Originally Posted by roguegeek
Haven't been on here in quite some time. Work has been bad. I thought I'd just stop by and talk about my experience with the Amperior. I got a chance to pick up a pair of these on a black Friday sale. I believe the price was around $120. Sounded like a good deal because I know they were pushing $300 at one point. So after a week of listening, I've come up with a couple of initial thoughts.
- They are colored in a way that doesn't quite fit my style. I like neutral and/or bright cans. These seem a little bass forward to me.
- The whole frequency seems very muddled to me as if there's just not much detail or quality across any of the curve.
- I love the style and the lightness. It has a very utilitarian look and the fact that everything can be ordered, replaced, and serviced right from your own home is awesome.
- When priced at the original premium price, I would consider the M80, MDR-1R, and Momentum over these.
- When priced at the current price of $150-180, or even at the price I purchased them at, I would consider the Citiscape Uptown, M80, MDR-V6, or CAL! before this one.
- It makes me wonder what the HD 25 Aluminum sounds like in comparison.
Like any can, it's all about preferences and I'm sure someone could really enjoy these. I'm just having a hard time understanding how when it seems like there are other great performers out there that could cost considerably less. Even if I did enjoy them, I have a feeling these are going to end up in the For Sale section soon as I already have other cans that perform the function of these.
Is there something I'm missing? Thoughts?
Regarding your impressions, yes they are a bit bass forward and punchy in the lows with less texture than you would find in the Momentums, but not as fat or soft. The mids are much more forward and neutral than the Momentums yet the treble can be a bit one note-ish with just a bit of brittleness unlike the less aggressive Momentums. Yet the Momentums do have a bit of crunch in the treble, just in a different spot.
At it's original price I would take the Sony 7520 or Focal Pro over the Amps.
At under $200, I don't know, I think I would have to put the Shure 840s ahead of most at that price point.
I don't think you are missing anything really, the Amps are good... not great. The new Senn HD 26s are quite a bit better and more comfortable but once you get into the $350 range there are lots of good choices this year, just depends on what you like, we all hear differently.