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post #1621 of 3219
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Originally Posted by Lan647 View Post

 

I don't agree. Both measurements and my hearing tells me that overall, the Momentum is nicely balanced and on the neutral side. I've not spent enough time with the K550 to compare but the Momentum is closer to neutral than let's say the HD 800. Or the AKG K701. 

 

Many headphones today have a sound that's a bit on the colder side. Brighter and thinner headphones seem to be perceived as cleaner and more detailed by many. That was my impression of the HD 800 at first. But comparing them to STAX (my reference) the Momentum is closer than the HD 800. 

 

I hear what you're saying. It's all subjective. Different ears, different... strokes?

post #1622 of 3219
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

 

From what I've gathered and read here, this is my perception. Now could it be wrong? Sure. I'm wrong all the time. Now that line I through up there, I know it's a bit black and white and very very generalized, but I've been told by audiophiles on this forum one a lot more than one occasion that it is generally the case. I could probably go back and find the posts where that was said. Now the second line in there, yeah, it is a contradiction. I threw it in there because I tend to believe it more than the "an audiophile must love this!" line.

 

Thoughts?

Now let's count how many threads started in the past 2 years were titled something like "Best headphones under $150 for BASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!" 

 

An audiophile is anyone interested in [higher end] audio equipment, but a lot of new audiophiles these days seem to only be interested in one aspect of audio - the lower registers, and how well it 'shakes ma' brainz'. 

Do I agree with this? No. But it's a trend we shouldn't ignore. 

 

Sorry, but I must have missed the bit about "an audiophile must love this!" - could you explain?

post #1623 of 3219
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

 

I hear what you're saying. It's all subjective. Different ears, different... strokes?

 

So right you are biggrin.gif

post #1624 of 3219

Hi, need some advice, I just received Momentum, purchased from Razordog.com

great service and deal (Brian) at Razordog.com is terrific. 

The question is should I burn in the Momentums? any benefit resulting from burn in? I remember reading a post on the Momentums where it was reported that it was not necessary to burn in.

post #1625 of 3219
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Originally Posted by hifimiami View Post

Hi, need some advice, I just received Momentum, purchased from Razordog.com

great service and deal (Brian) at Razordog.com is terrific. 

The question is should I burn in the Momentums? any benefit resulting from burn in? I remember reading a post on the Momentums where it was reported that it was not necessary to burn in.

Not really necessary...just play'em on your head and enjoy.

 

Picked up a pair and really loving them! Since I'm no longer traveling much for work, I no longer need noise cancelling headphones, so I've listed my brilliant UE9000s. Too many headphones and only one head. smile.gif

post #1626 of 3219
First full day witht he black version and i love it.The comfort is amazing, literally had these on my head from 10AM to 8PM at night nonstop listening..(i did have a 3 hour break listen) but my small ears fit perfectly...I had mine connected to iBasso D-Zero via lod cable. i tried also without the DAC and it felt more upfront to my ears..
btw i dont like the red cable reminds me of the beats by dre cable hah, so if anyone wants to trade cable PM me
post #1627 of 3219
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Originally Posted by hifimiami View Post

Hi, need some advice, I just received Momentum, purchased from Razordog.com

great service and deal (Brian) at Razordog.com is terrific. 

The question is should I burn in the Momentums? any benefit resulting from burn in? I remember reading a post on the Momentums where it was reported that it was not necessary to burn in.

 

Just listen, enjoy and repeat! All the burn in needed :)

post #1628 of 3219

I had a pair from another retailer and returned it, then received new ones from razordog today.. canada post is lazy so I couldn't do a direct comparison.. I swear the sound is a little different! maybe i'm just crazy though.

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Originally Posted by hifimiami View Post

Hi, need some advice, I just received Momentum, purchased from Razordog.com

great service and deal (Brian) at Razordog.com is terrific. 

The question is should I burn in the Momentums? any benefit resulting from burn in? I remember reading a post on the Momentums where it was reported that it was not necessary to burn in.


Edited by gnewylliw - 3/19/13 at 9:19pm
post #1629 of 3219
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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post

Red cable (a reminiscence from Beats on a Sennheiser headphone...) You might as well endorse them by some hip hop artist.

 

Please. It fits quite well with the accents on the headphones IMO. I've owned both black and brown and while I like the "retro" aspect of the latter, the black version appeals to me more. There's no right wrong answer here, just personal taste. I'll point out however that the black Momentum looks and feels absolutely *nothing* like cheap plastic Beats.

post #1630 of 3219

Anyone know if the cushions are replaceable?

post #1631 of 3219
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Originally Posted by DrHouse View Post

Anyone know if the cushions are replaceable?
Yes they are,but can be difficuilt to put back on
post #1632 of 3219

so those are my new head phones

i like parts of it

dislike parts of it

 

its weird for me to try to understand their sound and how they are suppose to sound good

 

the problem is, i think, is that for the price i inevitably compare them to open back headphone..

post #1633 of 3219

I don't see any correlation between price and open/closed...

 

What bothers you most with their sound signature? If you prefer the sound of open headphones (and your environment allows their use) the Momentum might not be your optimal choice. If you're looking for a better soundstage in a closed headphone maybe the K550 would fit your bill.

post #1634 of 3219
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Originally Posted by winterandsummer View Post

so those are my new head phones

i like parts of it

dislike parts of it

 

its weird for me to try to understand their sound and how they are suppose to sound good

 

the problem is, i think, is that for the price i inevitably compare them to open back headphone..

 

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Originally Posted by plakat View Post

I don't see any correlation between price and open/closed...

 

What bothers you most with their sound signature? If you prefer the sound of open headphones (and your environment allows their use) the Momentum might not be your optimal choice. If you're looking for a better soundstage in a closed headphone maybe the K550 would fit your bill.

 

I have the impression the Momentum was one of the least 'closed' sounding closed-back headphones. 
While it still does have a 'closed' sound, I thought it was the most relaxed 'airy' closed sound I've heard from a closed back.
 
What I mean by 'closed' sound is that almost all the cheaper closed-backs I've heard have had quite a high pressure or 'slam' in the sound which doesn't sound natural and allows you to feel the enclosure around your ears, and sometimes even hear the small 'room' or space the headphone makes around your ear in the sound reflections.
I felt the Momentums gave the least impression of a closed space, and a natural airy 'slam' similar to open-backs. Not perfect like an open-back, but that's my impression. 
post #1635 of 3219

ysony mdr1 sounded more open to me

almost bought them, i liked the openness and the comfort

 

i was interested in buying the momentum but my first reaction to their sound in the shop made me loose interest

still,, two weeks later i bought them, i could not try them with my own source in the store and also thought that i might eventually get into its sound signature after a while

but its being a week testing them and im thinking about returning them

i could say that there is too much bass but i bought them to replace my iem shure se215 which do have plenty of bass

so it aint really about the quantity which i feel is drowning the mids, or more precisely the vocals. its about the quality (or might be), 

i was listening to roxanne by the police and sting plays a old 50s fender precision, i play bass and almost bought a similar bass, i love the sound

but on the momentum i feel like every bass sound similar, there is that aura or halo around the sound that seems to blur the detail or texture or precision, 

i think thats what people might mean when they talk about a slow bass ?

it sounds lazy, which might be a desirable trait for so called laid back headphones idk

there is also this annoying pop in the low mids, like when you speak too close to a mic you get a pop, hence the use of pop filter, 

i feel like the momentum would benefit from a pop filter before speaking in my ears

there is some luxurious spaciousness that i do enjoy with those, the highs arent harsh, but they do bring some instrument or detail upfront that imo should stay in the background, again being more upclose than the vocals

i was watching some product review on youtube and there often is this annoying repetitive music in the background which the momentum seems to focus on, so i switch to my shure se215 making the presenter voice upfront and leaving the background music in the background

 

i really love the look, material, ergonomics, simple design, solid construction, light, that soft leather against your ear is a pleasure (more than expected), easy to drive, no tangling cable...

i can keep them on for hours, easy to adjust, small connector, ends in 1/8 jack

ive being listening to a lot of old samba lately which sadly have harsh highs and a lack of bass so the momentum are great for that

bossa nova aint bad either, instrumental music obviously doesnt suffer from vocal drowning in the mix

some of my music sound good on them but too often i just skip songs or get annoyed with something 

im trying to keep them but for the price i guess i should reinvest elsewhere

i could get the shure srh940 for 160$ atm, never heard them tho but for that price i dont worry too much

i play music and use to have studio monitors as my main setup leading to believe that flat and neutral might be more my style

tho my favorite headphones are grado which people call coloured but they also say that those are really good at sounding natural with realistic decay and timbre

there is also the focal spirit one that i should try

im not interested in the akg 550 (maybe i should) i use to have akg k271 the headset version with a mic, which was great for its intented purpose of recording and playing instruments, great for movies too but very bah for music and absolutely not for portable use, specially with the xlr cable dangling out 

the v-moda m-100 seems very well build but dont seem comfortable, i dont like the looks which reminds me of alienware pc, maybe if i was still in highschool ; )

they also have the v freq response (is that what the v in v-moda stands for ?)

sony z1000 or 7520 : i love the construction (magnesium), but the lack of bass seems to be a issue specially for a close set of headphone, i like open air a lot more but sometimes miss the quantity of bass that closed can can offer, so im ok with a lack of bass in a grado but not in a closed set, but i would still love to try them

sennheiser amperior : i love the name, i love product with a actual name instead of number, seem to be the signature im looking for, or maybe the hd-25, dont like the plastic or the looks but seems reliable 

 

anyway :) ill see in a couple days where this ends up

im also in the process of buying open headphones, im interested in the shure 1840 but probably gonna upgrade my grado, because i love them and they are perfect as portable (for me)

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