Sennheiser Urbanite VS. Momentum On-Ear Comparison Review

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Sennheiser Urbanite VS. Momentum On-Ear Comparison Review

The Sennheiser Urbanite, now only $99.99 has been around for a little over a year now, but with that in mind, just how has it aged?  It’s still competing with Beats for the title of World’s Best Bassy Lifestyle Headphone, but there’s also a kind of sibling-on-sibling rivalry with the Momentum (also from Sennheiser).  The Urbanite lineup, with its style and flair, has been well-received among casual listeners and die-hard bass-heads alike.  But for those on the fence about which to choose – the Urbanite or the Momentum – there are some great reasons for going with either one.

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sennheiser urbaniteSennheiser Urbanite

Design/Build Quality

The headphone’s design is somewhat reminiscent of the momentum, but with a much more box like appearance. With hard lines and right angles, it reminds me of a piece of modern architecture when set against the backdrop of an urban skyline. This is not a bad thing as the Momentum on-ear was designed brilliantly. However, unlike the Momentum on-ear, the Urbanite is chunkier but still folds into a more compact shape. And while this does admittedly introduce an extra point of friction, Sennheiser has built these headphones rock solid with all metal hinges, so you can count on them lasting for a good while and not breaking like their competition (Beats). The headband is extremely flexible and durable, similar to that of the Sol Republic headband.

sennheiser momentumComfort/Noise Isolation

Passive noise isolation is a strong suit among all Sennheiser headphones. As for the comfort, both Momentum on-ear, and Urbanite are extremely comfortable. Unlike the Momentum on-ear which features alcantara earpads, the Sennheiser Urbanite has velour earpads, which are about equally as comfortable and offer hours of wear time with out ear fatigue or discomfort.


Unfortunately, the Urbanite doesn’t come with as big of an accessories bundle as the momentum on-ear. It comes with a single, flat cable that has a IOS remote and a proprietary 3.5mm locking connector. It also comes with a soft carrying bag. The momentum on-ear comes with 2 cables and 2 carrying cases as well as a quarter inch adapter.

sennheiser urbanite black on ear headphones


As for the sound, it’s night and day compared to the Momentum on-ears. While the bass is very strong and impactful, the Urbanites have a warmer sound compared to the Momentum on-ears, which has a very aggressive V-shaped sound signature, which means the lows and highs are the emphasized parts of the sound. With the Urbanites you get a more warmer and relaxed sound, closer to the Momentum over-ears but with a good amount more bass than the Momentum.

If you’re someone looking for a truly booming bass that you can feel for genres like House, Rap and anything with lots of bass, you’ll enjoy both of these headphones, but perhaps prefer the Urbanite. Sennheiser has told us they were intentionally going after those seeking loads of bass with this newest release.



Sennheiser URBANITE combines a modern design similar to the Momentum on-ear, but with a relaxing sound signature like the Momentum over-ear. Someone who is looking for a small portable headphone like the Momentum on-ear, but likes a more warmer sound, should definitely take a look at the Sennheiser Urbanite. Recently, the price of the Urbanite has hit all-time lows, allowing easier access to this lifestyle headphone, and making it the perfect time to pick one up.

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