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post #421 of 570

Ok, I've just got back from my local Apple store where I spent about 1/2hr listening to the Momentums, B&W P7, and the B&O Beoplay H6.

A quick first impression review.

 

I listened to three tracks;

Ian Anderson - In the Pay of Spain (Divinities - Twelve Dances with God album - a mix of acoustic and electrical instruments)

Basia Trzetrzelewska - Yearning (Sweetest Illusion album - voice with a jazzy touch)

Joe Ford - Majestic (hard hitting industrial dub-step)

 

The B&Ws were up first (simply because they were closest to me after walking in)

 

A secure fit but not overly firm, fitted right around my ears, nice finish and a classy looking can.

Sound - detailed right across the spectrum, forthright but not overly in-your-face, flat spectral balance, no sibilance up top.

Powers well directly from iPhone 5 but the volume sat near the top 3/4 because of ambient shop noise and despite good isolation.

Quite livable.

 

The Momentums.

 

Fit was more comfortable as the pads are softer and oval shaped. The B&W's rectangular pads were still good but not as nice here. The Momentum has a slightly smaller profile around your head.

Possibly slightly easier to drive straight from my phone than the P7.

Sound - the words 'delicacy' and 'airiness' come to mind.

A less in-your-face sound compared to the B&W. Kinda like sitting further away from the performers where you could get a better sence of the whole venue acoustic. Was probably ever so slightly softer overall and could be said to lack some of the finer details down low that the B&W had but I found it a more musical, sweeter, and enjoyable sound. I could forget everything and be carried away into the music more with these.

 

The B&Os.

 

I listened to these just because they were there. I didn't go into the store with listening to them in mind.

I've never considered B&O a hi-fi product previously. I've viewed them as an exercise in form over function in the past and thought their products a bit over rated.

These were a surprise.

They're well made with leather covered pads, nice alloy finishes with quality annodising and machined structural bits.

Sound wise - very close to the Momentums but with some subtle leanings toward the B&W.

A nice phone certainly.

 

My pick?

Overall, the Momentums.

This listen confirmed why I liked them so much when I heard them for a couple of minutes a few months ago.

If these were no longer available, I'd easily pick the B&Os.

 

All three had compact plugs that easily fitted through my Cleave/Draco bumper (5mm deep with a 7mm dia. recess).

 

I'd like to give more insight into all of these but time was not permitting.

 

Maybe this helps someone in their decision.


Edited by Winno - 5/13/14 at 7:56pm
post #422 of 570

I picked up the Momentums again but before I open, I had a couple questions for any who have time: 

  • Has anyone noticed problems with the sliders wearing down? I'm not a fan of how you have to readjust every time coming out of the case. Do the knobs that hold the headband wear down the sliders over time?¬†
  • Has anyone found another case that is a little more streamlined? Maybe one with out an insert. I'd love to shrink it so it would fit in my backpack with my laptop...and a book!¬†
  • I know these don't isolate as well as the clamp-hard HD251ii, etc. or as the in-ear Etymotic/Shure iems. But how does this do for isolation levels compared to a RE-400 or something from the Vsonic line?¬†
  • And last, which may be a long shot, but do any of you own the SRH1540, too? Is this sonically the same playground? Does it make sense having the Momentum and the SRH1540?¬†

Thanks all! 

post #423 of 570
Isolation is quite good. You can use Momentums in an aeroplane, and with music playing you won't hear any outside noice.
post #424 of 570
The sliders get looser over time, but they are not coming off. It is designed very well.

Sound isolation is very good. I use these on planes and as long as I don't have the volume cranked all the way to the top, the person next to me cannot hear a thing.

The case is annoyingly bulky. I'm sure you can find a pouch or a CD Walkman case that can hold the Momentum.

I have not heard the 1540. From what Tyll said about it on innerfidelity, it sounds like it might be a tad hot in the treble for me.
post #425 of 570
Well, finally got in my ordered on ears momentums, about all I have left in me to say is wow, the store model I listened to was utter crap compared to one in good condition. For 80 new, I cannot imagine anything is capable of beating it at that price, and I imagine it holds its own quite well at 200 as well.
post #426 of 570
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Well, finally got in my ordered on ears momentums, about all I have left in me to say is wow, the store model I listened to was utter crap compared to one in good condition. For 80 new, I cannot imagine anything is capable of beating it at that price, and I imagine it holds its own quite well at 200 as well.

Well, there's always the HD25. But yes, the demo model I tried at Best Buy did not sound the exact same as I heard on my friend's momentums. 

post #427 of 570
I've just snatched a brand new pair for 238USD. I will do some comparison with my V-moda M-100 tonight.
post #428 of 570

Since you mention that price, I'm selling a black pair, brand new in box, still sealed, shipped to a US address for $240. (I have it listed in the for sale thread.) I'll cover the paypal fees if anyone is interested. I picked them up from authorized dealer but am kind of thinking about getting a pair of SE846 instead...

post #429 of 570
Does anyone have the black version of these?
Do the red pads get dirty?
I wanna get the black one but I am afraid the red color if the pads will get dirty quickly.
post #430 of 570
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

Does anyone have the black version of these?
Do the red pads get dirty?
I wanna get the black one but I am afraid the red color if the pads will get dirty quickly.

I have the black Toro Rosso limited edition and no, the red cloth inside does not get dirty. You can enjoy the headphones without any fear of ruining them. smily_headphones1.gif
post #431 of 570
Thank u for ur answer!
post #432 of 570

This is what makes Momentums an "audiophile" phones. Well, in my opinion:

post #433 of 570
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Originally Posted by cakebreaker View Post
 

This is what makes Momentums an "audiophile" phones. Well, in my opinion:

 

Not the sound quality?

(I'm not sure what the graph is meant to represent; which vertical scale, what kind of field correction, what measuring equipment and method - doesn't look much like Tyll's or Headroom's)

post #434 of 570
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Originally Posted by jimmers View Post
 

Not the sound quality?

(I'm not sure what the graph is meant to represent; which vertical scale, what kind of field correction, what measuring equipment and method - doesn't look much like Tyll's or Headroom's)

It is not a measurement that this graph is representing. If you eq 7-8 dbs at ~4.5kHz then the phone gets that missing clarity. It sounds more refined. You get some sibilance though but I think it's worth it.


Edited by cakebreaker - 6/3/14 at 9:53pm
post #435 of 570
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Originally Posted by cakebreaker View Post
 

It is not a measurement this graph is representing. If you eq 7-8 dbs at ~4.5kHz then the phone gets that missing clarity. It sounds more refined. You get some sibilance though but I think it's worth it.

Aah, so your'e trying to get rid of "the notch" @ 4.5kHz :wink_face:.

Personally I'd rather live with the notch and avoid sibilance (and equalising).

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