The Momentums are NOT fragile at all. they are extremely well-build w/ stainless steel & real leather (no plastic support anywhere in the design & no inherent weak points as there is no folding mechanism). the build quality & design is one of the major pros of the momentum. I've owned em for a few weeks. you gotto be joking if you think the hinges & plasticy design of the shures are more durable than the Momentums. it seems like you're confusing the Momentum's incredibly light-weight (another pro) w/ flimsiness... which is definitely completely false. heaviness =/= durability lol
basically when I had the momentums, they felt solid (tho very feather-light) and I felt like I could throw em in a bag w/o worrying too much about them. (of course I never did that lol). but when you talk about flimsy, I think of something like the Sony MDR-1Rs, which I felt like I could break accidentally due to the swivels & largely plastic design.
don't listen to everything you read on these forums yo. a lot of people here hype up their personal favorite headphones. I'm unbiased in this particular discussion as I don't really have a preference of either of those two headphones.
Momentum fun facts: headphone jack insert plug can swivel between 90 to 180 degrees. weight of momentums: 190g. the "over-ear earcups" are actually more like on-ear earcups for normal sized ears w/ the earcup dimensions being 34mm x 52mm.
Edited by money4me247 - 12/14/13 at 2:24pm