The Sennheiser Amperior headphones offer great sound quality and a comfortable fit that will please most music fans. Those on the hunt for skull-collapsing bass should keep looking however. That's the short version at least -- read on for all the gory details on these on-ear cans.
I was initially very wary when I set eyes on the superbly named Sennheiser Amperior headphones, because they look just like the, which offered decent sound quality but were about as comfortable to wear as sticking your head in a bear trap.
Thankfully the Amperiors are considerably less troubling and much more easy on the ears. The cushioned pads rest on your lugs without pinching uncomfortably, and I found these headphones were still comfortable to wear even after several hours. The headband splits open, which makes the Amperiors feel more secure on your head -- I was able to indulge in a fair bit of enthusiastic head-bopping without these cans slipping off.
You might find your ears getting a little uncomfortable in balmy summer months, but generally speaking I was able to ignore the presence of the headphones themselves and focus on the music, which is the most important thing.
Unfortunately the build quality of these cans leaves something to be desired. The Amperiors don't feel as plasticky and cheap as their aforementioned brethren, but there are some elements of the design that don't inspire much confidence -- the plastic hinges for example, and the separating headband that looks like it could easily chomp through the cabling that's threaded along its length.
To sum up, build quality isn't as premium as I'd expect for a pair of headphones that cost £260, but I can't fault the comfort factor here.
Sound quality and isolation
Sound quality on offer is excellent. Listening to The Wombats' Kill the Director I was impressed at the clarity of the frenetic hi-hats and cymbal hits, and in the mid-tones, the guitar sounded crunchy without getting lost in the mix.
Vocals come through sounding very sharp, and it's possible to pick up a lot of detail on tracks like Incubus' Are you In. In contrast to the high-end clarity however, the bass quality isn't particularly thumpin', with the track's usually ear-thrumming bassline failing to rattle any bones loose.