CLASSY SOUNDS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

It is an ac­cepted fact that mu­sic of­ten touches the soul. But un­less you are wit­ness­ing a live per­for­mance, the equip­ment used to recre­ate the mu­sic plays a cru­cial role in whether your lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can be raised to a spir­i­tual level.

The Sennheiser Mo­men­tum is one de­vice that seems to have chan­nel open to the heavens. With a stain­less steel head­band and sup­ple leather ear cups, de­sign is stand­out all the way. It is also very prac­ti­cal and soon af­ter wear­ing the de­vice you re­alise that it is al­most feather weight. This means you are just lis­ten­ing to your mu­sic and not con­scious about the head­set. Its ear cups, which can be ad­justed sep­a­rately if needed, are very soft on the ear and cooler than most closed cir­cum­au­ral models. On the sin­gle wire is a stain­less steel con­troller, that is sturdy and easy to use, as well as an ad­justable 3.5mm jack. The Mo­men­tum also comes with a 6.3 mm adapter jack and a leather car­ry­ing case.

If the de­sign is great, then the mu­sic is bet­ter. We tried the head­phones with a PC, smart­phone and tablet and ev­ery­where the out­put was pretty much what we would ex­pect from a top of the range de­vice. With flac files we could make out ev­ery pick on the gui­tar, ev­ery slip on the vi­o­lin, as we were there where the artistes were play­ing. Soft highs, ro­bust mid­dles, ac­cen­tu­ated lows, the Mo­men­tum re­pro­duces mu­sic as it was in­tended to be heard. We could not com­plain about any­thing as far as au­dio qual­ity is con­cerned.

We wouldn’t, how­ever, sug­gest this de­vice for peo­ple who in­tent to use it only with an An­droid de­vice. You need to change the ca­bles for some An­droid de­vices and the on-cord con­trols for the hands­free seem to work only on Ap­ple and Black­berry prod­ucts. While the mic is good enough to catch your voice in noisy sur­round­ings, it also cre­ates some noise of its own when rub­bing on cloth­ing. The head­phone is com­pact enough to be used with mo­bile de­vices, but we sug­gest you keep this pre­cious de­vice at home. Af­ter all, great things in life don’t come cheap.

GG SENNHEISER MO­MEN­TUM

Price:

` 24,990 Specs:

Cir­cum­au­ral, dy­namic closed trans­ducer, 110dB, 18 Ohm im­ped­ance

BAG IT

OR JUNK IT?

Great sound, at a price

GG

LG ND8520

Price:

` 20,990

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