A sonic brilliance. Hitting all the right notes with the new Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones!

2014Apr14

 

Being an ardent fan of all things music, especially within the genres of Electronic Dance Music, Punk Rock and Symphonic Metal, I am often on a never-ending hunt for a good pair of headphones.

My bounty? That ‘eargasmic’ experience of sound quality and comfort.

Today, I’d like to share some thoughts in a review of the new Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones.

 

 But first, thank you Sennheiser Malaysia, for making this possible.

 

 

 Before we begin, check out the official video for the Momentum On-Ear!

 

 

UNBOXING

Bet you’re just as excited as I am! Shall we begin? Ha Ha

 

Unboxing the brand new toy.

 

Removed the lid of the box.

The first thing I saw was a black suede case in the shape of a horseshoe, with dual zippers.

 

Opening the case, I was surprised to see another case – a vinyl bag this time!

And finally, right before my eyes, was the Momentum On-Ear.

 

Such a sleek, stylish beauty – and in my favorite colours too!

Yes, I’m always biased towards red & black. Heh.

 

Unboxing this pair of headphones proved to be a satisfaction indeed. Cool

Moving on, I will be splitting this review into 3 distinct sections – design, sound and practicality.

 

 

DESIGN, MATERIAL & STYLE

For starters, like its name suggests, the Momentum On-Ear, is designed as an on-ear, instead of an over-ear on an in-ear pair of headphones.

This is a first for me as I’m more familiar with the other two types.

Size-wise, expect a slightly smaller design compared to its predecessor, the Sennheiser Momentum.

They’re beautifully made, stylish and god damn fine without a doubt.

I love how it did not fall prey to the ‘futuristic’ trends of gadget design. Apart from the tinge of modern touch and material, the Momentum On-Ear came as a blast from the past for me.

Doesn’t it reminds you of those classic headsets worn by radio operators back in the 50s!? Such love.

The synthetic-suede headband is a very clever and nice touch, while those stainless-steel sliders really turned up the classy, industrial appearance a notch higher.

Beautifully made, with such precision in its engineering and craftsmanship, don’t you think?

The vibrant colours and its shiny, high-gloss finish is flawless too!

 

If you ain’t diggin’ the classic black, it comes in a myriad of different colours.

Brown, blue, green, black, ivory and pink. Take your pick.

 

Polished steel lines the frame with Sennheiser’s holographic ‘S’ logo cut into the caps.

 Thumbs up!

 

 

SOUND & PERFORMANCE

Having the Momentum On-Ear in my possession for about almost a month now, I have been using it every single day with many different kinds of songs from various sound spectrums, acoustics vs electronics, bass responses, vocals, mid-ranges, differing frequencies and trebles.

 

So how did this pair of headphones perform?

 

Firstly, I’ve gotta give props to its warm, rich, and very punchy bass. Just the way I like it!

The Momentum On-Air certainly has a well-extended and boosted bass response compared to the rest of its competitors in its range but… not as overpowering as a certain popular pair of headphones in particular.

Did anyone say Dr. Dre or David Guetta? ;) No? Okay, moving on!

 

Tuesday’s comparison to one of my many headphones.

 

The trebles were very detailed and crisp but well-balanced and controlled with the rest of the frequency range. It proved to be sufficiently dominant especially when hitting the high notes too!

The high-pitched tracks I played such as  electric guitar solos of rock songs, electro genres, and the female soprano of symphonic metal resulted in a rich, clean and distortion-free experience, despite playing it at maximum volumes. 

 

Compared to the stronger bass presence and the impressive trebles, I found the mid-range to be slightly withdrawn, but not enough to affect the overall listening wonder the Momentum On-Air has given me nor hamper the quality of the tracks I listen to.

It would be better if the mid-range was a little more forward in my honest opinion, but then again, nothing to complain about; especially if you’re a regular home-user or a casual/easy-listener. Smile

 

 

I have to point out though, that it does not provide much isolation from environmental noise. But hey, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing – it really depends what you’re using it for.

If you’re walking about in the busy city streets, crossing the road or commuting via public transportation (i.e trains/busses) with these babies, then it’s probably not such a good idea to be too isolated and locked into your own world.

The least you’d want is to sub-consciously dismiss a honk and get run over LOL. Ugh!

Personally, when I use my headphones, it will either be hanging around my neck as opposed to putting it over my ears OR just putting it over one ear instead of both.

I kind of *still* want to be aware of my surroundings, like if my bosses call my name or if there was an important announcement at the gym.

 

 

PRACTICALITY & COMFORT

I like how it’s kept snugly in two cases – the vinyl soft case and the horseshoe-like hardshell.

However, there isn’t a folding mechanism on the Momentum On-Ear which would make listening on-the-go much easier in terms of packing and saving storage space.

If you’re more inclined towards listening to your music while solitary, then it’s nothing for you to worry about! Wink

 

 

Attention was even put into the making of the cables. You have not one, but two cables!

The Apple-friendly cable comes with a 3-button remote control and microphone, but there’s another plain cable for those who don’t want or don’t use the remote and microphone.

 

The remote is slim and sleek, which comes with a 90 degree angle 3.5mm plug too.

 

The earcups are easily adjustable by simply sliding them up and down the stainless steel body, instead of typically having the whole moving mechanism built into the entire body of the headphones.

The Momentum On-Ear is certainly an ergonomic pair of headphones as I tend to use my headphones over long listening periods of time!

Funnily enough, my ears aren’t exactly tiny and even with all my over-ear headphones, the earcups seem to hurt the upper parts of my ear.

I also have multiple piercings on my ears and they usually hurt due to the compression/pressure of the earcups after an entire day’s worth of heavy listening.

But surprisingly, even after 8 hours with the Momentum On-Ear, I had no complaints!Big Smile

 


The ear pads feature a a two-layer foam cushion and gripped my ears

with just the right amount of pressure to remain there.

 

In conclusion, I find the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear not only a comfortable and fashionably stylish piece, but also an overall winner in the on-ear range. With the rich and enhanced audio performance, it sure is powerful enough to make me head-bang throughout its super sonic brilliance.

Retails at RM809. Get it from your local audio stores or your nearest Sennheiser outlet/booths! Wink

Roar! It’s a safari in there. Future Music Festival Asia 2014 Day 1: Welcome to the Jungle!

2014Apr5

 

What do you do when you wake up to an invitation to the largest and most anticipated rumble in the jungle yet to shake the grounds of South East Asia?

You roar with delight and swing from tree to tree to the party grounds with your favorite Tarzan in tow, of course.

 

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 Super-pumped for the safari-themed rave party that is Future Music Festival Asia 2014.

Thank you, Asahi Malaysia!

 

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 En route to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium!

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Look what greeted us the moment we entered the vicinity?

It’s GUY the pink Corntoz horse mascot!

 

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Picture time with (half) the giant pink horse!

 

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The jungle awaits us all!

 

Despite the haze, we partygoers still soldiered on. Foot in Mouth

But I was glad the amazing organizers, Livescape Asia, took precautionary measures and provided face masks for us all.

 

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To my surprise, I found a selfie of the boys wearing their face masks in my camera, so I’ll just post it up LOL

Who takes selfies from the bottom angle anyway? Selfie-noobs :P :P

Haha kidding! You know I love you both!

 

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Photo-ception! So this is Joseph taking a photo of us with Prashant taking a photo of

Omer and Maisa doing the exact same pose as we are LOL

 

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Another pretty sight that greeted us. Just like FMFA 2013, this year’s installment

also featured a Ferris wheel for its party animals.

 

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Outfit of the Day! I was terribly indecisive of what to wear on the first day

as all of us decided to go in black so I ended up in this.

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I initially wore this but then it struck me that nobody wears long pants to a rave.

Plus, my top wasn’t black. It was very dark green and I didn’t wanna be the odd one out from the group!

 

Anyway! We all got to the showgrounds of Bukit Jalil by 5PM, and waited for the rest to arrive.

Selfie time! Laughing

 

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Guess what happened when Stella and I were busy taking selfies?

 

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Photobomber alert!

 

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A selfie (or two!) in peace without the photobomber!

 

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Chilling by the Ferris Wheel!

 

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Maisa and I.

 

When we finally managed to round the entire herd up, we dived straight in to explore the safari! Ahh!

 

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 Group shot with the mates! Men (and women) in Black yo!

 

So glad to bump into my other buddies right at the entrance.

Music really brings long lost friends together! Devil

 

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Wahid and I

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Theresa and I

 

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Grabbed a beer at the Asahi counter.

Save water; drink beer! :P :P

 

By the time we finally got to the stage, the sun was almost setting and I didn’t manage to catch the first two acts.

This was what I missed! Exciting

 

The first act of the show: Local DJ Eva T!

 

The second act of the show: Local DJ duo, B.A.T.E

 

Pretty sure they did a fantastic job at hyping the crowd up for the international acts

 

Canadian electronic dance duo  Adventure Club was already on the decks as we kick-started our first rave of the day at 7.45pm!

 

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Adventure Club droppin’ us some sick beats

 

Influenced by the sounds of Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, the duo comprise Christian Srigley and Leighton James

 

I loved Adventure Club’s set as it was right up my alley with dubstep, electro house, drum step and all the 150bpm and above. If I remember correctly, I think I ended up shuffling with a random guy wearing an anonymous mask during their set.

Whoever you are, you dance well! Ha Ha


By 8.30pm, Aussie-born Will Sparks took to the stage and gave us a dash of his fine electro-house works.

 

Melbourne-based Will Sparks spinning on stage.

I watched him play LIVE back in Aussie too! He was just as good tonight, if not better!

 

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 His tracks got the crowd jumping all with our arms in the air!

 

 

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 Quick shot with the boys mid-raving!

 

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 TheJaanu and I

 

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Trippy smiles are the best smiles! Big Smile

 

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Since we’re already at it, why not have another group shot, eh? ;)

 

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And another! The Asahi glow sticks were just too pretty.

There’s even switch for you to choose the mode of lighting for it.

 

At 9.30pm, R3hab stole the limelight and swept us off our feet with his darker tracks, which reminded me a lot of psytrance and industrial sounds. The popular Dutch house act also entertained us with his energetic stunts on stage. Smile

 

R3hab didn’t only make us jump; he got into the action too!

 Waving our arms from right to left with R3hab who interacted with his crowd superbly well!

 

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Shutting our eyes and letting the music save our souls!

 

Took a short break from all that raving as I was drenched in sweat from head to toe.

Selfie time! Kiss

 

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Stella and I

 

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Fun fact:  I usually only selfie when I’m bored.

So the number of selfies of myself I have in my camera represents a scale of how bored I am at an event.

 

Can’t believe this is the only selfie of myself the entire night!

This means that I was enjoying myself way too much at FMFA – it’s a given!

 

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  More party pictures of the night

 

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Clinging on to my Asahi glowstick! So many people tried to snatch it away from me.

Get your own! ROAAAAR! Yell

 

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We were so exhausted at this point of time.

R3hab never gave us a rest! His tracks were way too progressive and got us head-banging to no end. Woots!

 

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 Stella and I taking a rest by the adorable pink leopard print phone booth.

 

By 11pm, the crowd was already summoning our favorite mouse up on stage.

There was a moment of silence as the lights and lasers turned up a notch for the star of the night.

 

      

Our king of the safari – Deadmau5!

 

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Deadmau5 also got down from his throne to party with us.

T’was awesome  to be watching the legendary mouse of the EDM scene up close!

 

The progressive house DJ-Producer had us all caught up in his mouse trap.

 

 

Bolts of red and blue lighting flashed through the arena as Deadmau5 pounded his crowd into nothing but what I would call grated cheese to fuel his insane energy levels!

 

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 Raise your weapon!

   

Here’s a video from Deadmau5′s set!

 

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Do we see some Ghosts n’ Stuff in the arena? Hell Boy

  

Deadmau5′s set really shot us into a frenzy of electro house delights!

 

By the end of the night, we were reduced to piles of sweat and in dire need of an energy boost! After 8 hours of hardcore raving, jumping and catapulting ourselves to the skies, one can only expect us to crave for more. Alien

Ironic, right? But hey, it’s only because Future Music Festival Asia 2014 certainly exceeded our expectations.

Looking forward to Day 2, featuring A State of Trance 650. Looks like we’ll have to recharge our depleting energy levels for another night of mayhem!

 

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Thank you so much, Asahi Malaysia, for the invitation to such wilderness!

I had a fantastic night. Cool

 

Definitely kept my thirst quenched with your ice-cold beer, considering the fact that mineral water costed 10 bucks. (Yeah, I don’t know why either). Surprised

 

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Exhausted and lumbering around like dehydrated zombies but here’s a final group shot.

Yup, one for the road! See ya’ll tomorrow for a trance-tastic night!

 

Relax. Unwind. Gaze at the stars on top of the world – Weekend Chillout at Stratosphere @ The Roof!

2014Mar23

 

There are just some weekends when you’d rather be tucking yourself away with the company of close ones sharing banters and conversations drinking with serenity, instead of getting downright wasted; chugging down scotch and bottles of beer all night with complete strangers.

I don’t know about you, but that epiphany has possibly dawned upon me one too many times.

 

Perhaps it’s the age catching up on me. No, wait. Scratch that. I still party like a rockstar.

 

Did that rooftop photo just catch your eye? How pretty is that helipad bar, right? Cool

I catapulted the sis and myself to no place other than Stratosphere @ The Roof one fine Saturday night.

 

 

Situated within close proximity, boasting an array of delicious cocktails, soothing my soul with deep house tracks and with a view to boot, it’s no wonder Stratosphere has topped my list of favorite rooftop bars this year.

This would be my 3rd time at The Roof so far. I attended the launch when it first opened for business and also spent New Year’s Eve here.

 

Yup, new year’s eve was indeed a pretty sight to behold.

 

  Patrons usually start pouring in to watch the sunset and stay on till dusk.

 

Because really, there isn’t anything quite as fancy as having a few drinks and mouthwatering canapes with the sun setting in the near horizon as you prep yourself for some serious partying come nightfall.

 

 Loving the connecting bridge and entrance to Stratosphere.

There are two ways to get up here: by elevator & by staircase. I usually take the latter.

 

 A word of caution to the ones afraid of heights. If you are acrophobic, you might experience some vertigo. 

 

 Just kidding. We’re fine! The sis does have, to slight degree, some fear of heights,

but she managed pretty well after some getting used to. Smile

 

At Stratosphere, patrons usually stand by the bar or the balcony to take in the beautiful panoramic view of the iridescent skyline as well as admire the flickering lights of the city and high-rise buildings.

But if you find yourself wanting to sit down at any point, do expect two kinds of seating. 

 

 The comfy garden lounge couches.

 

 The steel and woven high stools.

 

We opted to relax on the huge couches as it was quite a lazy day that evening.

A note to couples: here’s where you can lean back, get cuddly and comfy with each other!

 

There wasn’t a DJ present that night, but I totally dig the deep house playlist Stratosphere pre-set for us. Also loved the trippy display + laser lights. I can totally see myself zoning out here on a regular basis. 

Perfect place to take the word sky high very, very literally. Heh. Heh. Feeling Good

Sis dearest with the DJ booth and lasers in the background.

 

 The choice of drinks are endless.

Choose from scotch on the rocks (my usual). If you’d rather sip on champagne or a concoction of The Roof’s array of cocktails, the waiting staff would also be most obliged to serve you.

A side note: the waiters were so friendly and hospitable to us! Definitely earned some brownie points there.

 

 The sister and I had a good time catching up, chit-chatting

and discussed our after Saturday night after-midnight plans in the city.

 

 

Stratosphere was, however, a perfect prelude for our Saturday night shenanigans. Laughing

Here are some photos of this opulent rooftop bar and its cityscape surroundings, for you to marvel at:

Oh if you’re lucky and if the skies are clear, you’ll spot KLCC and KL Tower in the distance.

 

For no good reason whatsoever, here’s a blurry photo of us.

 

Once the clock hit 1am, we had to leave for our other plans to meet up with some friends in the city.

Oh well, till next time, Stratosphere! We’ll definitely be back. Cool

 

On your way out. An equally magnificent exit of a connecting bridge as you adjourn.

 

Shot on my way out. Goodnight, Stratosphere! Thanks for a lovely evening. 

 

This night will certainly be a night to remember. For that very night after we left Stratosphere and headed to the city, was the night I met you. At the right place and at the right time. T’was a beautiful encounter that I’ll never forget. 

But that’s another story. Wink

 

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Contact them at their phone line : +6012 691 0628

Drop by this address:

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47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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