by Haripriya Thakar February 04, 2017

In our head-to-head comparison, we have two very popular price-point companions , the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears and the RHA MA600i. The former one which hails from Germany has always been popular in Indian markets while the other one from Scotland is newer but has made waves.

Their histoires may be different, but the price-points aren't. Hence, we thought we'd do a detailed comparison to help you choose the one made for you.

CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The Sennheiser Momentum is a popular earphone from the German brand. But it leans towards bass biased sound signature

The RHA MA600i is a classic well rounded earphone that's truly built like a tank. Our pick for the best in class performance."

-Raghav Somani

Sennheiser momentum in-ears


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Bass Driven Sound Signature with Cutting Edge Design

RHA MA600i


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Aircraft Grade Aluminium Body with Detailed Sound 

 


DESIGN : Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears vs RHA MA600i

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When it comes to design, Sennheiser has never shyed away with their out of the box ideas. Now, with the Momentum in-ear earphones they have added an adjustable angle of 15 degrees to their iconic red and black finish. Sennheiser touts this as lending better comfort but we are not quite sure how. Besides, it is also true that the design is truly experimental and may not appeal to people of conventional taste.

Sennheiser has been very considerate about the cords employed. They are thick, well-built and elliptical in shape. Thus, you can enjoy music free from hassling tangles.

ALL STAINLESS STEEL BODY DESIGN VS STYLISH AND DURABLE AIRCRAFT GRADE ALUMINIUM   
While Sennheiser has taken the route of an avant garde look, RHA has gone with a more classic approach. The RHA MA600i are thus designed using RHA's trademark and patented Aerophonic design, that resembles a reversed trumpet. They are not only durable, but are a stylish pair of earphones that are crafted fromaircraft grade aluminium. The cable has been braided for immense durability and further coated in thick plastic. Tangle-free, you can be rest assured that these will stand the test of time.

RHA's MA600i are created in such a way that they are sure to stay in place, regardless of the way they are placed inside your ear canals. This has been made possible with the help of a typical IEM style over-ear contoured cable that is designed to keep the earphones in place at all times. The cables are held in position and run over and behind the ears to offer a more comfortable feel and secure fit.



USABILITY : Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears vs RHA MA 600i

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The Momentum in ear earphones have been imparted with an inline microphone and an integrated three button remote control for you to play, start, and pause your music while also control your calls. 

While Sennheiser has already made a statement about the durability with their all-steel body, the packaging also poses a dashing carry case which is detailed with delicate red stitching and a lacquered body. The included earphone tips comes in four different sizes (XS, S, M, L) to ensure you get your ideal fit. Noise isolation is decent, nothing to write home about. However, we here at Headphone Zone swear by Comply foam eartips , because of astounding noise attenuation and comfort they provide.

When it comes to accessories RHA takes the cake home. Accompanying every RHA 600i is a convenient and sturdy hard shell carry case for safe storage and convenient portability.The package also includes a stainless steel metal frame that holds seven alternative plastic silicone ear buds, including two that are double-flanged.

UNIVERSAL ELLIPTICAL CHORD VS STURDY iOS RESPONSE

A let down if you are an Android user, the MA600i is made to be usedonly with iOS devices.This means that while all functions workflawlessly, the remote may not work to its full functionality with Android devices. Android users can opt for the RHA MA600 model, and ditch the in-line remote altogether.

While durability can hardlybe questioned for the RHA, they a little heavier than the Momentum in-ears. Thus, you may encounter some discomfort during prolonged hours of usage. 
Talking about warranty, Momentum comes with a warranty of 2 years, whereas MA600i comes with an astounding 3 year warranty. It undoubtedly speaks great deal of RHA's confidence in the RHA MA600i's construction.

SOUND: Sennheiser momentum in-ears vs RHA MA 600i

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The Momentum In-Ears sound signature is unique, and is more bright in the higher frequencies than crisp in the high-mids.. It is fully capable of delivering powerful, distortion-free bass at even at higher volumes. Does the sound get too bright? The answer is yes, especially with music from genres such as Classical and Jazz. However some would agree, in the age of booming bass, that's almost a welcome anomaly.

As compared, to the RHA MA600i, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears tend to produce a
punchier bass , ignoring the mids and highs at some point. Thus, making them genre specific.Genres like EDM and Hip-Hop are the best relived with the Momentum series. 
PUMPED UP BASS VS A PURE UNBIASED SOUND?
The MA600i in this respect is certainly the more versatile earphone and will appeal to a broader range of users. 

Over the years, RHA, the Scottish perfectionist, has greatly been lauded for its solid performance. On the routes of most RHA in-ears this one also delivers tonally balanced sound. The MA600i makes sure that none of the sounds are compromised upon. The mids and highs are clear along with a well defined bass. You will notice that the MA600i, like all RHA products does not disappoint. All thanks to it's signature shape which is designed specifically for producing a natural sound signature

The audio is well articulated and makes for an entertaining listen. While there is some distortion at high volumes, vocals come out clear. The MA600i is perfect for genres like Metal, Trance and Pop alike. If you are looking for a balanced audio experience, the MA600i should be your preference as opposed to the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears. 



Summary


Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
  • Lightweight sturdy design
  • Steel body
  •  More Tangle prone cable than RHA MA600i
  • Available for iOS and Android 
  • 2 year warranty   
RHA MA600i
  • Heavier than Momentum, but durable design
  • Aerophonic design with Aircraft grade aluminium body
  • Tangle free cable design
  • Available only for iOS
  • 3 year warranty

 


Conclusion


The target audience for the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears and the RHA MA600i are budding audiophiles who want to get their hands on audio-grade in-ears on a budget.

If you can give up anything for bass, and want that thumping sound irrespective the sound, then the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears is your new listening buddy.

On the other hand, the RHA MA 600i makes for the best pick for iPhone users who want to experience music with tonal accuracy and clarity while being backed with an impressive 3 year durability cover. 

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