Comfortable and well designed over-ear headphones with superior sound quality
Sennheiser Momentum On Ear
I'm normally in line with the kids when it comes to tech adoption. But over-ear headphones are a phenomenon I struggled to appreciate for a long time.
This was usually for aesthetic reasons: I just couldn't get over the feeling of replicating a 35-year-old salesman in a zero-seven BMW 3-series with go-faster stripes.
I have recently overcome such sartorial qualms and am now converted to overhead cans. It's the sound quality, you see: in-ear or 'bud' headphones just don't match the audio prowess of overhead models.
This doesn't mean that one has to adopt garishly coloured models named after rappers. I recently started using Sennheiser's Momentum On-Ear phones, which are a slightly cut-down version of the manufacturer's excellent – and pricier – full-sized Momentum headphones.
The On-Ear headphones are not wireless, nor do they fold up for travelling or incorporate noise-cancelling technology. Nevertheless, they are comfortable, light, gracefully designed and – most importantly – give good sound.
They have a slightly padded leather headband and a suede-like material called Alcantra that covers the ear pads.
They also have a microphone for taking calls and a small widget on the cable that can control iPhones, iPods or iPads.
These are high class, mid-range headphones I'm enjoying.