The Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones (see our review here) have been lauded for their superior construction and sound by everyone from DJs to busy travelers looking for a well sealed, exceptional sounding headphone. Ask me to recommend a pair of headphones that can take the beating while keeping out the sound of the subway and the answer would be the HD-25-1 II headphones.
Now, the German headphone maker has upped their HD-25 series with the release of the new Sennheiser Amperior, a headphone clearly modeled on the former with some strong upgrades in both design and sound.
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The cups on the Sennheiser Amperior headphones are the first sign of change: milled from solid aluminum, the earcups are a drastic upgrade to the plastic cups found in the HD-25 line. While they add just a touch of weight, they not only look impressive but help control the sound within the Amperior drivers.
Highs and especially bass are now much more controlled in the soundstage (fans of the booming HD-25 bass sound will not be disapointed when upgrading – we promise). Where the highs would occasionally be especially bright when listening to electronic or rock music, they are now less fatiguing and more in balance with the overall sound.
The rotatable earcups remain a great feature on the Sennheiser Amperior headphone as does the expandable headband.
One of the biggest additions the Sennheiser Amperior headphones bring to the HD-25 range is the additions of a mic/volume controller on the cable making it perfect for portable and mobile use. While some hi-fi nerds will be annoyed that the controller is built in and not removable, the day to day wearer using these cans on the road with their phones will appreciate the addition.
Should you upgrade to the Sennheiser Amperior if you are a current owner of the Sennheiser HD-25-1 II? Those looking for a touch upgrade and new users looking for one of the very best sealed, closed, and highly portable headphones on the market will be happy with the Amperior, though the Aluminium cups do come at a premium – $350. Also available in blue Aluminum.
The Sennhesier HD-25-1 II at $199 is still offers a damn good return in sound for your money.