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AKG 545 vs Sennheiser Momentum vs Sony MDR 1R

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Hi all! I've been looking for new headphones recently and I've narrowed it down to these three. I listen to mostly rock and metal with the occasional jazz and classical thrown in. What do you guys suggest?

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I have the K545's & MDR-1R. The MDR's are the comfiest, lightest, and (arguably) the most stylish. That said, I prefer the sound of the K545's, which are not UNcomfortable, and are also pretty stylish. Haven't heard the Momentums but they do get good reviews for their sound, but they're also criticized for their small ear-cups that can cause discomfort in some. They're also more expensive than the others, so for best all-around I say K545's all the way.

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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post
 

I have the K545's & MDR-1R. The MDR's are the comfiest, lightest, and (arguably) the most stylish. That said, I prefer the sound of the K545's, which are not UNcomfortable, and are also pretty stylish. Haven't heard the Momentums but they do get good reviews for their sound, but they're also criticized for their small ear-cups that can cause discomfort in some. They're also more expensive than the others, so for best all-around I say K545's all the way.


Hmm... I have pretty big ears (haven't measured them though) so it sounds like the Momentum's won't work out for me.

 

How durable is the MDR 1R? It looks fairly stable, but it's made out of plastic and I'm pretty accident-prone.
 

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I'm not exactly sure how durable they are. I treat my headphones with intense care, so I haven't really put them through any stress in terms of durability, but they are mostly plastic and if I had to guess, I'd say they probably aren't meant for rough & tumble situations. The AKG's seem more solid & durable, they're all around minimal in their design, and are mostly metal I believe. They just feel a lot more solid & less delicate than the MDR's. 

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You said that you prefer the sound of the K545s... What exactly does that mean? How would you describe the lows, mids, and treble compared to the MDR 1R? Sorry for asking so many questions lol :D

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Pretty much everything is better. I'm not a pro yet when it comes to describing audio, but I feel pretty confident that the K545's are a clear improvement over the MDR's - and this is coming from a HUGE Sony fanboy. The bass is probably the most noticeable thing when comparing the two, but both mids & highs sound better, stronger, crisper & cleaner. The Sony's seem to be less clear, less forward, quieter & fairly "dark", IMO. I'm not sure if they have the "veil" that people talk about here, but that might be one way I would describe them. Bottom line is that they're just not as enjoyable as the AKG's, and the difference is fairly strong. I'd recommend you go read the threads on the 2 and see what other people say, and how they describe them.

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Well it looks like you just helped AKG sell a set of headphones. I'll try out the K545 at a store in case if I really don't like it, which I highly doubt at this point.

 

What case would you recommend to go with the K545? I noticed that it doesn't come with any sort of carrying case. I didn't mention it previously, but my three choices were chosen mainly for their portability and sound quality. Since I've got the quality part down I think a case would be pretty important since I don't want to carry a set of cans on my head all the time :D

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Hey,

 

I spent the best part of the last 6 months looking for a pair of portable sealed headphones. ended up trying about 20 pairs, buying 5 and returning 4.

in the end, i went with the akg k545 and i couldnt be happier.

 

the mdr-1r is a good pair of headphones, but they lack subbass and dont sound very natural (my opinion).

they are well built, but feel plastic and a bit chip. the paint didnt seem very lasting.

the momentum on the other hand does sound more natural and a lot clearer but in my opinion they sounded boring. they might benefit from an amp, but straight out of an ipod, the music sounded kind of dead. also, even with my normal to small ears, they were just not comfortable. my ears did fit, but they where touching the pads all the time and i couldnt have them on for more than an hour or so.

 

i also had the ue6000 for a couple of weeks and they sound really good. they are half the price of the akg k545, so if budget is an issue, i could really recommend them. they are a little bit bassier than the others, but sound quite clear and "fun". they are quite comfortable but the cable is on the right side, which ended up being a big problem for me, since i carry my music on the right pocket.

 

finally, the akg. they sound fantastic. bass, subbass, mids, treble... it is all there. it sounds natural and clear, the music feels alive and enjoyable! they are very comfortable, not quite as comfortable as the 1r, but close. they are also heavier and do not feel as secured to the head, but they stay in place. the clamping force is lighter than both the ue6000 and the momentum, but isolation is still quite good and leakage is virtually non existent. 

construction is very solid, and the earpads are wide and comfortable.

 

so if money is no issue, definitely the k545. if you are willing to give a bit of comfort and sound quality in order to save a lot of money, the ue6000 is a fantastic pair!

 

 

about the case...if you find something about a case for the k545, please tell me :) im looking for the same thing!


Edited by pastormoser - 5/7/14 at 5:57am
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