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post #1 of 11
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I've tried several pairs of Momentums, including the newest ones. They sound bad. They very obviously distort the audio signal with a poor frequency response. From a marketing standpoint, Sennheiser is trying to compete with Beats, apparently so much so they're willing to sacrifice quality.

 

If your friend claims to be into headphones or an audiophile and recommends Momentums, it's a bad sign!!!

 

Momentums are Beats. Discuss. Later we'll discuss V-Modas are Beats.

post #2 of 11

Them's fightin' words.

 

Nah, but I'm not a fan of the Momentums at all. They were very bland and boring to listen to. Coincidentally, I heard my first set of M100s right after listening to a Momentum. The M100 is an awesome headphone, so I am waiting to hear the rag on them. They are durable as hell, light, portable, have great bass response while still maintaining clarity throughout the rest of their sound and have a pretty big sound stage for a closed portable.

post #3 of 11
I too feel the same way but thought I was the only one, love you for being the Dr Phil of head-fi in "keeping it real and telling it like it is" smily_headphones1.gif Don't like the momentums, at all and only tried the M100s for a short period, but that was enough for me to scratch them from my list of potential buys. Keep it up!
post #4 of 11
Lol, they're fun. Love the headphone royalty here though with posts like that. To sum up: he didn't like a headphone.
post #5 of 11
I've gradually warmed to the Momentums over the time I've owned them. They're OK, even good, for electronica, but they can be average to terrible for everything else when you consider the price.

Most people would be better served with the HD25 or DT1350 as a portable, except for comfort issues some people get with on ears.

I'm a fan of Sennheiser, but the Momentums were not their finest hour - at least as far as I'm concerned, the Sennheiser accountants and marketiers may well consider it otherwise.
post #6 of 11
Yup, I bought the Amperiors after trying the Momentums. It's true they could be cheaper (Momentums) but that's just Sennheiser pricing.
post #7 of 11

HD25 are true over-ears, and they look pretty silly when worn around town. Also they have the least soundstage from any "quality" headphones I've tried. Surprisingly flat-ish frequency response, though. 

 

Momentums don't have a 300 dollar sound, but that is not what they are about. They are good looking style-phones, that are made to be used out & about. To my ears they need amping much more than my M100's for an example. Straight from my iPhone 5S or iTouch they sound pretty dull and loose, but with my Fiio E7 they sound much, much better. Nice soundstage and thump in the bass. Mids are quite nice really. Hell, with amping they could be called the "portable HD650". There are lots of similarities.

 

Momentums have some extra low-end, but it is really needed when sitting on a bus or walking in traffic. A flat bass would get simply drowned out completely. This is why my Focal Spirit Pro's need a hint of boost down low. They don't at home, though.

 

So, in conclusion, this is a ridiculous topic.


Edited by sikki-six - 11/25/15 at 9:57am
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by pbeg7 View Post

Lol, they're fun. Love the headphone royalty here though with posts like that. To sum up: he didn't like a headphone.

this is true but not the whole picture. Momentums are objectively, measurably bad. I'm tempted to say they're worse than Beats, because we expect Beats to be low quality. It's obvious not to buy them. But Momentums are unexpectedly bad given the manufacturer who also makes some of the best headphones on the market.

post #9 of 11
I find them to measure, at least, fairly well except for the -10db dip at around 4k which is a little much for sure.
http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=GR_Headphones&page=7&document_srl=19104
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by pbeg7 View Post

I find them to measure, at least, fairly well except for the -10db dip at around 4k which is a little much for sure.
http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=GR_Headphones&page=7&document_srl=19104

This probably accounts for the "played through a cardboard tube" tunnel effect I hear when listening to them. Maybe preference but it's clear as day to me and makes any music unenjoyable. 

post #11 of 11
Totally understand that being a deal-breaker. Like every headphone, the coloration will affect everyone a bit differently depending on music preference.
Edited by pbeg7 - 11/25/15 at 5:15pm
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