I think you should try the tape mod before sending them back, at first try with the tape mod, you might not appreciate them, but go through different genres, you will realise why some swear by it, in other words, by removing the bloat, you will find quality. Stop playing with the EQ or DSP and run through your music collection instead.
I've never modded a headphone/iem before, apart from my little mic external on my DT990s for gaming :p
I wouldn't want to mod them just in case i still didn't like them enough to not send them back. It's just £220 is allot and i'd like that to be used on something i would get the most use out of.
I went through many genres, and as rock/ punk is the one genre i don't have a hi-end headphone/ iem for, i wanted it to prevail there. But since i was able to listen to the Momentum without purchasing, i immediately felt it prevailed in more genres than the IE80 could. And i know most headphones/ iems suffer with one thing or another, so yes i'm being picky :p
As for the EQ, i didn't really have a proper play. I was going to use them for longer, and see if i got really 'into' them before playing with the EQ, but the Momentum came along.
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the IE80. I personally never had any problems with the bass being not low enough. I also listen to some DnB, mainly Pendulum and i have to say to my ears they sound absolutely fine. By the way how the Momentum compares to IE80 in terms of SQ.
Hey Filleri, I own and enjoy both. I'd say in terms of SQ, the Momentum has a much more neutral sound signature than the IE80. It's not flat by any means, and it does pack some bass emphasis like most portable 'phones. Both of them have a slightly dull, non-fatiguing treble, which I happen to enjoy, so no comment there. The mids on the Momentum are wonderful, superior to the IE80s if you ask me. As you probably already know, the IE80 packs some seriously awesome bass, both quantity and (to my ears) quality - however, the Momentum is no slouch. They are not at all lacking in bass, and it's more precise and punchy than heavy. I think both headphones sound great, but I'd pick the IE80 for EDM, pop and orchestral, and the Momentum for jazz and acoustic listening on the go.
This i mainly agree with. Though i've only been using the Momentum's for less than 10 hours! Guitars are lovely, much more so than the IE80. The extra warmth is very nice for rock/punk, and for me i feel the warmth is extremely prevalent in many genres. Though i rate the Momentum for orchestral over the IE80, which is surprising i know. I would also say the IE80 may have a bigger soundstage. But time will tell when i've had a better listen to these.
Also the case, well, now that is something to write home about. I never been a brown leather fan, but i've been converted! The cables on both are of similar and very respectable quality. The comfort so far, is also very good. But if you've got monster ears they may struggle to fit into these. Everything about the Momentum aesthetically is wonderful.