For quite some time, I have used my Sennheiser HD 25-II headphones almost exclusively outdoors. While I love my Bose MIE2i headset (as you can tell by this post), it is not the best choice in a noisy environment. A replacement cable with mic and remote for iPhone seemed like a natural fit for HD 25 the first time I looked around for it. I even e-mailed Sennheiser about it in late 2011. At that time, there wasn’t anything to be found, but when I took up the search again a few weeks ago, I found the Amperior! Instead of offering a replacement cable for HD 25 as I had suggested, they had launched a new product (albeit “based on” the HD 25’s). The price for the”replacement cable” for Amperior is suspiciously high and the lack of official support for HD 25 is even more suspicious. It’s almost as if they want me to think that I have discovered something that they don’t want me to know and that this somehow excuses the ridiculous price. After all, it’s not meant for me, it’s meant for people who buy the Amperior and break it. Yet, I cannot help thinking that selling these spare parts to HD 25 owners will be more lucrative than selling the headphones they are made for. If they fit, that is. So, do they? After a few anxious days of weighing pros and cons, I finally ordered my spare parts from Custom cable. Fitting them on the headphones was dead simple. Have a look at this video if you’re in any doubt.
So, was it worth it? The Amperior cables definitely fit and they sound the same as far as I can tell. I haven’t really tried them out for real yet, but I don’t think I will be disappointed. In the end, it’s an expensive upgrade, but not as expensive as buying the all new Amperior. Sennheiser knows how to maximize their profit, no doubt about that. I guess that’s called a win-win situation.