The Momentum 2.0 is a closed-back headphone Sennheiser released as an update to their first Momentum model, a few years ago. It’s a consumer oriented headphone, easy to drive and to transport, and with a stylish look.
Comfort is not great – headband padding is too thin and a bit painful, and earpads openings are quite tight, even for my small ears. Build is excellent : metal, genuine leather, removable cable, carrying case and pouch.
○ Release : 2015
○ Current status : Discontinued
○ Type : Over-ear / Closed-back
○ Measured weight : 232g
○ Impedance : 18 Ohms
○ Sensitivity : ~103.7 dB/mW
○ Average used price : $60-100
The Momentum 2.0 is very warm sounding, no doubt about that during the first seconds of listening. The bass is elevated relative to the midrange, and lacking in quality : too “boom-boom” and bloaty. There is a bit too much quantity for my liking, especially in the midbass. Sub-bass extension is not bad but it’s still missing impact below 40hz.
Midrange might be the best part of the sound, it’s rather pleasing to hear with good (not emphasized ) upper-mids presence, however very often the emphazied mid-bass will bleed far too much into the midrange. Treble is absolutely disappointing : too recessed, lacking in finesse and extension.
The frequency response is not my cup of tea, and it’s the same for the technicalities. Very closed-in sounding headphone, with narrow image and severe lack of air and clarity, even for a closed headphone.
This headphone lacks sound refinement, and despite the nice build quality, also doesnt offer a great amount of comfort. I would advise to stay away from the Momentum 2.0 if you are looking for a good closed-back / nomad headphone for less than $200. The Soundmagic HP150/151, AKG K553 mk2-3 or Beyerdynamic DT250 are better options, though bulkier. The AKG K371 and K361 are the new better recommendations.
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Frequency response is a bit different from what I hear. Less bass boost around 40-200 hz, and recessed upper-mids after 2 khz. Treble is considerably lacking from 5khz and above.