Originally Posted by alec10983
Great thread you all have going on here!! This site is SICK!! Its really been a huge help for me in trying to make a tough decision. I'm coming from the Beats Studio (Yes, i know these aren't the best, as they are def overpriced, but i bought them years ago and they've done me well tlil now, but are starting to fall apart and i'm noticing how crappy some of the parts are).
But after reviewing all the comments, I'm between the KEF M500, Momentums, and the Sony MDR-1R. My biggest concerns for this purchase are leakage pretty much. Also, when talking about the KEFs, are they horrible on lets say, airplanes, because they are on-ear and not over-ear? I'm used to the Studios being over-ear so thats why i ask. Also, if there is another choice that i should look at, please share.
Sorry for the "NEWB" type post...
Thanks so much
I just recently gave the M500 and Momentum a test drive. In terms of leakage you wouldn't have to worry much with either. Actually tested this with a microphone and at normal listening volumes the microphone didn't pick up any noise from about 3 feet away (1 meter). Of course, if you want to inflict hearing damage on yourself, other people will probably hear it as well.
In terms of isolating you from outside noise, the Momentum is the clear winner as it actually is an over-ear model, whereas the M500 is an on-ear model. Be warned though, the earcups are quite small on the Momentum, so make sure they would fit your ears. I eventually found a fit after a lot of finnicking, and then I found them quite comfortable (I ended up picking the Momentum over the M500 just for this reason, comfort. The M500 started to hurt my ear after about 2 hours of listening because it's pressing on my ears).
In terms of sound quality, well you can't go wrong with either the M500 or the Momentum. I'd say they're both equally good, because they both overall work with most genres of music and excel at a few specific ones. The M500 for instance is great for electronic music as it has a very deep sub-bass that's well defined and controlled, very tight. I personally found most vocals to sound a bit more natural on the Momentum, sometimes vocals would sound a bit shrill on the M500 compared to the Momentum. Guitars sound about equally good on both the M500 and Momentum, although I'd say the M500 is a bit more agile and definitely has a wider soundstage. And the M500 also performs a bit better in the mid-highs to highs, although sometimes it was a bit too sharp for my ears and can sometimes produce sibilance with certain vocals (a hissing 'ssssss' sound when a singer uses an 'S' or similar sounds). They're both very good at retrieval of minor details, it's just that you'll notice those details a bit quicker on the M500 because of the more forward presentation of those headphones. The Momentum tends to blend all the sounds together a bit more (and I mean this in a good way, it balances all the sounds a bit more).
Just keep in mind that these differences aren't night and day and that they're both great headphones, they're more subtle differences that you notice with extended listening. And if you go test these out for yourself, I'd recommend some burn-in time as I found the highs on the M500 to become less harsh and the soundstage on the Momentum to open up a bit with some burn-in. I don't have any experience with the Sony. With these headphones, it's really a matter of personal preference for the sound, but for the price they are absolutely fantastic headphones. I personally would have gotten the M500 instead if it weren't for the clamping force on my ears. The clamping force is very minor and the earpads are very soft, but on-ear headphones just don't work for me personally, I really need an over-ear model.