Gizmodo's review suggests that the Momentum On-Ear is better sounding than the XS, albeit with poorer build quality.
For those who are privileged to hear both, do you agree that this is true?
Also, I know that the Sony MDR-1R is over-ear but how does that compare to the XS with respect to sound, given that the 1R is also around the same $200 price currently.
i'm sorry i have to disagree with that,
i'm a huge fan of the momentum OVER EARs but they're comfort issue (my ears fit inside with some prodding and adjusting) their basically a big ON EAR headphone but they sound phenomenal. the actual ON EAR version was a disappointing but bass was way too emphasized over the mid range. in short is a very perfect V shape signature. the subbass is really good for an on ear headphone but theres just too much of it. the bass gets really overwhelming, to the point of being a droning kind of bass, rather throbbing (if you like it, then go for it, but i hate that kind)
i tried using the eq "bass reducer" on my ipod touch with my fiio e6 amp (no eq setting there) it made the bass still above neutral after that. but the midrange was rather veil sounding to me still
the xs don't extend down as far as the momentum on ears, they have more midbass punch than them
but despite this midbass prominence the midrange is relatively free of bleed
the forwardness of the midrange i think attributes to this. the vocals POP! and are actually immensely enjoyable to listen to compare to the momentum on ears
both male and female (i find female vocals sound better, but this could also attribute to my bias for female vocals =p)
treble the momentum on ears is more extended than the xs. is it clearer? thats up for debate
the treble is well controlled on the xs decent extension but because its more skewed towards the bass its would be considered a more dark or warmer sounding headphone
the sound stage i would have to give to the momentums as well
the xs is a better all arounder i find
in terms of getting a momentum, the over ear is definitely the one to get! More even sounding, spacious sounding for a closed over ear,bassy for an otherwise balenced headphone (tad loose sounding) non fatiguing treble, great midrange. better isolation.--> if you can get your ears to fit that is!