So today I have chance again to listen MDR-1R, and this time with proper time. Also I have Momentum to A/Bing.
So far my impression:
- Momentum: Smooth, warm, laidback
- Sony 1R: Smooth, slightly warmer, forward
- Momentum definitely has cleaner sound. This better clarity apply from treble, to mid and bass. This isn't really surprising actually, as the Momentum is already has cleaner sound compare to their BIG brother the legend Senn HD650.
- Sony 1R has more blurry presentation that makes some micro detail goes away
- Sony 1R really take the lead in term of soundstage imaging, both in quality and quantity. It's just bigger, more spacious, and more accurate for each instrument placement.
- Actually Momentum haven't really bad in this area, but I understand if some people got annoyed by how narrow the soundstage, though definitely still bigger and more spacious than Senn HD25. But compare to 1R, the different is easy to notice.
- Sony 1R has bigger bass body and impact. Not much, only little actually, but noticeable. This can be bad or good depend the preference.
- Momentum has better extension, or perhaps due the more linear midbass and cleaner presentation so I can hear the low bass note more pronounce
- Both have very smooth treble, they're playing very safe in this area
- Momentum has more laidback midrange, and sound more mellow and relaxing, while 1R more forward and engaging.
- With my desktop set up, Momentum has better speed for metal symphony songs, this a bit confusing me as the Momentum should be the one that more laidback and more relaxing sound. But that's what happen right now. The bass note in 1R is bit loose.
- Both are close back, but the 1R is really like using an open headphone, though has more blurry sound but 1R has more open sounding than Momentum.
- Momentum has more sensitive to source and set-up, 1R is just very very forgiving.
- I still can't decide which one I would take as the winner
Edited by TheMiddleSky - 12/4/12 at 9:00am