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Sennheiser Momentum kinda.. suck compared to the HP50's. Heh.


You have heard both ?

Yes. I've tried the Momentum many times but never was really impressed with their sound; and I'm a huge Sennheiser fan (I've owned the 558, I like the Amperior, have HD650 & HD7DJ currently). The sound coming from the NAD's surprised me SO much, I had never been so impressed with a headphone on the first try. I always kind of depressed when switching from open cans to closed, but now with the NAD I don't mind when I put them on my head. Comfort is hit or miss, you really have to try them for 2 weeks. I got used to the headband after a week. 

 

This is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt. Read a lot of reviews of both and see which suits you best:

 

Momentum has

- Very dark treble

- More bass than NAD

- Much better headband

- Outstanding build quality

- Smaller sound stage

- More portable

- Awesome Sennheiser warranty and customer service

- Much cheaper

- You can get refurbished pairs with a full 2 year warranty can be had for $199 sometimes $179.

- Small earcups

 

NAD has

- Open, balanced sound with non harsh highs

- Headband may not be comfortable or may take time to get used to

- Earcups are small for some, not for me though

- Instrument separation is really good

- Basically a closed version of the HD650 with the highs not as soft, but the highs are not harsh on the NAD

- They feel very fragile so I wouldn't really take them outside the house too much (but my PortaPros also feel that way and have survived through everything)

- It seems like they really sacrificed build quality for the sound

- Refurbished pairs can be had for $210 but with only 1 year warranty

 

 

The best review I've read that describes the HP50's is http://www.technoheadphone.com/headphones_earphones/nad-viso-hp50-review-king-300-headphone/

 

My honest opinion:

 

If you want a closed, more portable headphone, with style, with good sound for cheaper, get the Momentum.

 

If you want a closed can that does all genres well, sounds very open, is balanced, but isn't really as portable, get the HP50.

 

Anyone who disagrees please post your opinions!

Hope this helped. 

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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post
 

Sennheiser Momentum kinda.. suck compared to the HP50's. Heh.


You have heard both ?

Yes. I've tried the Momentum many times but never was really impressed with their sound; and I'm a huge Sennheiser fan (I've owned the 558, I like the Amperior, have HD650 & HD7DJ currently). The sound coming from the NAD's surprised me SO much, I had never been so impressed with a headphone on the first try. I always kind of depressed when switching from open cans to closed, but now with the NAD I don't mind when I put them on my head. Comfort is hit or miss, you really have to try them for 2 weeks. I got used to the headband after a week. 

 

This is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt. Read a lot of reviews of both and see which suits you best:

 

Momentum has

- Very dark treble

- More bass than NAD

- Much better headband

- Outstanding build quality

- Smaller sound stage

- More portable

- Awesome Sennheiser warranty and customer service

- Much cheaper

- You can get refurbished pairs with a full 2 year warranty can be had for $199 sometimes $179.

- Small earcups

 

NAD has

- Open, balanced sound with non harsh highs

- Headband may not be comfortable or may take time to get used to

- Earcups are small for some, not for me though

- Instrument separation is really good

- Basically a closed version of the HD650 with the highs not as soft, but the highs are not harsh on the NAD

- They feel very fragile so I wouldn't really take them outside the house too much (but my PortaPros also feel that way and have survived through everything)

- It seems like they really sacrificed build quality for the sound

- Refurbished pairs can be had for $210 but with only 1 year warranty

 

 

The best review I've read that describes the HP50's is http://www.technoheadphone.com/headphones_earphones/nad-viso-hp50-review-king-300-headphone/

 

My honest opinion:

 

If you want a closed, more portable headphone, with style, with good sound for cheaper, get the Momentum.

 

If you want a closed can that does all genres well, sounds very open, is balanced, but isn't really as portable, get the HP50.

 

Anyone who disagrees please post your opinions!

Hope this helped. 

I just felt I had to chime in reading this because the HP50 for me too are the only headphone that have really wowed me from first listen.  For me it was because I was enjoying the music and not the headphone immediately.  The NADs are faithful enough as deliverers of music that they do not get in the way.  Initially, there was NO apparent foibles with their sound and even after extended listening, the very act of trying to find criticism for these cans is difficult.  Such a state of affairs presents this product as in the ballpark of the very essence of what a headphone's role is.  Given listening extended enough FOR YOU to do any adjusting needed to appreciate what is on offer here, the NADs are extremely hard to criticise.  Direct A/B comparisons with others headphones can flag up issues, if that's the game you want to play.  But, that game can be played out tit for tat with any combination of products and can NEVER be a productive method of assessing the relative merits of headphones, as anyone who has tried should be able to appreciate.

 

I am finding myself more and more attracted to great soundstage and for this reason, the Sony MA900s have in recent weeks won me over as being the absolutely most impressive listening experience of all my gear to date. Interestingly, soundstage is the one area - if pushed to criticise - that I would flag up with the NADs and let me add that, given they are closed back, it really isn't a valid complaint as their soundstage is SUPERB for a closed back can and beats many open backs too.  My point is that, directly compared and AB'd with the MA900s, I will feel let down listening to well recorded large scale orchestral music.  BUT, give me 10 minutes to adjust to the NADs and forget that generous and unique signature offered by my MA900s, I will very soon start reliving and realising the joys of that thick, romantic and lush midrange, absolute neatness of presentation, warmth, beautifully rounded highs that still manage to retain SUCH detail without ever being fatiguing (a truly impressive quality of this headphone) and total apparent lack of any noticeable colouration that allows me to just hear the music.  Yes, presented in a somewhat (again, if pushed to say) well mannered way, but with total control and total CLASS.  They are not analytical, unforgiving or brutal like some reference designs.  Everything sounds good through them and they sound GREAT plugged into anything.  They are so musical, warm, detailed and just so damn RIGHT. Over and out!

post #1458 of 1462

+100.

 

I was looking at an upgrade to my HP50's and realised I would have to spend at least twice what they cost and even then it would be nowhere near twice the sound quality.

 

They did however concentrate on the sound and not the build quality. A Viso HP50 with Philips Fidelio build quality and the world would beat a path to their door.

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+100.

 

I was looking at an upgrade to my HP50's and realised I would have to spend at least twice what they cost and even then it would be nowhere near twice the sound quality.

 

They did however concentrate on the sound and not the build quality. A Viso HP50 with Philips Fidelio build quality and the world would beat a path to their door.


Yep, the build quality and style does not match the sound quality (let down by that headband and small earpads) and you'll never get a rep on here responding to all the "free beta testers".

The only thing they lack IMO, is the micro-detail that planar magnetic headphones offer.


Edited by Lohb - Today at 8:35 pm
post #1460 of 1462
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Yep, the build quality and style does not match the sound quality (let down by that headband and small earpads) and you'll never get a rep on here responding to all the "free beta testers".

The only thing they lack IMO, is the micro-detail that planar magnetic headphones offer.

Speaking about reps how do you give someone a rep. Many people here have assisted me greatly and I would like to thank them by doing so.

 

Also could you clarify what you mean by responding to the beta testers comment. Forgive my ignorance.


Edited by mullos - Today at 10:27 pm
post #1461 of 1462
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Speaking about reps how do you give someone a rep. Many people here have assisted me greatly and I would like to thank them by doing so.

 

Also could you clarify what you mean by responding to the beta testers comment. Forgive my ignorance.


Just hit the thumbs up bottom right of the post you like.

 

I was being sarcastic, I just mean the exterior design is unfinished and could be great with a few design alterations...snug headband and bigger earpads/hole.

But some find the earpads/headband OK. I didn't.

 

 

Before you could pick these up dirt cheap from Taobao focus buying agent. They were B grade stock due to the VISO brand on the headband being off-center. They were real cans.

post #1462 of 1462
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Just hit the thumbs up bottom right of the post you like.

 

I was being sarcastic, I just mean the exterior design is unfinished and could be great with a few design alterations...snug headband and bigger earpads/hole.

But some find the earpads/headband OK. I didn't.

 

 

Before you could pick these up dirt cheap from Taobao focus buying agent. They were B grade stock due to the VISO brand on the headband being off-center. They were real cans.

Ah, sarcasm, gotta admit I'm a bit like Sheldon Cooper when it comes to that. 

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