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post #3316 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post

You are correct, and therefore agree. The Momentums are 'Made for iPod' through and through. I find using them even with my D1 the bass can get a little ugly; distorted and boomy. I listen to them on my iPod at a reasonable level, but find that using 'Sound Check' really helps control the bass. Interesting tidbit about the iPod Touch (and probably iPhone as well), the volume scaling is rather even and smooth up until about 70%ish, then it really jumps. Even with Sound Check, bass gets not so nice. To be fair though it still isn't that bad. Lord knows it can be worse.

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I think the problem was caused by the amplification indeed. He did mention that he used an amp. The momentum does not require further amplification because it's very effective and has a low impedence. Since the impedence is 18ohm, the output impedence of the amp should be 1/8 of that and it should be driven with a low gain setting.
post #3317 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post
 

 

You are correct, and therefore agree. The Momentums are 'Made for iPod' through and through. I find using them even with my D1 the bass can get a little ugly; distorted and boomy. I listen to them on my iPod at a reasonable level, but find that using 'Sound Check' really helps control the bass. Interesting tidbit about the iPod Touch (and probably iPhone as well), the volume scaling is rather even and smooth up until about 70%ish, then it really jumps. Even with Sound Check, bass gets not so nice. To be fair though it still isn't that bad. Lord knows it can be worse.

 

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Can you explain how Sound Check helps control the bass? I'm having issues with the bass on my over ear versions; bit boomy and not tight enough. I don't want to sell them as I like a lot of things about these but as we all know sound is important.

post #3318 of 3328
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Originally Posted by jay-w View Post
 

 

Can you explain how Sound Check helps control the bass? I'm having issues with the bass on my over ear versions; bit boomy and not tight enough. I don't want to sell them as I like a lot of things about these but as we all know sound is important.

 

Sound Check pretty much Apple's fancy name for a limiter; It attenuates the peaks and spikes and levels out the volume. By how much I don't know. How It does it I don't know. It's Apple tech after all. I do know it is 'smart' or adaptive.

 

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post #3319 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post
 

 

Sound Check pretty much Apple's fancy name for a limiter; It attenuates the peaks and spikes and levels out the volume. By how much I don't know. How It does it I don't know. It's Apple tech after all. I do know it is 'smart' or adaptive.

 

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Cheers. Ok listening now on iPod classic + Momentums + Sound Check. :) 

post #3320 of 3328

The momentums are currently on sale here. I've been thinking about getting some ATH M50x, but now that they're in the same price range (160-180 euro), I'm not sure what to do. Is this one better or is the M50 better for Progressive Rock/Metal and some occasional blues/singer songwriter-ish stuff?
Note that I currently do not own an amp


Edited by Immortaly007 - 9/16/14 at 10:10am
post #3321 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Immortaly007 View Post

The momentums are currently on sale here. I've been thinking about getting some ATH M50x, but now that they're in the same price range (160-180 euro), I'm not sure what to do. Is this one better or is the M50 better for Progressive Rock/Metal and some occasional blues/singer songwriter-ish stuff?
fwiw... i bought m50 and hated them. tooooo bloated. and i love bass! sent them back. i love my momentums!
post #3322 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Immortaly007 View Post

The momentums are currently on sale here. I've been thinking about getting some ATH M50x, but now that they're in the same price range (160-180 euro), I'm not sure what to do. Is this one better or is the M50 better for Progressive Rock/Metal and some occasional blues/singer songwriter-ish stuff?

Note that I currently do not own an amp
The Ath-m50x is nice but can be a bit brassy, though, with burn in the bass mellowed. The momentum s look very nice, but I have heard if you have large ears, the momentum over the ear might not fit well. If your ears fit go for the Sennheiser Momentum's.
post #3323 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Immortaly007 View Post

The momentums are currently on sale here. I've been thinking about getting some ATH M50x, but now that they're in the same price range (160-180 euro), I'm not sure what to do. Is this one better or is the M50 better for Progressive Rock/Metal and some occasional blues/singer songwriter-ish stuff?

Note that I currently do not own an amp
If you are not using an amp, m50 is not suitable because it's a studio headphone. I listened to it briefly and i think that the mid is too recessed.
Edited by van nguyen - 9/16/14 at 11:50am
post #3324 of 3328
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Originally Posted by van nguyen View Post


If you are not using an amp, m50 is not suitable because it's a studio headphone. I listened to it briefly and i think that the mid is too recessed.

the m50s are decently efficient (don't let the "studio" name fool you) it can run easily off any ipod/smartphone with little problem.

 

the second part of your statement i can understand, thats been many peoples complaints about them 

post #3325 of 3328

eBay has a great relacement for under $25. I bought a short one and a long one. No mic thought.

post #3326 of 3328

Extremely late to the party, but thought I would add my $.02.

 

I'll reiterate that the high marks come from Sennheiser's successful play to make a set that is reasonably portable (maybe leave the case at home), is super easy to drive for mobile devices, isolates sound respectably, and sounds very very good.  They look fine.  I don't think of myself as being remembered as the guy who got off the plane with those awesome cans.  The lady next to me, well...

 

I've been listening to them with lossless digital content through an HRT Microstreamer DAC/amp for 4 hours tonight and have no treble fatigue. +1

 

There seems to be a hangup with describing the bass response.  I don't agree with those who think it sounds remarkably boosted. In my setup it sounds appropriately supportive.  It is definitely not what I would call punchy, even with this modest portable DAC/amp.  It is clean, but stays out of the way.  It sounds fairly heavily damped, meaning all the attacks are there, but the dynamics in the baritone vocals on up through the range are much stronger.  It's an atmospheric bass that almost sounds like it's a little farther away than the rest of the music.

post #3327 of 3328

I'll pitch in with my own experience. I bought the Momentum because of the great reviews, and I've had and loved Sennheiser before.

 

These headphones are very very good looking. Tasteful design. But... (There is always a "but", isn't there?) they are extremely tight on your head! I believe I have quite a small skull size, as I always have to go for small hat sizes, but these clamped so hard I couldn't possibly wear them without constantly feeling they were there. Does anyone else recognize this?

 

I had to return them to the store after a while as I couldn't forget about their prescence and just listen to the music. I guess I value comfort even more than sound quality, which by the way I wasn't super impressed with either (especially in the lower register). It's good but for a 250 EUR headphone I guess I had expected greatness, but that might also be a tad high expectations from my side as these were the most expensive ones I've bought.

post #3328 of 3328
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Originally Posted by Anodynic View Post
 

  It's an atmospheric bass that almost sounds like it's a little farther away than the rest of the music.

 

I like to call it polite (or modest) and complimentary. Trust me, they can bring the boom when the song calls for it.

 

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