Sennheiser Shrinks Its Exalted Momentum Earphones, Drops Price, Dresses Them Up in Pretty Pastels

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Sennheiser must have thought what I thought: That their amazing-sounding Momentum headphones perhaps appeared a tad too Teutonically severe (in the case of the red-and-black version) or stuffy (in the case of the brown version) to appeal to everyone (read: women).

So the Germanic, family-run company gave the Momentum a big fashion makeover, dressing them up in three soft pastels — pink, blue, green — with a fourth in a chic ivory-earthy combo.

These new guys are called the Momentum On-Ear — which means, as you might have guessed from the name, that they’re also smaller than the original Momentums. Sennheiser also shrunk the price: The new Momentums are $230, a big drop from the big Momentum’s hefty $350 tag.

Hmmm…besides its dreamy sound-quality, a huge blessing of the big Momentum is that it’s such a fantastically comfortable set; the real question is whether or not that advantage isn’t lost by the mini Momentum’s altered on-the-ear position. On the other hand, the Momentums aren’t the easiest set to carry around; the smaller version might just fix that.

The Momentum On-Ear will be available later this month.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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