Either way, this is what you get, because this is what I got.
Product review time bitches...
I want to be sitting in a comfy chair, perfectly spaced between a pair of these $80,000 speakers...
But that is not the world I live in. I live in a world where most of the music I listen to is compressed to the point of asphyxiation. More times than naught, I am listening through headphones that are plugged in to either my phone, or my laptop.
So what do I do?
Do I sit there and suffer? Do I moan about ear fatigue and tinny sound quality? No. I do not. I reach for my Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones.
Comfy? Yes. I notice a bit of pressure after a couple of hours, but that is usually my cue to take a break and walk away from the Mac. Either I am getting used to the snug fit, or they are shaping to my head, because this seems to be getting better as time goes by.
Neutral? Meh. These babies lean slightly to the warm side, but in a *good* way. I spend an inordinate amount of time listening to old punk and blues music, and the Sennheisers seem perfectly tuned to my tastes. The highs are crisp. The mids are soaked in honey. The bass is solid. If you spend a lot of time tuned in to music with super heavy bass, you may need to look elsewhere. Personally, sacrificing a slice of the lower octave for near perfect mid-range clarity is totally worth it. Yes, you can have it all if you are willing to spend $1000 or more on a super high end set of cans, and a dedicated headphone amplifier, but remember...
The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears can be had for $150-ish bucks, and they will make the music that you actually listen to resonate in whole new ways.
In the past, I have used high end Sony ear buds. They work. You can sweat on them. You can crumple them up into a pocket. They are comfy.
The first night I got my Sennheisers I listened to this and heard an entirely new part of the drum kit.
Lately, I have been fixated on Mon Laferte. She is amazing. She is the future of Latin music, and she pays attention to the details. Listen to this:
If you were wearing a pair of Sennheisers you would hear her legs rustle on the couch... You would hear her left hand drag across the big strings. You would hear how much that bastard hurt her. You would hear...
That's a bad Bruce Willis movie.
We are talking about music. Good music. Music that you listen to on the subway, while you ride your bike, while you peck away at that novel...
This shit matters. If you care about music, you owe it to yourself to listen to it, and to really hear what the artist is saying. They bleed for you. Give them the courtesy of actually hearing what they have to say.