Well today I got to demo AKG K272 HD, Sennheiser HD25-II (adidas), Sennheiser HD 598 and Sennheiser Momentum as I went on a trip to Helsinki (capital) in Finland
The AKG K272 HD suprised me probably the most, REALLY enjoyed listening to this and to my suprise, I didn't find the bass lacking AT ALL, what was there was perfectly satisfactory and this out of an Android phone + FiiO E5 only. Very clean bass response, large soundstage, well balanced throughout, not too bright, not too dark, just right.
Sennheiser HD25-II I enjoyed also quite a bit better than I would have expected, now I'm very curious at the demo station on what equipment was used there though as I didn't find the soundstage that compressed sounding at all which I expected for this headphone but what immediatly struck me the most was the rather forward and high detailed midrange as well as the exceptionally snappy & punchy bass and I very much enjoyed those two things in the headphones.
Then I went on to test the HD 598 and was expecting to hear almost no audible bass due to open design and my spoilt basshead quantity levels from M-Audigy Q40 + digiZoid ZO2.1, to my suprise it was perfectly there and provided a quite a decent amount of punch. I was very puzzled, here I stood auditioning an open headphone in a crowded market place and I thought bass were satisfactory and I'm a basshead that typically enjoy the bass of my M-Audio Q40. I really wonder what kind of source was used in the demo station, didn't get a chance to ask if the personnel would know. They had a classical recording also among the demo recordings and it really WOW'd me bigtime.
Then I saw the Momentum, thought to myself, finally I get to actually demo a somewhat anticipated headphone even in Finland of all places where demoing headphones seems like an exception as such possibilities are almost nowhere to be found here. Was pretty excited but they looked a little smaller and expected and didn't go around ear as expected but it still was very comfortable to wear. Well this headphone was REALLY disappointing, I listened to it only about 5~7 mins when I got bored of it's sound, very bad micro detail throughout the whole frequency response, bass that bleeds a little into mids and lacks a tightness, slightly harsh highs at times and recessed midrange with really poor detail retrieval. I was thinking to myself, why are these costing 319 EUR? I was thinking 149 EUR or so had been a more appropriate pricing, the design is awesome except for the pads which could have been a little larger but the sound is very disappointing IMO compared to the afore mentioned headphones, even AKG K272 HD which only were priced 129 EUR I enjoyed much more! I was very near to pick up a pair of those haha.
I also happened to demo a pair of Bose headphones out of curiousity, not sure which it was anymore, it was some around ear noise cancelling headphones but I took off those like in less than a minute, it colored my music so horribly I couldn't stand the output of it.
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 11/10/12 at 3:41pm