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Thanks for this review, Swimsonny! I must say you've done quite some interesting comparisons here wink_face.gif

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It was a pleasure and I am glad you liked it! I will continue to compare to relevant stuff I get in an can also take requests to compare to any other stuff I own on my profile.
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Excellent review. Making me now get it before X-mas
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Excellent review. Making me now get it before X-mas

Thanks and sorry about your wallet ;)

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I'm having a hard time believing they sound better than D2000s. Those Denons are full-sized phones with very little isolation, they are practically semi-open, just like my Creative Aurvana Lives. I had a very quick test with the Momentums couple of days ago, right between my normal on-the-go sessions with my trusty CALs.

 

As you well put it in the review, the treble isn't quite as alive as with the Denons/Creatives. The bass didn't - for what I know after this very quick test - have the same punch, atleast in the sub-bass region. This is basically a norm with Sennheiser-phones. And the Denons (Fosters)  excel in this area. Having a larger boost in sub-bass (vs upper-bass, the Senn-thing) gives the mids a lot more room to breathe, simply because these regions are not next to each other, in my opinion.

 

Even though I may seem very critical, Sennheiser is my favorite company. Their phones hardly ever excel in any one thing, but all in all they make great products.

 

My Senn-collection and quick opinions: IE-8 (comfortable, big sound) HD-25 (closed in sound, balanced EQ), HD600 (very balanced sound), HD650 (truly delicious, more so than the 600s drier sound). I also own Denon D2000s, which are the most fun phone I ever had. The ones to turn non-headphone nuts into ones :)

 

I just might get the Momentums for christmas and maybe sell my HD-25s.
 

EDIT: A comparision with Denon D1000s or CALs might be in order. Even though, they are to my ears very similar and only by a very small margin an inferior phone to the D2000s.


Edited by sikki-six - 12/7/12 at 11:27am
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I'm having a hard time believing they sound better than D2000s. Those Denons are full-sized phones with very little isolation, they are practically semi-open, just like my Creative Aurvana Lives. I had a very quick test with the Momentums couple of days ago, right between my normal on-the-go sessions with my trusty CALs.

 

As you well put it in the review, the treble isn't quite as alive as with the Denons/Creatives. The bass didn't - for what I know after this very quick test - have the same punch, atleast in the sub-bass region. This is basically a norm with Sennheiser-phones. And the Denons (Fosters)  excel in this area. Having a larger boost in sub-bass (vs upper-bass, the Senn-thing) gives the mids a lot more room to breathe, simply because these regions are not next to each other, in my opinion.

 

Even though I may seem very critical, Sennheiser is my favorite company. Their phones hardly ever excel in any one thing, but all in all they make great products.

 

My Senn-collection and quick opinions: IE-8 (comfortable, big sound) HD-25 (closed in sound, balanced EQ), HD600 (very balanced sound), HD650 (truly delicious, more so than the 600s drier sound). I also own Denon D2000s, which are the most fun phone I ever had. The ones to turn non-headphone nuts into ones :)

 

I just might get the Momentums for christmas and maybe sell my HD-25s.
 

EDIT: A comparision with Denon D1000s or CALs might be in order. Even though, they are to my ears very similar and only by a very small margin an inferior phone to the D2000s.

Although they have little isolation, they are still closed headphones, however, in a direct comparison of the two, i found the momentum to come out on top, mainly due to technicalities such as speed and details. At the end of the day though this is subjective and i have never been a major D2K fan while i know people who have fell head over heels for my pair!

 

Yes i put the momentum are more mid bass focussed but did not write about sub bass, they share the fact they are both well extended but yes, the Denons are more focussed down low and give better texture and rumble. However that being said i hate the D2K mids and prefer the Momentum all day long!

 

I have been a lot more critical in the past dont worry ;)

 

For example check out my opinions of the IE8, i really have never been impressed by them, and have been quite harsh to be polite. HD 25 is very nice for what it is and i like it a lot (as with the Amperior) and the HD600 (my 580), HD650, and from the brief auditions of the 700 and 800 i have had, they are all quite simply BAWS headphones.

 

I prefer the momentum to the HD 25 just for spaciousness so that would probably be quite a good little change but you have heard both so i will not try and influence it!

 

Fair enough, i have always wanted to try CALs but i do not think i will get hold of them for a while!

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IE8 is not really a top-of-the-line headphone when thinking about sound. They have that very pleasing sound that Sennheiser is known for, but the trebles are not as good as one might expext. Also the bass is on many songs a bit bloated, which maybe preferable for many people. My other quality in-ear is UE TF10, which is much better when thinking about sound-quality alone. Comfort is the biggest issue with those ones, as many have said in the past.

 

HD-25s are actually pretty comfortable. Maybe the only on-ear closed phones that I know of in that regard. My biggest gripe is the closed-in sound - there isn't any soundstage to speak of. Aurvana Lives are maybe the most comfortable phones I've had, also they have a great sound-signature.... But they are not really closed phones. And the construction isn't the sturdiest.  For 60 euros, it's an awesome product anyway - I just ordered my second pair, just in case :)

 

Greetings from Finland, by the way! :)
 

EDIT: I had the M-80s for about a week. I have a large head (no bones about it), and they did not fit comfortably. Also the sound was kind of tiresome to my ears. Something in the mids/upper-mids/lower treble wasn't quite to my liking. Also the sound was nowhere near as spacious as the Aurvanas. Sub-bass doesn't maybe even need a mention here :) I liked HD-25s a lot more both in sound and comfort.


Edited by sikki-six - 12/7/12 at 1:36pm
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Both your IEMs have to recessed mids for me too deal with personally, unless using upgrade cable on the TF10. Ergonomics plain awful though!

 

Fair enough, i have always heard great things of the CAL, especially modded. The HD25 is so in your head it is hard at times but thats something you have to deal with on closed headphones, especially ones like the 25 that isolate well.

 

I always struggled to get a seal with the m 80 which just made them plain hard to use.

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My Youtube Review:

 

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Superbly done mate

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Thanks, means a lot !

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Thanks for the video review, Swimsonny! wink_face.gif

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