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post #316 of 408
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Originally Posted by Dill View Post


This one was only £85. I had already burnt the phones in for around 150 hours so this is simply that extra small gain a cable may provide. Silver may reduce the bass even more but Frank could tell you more. There is still a slight scoop in the vocals area on some recordings but not as much as before. Im using Ipod Classic 6g 2nd Rev.into a Fiio E11 and only Aplle Lossless files by the way. Equaliser is set to OFF. Pity as I dont use other Idevices so cant make use of Accudio on my Ipod.

 

I may have to pull the trigger on a custo-cable, if only for use with my iPods (loathe the built-in EQ presets). I am assuming the cable isn't notched, so dual use with my HD 598 would be possible yes?

 

:beerchug:

post #317 of 408
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post

I may have to pull the trigger on a custo-cable, if only for use with my iPods (loathe the built-in EQ presets). I am assuming the cable isn't notched, so dual use with my HD 598 would be possible yes?

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Hey mate

I hate those awful Ipod presets more than you lol! The cable does not screw in like stock but does have the two notches like on stock so not sure about fitting your 598..but its a fantastic fit that goes deep into the earpiece. No danger of falling out whatsoever. Construction is first class as expected from Frank. Plugging the phones into my desktop DAC/Amp (Furutech ADL Esprit) shows how good the phones CAN sound with a decent aftermarket cable - smooth, detailed and kinda beguiling with no hint of upper FR sibilance or harshness. Not bad for an on ear model I have to say.
Edited by Dill - 6/30/14 at 4:59am
post #318 of 408
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post
 

 

I may have to pull the trigger on a custo-cable, if only for use with my iPods (loathe the built-in EQ presets). I am assuming the cable isn't notched, so dual use with my HD 598 would be possible yes?

 

:beerchug:

 

They use almost the exact same connector, so it can twist and lock into your HD598 although you will have some difficulty with the twisting part because the MOE plug is short instead of long like the HD598's plug.  I have both MOE and HD598.

 

Another guy confirms that even the new M50x has the same twist-n-lock 2.5mm plug.

post #319 of 408

Picked up a pair today in Blue, for £144 in John Lewis (UK). I'm impressed with them so far. Slightly prefer them to my B&W P5s.

post #320 of 408
I picked these up today from the yellow/blue big box store for $129.99. The rack it sat on said on sale for $149.99 but they rang up as $129.99. So I'm new to the quality headphone world and I was wondering if the price I paid was a good value considering build, manufacture, and sound quality. Would there be anything else on the shelf at that price range that would be a better buy? I do like the way the headphones fit and the sound they produce. At the same time I don't have any experience to compare too.

I listen to anything and everything. This past weekend while mowing the grass a NWA track was followed by an Elvis track popped up while the iPod was on shuffle.
post #321 of 408

I just grabbed a black pair from Best Buy for $129. After some EQ they are quite good. I'm using a Galaxy S4 with Neutron music player with all the audiophile settings on. Using 192Kbps ogg Vorbis for file size reasons. After knocking the bass down(150hz and down) and bringing the mid-range(4khz) up, and adding a bit from 12,000 on up they sound great with my S4. And finally a headphone that works well with my S4 without the need for a headphone amp. They are sensitive enough where I only need to have the volume no more than 60% up to get to reasonable levels while using replay gain.  

post #322 of 408
I needed to buy a headphone for my wife. A few days ago I ordered the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear (Red color) for an awesome price. It was a blind buy, and at $109.99 plus shipping, i jumped on it!!!

But then i read some comparisons vs other competitors in it's price range and category/type (on-ears), and i started to get buyer's remorse.

I took a trip to Best Buy the next day and tested all their On-Ear lineup of headphones, but unfortunately Best Buy's setup was horrible, meaning all the headphones sounded muffled and with background static.

So in order to just test the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear the PROPER way, i bought the box and tried them in the store for 15 minutes. I opened the box after purchasing and tried it at the cash register, hehe. It cost me $216 after taxes. (Im really surprised how you found them for $129 at Best Buy, jasonb) The one i purchased at Best Buy was also Black color.

I tested two tracks, trance of course. One track had vocals, the other didnt. I thought they sounded great right out of the box. Volume had to be at 80% on my iPhone 5, at 90% is where my ears started to hurt from sibilance in treble.

Besides that, I could REALLY feel the music(euphoria), head bopping, fully immersed. Loved it! NO complaints about:

mids/vocals, soundstage, bass, isolation.

My ONLY issue with the 15 minutes of testing was with the lower treble peak, which reminded me of the aweful experience i had with the Sony EX1000.

At moderate volume levels, and at the price that I paid online, the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear is superb!!!

I returned the black momentum on-ears after 15 mins...just wish I tried a new V-Moda M-80, Sony MDR10R, and B&W P3/5 fresh from the box, but maybe next time...
post #323 of 408
^source was headphone-out iPhone 5S, not 5
post #324 of 408

I too just jumped on these Momentums.
I am finding them quite an enjoyable listen.

 

Certainly not the nicest headphones I have heard, however as far as on ear, affordable, comfortable (for on ear) headphones go I can hardly complain.

They are in my "I just want some time without an iem in my ear" section :)


Scott

post #325 of 408
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Originally Posted by Wyd4 View Post
 

I too just jumped on these Momentums.
I am finding them quite an enjoyable listen.

 

Certainly not the nicest headphones I have heard, however as far as on ear, affordable, comfortable (for on ear) headphones go I can hardly complain.

They are in my "I just want some time without an iem in my ear" section :)


Scott

Agree. If you can, try to play with some EQ if your device allows it. Even just bringing the bass down to a reasonable level (about -6db from about 125hz and down) makes them sound a ton better. 

post #326 of 408
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post
 

Agree. If you can, try to play with some EQ if your device allows it. Even just bringing the bass down to a reasonable level (about -6db from about 125hz and down) makes them sound a ton better. 

 

I am listening to them at quite low volume levels or on a noisy train so I dont mind the bass being elevated a little.

In saying that though I definitely agree, dropping the bass, probably about 3db for my tastes is an improvement.

But I am shamelessly verging on basshead.

post #327 of 408

My Neutron EQ settings for the Momentum on-ear:

 

Low Band:     -7.0dB

Mid Band 1:  +7.5dB

Mid Band 2:  -5.0dB

High Band:    +3.0dB

 

Low Band: 125Hz

Low Band Slope (Q) : .8

Mid Band 1: 4,000Hz

Mid Band 1 Width (octaves): 1.25

Mid Band 2: 7,500Hz

Mid Band 2 Width (octaves): .5

High Band 10,000 

High Band Slope (Q): 1.0

 

Some of these adjustments are pretty big, but it really improves the sound of these quite a bit. These settings make them pretty neutral and detailed sounding. I'm still tweaking a bit, some songs could use more bass, some songs could use less bass. I'm trying to find a good middle point on the bass. 


Edited by jasonb - 7/3/14 at 7:22pm
post #328 of 408
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Originally Posted by kameenadesi View Post

I needed to buy a headphone for my wife. A few days ago I ordered the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear (Red color) for an awesome price. It was a blind buy, and at $109.99 plus shipping, i jumped on it!!!

But then i read some comparisons vs other competitors in it's price range and category/type (on-ears), and i started to get buyer's remorse.

I took a trip to Best Buy the next day and tested all their On-Ear lineup of headphones, but unfortunately Best Buy's setup was horrible, meaning all the headphones sounded muffled and with background static.

So in order to just test the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear the PROPER way, i bought the box and tried them in the store for 15 minutes. I opened the box after purchasing and tried it at the cash register, hehe. It cost me $216 after taxes. (Im really surprised how you found them for $129 at Best Buy, jasonb) The one i purchased at Best Buy was also Black color.

I tested two tracks, trance of course. One track had vocals, the other didnt. I thought they sounded great right out of the box. Volume had to be at 80% on my iPhone 5, at 90% is where my ears started to hurt from sibilance in treble.

Besides that, I could REALLY feel the music(euphoria), head bopping, fully immersed. Loved it! NO complaints about:

mids/vocals, soundstage, bass, isolation.

My ONLY issue with the 15 minutes of testing was with the lower treble peak, which reminded me of the aweful experience i had with the Sony EX1000.

At moderate volume levels, and at the price that I paid online, the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear is superb!!!

I returned the black momentum on-ears after 15 mins...just wish I tried a new V-Moda M-80, Sony MDR10R, and B&W P3/5 fresh from the box, but maybe next time...

thats a bit loud, and their treble is rather extended to my ears and having some sparkle to it. i use them straight off my ipod touch at 6/16 on the volume and they suffice more than enough juice. they don't really isolate but i think thats a trade off for breathability and comfort of the alcantara.

 

 

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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post
 

Agree. If you can, try to play with some EQ if your device allows it. Even just bringing the bass down to a reasonable level (about -6db from about 125hz and down) makes them sound a ton better. 

i can sorta see that happening but for eq, i have this thing where i would only tone down (for the moe, the bass) and u can't up whats not there (thats the mids). not that the mids aren't there, their too recessed for my ears. makes vocals soo far back (at least 2-3 rows back or so).

 

even when i used the accuio (i think thats how you spell it) it does bring down the bass ( i slightly prefer it over the stock sound) but i hate using eq and the app (its so glitchy). so i'm sticking with the stock music app on my ipod touch 4th gen. the bass does and doesn't impress me its a bit too much, but i had couple of friends compared them (the moe) with their over ears plus the amperiors as well.

 

a lot of them preferred the moe (these are non-headphone enthusiasts) so i can see the appeal the moe has on the general public. the  widely emphasized bass, while reaching as deep as it does (they didn't notice its tightness or anything) and it has quite nice highs for an on ear and really good soundstage width (though diffuse).

 

thats only on sound (sennheiser really hit it out of the park with everything else really for an on ear headphone) styling, comfort, portability, colour, premium build.

 

missing isolation for a portable can though (especially since its advertised as a close back)

post #329 of 408
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

I just grabbed a black pair from Best Buy for $129. After some EQ they are quite good. I'm using a Galaxy S4 with Neutron music player with all the audiophile settings on. Using 192Kbps ogg Vorbis for file size reasons. After knocking the bass down(150hz and down) and bringing the mid-range(4khz) up, and adding a bit from 12,000 on up they sound great with my S4. And finally a headphone that works well with my S4 without the need for a headphone amp. They are sensitive enough where I only need to have the volume no more than 60% up to get to reasonable levels while using replay gain.  

Im finding that using anything less than lossless files is detrimental to the MOE - darker, congested and very bassy. Soundstage and air reduces to an unacceptable level. But of course I have 160gb to play with so space isnt the issue for me.
post #330 of 408

I've actually been pretty impressed with them. I don't mind bass due to the sort of music I listen to. Have to say I think they look great in blue. 

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