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@soundstage77a its funny that your name is soundstage and you like the one with smaller soundstage... that means nothing.. i just wanted to say that.

 

 

thanks for posting... technicalities aside there is a lot to like about the momentum. The warm and full sound with forward mids makes for a good enjoyable listen with nothing to complain about really and you can just enjoy the music.

 

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Most of these new high-end fashion headphones are brilliant but everyone sees and hears things differently.

For example, I like the sound of the new K545, but I wouldn't be seen dead wearing those (*shudder*)

Also I prefer the sound of the Momentum to the K545 because the K545 sounds thin and boring to me, and the timbre and tonal balance of the momentum sounds more natural to my ears.

 

Some of the newer (and more expensive) headphones are technically better than the Momentum, but to say it is being outclassed is a bit heavy handed when it still puts up a good fight in many aspects and is in no way a bad headphone for the money, especially when considering the absolutely dismal offerings from other similar priced headphones from brands like Monster. 

 

I think it's going to be a difficult choice, but if I were you I'd go with the NAD. I don't see why anyone would want to own ONLY similar sounding headphones. 

Why settle for enjoying one type of sound, when you can just enjoy them all!

 

Try to think of the curve as a bass/mid increase rather than a treble dip

This really works in noisy environments where low-mid and bass perception is the first thing to get affected by noise.

So when you turn up the volume to compensate, you aren't bombarded with piercing treble and high mids. 
The result is actually rather spectacular. 

 

In quiet environments the other headphones like NAD, B&O H6, M500 etc are much better choices. But my commuting experience since the end of 2012 couldn't be better (aside from getting some fancy IEMs)

i dont rem hearing the treble dip like that but man I cant recall a graph showing one that steep ever. that is not just a little one... but if you say so:frown:

post #32 of 38
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i dont rem hearing the treble dip like that but man I cant recall a graph showing one that steep ever. that is not just a little one... but if you say so:frown:

It looks a lot worse on paper than it sounds, that's for sure.

It doesn't sparkle, but there's so much speed and detail in the 'darkness' that it makes for a very interesting and relaxing experience. No harshness anywhere.

 

Something most people tend to ignore about the momentum is that it's almost ruler flat from 2000Hz all the way down. Very few headphones, let alone closed-back portables can boast this. 


Edited by GREQ - 2/13/14 at 12:05am
post #33 of 38
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Grizzlybeast- haha no kidding. And I agree. I thought the exactly same thing. I listened to it for a few hours at work today with the HP50 and they sounded pretty good! I'll give both some time to break-in and go from there.
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Update: so after a few days of listening exclusively with the HP50 and then going back to the Momentum, I noticed that the latter seems a bit more congested. The HP50 is growing on me. It might be a little bit bright for my taste and they do get a bit warm (just a bit) on the ears. I will continue to break them in and see how they fare after another week or so.

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Update: so after a few days of listening exclusively with the HP50 and then going back to the Momentum, I noticed that the latter seems a bit more congested. The HP50 is growing on me. It might be a little bit bright for my taste and they do get a bit warm (just a bit) on the ears. I will continue to break them in and see how they fare after another week or so.

you might also be thinking that the hp50 is bright just because the momentum is so dark. the momentum treble is not neutral.

 

Initially when comparing headphones you have to listen for a while. Then the differences become a lot more obvious. 

post #36 of 38
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you might also be thinking that the hp50 is bright just because the momentum is so dark. the momentum treble is not neutral.

 

Initially when comparing headphones you have to listen for a while. Then the differences become a lot more obvious. 

 

Right. Don't over-analyze it. Just go behaviorist about it and see which one your hand reaches for more. Once you know which you like more, you can try to discover why.

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Right. Don't over-analyze it. Just go behaviorist about it and see which one your hand reaches for more. Once you know which you like more, you can try to discover why.

 

Wise words: if you can't decide between two things, flip a coin. You'll immediately realize which one you actually wanted.

post #38 of 38
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I forgot to provide an update on this. I was busy finishing up my MBA and it completely slipped my mind. Anyhow, after trying them out for a few weeks I returned the Momentum and kept the HP50. After listening to the HP50 for a week, I found the Momentum to be a bit muffled in comparison. I did like the warm sound of the Momentum but I decided to go with something a bit more clear. Another thing that pushed me over was the the cups on the Momentum were a tad too small. My ears would fit fine inside but it takes some finagling. While both were excellent headphones, I kept the HP50 because they sounded more open and clear. Thank you again for all the help guys!
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