Sennheiser HD 700 and Amperior headphones at a glance

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Sennheiser presented two of its newest offering to the local audiophile industry. The HD 700, which seats between their flagship product, HD 800, and their HD 650 headphone. They also showcased their newest ‘phone based on the HD 25, the Sennheiser Amperior.

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I was able to audition these phones, but given that these are high-end headphones, the measly power of the iPod touch wasn’t able to bring these phones justice. You seriously need a good amplifier to bring out the colors that these headphones can bring.

Sennheiser Amperior

At first glance, it pretty much looks the same as the HD 25. Again, the iPod touch and I’m guessing a low bitrate MP3 is being used because when I tested these cans, they weren’t just what I’m looking for in a Senny. I’ve had my Sennheiser HD228 for 3 years now and an HD201 before that so I’m familiar with Senny’s signature sound. I’ll get into more detail if I have a review unit in hand.

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One key feature of the Amperior is that Sennheiser put in mind those who use their iPhones as their music player. The Amperior is equipped with a microphone that is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and the iPod.

These headphones can cope with high SPLs or sound pressure level and still offer professional-level sound quality, Sennheiser designed the Amperior with DJs in mind.

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The drivers can reproduce a frequency from 16 to 22,000 Hertz. The closed-back design prevents music from leaking into the outside world and it also keeps background noise in check. As always, Sennheiser put comfort as a priority, as these phones are lightweight and can be used by people on the go. For people who love to use Apple products, Sennheiser also offers an additional cable with smart remote included. It enables the user to control Apple products directly.

“The Amperior offers everything you need for a unique sound experience when you’re out and about. It’s the perfect combination of sound, style and functionality without compromises,” – Steven Ang, Product Manager

Sennheiser Amperior Tech Specs:

  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, Closed
  • Ear coupling: Supra Aural
  • Freq. Response: 16 – 22,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 18 ohms
  • Max. SPL: 120 dB (1kHz)
  • Weight: approx. 190g
  • Cable length: 1.2m headphone cable and 0.9m additional detachable cable
  • Pricing and availability: TBA

Sennheiser HD 700

3 years after the conception of the Sennheiser HD 800, its little brother, the HD 700, comes along. It’s designed to be the option if you’re torn between the HD 800 and the HD 650. It borrows some elements from the HD 800 and both have that futuristic serious audio peripheral look.

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It’s designed that way for a reason. The earcups’ design is to direct sound waves at a perfect angle from the driver to the listener’s eardrum. Heavy research and development came into these phones’ design and it’s reflected on the price. The earcups are open-ended for a much wider soundstage at the expense of leaking sound, but hey! Who cares? You’re wearing HD 700s!

It sports a 40mm Duofol transducer which produces and guarantees detailed, lifelike audio from 10 hz to 42,000 hz, twice that of a normal headphone.

The HD 700 delivers the best audio listening experience by eliminating even the smallest vibration in the structure of the headphone. The transducer is mounted in a specially designed high-precision gauze made of stainless steel to guarantee a precise control of the diaphragm motion and lowering harmonic distortion.

Sennheiser HD 700 Tech Specs:

  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, Open
  • Ear coupling: Circumaural
  • Freq. Response: 10 – 42,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Max. SPL: 105 dB (1kHz)
  • Weight: approx. 270g
  • Cable length: 3m headphone cable (6.3mm jack plug)
  • Pricing and availability: Php49,000 – July 2012

6 Comments

  1. Edsar /

    49K? O_O

    • Andrei Lim /

      Audiophile gears really go as high as the hundreds. But there’s a point of diminishing returns as always. Think of it as luxury cars which can get you from Point A to Point B the same way an economy car can. The HD 700 is the little brother of the HD800 which costs 75k.

  2. Griswold /

    Ditto! My goodness 49k? it sure doesn’t look like it but i guess you will hear the price when you use it

    • Andrei Lim /

      Oh yes. And you also need to have a very good system to drive these babies.

  3. I was able to audition the Amperior when a friend of mine who bought it overseas lend me a copy for a week.

    Just like any other high-end headphones, it sounds good and even when played through a portable device (surprisingly). The only downside for me is its strong clamping force w/c is understandable since its a DJ headphone. But then when you use it on travel, the clamping force sorts of become an issue.

    Excuse my ignorance but what’s the event above called? And when was it held? (* scratches head and starts researching more about local audio related events)

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