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post #1681 of 3002
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Originally Posted by obsidyen View Post


They do not have exaggerated bass. You don't need too much bass whilst listening to a country song, for instance, and Momentum don't have too much bass in that kind of songs. But if it's a bass heavy genre such as drum'n bass or hiphop, then Momentums can certainly deliver the bass. It's not an unrealistic, disturbing bass like Beats or similar garbage. K550 have a wide soundstage but certainly falls behind Momentums in the bass department. It all comes down to preference in the end. A basshead would most likely prefer Amperior instead of K550 or Momentum.

I have never tried the Amperior, but I have heard some people say that the Amperior is more neutral than the Momentums.

 

Quote from user KG Jag: "No the Amperior has a neutral sound signature.  It's the Momentum that is a semi-lifestyle can with more bass; but it's not enough more to make it a bassshead can."

 

I don't think any of those three headphones are bassy enough for any basshead to enjoy. I also wouldn't categorize either the K550 or Momentum as having exaggerated bass especially when compared to other headphones in this category such as the Sony MDR-1R, UE6000, Ultrasone Pro 900, or V-Moda M100 (those headphones definitely have more bass-emphasis than the AKG K550 and Momentum from my comparisons).

 

However, I thought there were slight differences in the bass between the K550 & Momentum when I tried them, so I can see that someone may prefer one over the other.

 

From my personal experience, I thought that the K550 bass extended deeper down to lower frequencies while the Momentums may have a slight bass quantity boost over the K550. I personally found the bass of the K550 to be nicer, more detailed, and textured compared to the Momentums, while the Momentums had slightly more bass quantity. However, they both sounded nice and also I feel like their sound is very dependent on their fit, so if the headphones don't fit well for you, you may not enjoy the sound as much.


Edited by money4me247 - 4/2/13 at 10:48am
post #1682 of 3002
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post

I have never tried the Amperior, but I have heard some people say that the Amperior is more neutral than the Momentums.

 

Quote from user KG Jag: "No the Amperior has a neutral sound signature.  It's the Momentum that is a semi-lifestyle can with more bass; but it's not enough more to make it a bassshead can."

 

I don't think any of those three headphones are bassy enough for any basshead to enjoy. I also wouldn't categorize either the K550 or Momentum as having exaggerated bass especially when compared to other headphones in this category such as the Sony MDR-1R, UE6000, Ultrasone Pro 900, or V-Moda M100 (those headphones definitely have more bass-emphasis than the AKG K550 and Momentum from my comparisons).

 

However, I thought there were slight differences in the bass between the K550 & Momentum when I tried them, so I can see that someone may prefer one over the other.

 

From my personal experience, I thought that the K550 bass extended deeper down to lower frequencies while the Momentums may have a slight bass quantity boost over the K550. I personally found the bass of the K550 to be nicer, more detailed, and textured compared to the Momentums, while the Momentums had slightly more bass quantity. However, they both sounded nice and also I feel like their sound is very dependent on their fit, so if the headphones don't fit well for you, you may not enjoy the sound as much.


Hmm, I've never tried the Amperior either, but I've read some reviews saying they are more suitable for bassheads than Momentums, but obviously some of these reviews can be misleading.

 

K550 and Momentum are both amazing headphones. K550 is more suitable for home use though, and I have open back Q 701 for that. As much as AKG promote them as somewhat portable, they're too big to be truly so. Momentums are much more portable and fit better on my head, K550 is better for people with big heads.I like AKG but Momentum are better "portable, stylish headphones with a sound quality that can satisfy audiophiles".

post #1683 of 3002
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Originally Posted by obsidyen View Post

Hmm, I've never tried the Amperior either, but I've read some reviews saying they are more suitable for bassheads than Momentums, but obviously some of these reviews can be misleading.

 

K550 and Momentum are both amazing headphones. K550 is more suitable for home use though, and I have open back Q 701 for that. As much as AKG promote them as somewhat portable, they're too big to be truly so. Momentums are much more portable and fit better on my head, K550 is better for people with big heads.I like AKG but Momentum are better "portable, stylish headphones with a sound quality that can satisfy audiophiles".

I agree. the K550 is really big & i wouldn't want to walk around the street with those around my neck. they also have a non-removable super long cord & no hard case. I would say that you can take them places, but you probably would not want to wear them while walking around.

 

akg did release the k551 with removable shorter cords, which may be a better alternative for people on the go. the giant k550 earcups can be a pro or con depending on how you are using the headphones. the k550 are super comfy & have great sound stage for closed headphones probably due to the size of the earcups, but that makes it awkward to carry around or wear around your neck. the momentum's tiny earcups makes it more of a semi-on-ear design which is great on the go, but may get uncomfortable for some people during long listening sessions.

 

if you are looking for great neutral closed headphones for home use, the akg k550 is a solid choice, but yes, the momentum is designed for portable use & would be a better portable lifestyle headphone over the akg k550. there are a lot of other closed portable lifestyle headphones nowadays with great sound too tho.

post #1684 of 3002
It was the tizzy treble of the AKGs that killed them for me. Hopefully the K551s fixed that.

As for portability, they just are too big to be seriously considered IMO.
post #1685 of 3002
I have a small head also and noticed the seal (and sound) improve on the K550s when I pushed the driver against my ears, so seal is going to be an issue.

Good advice here and matches my impressions from trying both out.
Edited by robm321 - 4/2/13 at 6:54pm
post #1686 of 3002

I just created a review of the MOMENTUM here: http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-momentum/reviews/8725

 

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Edited by Windsor - 4/2/13 at 4:21pm
post #1687 of 3002
Very nice review. I liked your Amperior review as well.
post #1688 of 3002

Nice review. Thanks Windsor! wink_face.gif

post #1689 of 3002

Great review! Personally (as foolish as it may sound) I greatly prefer the Momentum to the HD 800. I find it much more true to life. The HD 800 certainly sounds more open and separates the music very well, allowing you to hear very slight nuances in the music. It also sounds very clean and pure thanks to it's resonance dampening chassis. Unfortunately though, for me, it's very far from neutral and that's the reason I sold it. Vocals sound tinny and dry compared to real life, bass lacks warmth and impact, and the treble is a bit on the brighter side. 

 

I tried to like my HD 800 since it's such a nicely built headphone and so expensive, but as soon as I switched to the Momentum it just sounded so much better tonality wise. 

 

It's funny; I think the Momentum, HD 600 and HD650 are very nice headphones and overall I prefer them all to the HD700 and HD800...

post #1690 of 3002

mom and tom no more

 

well ive finally returned my momentum

they felt unbalanced and unnatural to me

i would get annoyed instead of getting in the music

:(

it did not work for me

 

yesterday i went to the store where i bought my grado 8 years ago, they needed some repair

while i was there i checked the focal spirit one, and it seemed to be more to my liking but i lost interest real soon since the whole grado line up was right there in front of me, the hd650, hd700, hd800 from sennheiser was there too

i was pretty impress by the hd800, i was not expecting that kind of spacial dimension

...

anyway the great thing was that they had some used hd650 in great shape from a guy who ended up upgrading them to the hd800 after a couple of month of use and they were selling them for 250$

i could not pass on that

brought them back home

and i keep being impress at the texture being offered here while i enjoy the ride through my musical landscape with them, there is a lot to love in there

and i understand how the hd650 and momentum share a somewhat similar sound signature but at the same time they are world apart, and im not even using  proper amplification on the hd650 yet

 

and i guess that closed back arent doing it for me

even tho i find them annoying, iem might still be a better choice for the bus

mad dogs are closed but they are planar, im pretty interested in those one i must say

 

anyone can compare the mad dogs to the momentum ?

post #1691 of 3002
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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post

But actually cranking up grados in a noisy place will hurt your hearing first before anyone within 1-2 feet of your headphones can hear anything because it's so noisy.

 

But you're not always in a noisy place when you're out in public. That's when using open cans is inconsiderate.

post #1692 of 3002
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Originally Posted by winterandsummer View Post

mom and tom no more

 

well ive finally returned my momentum

they felt unbalanced and unnatural to me

i would get annoyed instead of getting in the music

:(

it did not work for me

 

yesterday i went to the store where i bought my grado 8 years ago, they needed some repair

while i was there i checked the focal spirit one, and it seemed to be more to my liking but i lost interest real soon since the whole grado line up was right there in front of me, the hd650, hd700, hd800 from sennheiser was there too

i was pretty impress by the hd800, i was not expecting that kind of spacial dimension

...

anyway the great thing was that they had some used hd650 in great shape from a guy who ended up upgrading them to the hd800 after a couple of month of use and they were selling them for 250$

i could not pass on that

brought them back home

and i keep being impress at the texture being offered here while i enjoy the ride through my musical landscape with them, there is a lot to love in there

and i understand how the hd650 and momentum share a somewhat similar sound signature but at the same time they are world apart, and im not even using  proper amplification on the hd650 yet

 

and i guess that closed back arent doing it for me

even tho i find them annoying, iem might still be a better choice for the bus

mad dogs are closed but they are planar, im pretty interested in those one i must say

 

anyone can compare the mad dogs to the momentum ?

Well I have both, but I'm not particularly good at describing sound. The Momentums signature is way brighter, slightly more bass emphasis, not quite as comfortable. The Mad Dogs have a darker sound and are way more comfortable. I use my Mad Dogs when I'm at home and the Momentums when I'm on the go.

post #1693 of 3002
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Originally Posted by swmtnbiker View Post

 

But you're not always in a noisy place when you're out in public. That's when using open cans is inconsiderate.


But when its not noisy you don't have to crank up the volume. So people still can't hear you (i keep a finger on the amp volume control always for sudden changes in noise level) if you monitor your volume level you can get around the leakage issues pretty easily.

post #1694 of 3002

Hi!

I have the opportunity to buy a new Sennheiser Momentum for $250. Do you think it's worth it ?

post #1695 of 3002
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Originally Posted by vazmuten View Post

Hi!

I have the opportunity to buy a new Sennheiser Momentum for $250. Do you think it's worth it ?

 

Depends on if you need a portable headphone or not. There are a few headphones I like more than the Momentum for home/traveling use. That is a great price though. 

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