After almost a year of Apple Store-only exclusivity, the Sennheiser Amperior
($349.95) portable on-ear headphone/headset with inline mic + iPhone controls is now available everywhere. HeadRoom is also happy to have our hands on another new set of portable cans from Sennheiser, the Momentum
($349.95), which offers great sound, distinguished style and iPhone control + inline mic. We feel the Momentum may set the bar within this fast-growing category.
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To our eyes and (self-proclaimed) finely tuned ears the HD-25 Amperior
is another rehash of the original HD-25-1, now the HD-25-1-II
. Sennheiser has changed the cable to add iDevice compatibility and the earcup construction to metal versus the plastic on the HD-25-1-II. The two models sound relatively similar, the Amperior having slightly more mid-bass giving the low end response a little more punch and causing a touch of thickness in the low-mids. Even though slightly thick in spots, they maintained good clarity and tone through the highs. The fit is tight, but it provides a great seal and great isolation, perfect for travel or coffee shop listeners. Being a rehash of the HD 25, it is bound to be durable and hold up to the wears and tears a portable headphone is subjected to, and with the metal earcups we’re guessing only armor piercing rounds will take these cans down.
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The more recently released and incredibly handsome Sennheiser Momentum
headphones are more comfortable than the clamping earpad design of the Amperiors, but fall under the “smaller circumaural” label. They do fit around the ears completely, but your earlobes will have no room to spare. Outside of the ‘in-between’ earpad and circumaural fit we really have no complaints about these headphones. The leather earpads are soft, they’ve got a nice range of adjustability and the metal headband design and replaceable cable assures you’ll be using these cans for years to come. The sound is slightly warm with an accentuated bass response, but not to the point that it takes away from midrange clarity or high frequency sparkle. They handle any genre you throw at them with ease and while they may lack a bit of the openness of soundstage the Amperiors possess, they image well and are more spacious than the majority of closed headphones.
Once again, the German audio masters at Sennheiser have given us two easy recommendations, this time for excellent portable cans to use with your iDevice. For more information on the HD-25 Amperior
, or any headphone from any manufacturer please call 1-800-828-8184. We’re always happy to talk headphones!