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Sennheiser IE80 vs Sennheiser Momentum

post #1 of 13
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Im looking for new headphones IEM's or Closed back headphones and those are what ive narrowed it down to. If you care to add or discuss please comment below! Thank you :D 

post #2 of 13
I consider the IE80 and Momentum somewhat similar sound wise. I would actually call it a draw in the sound quality department. Fyi, I do own the IE80 and have auditioned the Momentum a couple different times. That said, if I had to choose between them, it would be an easy nod to the IE80 for comfort. I personally find the Momentum uncomfortable for any longer than 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

Have you tried either of these yet?
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Originally Posted by BRAC View Post

I consider the IE80 and Momentum somewhat similar sound wise. I would actually call it a draw in the sound quality department. Fyi, I do own the IE80 and have auditioned the Momentum a couple different times. That said, if I had to choose between them, it would be an easy nod to the IE80 for comfort. I personally find the Momentum uncomfortable for any longer than 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

Have you tried either of these yet?

No i havent but ive heard great things about both, would u say that the IE80 are the best IEM's under 500? Thank you because im look for some new headphones / earbuds for when im at my computer while i edit, game, and just chill :) 

post #4 of 13

best is always subjective when it comes to sound. For some people, the IE80 is the best under $500, for others it's the Westone 4, for others - the GR07, others, the ER4P/S, some the SE535's, etc. It really depends on you, what you listen to, and the kind of sound you like.
 

Personally, the W4 is the best I have heard, but I think the IE8's are the ones I enjoyed the most.


Edited by Zalithian - 1/21/13 at 10:29pm
post #5 of 13

I like my experience with the UE600 and prefer it over IE800. Not saying IE800 has bad audio quality, but it is just too bright for my cup of tea. smily_headphones1.gif

 

[It seems like I don't really like most Sennheiser's flagship like IE800 and HD800. HD800 sound too "serious" to me. ]

post #6 of 13

I would take the momentum.

post #7 of 13

I have both and for commuting I tend to use the IE80's as well as travelling and in the Office I use the Momentum's and also at home in bed when reading. If it was a choice between the two, I'd say IE80's for ease of travel usage. Sound quality is around equal for me.
 

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No i havent but ive heard great things about both, would u say that the IE80 are the best IEM's under 500? Thank you because im look for some new headphones / earbuds for when im at my computer while i edit, game, and just chill :) 


If you like a lot of bass, the IE80 is a great choice under $500. Like others have said, sound quality is a very personal and subjective thing.

 

I am now selling my IE80, because it doesn't have the sound signature I prefer. The bass overpowers the range just a bit too much for me.


Edited by BRAC - 1/22/13 at 6:03am
post #9 of 13

Heya, I own both and I like them for different reasons. The IE80 is my all-around favourite, as it sounds good on the go as well as at home. It has a smooth, detailed treble, slamming bass and mids very similar to those on my Momentum. The IE80 doesn't fall in the under 500 range for me, but the under 300. In there, I think it does very well, and I definitely enjoy its sound.

 

I lack experience with a lot of IEMs, so I won't rate it in the best under 500 category - I've auditioned others like the SE535 and the W4 at Jaben, and they're great earphones too, so this can be quite contentious.

 

On the other hand, at home or in the library, without the need for so much isolation, the Momentum is a great headphone - it's particularly apt with live jazz, or any soundtracks I might be listening to. The Momentum is my favourite full-sized headphone in my collection, with reasonable isolation (not as much as IEMs) and reduced bass quantity, but with wonderfully rich mids, a non-sibilant treble and punchy bass.


I like the IE80s for all places and genres, including EDM. I like the Momentums everywhere except airplanes, and all genres but not really for EDM, as they sound too smooth and refined for it somehow. I very much like the sound of both, but that's how I would sum them up. Different uses.

post #10 of 13
I also needed some advice....
I have the momentum and love it...
I have a chance for getting an ie80 for about $250 or a mdr-1r....
What should I get???
I like my bass and also my treble but ain't that excited about mids...
post #11 of 13
Keep the Momentum. Its more refined than the IE80 in the bass and mids and is better than the Sony all around. If you want a more livelier treble and punchy bass, try the Amperior as they are much reduced from their RRP. They are not as comfortable as the Momentum or Sony though as the are on-ears with a fairly tight clamp.
post #12 of 13
How would the ie80 stack up against the xba-3...
I own the xba-3 and I have to say to my ears when paired directly with a s3 it is audio heaven....
When I baught the momentum I also auditioned the 1r and like the momebtum better overall...
post #13 of 13
I'm thinking about getting the ie80's also. I've heard good things, but I was also looking at the sennheiser hd8 dj. The sennheiser hd8 dj have a larger frequency range (8hz-30khz)(ie80 ranges from 10hz-20khz), but idk if that really matters. Does anyone know which pair sounds better?
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