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post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
I am looking to buy new headphones to replace my Creative wp-300 wireless headphones. I'm looking for wired headphones, either on-ear or over-ear, that are not too big and cost under £200. My main priority is sound quality. I have narrowed it down to these 4:

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
Sony MDR-1r
Bowers and Wilkins P3
Philips Fidelio L1

Which is the best? Any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 48

What kind of music do you like? And the source?

post #3 of 48
The 1r is the best out of those most definitely!
post #4 of 48

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear - good allrounder, balanced sound with a slight fun tilt (a bit of bass and treble emphasis compared to neutral)
Sony MDR-1r - mids-forward, moderate midbass hump, laid back subbass and even more laid back treble, so somewhat dark sounding, but excellent soundstage given the lack of treble presence
Bowers and Wilkins P3 - midbassy, lackluster subbass extension, dark, congested, lacks clarity - the worst of the bunch
Philips Fidelio L1 - haven't heard it but if it's anything like the X1, roughly neutral except for bass emphasis, with good clarity

post #5 of 48
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the answers so far! I like a wide range of music, for example one of my favourite bands is Bastille. I'm using an iPod Touch 4th generation. I don't know much about audiophile terminology so explanations of things like "subbass extension" might be useful.
post #6 of 48

Extension means capable of producing the lowest or highest audible frequencies, the opposite of rolloff. Subbass extension means it can play low into the 20-80hz range.


This might help:

post #7 of 48

If you listen a wide range of music i say the momentum. Not very big, relaxed sound signature (No piercing highs, no elevated bass) However i read in threads that the momentum has little earpads to be over ear for some people.

post #8 of 48
Hes not talking about the regular momentum, hes talking about the new on ear momentum.
post #9 of 48
Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Hes not talking about the regular momentum, hes talking about the new on ear momentum.

Oh sorry You are right. My bad.

post #10 of 48

How about the KEF model?

post #11 of 48
Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

How about the KEF model?

They're not under £200.

post #12 of 48
Thread Starter 
The reviews I've read seem to say they're all pretty laid back apart from the Momentums and the music I listen to isn't very laid back, so I guess the Momentums might be better suited to my music taste. But from what I've heard, they're less comfortable than the others, they're on-ear instead of over-ear (does that affect sound quality?) and they're not semi-open like the L1s.
post #13 of 48

If your ears are 65mm tall, the odds are you will be able to fit your ears in the Momentum, and they will be comfortable.


The Momentums ARE quite laid back - but they have enough 'speed' to play all genres well. 


If your ears are bigger than 65mm. the other one to go for is the Fidelio - that's more 'lively' than the Momentum and a good all-rounder - it actually has quite a similar sound signature to the Momentum.

post #14 of 48
Hes probably still talking about the on ear momentum.
post #15 of 48
Look into the ATH WS99.
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