Best In-Ear Headphones 2017
4.8The stunning design, with incredible sound quality that make these the best choice.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

In-ear headphones are capable of awesome sound, but you might not be aware of that if you’re used to hearing music through the cheap/bargain basement sets included with your smartphone. Even a slight step-up in headphone quality can nab you a set that can achieve ideal sound isolation from the outside world. Creating a tight seal can make even decent drivers sound pretty good, but you don’t want decent. You want excellence.

Sennheiser’s Momentum In-Ear earphones bring just that with versatile, tuned drivers. Additionally, the full feature set and spiffy design make the £89 (price an easy pill to swallow.

Design

Similar to the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless over-ear’s, these in-ear headphones live up to the name with an active design that’s as sporty as it is sophisticated. Splashed in red and black, the matte and glossy textures help to accentuate the main features of the Momentum In-Ear.

The housing units that hold the drivers are slightly bulbous in shape and feature two pieces of dark, metallic red and glossy black plastic. They each come to a point on one end at the cylindrical stainless steel tubing where sound is delivered through. On the other end, Sennheiser embossed its logo onto a regal, spun metal cap.

Extending out from the earphones, the cables are guided through a loop at the site of connection, preventing them from getting twisted and frail over time. It’s something that’s not likely to happen anyway, as these cables are flat and are inherently less likely to get twisted. There’s an adjustable stopper to further aid in keeping the cables tidy.

There’s a set of inline controls on the cable that reaches upward into the right earphone that also has an integrated microphone on its backside. Functionality here is pretty standard fare, but you’ll need to make sure that you select the right model for your phone. We were sent a review sample that works only in full with Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Being an iPhone user, the headphones still worked perfectly and the functions to play, pause and make calls worked just fine. That said, I couldn’t utilise the volume increase and decrease buttons. Fortunately, there’s a model out there for virtually every brand of smartphone.

It seems as if Sennheiser paid just as much attention to detail with the packaging as it did with the earphones themselves. Inside the box is a tough, square-shaped zip case coated with smooth fabric and red stitching. Opened up, the headphones and inline remote are neatly packaged inside. Fortunately, they are just as easy to put back in as they are to remove from the case. Lastly, there are four different sizes of eartips included – in case the defaults aren’t a good fit.

Performance

Things really click when a product’s performance mimics the best qualities about its design. In the case of Sennheiser’s in-ear Momentum model, the sound quality achieved from an in-ear model is surprising and welcome.

If you’re jumping up to these from a standard, cheap set of in-ear headphones, prepare for some impressively full sound. The sound signature presented in this tiny package is warm and presented on a large soundstage wherein it’s quite easy to pick apart instruments and layers of a song.

Comfort can be an issue for some who use in-ear headphones, as the inside of everyone’s ears are unique. The Momentum headphones avoid that problem primarily because the earphones themselves are quite light. What helps more is that the size variety of eartips included should accommodate most inner-ear sizes.

Final verdict

Splitting up the models by smartphone brand is a confusing move on Sennheiser’s part, but in the end most people are either Android or iOS, so if it offers better features I don’t see an issue.

The stunning design, with tangle-free cables and inline control makes this a clear choice as one of the top in-ear headphones, but it’s the incredible sound quality that make these the best choice.