Back in 1991, German audio company Sennheiser introduced the Orpheus HE90 headphones with a hefty price tag of $16,000 and limited availability of 300 units only. Tagged as the world’s best headphones at that time, the electrostatic headphone came with a valve amplifier. Those who missed thier opportunity then, Sennheiser is giving you another chance as the company has released an upgraded and more advanced version of the world’s best headphones. However, the new Sennheiser Orpheus headphones will come with a huge $55,000 price tag, more than three times the original Orpheus.
Offer an unprecedented audio experience, the new high-end headphones will be hand-crafted in Germany from next year onwards. The all-new best headphones in the world were made possible by a team of Sennheiser experts who spent almost a decade continuously working against the limits of what is technically possible. The new Orpheus uses an innovative amplifier concept that combines to perfection the advantages of a tube amplifier with those of a transistor amplifier.
When inactive, the transformable system sits like a beautiful sculpture in your room with all its concealed components. The sculpture comes to life with a gentle push to the on/off-volume control. Every control element crafted from a single piece of brass and then plated with chrome slowly extends from the marble housing. Then the vacuum tubes enclosed in quartz glass bulbs rise from the base and begin to glow. Finally, a glass cover opens to reveal the headphones with ear cups finished in genuine leather.
Made from more than 6,000 meticulously chosen components, the headphones are crafted using leading-edge manufacturing techniques and materials to deliver an outstanding acoustic performance. The exclusive components include gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes and platinum-vaporized diaphragms. 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.
The new Sennheiser HE 1060 Headphone and HEV 1060 Vacuum Tube Amplifier offers an ultra-wide frequency range, from 8Hz to more than 100kHz, more than human hearing abilities. Expected to come in a limited edition of 250 units per year, the $55,000 Sennheiser Orpheus headphones will be available by mid-2016.