Updated 3 Aug 2017

Sennheiser

Momentum 2.0 (M2)

Snapshot: The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 (M2) wired over ear headphones have built-in cable player controls and doesn't work with virtual assistants (such as Siri). But how do they sound?

Momentum 2.0 (M2)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$400

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Test results

Overall score
73
Comfort
?/10
Durability
?/10
Classical
?/10
Sound
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound.
  • OK comfort.
  • OK durability.
  • Has player controls.

But

No obvious bad points.

Full test

Review

Good-looking over-ear headphones fashioned from luxurious leather and brushed stainless steel.

Good sound in general, and great when you’re listening to classical music or spoken word material. There’s a lot of bass on offer, so if you prefer a lighter, more accurate tone these Sennheisers aren’t the ones for you. But clarity is good and you can hear the whole range of instruments in a band or orchestra.

They’re solidly constructed and durable, while the large earcups fold neatly into the headband for travel. However, they’re not the most comfortable over-ear headphones. The leather materials and padding combined with the tight headband make for a slightly clingy, sweaty feel.

How we test

Noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:

Sound (50%)
Comfort (30%)
Noise-cancelling (10%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

Non-noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:
Sound (60%)
Comfort (30%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

For our test, we get 5 expert testers to wear each pair of headphones for an extended period while listening to a range of content from various audio sources. Each set’s sound quality was also tested using a reference ear, a device with an acoustic input impedance resembling that of an average human ear. This was also done for noise-cancelling if applicable. The scores from the testers and reference ear are then averaged into the final sound quality score.

The same 5 testers allocate the comfort score. Finding the headphone type that’s most comfortable for you can take time, because everyone’s ears are different. Earbuds often come with different-sized rubber nibs to help fit into your ear. Over-ear headphones tend to be bigger and heavier, so you may need to adjust the headband to get the fit right.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$400
Earcup type
Over-ear

More test results (/10)

Jazz
7.3
Rock/Pop
7.4
Voice
8.4
Sound leaking
3.9

Specifications

Weight (g)
230
Cable length (cm)
140
Wired
Wireless
No
Battery
×
Functions when battery runs out

Features

Noise cancelling
No
Supports mobile assistant (Siri, Google, etc.)
×
Controls on cable
Controls on earpiece
×
Foldable earphone
Remote for Apple
×
Remote for Android
×
Travel case
USB charging cable
×
Extra earbuds
×