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Upgrade from ATH-M50 to Sennheiser Momentum, would it be a good upgrade?

post #1 of 19
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So, I'm thinking of upgrading from my M50's to some Momentum's, but will it be a significant jump in sound quality? I'm planning on getting the over the ear ones.
post #2 of 19

From what I heard, they have a better sound quality. However, the sound is more flat and neutral than the bass heavy M50s. Do you have an issue that you want to improve on from the M50s, or were you just looking for better sound quality in general? I'm not sure how comfortable they are, but you will most likely expect a better sound quality, but with a much different balance than the M50s which will give you less bass.

post #3 of 19
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I'm simply looking for an upgrade (I do like my M50's, though). I don't mind if it has less bass, I'm not a basshead. smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 19

Hmmm.  SQ wise, you'll notice the difference if you have a better source/files or don't jut listen to bass heavy genres.  The ATH WS99 has a similar sound but is an upgrade in all areas.

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Hmmm.  SQ wise, you'll notice the difference if you have a better source/files or don't jut listen to bass heavy genres.  The ATH WS99 has a similar sound but is an upgrade in all areas.

Well... I'm just using my iPod Touch 4th gen with Fiio E11 and most of my music is 320+ AAC, with some ALAC and some 320 MP3 thrown in there. I listen to a lot of different genres, like Hip-Hop, Country, Folk, Rock, Electronic, Classical etc... Can the momentum handle Metal?
and do the WS99 have to much bass?
I'm no Basshead, btw, I don't mind letting some Bass go, for better overall sound.
Edited by endallchaos - 12/30/13 at 5:51pm
post #6 of 19

No your source is perfect.

You'll be the deciding factor here as most is decided by your preference in frequency response.  Oh, and the WS99 doesn't have too much bass.   Around the same as the M50's.

 

WS99 Sound Sig:

Very dark and very warm.  The mids are pretty neutral, with a tad more warmth and dullness to them then neutral.  The bass is emphasized but very smoothly, and not too overemphasized.   The bass is of much better quality than the M50 for sure.  The timbre of many instruments is also more true to the source than the M50.  The sound stage is also a little larger, and instrument separation is definitely better on the WS99.

 

The momentum is pretty neutral with a warm tilt.  It pretty much is just as good as the WS99 except for its soundstage and bass tightness.  They isolate a little better too.

post #7 of 19

What is your impression of the WS55 if you tried them? Those had very mixed reviews and I am interested to know if the WS99 are different or more similar.

post #8 of 19

Haven't tried em.  Doubt they would trump the M50 though.

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

No your source is perfect.
You'll be the deciding factor here as most is decided by your preference in frequency response.  Oh, and the WS99 doesn't have too much bass.   Around the same as the M50's.

WS99 Sound Sig:
Very dark and very warm.  The mids are pretty neutral, with a tad more warmth and dullness to them then neutral.  The bass is emphasized but very smoothly, and not too overemphasized.   The bass is of much better quality than the M50 for sure.  The timbre of many instruments is also more true to the source than the M50.  The sound stage is also a little larger, and instrument separation is definitely better on the WS99.

The momentum is pretty neutral with a warm tilt.  It pretty much is just as good as the WS99 except for its soundstage and bass tightness.  They isolate a little better too.

Thanks for the info!! woah, now I really don't know which to choose, since both sound like a good upgrade. Which do you think is more portable?
post #10 of 19

The momentum is slightly more portable since it has better isolation and is smaller.  The WS99 isn't large, and it does fold.

post #11 of 19

yes, the momentums over-ears are a sonic upgrade from the ath-50s & yes, you can notice the difference.

post #12 of 19
I just received my momentums today by UPS. I got to listen through them at Best Buy the. Other day against others they had in the store for demo. They were the best in my opinions in isolation, sound wise they sounded really good to me and the bass wasn't as hard on my song choices. So, I think they are pretty sweet for what it's worth and the carrying case is cool, stiff and seems to keep them protected very well. I havent put my headphones down all day lol and they are comfortable
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I just received my momentums today by UPS. I got to listen through them at Best Buy the. Other day against others they had in the store for demo. They were the best in my opinions in isolation, sound wise they sounded really good to me and the bass wasn't as hard on my song choices. So, I think they are pretty sweet for what it's worth and the carrying case is cool, stiff and seems to keep them protected very well. I havent put my headphones down all day lol and they are comfortable

New headphone day... the best isn't it?!:dt880smile:

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New headphone day... the best isn't it?!dt880smile.png

Oh they are! My first pair too ! So the waiting for them and saving up paid off and i am really happy with the purchase and results biggrin.gifsmily_headphones1.gif
post #15 of 19
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The momentum is slightly more portable since it has better isolation and is smaller.  The WS99 isn't large, and it does fold.
I think I'm gonna go for the Momentum!! thanks for the help! smily_headphones1.gif
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yes, the momentums over-ears are a sonic upgrade from the ath-50s & yes, you can notice the difference.
Thank you smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by udvark View Post

I just received my momentums today by UPS. I got to listen through them at Best Buy the. Other day against others they had in the store for demo. They were the best in my opinions in isolation, sound wise they sounded really good to me and the bass wasn't as hard on my song choices. So, I think they are pretty sweet for what it's worth and the carrying case is cool, stiff and seems to keep them protected very well. I havent put my headphones down all day lol and they are comfortable

lol awesome! smily_headphones1.gif
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