Oppo PM3 vs. Sennheiser Momentum | DIFFERENT SOUND!
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Before we get into the Oppo PM3 vs. Sennheiser Momentum comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Since I have already outlined these headphones, today I will quickly give you the Similarities & Differences and then point you to some great reviews at the end. 🙂
The Many faces of Momentum
Similarities & Differences
The many faces of Sennheiser’s Momentum
There are so many iterations of Sennheiser’s sporty headphone that it can become quite confusing trying to decipher and interpret what’s what. For simplicity sake:
There are 5 versions of this headphone:
Momentum (original, over-ear): The one I will be comparing today.
Momentum 2.0 (upgraded, due to ear-cup complaint. There are models for both Apple and Samsung devices).
Momentum 2.0 (on-ear version)
Momentum 2.0 (wireless, over-ear version)
Momentum 2.0 (wireless, on-ear version)
As for the PM3’s, they utilize planar magnetic drivers, which basically allow for better clarity, resolution, and detail within the sound. What is a headphone driver?
The fact that Oppo decided to make a quality closed back headphone in a price range that is sorely lacking in quality closed back headphones is really a breath of fresh air.
We hear a lot of the usual suspects: The MDR 7506/V6, the HD280, the SRH440, the M40x, etc., but these are all sub $100 cans. They are all good headphones in their own right, but sometimes we desire greater things.
The only other headphone I can think of is the AKG K550, which is a phenomenal mixing can but still comes in at a sub $300 price point.
But as for the PM3 vs. Momentum?
Let’s go into the similarities & differences.
Similarities & Differences
I will compare the original Momentums to the PM3’s, while sprinkling in a bit about the 2.0’s here and there.
The treble range on both of these is somewhat dark, with not a lot of sparkle. Sennheiser has been accused of having a sort of veil over some of their cans, but it’s not really a deal breaker. Just a different sound. What is the Sennheiser veil?
Both are closed back and isolate noise pretty well. Just don’t expect them to be noise cancelling.
Both are very portable, and despite the PM3’s weight, it still works extremely well on the go.
Both have Apple and Android versions, with inline remote and mic features.
The PM3’s are notoriously bass light, whereas the Momentum’s have that impact that you may be looking for. The PM3’s bass is tight, controlled, and articulate, while the Momentum’s is more for bass-heads but still not wildly out of control.
The PM3’s, while comfortable, may not be ideal if you have a large head or big ears. The clamp force is kind of tight like a panty hose. Lol. The original Momentum’s ear cups were a bit too small, but the upgraded 2.0’s improved upon that as well as the overall comfort factor.
The PM3’s are more of an audiophile can, while the Momentum’s are for the casual listener on the go, who needs a quality sound but not a clinical one. The PM3’s mid-range is clearer, with a slightly better sense of balance and imaging. The treble is more transparent as well.
Price. The PM3’s are significantly more expensive.
Weight. The PM3’s are heavier than the Momentum’s. 320g vs. 190g.
Design. Both are fold-able. However, the original Momentum’s were not fold-able.
Material. The ear-cups on the Momentum’s are made of genuine leather while the PM3’s are comprised of synthetic (protein) leather.
Amp. While the PM3’s benefit from amplification, the Momentum’s are meant for use with your portable devices and wouldn’t really need an amp. How to choose a headphone amp!
Overall. The overall sound of the PM3 is that of being balanced, neutral and contained. The Momentum’s are more of a fun sound.
Fit. The original Momentum’s were marketed as being circumaural (around the ear) and were anything but. The Momentum 2.0’s improved upon that. The PM3’s are circumaural as well.
Soundstage. The Momentum’s have a wider soundstage than the PM3’s, but the PM3’s have better instrument placement. What is Soundstage?
All you need to know with the upgrade in the Momentum 2.0’s is that everything is more magnified. The bass hits harder and the treble has more sparkle, but the mid-range is compromised because of this. The M2’s also have a wider and deeper soundstage.
So just think of the M2’s as being even more opposite to the PM3’s in terms of overall sound. It doesn’t make either worse than the other, in fact you may want both around depending on your mood.
So if you are a die hard bass head looking for a big soundstage, the PM3’s may not be for you.
All that said, what you ultimately decide here should be based on preference alone. Neither of these is better than the other, they’re simply different animals.
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