Originally Posted by dschen
Hi- Let me know if you have any further insights on these headphones, and whether you are using an amp and/or DAC.
after reading everything I can find on Head-Fi, I'm also left trying to make the decision between the Sennheiser Amperior vs Beyerdynamic DT-1350.
I'm looking for audiophile sound quality while traveling on airplanes (I have an audiophile home speaker setup). Currently, I have my iPod hooked up to IEMs for travel, but would like to upgrade. Possibilities include either the Amperiors or DT-1350s hooked up to my iPod vs going with either headphones with a portable headphone amp or DAC/headphone amp. If I can get great sound out of just one of the mentioned headphones, I'd certainly prefer to not add the complexity of another powered device.
I enjoy a broad array of music, from Rock, Acoustic rock to modern folk music... with some electronic/dance/pop thrown in.
Any advice would be appreciated!
I just ordered the Amperior today after spending about two hours with them at the Apple store. Amazing for such a small portable headphone! I also spent some time with the DT-1350 and Momentum at other shops. No comparison really, the Amperior were far superior. Very natural and nicely balanced. Detail and clarity were first class. I couldn't find any music in my collection that could trip them up. The DT-1350 sounded very thin, congested and ocassionally a bit nasally in the vocals. Their whole presentation felt "closed in", if that makes any sense. Clarity and detail was very good though. The Momentum was a little better than the DT-1350, but suffers from the usual "over emphasized" bass that seems to plague most phones these days. As a result, most of the mid and treble range sounds somewhat veiled to me. Not nearly as veiled as the majority of phones, but still veiled nonetheless. The Amperior was by far the most comfortable as well, at least for me anyway.
Funny enough, out of all the portable headphones that I listened to in the last few days, some 10 or so, the only other unit that really impressed me a lot was the HD 25-1 ii. I ultimately preferred the Amperior for the slightly warmer presentation and less fatiguing treble.
Btw, both of these headphones will sound great straight out of your iPod. I did all of my testing with lossless FLAC files out of my Galaxy Note 2. That being said, the Note 2 does come with a very good Wolfson DAC inside, which I'm sure makes a significant difference.