New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

help me choose

Poll Results: which is better

Poll expired: Apr 17, 2014  
  • 0% (0)
    sennheiser momentum
  • 100% (2)
    grado sr325is
2 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am looking to buy headphones in the 300 dollar range,  i have a widely varying taste in music. Currently i am considering sennheiser momentum and grado sr325isReally would appreciate any input!

post #2 of 11

They aren't exactly comparable headphones. The Grado's are open back headphones. The Momentum's on the other hand, are a 'lifestyle' headphone. Which means they are intended to be portable, and noise isolating. Grado's are amazing for rock and heavy rock because of their quick reaction. It really depends on where you intend to use the headphones, and for what music. If you listen to all genres, I recommend the Sennheiser's. I think everyone would agree that they are a better all-rounder. Although if you are only using the headphones at home, you may be interested in an open back, that is good for all genres. 

post #3 of 11

I agree with halfinfinity, and would add that neither's all that comfortable.

post #4 of 11
Yep. Comparing those two headphones is sort of like trying to compare ice cream to pizza smily_headphones1.gif

Perhaps if you could tell us more about the factors that led you to choosing those two headphones, we could help you figure out what would suit you best.
post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

I agree with halfinfinity, and would add that neither's all that comfortable.

I find my 325is to be very comfortable, not at first, but the foams soften up.

post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post

I find my 325is to be very comfortable, not at first, but the foams soften up.

I find the comfort good enough after bending the headband insert, replacing the headband pad, and using S-cushions or flats. Even then, we're talking average comfort. Maybe I'm a picky guy.
post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


I find the comfort good enough after bending the headband insert, replacing the headband pad, and using S-cushions or flats. Even then, we're talking average comfort. Maybe I'm a picky guy.

I won't lie, at first I couldn't have them on for the amount of time I will now.  I kind of want one of these http://turbulentlabs.com/grado-onyx-manta/ for mine.

post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

I find the comfort good enough after bending the headband insert, replacing the headband pad, and using S-cushions or flats. Even then, we're talking average comfort. Maybe I'm a picky guy.

I'm fine with the L-cush. Grados are luxury compared to the thin foam pads on my first set of open headphones, the Sennheiser HD420. Those things were horrible. You could feel the driver pressing through the foam (lol).
post #9 of 11

My first recommendation to you will be to look at some vintage offerings, if you're interested.

 

Warning: Vintage! (Click to show)

Most of the time vintage gear that performs at a high level can be had for significantly cheaper than something modern. Search "vintage headphones" on eBay and you'll get 1000+ results. Here are some headphones to keep an eye out for:

 

KOSS PRO/4AAA: Great for rock and anything with vocals, really big and utilitarian, somewhat hard to drive but have a very pleasing soundstage with great bass slam. A little uncomfy for long term listening but still bearable.

 

Pioneer Monitor 10: Extremely flat sounding with a marvelous soundstage, isolates like crazy, often sited as being "special" and incredibly musical. Even more massive than the 4AAA and not very comfy, but it's certainly worth it.


Sony DR-Z6: Very nice, balanced headphones with smooth bass and treble. Great transients, wonderfully detailed and controlled. Very comfy. Compact. Easy to drive. Gorgeous. Unfortunately though, they are very rare.

 

Yamaha YH-1: Absurdly high potential from these old beasts, not the best sounding in stock form but open them up and play around with the damping and you'll get a very fast, flat, detailed headphone with a wonderful soundstage and excellent comfort. Not very easy to drive but not too bad either.

 

If you want something modern, my first recommendation is the AKG Q701. Note that I said the Q701, not the K701. Arguably the best headphone anywhere near its price range. If you want something easier to drive and/or more portable, look into the KEF M500, NAD VISO HP50, PSB M4U 1/2, Beyerdynamic DT1350, etc.


Edited by takato14 - 4/8/14 at 11:02pm
post #10 of 11

Prior to getting to specific recommendations, even is just between two cans--one of which is open and the other of which is closed--you need to tell us:

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)?

 

Although both cans you have mentioned are efficient, what equipment will be powering & feeding these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post
 

I won't lie, at first I couldn't have them on for the amount of time I will now.  I kind of want one of these http://turbulentlabs.com/grado-onyx-manta/ for mine.

 

That's what I'm using on 80i. Much better than stock (I couldn't wear the stock one for more than 25-45 minutes), so it's worth the money but I'd like something wider.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home