Unfortunately, the case is a little large for the Momentum on-ear and will not protect the headphones much, from hard falls.it also adds quite a bit of bulk to headphones.
Great build quality. The metal frame feels sturdy and durable. the unique adjusting mechanism for the ear cups is solid and retains its position once adjusted. The ear cups are dense enough to withstand a couple of drops without breaking but the thin cabling connecting the ear cups is exposed and susceptible to damage from wear and tear.
The Momentum 2.0 On Ear have great audio reproduction. Instruments and vocals are sufficiently forward to not be drowned out by bass. The bass range is also well reproduced but slightly overemphasized, causing more boomy sound compared to the over-ear Momentum 2.0 . Unfortunately, lead instruments, like guitars, lack a little in clarity and sibilant sounds sometimes sound a little too sharp because of the inconsistent reproduction of the treble range.
Good performance. There is a small dip in the first octave (20Hz-40Hz), but that won't be noticeable to most people. The 5dB bump surrounding 140Hz, however, is noticeable and adds a little bit of boominess to the sound.
Very good performance. The dip around 500Hz pushes the vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix, relative to lower instruments. However, this is quite a minor issue.
Decent performance. These headphones are on the sibilant side, so they may sound a little painful to those with hypersensitive ears. Also, the dip around 4KHz, negatively affects the clarity/presence of vocals/leads.
Below average results. Both the 90dB and 100dB SPL results are elevated, especially in the low-end.
The on-ear Momentum 2.0 do not have active noise cancellation like the Momentum 2.0 Wireless. Only the passive isolation provided by the seal of the ear cups prevents ambient noise from seeping into your audio. The small ear cups'seal does not create a sufficiently isolated listening experience to prevent distraction caused by the ambient noise of an office-like environment or a regular commute. They also leak quite a bit of sound.
Poor noise isolation. Considering these are on-ear headphones with no active noise cancelling, this result is expected. The only significant amount of isolation, provided passively by the ear cups, is in the treble range but even this is more than 10dB less than what we consider a good result.
Poor performance. These headphones leak even at moderate volumes and since the leakage covers most of the mid and treble regions, it will be noticeable.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying case
- Carrying pouch