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post #391 of 1368
I've been comparing these with the P7 and Momentum for the past week, few thoughts below:

The HP50 are the most neutral sounding of the three, the P7 are the most fun sounding and the Momentum is somewhere in between but with a much smaller soundstage than the other two. If I had to have only one as my only headphone I would go with the HP50 for its neutral sound, but I actually enjoy the P7 more, if that makes sense.

In terms of comfort the P7 work the best for me, but the HP50 are very good as well. In comparison the Momentum are smaller but still comfortable for my ears.

In terms of looks the Momentum are my favorite with a very slim profile. The P7 are chunkier but still look great, they don't really look chunky once you have them on. This is where the hP50 falls on its face IMO, they're absurdly ugly on the head, maybe it's just worse for me because I have a somewhat narrow noggin and keep very short hair if any at all. I'm not terribly worried about my image and what others think of me, but I do have a healthy level of self awareness and there's not a chance in hell I'd wear the HP50 in public. It may sound silly, but for me the looks are a deal breaker for these being a portable can.

In terms of build quality and materials the P7 has that in spades. The other two are well built and the Momentum in particular feels like a premium product, but the P7 just exudes quality and luxury.

Right now my inclination is to keep all three but we'll see how much time the Momentum gets. I'll be using the P7 for portability and at the office, which is where I do a lot of my listening. The plan is to use the HP50 at home but with the other gear here we'll see how much use those actually get.
post #392 of 1368

Thanks for the insightful comparison.

 

To me, the Momentum's sound clearer and more detailed than the HP50's.

I find the soundstage to be about the same between the two.

Both are very comfortable.

The Senn build quality seems a bit better, with higher quality materials.

 

 

 

post #393 of 1368

So I found Sennheiser Momentums online cheaper than NAD HP50. Damn. Too hard choices. I really like looks of NAD HP50, but I can't listen to them anywhere. I do have one Sennheiser headphones already and I really like them. Not that I can compare them to these.  I would really really like to get NAD HP50, but these Momentums are just way too cheap to pass by. 

 

Argh. What to do.. what to do..

post #394 of 1368
If you like the looks of Hp50 then that's an easy decision as they sound better overall than the Momentum, though they are a bit more laid back.
post #395 of 1368
How much warmer HP50 is compared to Momentums? I have warm speakers and I constantly find myself wanting to get rid of them. I also have HD598 which I find quite enjoyable but sometimes I wish they would be little warmer. I would like that my second headphones would be little warmer but not too much.
Edited by ssg1 - 12/9/13 at 3:50pm
post #396 of 1368
Be careful with "deals", we found fakes momentum out there.
Edited by squallkiercosa - 12/10/13 at 1:14am
post #397 of 1368
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Originally Posted by ssg1 View Post
 

So I found Sennheiser Momentums online cheaper than NAD HP50. Damn. Too hard choices. I really like looks of NAD HP50, but I can't listen to them anywhere. I do have one Sennheiser headphones already and I really like them. Not that I can compare them to these.  I would really really like to get NAD HP50, but these Momentums are just way too cheap to pass by. 

 

Argh. What to do.. what to do..

 

Owning both, I agree it's a very tough decision (thus I own both...;-))

 

 

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Originally Posted by PolkManiac View Post

If you like the looks of Hp50 then that's an easy decision as they sound better overall than the Momentum, though they are a bit more laid back.

 

With respect to "sound[ing] better overall", I'm not entirely sure.  Depends on the type of music, and the production.

I do agree that the HP-50's are more "laid back" - at the expense of some fine inner detail IMO.

Despite their odd shape, they're very comfortable (helped especially by the thick earpads).

They happen to be very good headphones. 

 

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Originally Posted by ssg1 View Post

How much warmer HP50 is compared to Momentums? I have warm speakers and I constantly find myself wanting to get rid of them. I also have HD598 which I find quite enjoyable but sometimes I wish they would be little warmer. I would like that my second headphones would be little warmer but not too much.

 

Not sure how to quantify the amount of warmness - I reckon that if you want headphones that are warmer than the HD598's,

and you like the look of the HP50's, you should buy the HP50's. 

 

IMO you should not buy the Momentum's simply because they're available for a great price -

unless it's a business decision and you're buying them for immediate resale.

post #398 of 1368

Not too much information on these cans on the web despite their jaw dropping praise from Innerfidelity. How do these cans compare to the Denon series cans (I know already that they isolate more and leak less)? I know they are slightly different since they are fully sealed while the Denons are vented/semi-open, but in terms of soundstage, imaging, and detail (let's forget really subjective stuff like bass, mids etc) how do these guys stack up to the D2k/5k/7k?

post #399 of 1368

Thanks for all the help! I just ordered NAD Viso HP50 Red. I felt that Momentums are boring and "safe" choice. I wanted something new and exciting. I did on another hand persuaded my gf to order Sennheiser Momentun on ear version. She has used only some cheap or bad headphones like Urbanears for the looks of the headphone. Once she saw me browsing for Momentums she fell in love with the looks of the black version. She didn't want over ear version because she has never used ones and she might be little claustrophobic. Also on ears are much much cheaper. Well, on ear versions are also really good headphones and definitely improvement over her old ones. 

 

Hopefully my NAD's will come this week. I am really looking forward for new experiences with these cans. 


Edited by ssg1 - 12/10/13 at 2:40am
post #400 of 1368

I have been using the HP50 with the Schiit Vali and the sound is heavenly..

post #401 of 1368

Well I decided to return the NADs and spend an extra 100 bucks on the P7 because I crave a little more bass. Plus, I'm a little upset at the construction of the 'phones–the metallic band that slots into the ear cup on the right side was slightly bent and nicked at the bottom.

post #402 of 1368

Could any ATH-M50 owners offer a comparison of those headphones with the HP50?  Like many HeadFiers, the M50s were my gateway to HeadFidom and I'm now considering upgrading.  

post #403 of 1368
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Stochastic View Post
 

Could any ATH-M50 owners offer a comparison of those headphones with the HP50?  Like many HeadFiers, the M50s were my gateway to HeadFidom and I'm now considering upgrading.  

I have not listened to the M50 for some time, but from memory, the HP50 just does everything better across the range including a bigger soundstage and comfort.  IMO, the HP50 is absolutely a worthy upgrade.

post #404 of 1368
Bought a pair today. HP50 in black. Definitely the best of the closed headphones I tried at the store (I also go to Worldwide Stereo near Philly) vs P7 and M4U1, but maybe less crisp than HD650's. But I need closed phones for the train.
In testing at home against TH900 (ok 5x the price) I had a little buyers regret on the NADs, because they seem less accurate but it's only on certain songs and isn't that why we own more than one headphone? wink.gif

Setup: MacBook or iphone4s to Resonessence Herus and sometimes a JDS bbCmoy
post #405 of 1368

I'm selling mine in the classifieds, sound signature doesn't really work for me. Bit too laid-back and bass-lacking for me.

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