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Sennheiser Revamps the World's Best and Most Expensive Headphones

by Shanika Jhunjhunwala November 06, 2015 2 min read


Sennheiser is famous for its durable and high quality design of stage or any audio equipment. Some of the popular products offered by Sennheiser are noise cancelling headphones perfect for busy places and the wireless audio systems for lectures or even for professionals performing on stage.

Sennheiser's vision has always been building high-end headphones which sound so brilliant that you feel like you are in a concert hall; creating acoustics that surpass anything that has been heard before. In 1990, Sennheiser took the audio world by storm with the launch of the Orpheus, which was regarded as the Best Headphone in the World till date.

Recently, after 25 years, the successor of the Orpheus was launched. Sennheiser CEO Daniel Sennheiser said: “With the new Orpheus, we once again push the boundaries and show that we can repeatedly set new benchmarks in excellence and with that shape the future of the audio world.”

He further explained, “It is able to deceive our senses in a completely unique way, creating the perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound.”

The new Orpheus headphones, like the predecessor are electrostatic and work by placing a static electric charge on a thin film that sits between two metal plates. They do come with a few serious performance upgrades, including a Class A MOS-FET amplifier that is integrated straight into the ear cups; and as many as eight digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an incredible sampling rate of 384kHz. Each of the amplifier's controls are created using a single piece of brass, and once you turn the headphones on, the quartz glass vacuum tubes rise up from the marble enclosure and emit their characteristic glow. The headphones use high-quality German leather and a micro-fiber fabric in their construction, to reduce any loss or distortion by lengthy cables

The selection of all materials consequently supports the acoustic excellence of this milestone product. Each of the more than 6,000 components was meticulously chosen. To ensure an outstanding acoustic performance, the audio specialist used exclusive components such as gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes and platinum-vaporized diaphragms.

The frequency response of this entire system extends far beyond the range of human hearing ability, which is 20Hz and 20kHz, stretches from 8Hz to "more than" 100KHz.

At this point, you might be wondering about the price of these pair of headphones. They come with a price tag of approximately $55,000, making them the most expensive headphones in the world. Sennheiser is expected to start shipping these by mid 2016.

Shanika Jhunjhunwala
Shanika Jhunjhunwala

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