Shure SE215 vs. Sennheiser Momentum | SOUND SIGNATURE!
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will provide a no nonsense comparison and then give my recommendation towards the end 🙂 For the purposes of this review, I will discuss the SE215 and Momentum In-ear version.
Similarities & Differences
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Similarities & Differences
Mid-range and treble. The mid-range and treble on both is roughly the same.
Warranty. Both come with a 2-year.
IEM. Both are IEM’s (In-ear monitors).
Plug. Both have an L-shaped plug.
Bass. The Momentum In-ear has a better bass response with more impact overall. The 215’s I got for my mom have a good bass as well, it’s just not as present or hard hitting. It’s very much immersed in with the music, while the Momentum’s kind of stands out more.
Detail & Accuracy. I would say the 215’s are more accurate with better clarity and precision, while the Momentum’s are more of a “fun” sound signature; V-shaped with emphasis on bass and treble. I was thoroughly impressed with the way that vocals and instruments came through on the 215’s however. They’re very lively and engaging.
Design/Aesthetic. The 215’s are a bit more simplistic in their appearance, while the Momentum’s are flashier.
Fit/Comfort. The 215’s take awhile to achieve a proper fit. You’ll need to spend some time with them. Once they’re in though, you’ll know because they create a nice vacuum seal. They wrap around your ear as well, and don’t move once their in position correctly. The Momentum’s don’t wrap around your ear, but are still comfortable. The 215’s come with 6 ear-bud tips depending on the size of your ear, while the Momentum’s come with 4.
Accessories/Case. Both come with a carry case, although the Momentum’s is a bit fancier. It’s really not that big of a deal though. Also, the Momentum’s have an inline remote, volume control, and microphone. The SE215’s do not.
Build quality. The 215’s seem to be sturdier than the Momentum In-ears. There were a lot of complaints about build online.
Isolation. The 215’s really get the fit nice and snug when you get them in right. Isolation is absolutely delightful, and a bit better than the Momentum’s.
Frequency Response. The 215 goes from 22Hz – 17,500kHz while the Momentums go from 15Hz – 22kHz.
Sound Pressure level. 118dB/mW for the Momentums vs. 107dB/mW for the 215’s. What is SPL?
Detachable Cable. The SE215’s have a detachable cable while the Momentum’s do not.
I really love the SE215 as the entry level solution for an IEM. It’s got a more accurate sound, but yet is still really exciting and noteworthy. I like the fit of the 215’s better, as well as the overall sound isolation and detachable cable. The Momentum’s have a good sound, but it’s not as accurate and the overall build quality suffers. I’ve had no problems with my mom’s SE215, and she’s reported them as being fantastic. Interested in learning more about them?
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