The Sennheiser Amperior headphones are an update of a modern classic set of headphones that has won the hearts of audio obsessives across the globe – the Sennheiser HD 25.
The look of these headphones makes them a dead ringer for the trusty HD 25 – the rounded cups, the cables that poke out of the top of them and the strange two-piece headband. If you’re not keen on buying £260 cans that look just like ones you can snag for around £100, rest assured that there are a few differences.
Most obviously, the Sennheiser Amperior cups are backed with silver aluminium rather than textured black plastic, and the standard pads upgraded from plastic-leather to velour-topped soft foam. The rest of the frame is still primarily made of plastic, though. An upgrade? Absolutely, but these headphones don’t have quite the arresting physical presence of the delightful Bowers & Wilkins P5.
The comfort factor involves a similar tale. These new pads are more comfortable than those of the HD 25, but the fairly firm grip of the headband can cause discomfort to sensitive ears after a couple of hours, and the pressure is also a factor for glasses-wearers. Next to the rather sumptuous-feeling P5s and the Bose QC3, the fit of the Amperior pair is a little less luxurious.
That said, they are certainly among the best headphones in design terms for commuters. Decent comfort, the closed-back, not-too-large design and the flexibility of the frame make the Amperiors portable winners.
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