After much research and review scouring, I decided on buying a pair of Sennheiser MOMENTUMs (Around Ear) and I couldn’t be happier with them. They’re absolutely perfect for my usage and needs, and they sound better than anything I’ve ever owned. However, in the process of buying them I found something interesting about the headphones: the quality of the leather varies rather significantly.
http://cl.ly/QlJp (Best Buy on the left, Apple Store pair on the right)
I bought a pair from the Best Buy and used them for a few days when I found I could use a gift card I had at the Apple Store. I bought them, planning on returning the Best Buy cans. Yet when I opened them, I was greeted by a surpassingly different looking pair of headphones:
And more than just looking different, they feel different. darker leather feels much more dry and rough than the others. I tried wearing them for a little while, but for the price I really wouldn’t want to settle for something less comfortable since comfort is so important for much purchasing. It seems like they had dried out black leather instead of the supple brown leather found in the Best Buy pair. I thought it must be a single unit, so I tried exchanging it at Apple Store, but I got a second unit with the dark and rough leather. I decided I would rather keep the pair I wanted instead of trying to save a little bit. I don’t know if others have experienced this, but I hope that those weren’t indicative of a change in leather for future units. The MOMENTUMs I’m keeping are wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone, but with the variation in quality, I’m a little hesitant to recommend them to others.