Originally Posted by sofastreamer
nice write up! makes me want to give the k550 another chance, although last time they had no chance in any aspect against the srh940. not even in soundstage.
Never get to try those SRH-940 but hope I could if I had the chance in the near future!
Originally Posted by Happy Hamlet
Very nice review! I don't know the UE6000, but am familiar with the other three headphones. While I agree with many of your points, personally for me the order of the sound quality is reversed. I like the Momentum the best, followed closely by the MDR-1R, with the K550 a distant third. The main reason are the highs in the K550, which you call artificial and for me are completely grating. As an test I took a string orchestra recording that I know very well (I was present at the recording), and the K550 produces highs that were not there at the recording session. The violins sound shrill and almost nasty to my ears. I don't have this problem with the highs listening to the two others headphones (but e.g. also with the AKG K701). I know that these exaggerated highs are often perceived as providing additional clarity and resolution, but to me it is a coloration that I very much dislike. Other than the highs, the K550 is a perfectly fine headphone, but I just can't listen to it for an extended period.
I also have fairly small ears, to the Momentums are nearly over ear for me and the comfort is fine but not great (both the K550 and the Sony are better in this regard).
Thank you for your compliment! Sounds like the highs are not for everyone...anyway, thanks again for your inputs/opinion.
Originally Posted by battousai
Thank you for your input guys! I'm debating between keeping my K550, the 1R and the Momentum (Although I have fairly big ears so this might be out).
I've read that these cans can benefit from amping; do you guys have any suggestions?
Yep! All benefits from amping! For desktop, I would recommend iBasso D7 for K550 if you are going to use it as reference. iBasso D7 to me is a very flexible amplifier, small in size and it give some warmness for some headphones that I threw it on.