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post #931 of 3278

Regarding power and volume. Tyll's Innerfidelity measurements show that it only takes .02 mW to get 90dB out of the Momentum (same for the Amperior, btw). for comparison, the new Apple earpods need 10 times more power to hit 90 dB. The Momentum really do hit high volume with a tiny amount of power.

 

I think the reason we need to crank the volume slider up on the Momentum is because the drivers are placed noticeably farther away from the ear due to the thick pads.

 

So I wouldn't say they're power hungry (the data just doesn't back that up) but they do need some higher gain than what we get out of an iPhone/ipod simply due to the driver's distance away from the ear. Anyone who's played around with flat pads, L-cush and G-cush pads with Grados knows what a big effect these can have with perceived volume.

 

I'm curious to try these with a pico slim or leckerton UHA-6S but I don't know if the sound quality difference will be worth the inconvenience - I really do like having that inline volume and play/pause button.

post #932 of 3278

I've been really enjoying my Momentum's.

 

I'm writing a comparison review of closed portable circumaural headphones and I added my thoughts about them to the round up last night. :3 

 

I just realised that comparing the graphs of the Sony MDR 7550 IEM's and the Momentums, they are quite similar except for the treble regions. They actually sound somewhat similar to, though the 7550 sounds a bit drier and raw in the upper frequencies.

 

It makes sense why I like the Momentum's then, considering that the 7550's are also my favourite all round IEMs...

post #933 of 3278

I though the 7550 are rather mid forward from impressions! The momentum i would not classify mid forward at all. Nice review BTW!

post #934 of 3278
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Originally Posted by Swimsonny View Post

I though the 7550 are rather mid forward from impressions! The momentum i would not classify mid forward at all. Nice review BTW!

 

Well, the 7550 has a lower treble peak that makes it sound a lot more forward than the Momentums, especially for female vocals. So it depends on what you consider 'mids' - sometimes people use mids and vocals interchangeably here (I'm also guilty of this) and definitely the Momentum's are not particularly female vocal forward like the 7550.

 

From male vocals all the way down, they both have a similar richness to the sound though.

 

And thanks! I added my impressions of the UE6000, which is also a real good value alternative to the Momentum's if you don't mind the styling.

post #935 of 3278

Fantastic review!  I have actually just come back from trying a pair of momentums.  

 

Having been in the market for my first proper pair of headphones for a couple of weeks now and failing to find anywhere that offers much more than the usual array of beats and skullcandies to demo, I tried my luck in my local HMV store and they just so happened to have these on a demo stand.  

I can't say I am an expert when it comes to headphones, but I know what I like.  I fell in love with the sound of these, which stacks up with your review as I know I have a preference to a slightly more bass-weighty sound.  And they do look absolutely stunning!

 

Unfortunately they are out of my price range, for now, so I opted for a pair of HD598's.  Although they still sounded nice, I admit I prefer the sound of the momentums. It could be that the 598's were fresh out the box and the momentums were well run in, or it could be because they are just totally different headphones.  But I can see this headphone bug being something that I catch, thanks in a large part to this forum, and at some point I will want to be saving for a closed back set for out and about and these may well be it!  

post #936 of 3278
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Well, the 7550 has a lower treble peak that makes it sound a lot more forward than the Momentums, especially for female vocals. So it depends on what you consider 'mids' - sometimes people use mids and vocals interchangeably here (I'm also guilty of this) and definitely the Momentum's are not particularly female vocal forward like the 7550.

 

From male vocals all the way down, they both have a similar richness to the sound though.

 

And thanks! I added my impressions of the UE6000, which is also a real good value alternative to the Momentum's if you don't mind the styling.

I do not know if you have seen my comparison with the Momentum and the UE9000. They are similar but the momentum is clearly the better more capable phone:

 

http://www.inearspace.co.uk/inearspace/Sennheiser_Momentum.html

post #937 of 3278
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Originally Posted by Swimsonny View Post

I do not know if you have seen my comparison with the Momentum and the UE9000. They are similar but the momentum is clearly the better more capable phone:

 

http://www.inearspace.co.uk/inearspace/Sennheiser_Momentum.html

 

I totally agree with your comparison, although I do feel the UE6000 has more extended highs. I definitely quite like both though; the Momentum is technically better but I feel like the UE6000 is still a very capable headphone and has a more balanced signature.

post #938 of 3278
Anyone know how these compare to the V-MODA M-100
post #939 of 3278
Awesome. Oh yeh the 9000(6000) are great. The 6 more I guess as a lot cheaper although the wireless is cool and sounds very good as well(for wireless) the same as active NC with cable. Overall technically though, you have to take the Senn.
post #940 of 3278

I listened to these the other day at my local electronics store and I have to say that I was really underwhelmed. I only listened to them for a short while but I will list my observations.
the sound stage was ridiculously small, and I could not really hear much treble. these things are very bassy. there were loud mids but they were not very clarified. Aside from that they are also very small. This dissapointment with the sonic performance could be blamed on the fact that these headphones were being played out of goodness knows what source.

post #941 of 3278
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Originally Posted by fatmaggot View Post
This dissapointment with the sonic performance could be blamed on the fact that these headphones were being played out of goodness knows what source.

Yeah, I wouldn't EVER trust the sound produced by 'something' 50 odd headphones are all plugged into at the same time, simultaneously pumping out whatever 'the kids' listen to these days. 

The last time I did that it made me believe the HD-25 II wasn't worth 50 euros. You'll be glad to know I tried them out with better source material later to re-discover that they're not so bad after all. 

 

I would ask whoever works at the shop to try it out again through your own source. Then you can make a much better judgement as you know much better what your own music and equipment sound like.

post #942 of 3278
Also did the momentum sit on your ear or around you ear? The sound degrades significantly if its on ear
post #943 of 3278
Actually I gotta disagree about the sound degrading a lot when on ear. I've worn the momentum on the ear since I bought them and they sound excellent. No booming bass, smooth clear mids. Just like all the positive reviews.

I squeezed my ears inside the cups a couple times and the sound was pretty much the same to me. The distance from driver to ear canal hadn't changed that much at all.
post #944 of 3278
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

Actually I gotta disagree about the sound degrading a lot when on ear. I've worn the momentum on the ear since I bought them and they sound excellent. No booming bass, smooth clear mids. Just like all the positive reviews.
I squeezed my ears inside the cups a couple times and the sound was pretty much the same to me. The distance from driver to ear canal hadn't changed that much at all.

 

So I guess we need an alternative explanation as to why some (like me) find the Momentum to be very very good while others think poorly of it. The Momentum is a pretty balanced sound to begin with.

post #945 of 3278
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

 

So I guess we need an alternative explanation as to why some (like me) find the Momentum to be very very good while others think poorly of it. The Momentum is a pretty balanced sound to begin with.

 

What's more puzzling is that you and I have heard the very same Momentums and have come up with differing thoughts - so that rules out manufacturing inconsistency. Well it's not that I think it's a bad headphone despite selling it, but I did feel it was somewhat congested to the other headphones I was testing around the same time (M-100, MDR-1R) and the bass was a tad loose.

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