Sennheiser has come up with the successor to it’s Orpheus high-end headphones. The company says that the new electrostatic headphone system combines the most innovative technology with carefully selected, luxurious materials and highest quality craftsmanship. The high-end headphones will be hand-crafted in Germany from next year onwards and will cost around € 50,000.
“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. It is able to deceive our senses in a completely unique way, creating the perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound,“ said Sennheiser CEO Daniel Sennheiser.
The Orpheus uses an innovative amplifier concept that combines to perfection the advantages of a tube amplifier with those of a transistor amplifier. The company claims that the new Orpheus will offer the ultimate in reproduction precision, exceptional spatiality and a frequency response that extends far beyond the range of human hearing ability. Even the slightest nuances of the music will be audible. A team of Sennheiser experts have been working on the project for almost a decade.
The Orpheus experience has extended to the design of the headphones too. The control elements, crafted from a single piece of brass and then plated with chrome, slowly extend from the marble housing, before the vacuum tubes enclosed in quartz glass bulbs rise from the base and start to glow, once the system is turned on. Finally, a glass cover is raised, allowing the headphones with ear cups finished in genuine leather to be removed.
The company says that each of the more than 6,000 components have been meticulously chosen to ensure an outstanding acoustic performance, the audio specialist used exclusive components such as gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes and platinum-vaporized diaphragms. For example, the marble for the amplifier housing comes from Carrara in Italy and is the same type of marble that Michelangelo used to create his sculptures.
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