Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Sennheiser Amperior Impressions Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Sennheiser Amperior Impressions Thread - Page 54

post #796 of 810

Recently acquired the Amperior. I had hoped that it would increase my portable options—give a livelier, more forward sound than my go-to Momentum, which has a more laid-back signature. I got what I paid for. The problem is that I also got headphone that goes toe-to-toe with every other headphone I own, including the LCD-2F.

 

On the one hand, I'm seriously impressed by the Amperior and overjoyed that I got them. On the other hand, I can't help but feel like I should've gone with them at the beginning. I wonder where I would be right now - hifi-wise - if the Amperior were the ground level. In any event, they're making me rethink my approach to hifi. Glad to be a part of the club!


Edited by Schopenhauer - 10/19/14 at 9:36pm
post #797 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
 

Recently acquired the Amperior. I had hoped that it would increase my portable options—give a livelier, more forward sound than my go-to Momentum, which has a more laid-back signature. I got what I paid for. The problem is that I also got headphone that goes toe-to-toe with every other headphone I own, including the LCD-2F.

 

On the one hand, I'm seriously impressed by the Amperior and overjoyed that I got them. On the other hand, I can't help but feel like I should've gone with them at the beginning. I wonder where I would be right now - hifi-wise - if the Amperior were the ground level. In any event, they're making me rethink my approach to hifi. Glad to be a part of the club!


Indeed it is a great headphone. I enjoy the Amperior a lot. A real portable workhorse with a punchy and engaging sound. At the moment i am considering finding a replacement for my Amperiors when they wear out. Just to be sure to have a second pair once they are impossible to get. 

post #798 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
 

Recently acquired the Amperior. I had hoped that it would increase my portable options—give a livelier, more forward sound than my go-to Momentum, which has a more laid-back signature. I got what I paid for. The problem is that I also got headphone that goes toe-to-toe with every other headphone I own, including the LCD-2F.

 

On the one hand, I'm seriously impressed by the Amperior and overjoyed that I got them. On the other hand, I can't help but feel like I should've gone with them at the beginning. I wonder where I would be right now - hifi-wise - if the Amperior were the ground level. In any event, they're making me rethink my approach to hifi. Glad to be a part of the club!

I tend to concur with your thinking on the merits of good mid price level headphones when run off very good portable sources.  I too think it makes little sense to spend 2-4X what the Amperiors cost with most higher end portable sources.  I do not think you get large gains by going way up in price on more expensive cans.  Yes, you do get some benefits, but to me they are hard to justify the much higher costs.

 

Now, when you put a very good computer or music server based front end coupled with a great home or studio type dac, then I certainly feel the more expensive cans earn their price.

post #799 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post
 


Indeed it is a great headphone. I enjoy the Amperior a lot. A real portable workhorse with a punchy and engaging sound. At the moment i am considering finding a replacement for my Amperiors when they wear out. Just to be sure to have a second pair once they are impossible to get. 

a great replacement for the Amperiors, when ready, is the Sennheiser HD-26 Pro, similar to the Amps yet more comfy and better sound.  And current.

post #800 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post
 


Indeed it is a great headphone. I enjoy the Amperior a lot. A real portable workhorse with a punchy and engaging sound. At the moment i am considering finding a replacement for my Amperiors when they wear out. Just to be sure to have a second pair once they are impossible to get. 

So far, I've no experience of–what would be for me–a clear replacement/competitor. And the Momentum seems left in the dust. I've heard excellent things about beyer's DT1350 and am hoping to have a listen soon. Sadly, the vendor from which I bought the Amperior raised their price (for the Amperior) 150USD right after I ordered the initial pair. Have you any experience with amping the Amperior, especially portably? I think it's run beautifully out of my htc one, but have found it to work well with the Pan Am. 

Quote:
Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

a great replacement for the Amperiors, when ready, is the Sennheiser HD-26 Pro, similar to the Amps yet more comfy and better sound.  And current.

How does the HD 26 Pro respond to amplification? It's 100ohm impedance makes me think it might scale with an increase in voltage. 


Edited by Schopenhauer - 10/20/14 at 3:10pm
post #801 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

a great replacement for the Amperiors, when ready, is the Sennheiser HD-26 Pro, similar to the Amps yet more comfy and better sound.  And current.


I have to try the HD-26 Pro then. But it will probably be more expensive than old Amperiors. Thanks for the recommendation. :-)

post #802 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
 

So far, I've no experience of–what would be for me–a clear replacement/competitor. And the Momentum seems left in the dust. I've heard excellent things about beyer's DT1350 and am hoping to have a listen soon. Sadly, the vendor from which I bought the Amperior raised their price (for the Amperior) 150USD right after I ordered the initial pair. Have you any experience with amping the Amperior, especially portably? I think it's run beautifully out of my htc one, but have found it to work well with the Pan Am. 

How does the HD 26 Pro respond to amplification? It's 100ohm impedance makes me think it might scale with an increase in voltage. 


Some like the DT-1350 better. I found that for the kind of music I listen to the Emperors just sound more engaging to me. I used to have the DT-1350 and sold them some time after I got the Emperors. I kind of miss the looks of the Beyerdynamics though so I might find another pair of DT-1350 again some day. To my ears the Amperiors sound more open and airy than the DT-1350. For some genres the Amperiors can't keep the pace and it can sound a bit "messy" but always a more fun and engaging sound. The DT-1350 are more correctly and balanced. Both are great headphones. The Amperior just got more listening time for me when I had both of them at hand. 

post #803 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
 

So far, I've no experience of–what would be for me–a clear replacement/competitor. And the Momentum seems left in the dust. I've heard excellent things about beyer's DT1350 and am hoping to have a listen soon. Sadly, the vendor from which I bought the Amperior raised their price (for the Amperior) 150USD right after I ordered the initial pair. Have you any experience with amping the Amperior, especially portably? I think it's run beautifully out of my htc one, but have found it to work well with the Pan Am. 

How does the HD 26 Pro respond to amplification? It's 100ohm impedance makes me think it might scale with an increase in voltage. 

I did not have a chance to use the HD26 with amplification for any length of time.  They did sound great out of an ipod and with a small amp.

post #804 of 810

Welp, the left side on my Amperiors stopped working after about 5 months of owning them. They were still covered under the warranty that the store I bought them at provides, but since they're discontinued they can't be outsourced to be repaired. I'm stuck with the decision of either taking them back and trying to repair them or getting $180 in store credit and try to pick out a new pair of cans. Kinda sucks since I really bonded with the Amps over the time that I had them.


I'm weighing my options and here's a few ideas I'm kicking around:

Trying to open up the driver and praying that it's just gunk messing with the connector
I can try getting a HD25-1 ii driver to replace it.
An aluminum driver to replace it (once they're available)

"Upgrade" and use the store credit to get a "better" set of cans
Buy a completely different set of cans.

Do you guys know of any headphones that sound similar to the Amperiors, other than the Aluminums?


 

post #805 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by DGeneral View Post
 

Welp, the left side on my Amperiors stopped working after about 5 months of owning them. They were still covered under the warranty that the store I bought them at provides, but since they're discontinued they can't be outsourced to be repaired. I'm stuck with the decision of either taking them back and trying to repair them or getting $180 in store credit and try to pick out a new pair of cans. Kinda sucks since I really bonded with the Amps over the time that I had them.


I'm weighing my options and here's a few ideas I'm kicking around:

Trying to open up the driver and praying that it's just gunk messing with the connector
I can try getting a HD25-1 ii driver to replace it.
An aluminum driver to replace it (once they're available)

"Upgrade" and use the store credit to get a "better" set of cans
Buy a completely different set of cans.

Do you guys know of any headphones that sound similar to the Amperiors, other than the Aluminums?


 

The Amperior driver is more efficient than the HD25 driver, so I think that would be a no go. 

post #806 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by DGeneral View Post
 

Welp, the left side on my Amperiors stopped working after about 5 months of owning them. They were still covered under the warranty that the store I bought them at provides, but since they're discontinued they can't be outsourced to be repaired. I'm stuck with the decision of either taking them back and trying to repair them or getting $180 in store credit and try to pick out a new pair of cans. Kinda sucks since I really bonded with the Amps over the time that I had them.


I'm weighing my options and here's a few ideas I'm kicking around:

Trying to open up the driver and praying that it's just gunk messing with the connector
I can try getting a HD25-1 ii driver to replace it.
An aluminum driver to replace it (once they're available)

"Upgrade" and use the store credit to get a "better" set of cans
Buy a completely different set of cans.

Do you guys know of any headphones that sound similar to the Amperiors, other than the Aluminums?


 

Welp, sounds like you bought your Amperiors from an unauthorized dealer.  Any reputable AUTHORIZED dealer would help you get in touch with Sennheiser and the repair would be covered under warranty.

 

If the "store" is authorized and you have the receipt, I am sure Sennheiser will make it right.  If the "store" is not,  then I think they are being pretty generous in offering you a $180 credit.  Problem is what do they have to offer you for your broken Amps.

post #807 of 810

Thanks for the tips.

In the email they said that since the item is discontinued the manufacturer doesn't have spare parts to rectify the situation. However they did supply me with a number for a "product specialist" that I'll end up calling tomorrow and see what's going on. Worst case scenario after talking to them is that I'll get in contact with Senneheiser myself and see if they can help since I do have a receipt from the time I originally purchased my amperiors. Hopefully all goes well, I really bonded with the Amperiors over the brief time I've had them.

post #808 of 810

I still can't find a replacement for my beloved Amperiors, it's been a year since I bought them and have enjoyed every single ride on the train/subway with them. Since I commute almost every week day I gotta say they excel at passive isolation, they also pair incredibly well with my HTC One (M7). I've tried other DAPs but nothing has come close.

post #809 of 810
Quote:
Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

I did not have a chance to use the HD26 with amplification for any length of time.  They did sound great out of an ipod and with a small amp.

Otherwise, are there discernible differences between the Amperior and the HD26? E.g., big picture, do they have different signatures? I seem to recall reading/hearing someone claim the HD26 has the same drive as the HD25.

post #810 of 810

I ended up going with the store credit. I'll be on the hunt for something to take the place of my beloved Amperiors. I'm not sure if I want something that was similar to them or if I want to go with a different sound signature. Part of me thinks I should move on and go for something different and the other part of me wants to try to find something similar to how the Amps sounded.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Sennheiser Amperior Impressions Thread