The Amperiors have a very aggressive sound signature. Don’t expect too much of a soundstage out of these puppies however. What is Soundstage? If you’re looking for a laid back listening experience, the Amperiors won’t do.
They do have a punchy, clear, and accurate sound however. It’s definitely a fun listening experience. There’s a live flavor to these puppies for certain. However, it isn’t a bass heads can. It still does well with bass heavy music however because the low end is so tight.
Slayer. As mentioned, they have a nice speed, and can handle fast music and bass notes very well.
Female Vocals. Be aware that some vocalists in general may sound a bit overbearing at times.
They are a jack of all trades type of headphone.
The important thing to remember is burn in time. At first listen the mid-bass hump may sound a bit artificial, but over time the headphones really open up and start to sound marvelous.
They are also quite fast, and keep up with faster genres admirably.
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The headphone cable for the Amperiors come in a two piece set up with a dongle attachment, which can receive one of two included 3.5mm cables. One of those is a 1.2 meter cable with L-jack at the end and the other is a 1 meter cable with straight connection and control button.
They do not fold up.
They do not come with a carrying case.
Because it’s designed to be used with Apple devices, some of the features may not work for you if you don’t have an Apple device. The play previous song button is one of them. It’s also hard to discern the buttons from one another.
All parts on the Amperiors are replaceable.
Good noise isolation and minimal sound leak.
The ear piece housing is made of aluminum rather than plastic. When sound radiates off of the diaphragm inside the driver, some of it will hit the rear of the diaphragm and subsequently the back wall of the housing where some of the energy is stored. If the housing is made of plastic, there is a greater chance for the sound you hear to become slightly muddy. With the stiffer aluminum housing this won’t happen because it won’t store as much energy. This means less noise.
The mini-plug (3.5mm) will not plug into a jack with an Otter Box Defender Case.
The better the source, the better these will sound.
While the mid-range is pretty accurate, many were saying that it is a bit recessed because of how good the bass and treble are. A 2-3 dB bump would be most ideal.
If you’re hyper sensitive to treble, the Amperiors may not be your best bet.
“The Amperiors are so good they make you wanna slap yo momma.” -Amazon reviewer
In your face sound. Perhaps the tightest and quickest bass response around. Mid-bass hump does color the sound in a fun way, but may detract from the mid-range. Don’t expect a big soundstage.
Similarities & Differences
Both are very portable.
The Amperiors sound is more closed off than the Momentum. With the Momentum’s you will get a more spacious soundscape. The Amperiors soundstage is much more narrow.
The Amperiors are Supra-aural (on-ear), while the Momentum’s are Circumaural (around the ear).
Being that the Momentum’s are around the ear, they will seal better than the Amperiors.
The Momentum’s as far as bass quantity have more than the Amperiors. As far as clarity, tightness, and overall quality, the Amperior wins easily. They are much more detailed.
As far as the mid-range, the Momentum’s are more natural than the Amperiors. They produce vocals much better. The Amperiors mid-range is more aggressive and forward however.
The Amperiors are much brighter in the top end than the Momentum’s. The Momentum’s have a more laid back and relaxed treble.
The Soundstage on the Momentum’s is bigger than that of the Amperior. It’s more expansive and realistic.
The Momentum’s overall are more laid back and smoother than the Amperior’s aggressive quality.
The overall design of the Amperiors is marketed towards DJ’s, while the Momentums are for the casual listener on the go.
The Amperiors ear-cups are made of velour while the Momentums are comprised of genuine leather.
Even though the Amperiors are now discontinued, I would try to snag a pair if you’re digging the type of sound they provide. So many people gushed over the ridiculously accurate and tight bass response, as well as their aggressive and fun character.
The Momentum 2.0’s are your best bet when it comes to deciding which headphone is best. There are 5 versions of the Momentum:
Momentum (original, over-ear):
Momentum 2.0 (upgraded, due to ear-cup complaint. There are models for both Apple and Samsung devices).
Momentum 2.0 (on-ear version)
Momentum 2.0 (wireless, over-ear version)
Momentum 2.0 (wireless, on-ear version)
Today I compared the Amperior to models 1 & 2 mostly, with some of 3. Out of these I would definitely recommend the Momentum 2.0’s Over ear version. They are the most solid, and seem to received the most positive feedback. I would not even bother with the originals.
It really depends on the type of sound you’re going for.
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.