Crazy right? A pair of headphones that will cost you more than your car ever will–well, for most people at least. Sennheiser’s upcoming Orpheus headphones are an updated release of their 1991 pair known as the HE90’s. Sennheiser is touting that the new Orpheus model will be the “best headphone system in the world”, and it comes with its very own amp and a $55,000 price tag.
The new muffs feature the electrostatic (just as their predecessor) approach to sound and very finely detailed design that allows them to deliver a precise range of sound. The wires are oxygen-free copper and cups are made from genuine German leather for solid comfort.
The accompanying external amplifier, made of Carrara marble, features ESS SABRE ES9018 DAC processors and combines what they believe to be the best tube and transistor amplifiers. The distortion level is 0.01 percent at 100 dB (SPL — sound pressure level), providing crisp quiet sound.
The amp features motorized controls that quietly reveal themselves when it is turned on. Inside there is 8 DACs total, it offers a sampling rate of up to 384 kHz (far beyond anything the like CDs or MP3s). The frequency response goes far beyond human hearing (and then some).
These headphones are truly built for someone looking for the most accurate sound. Or so they seem at least. The most definitely are for someone with extremely large pockets that aren’t affected by the weight of money. Hopefully, we will see more and maybe even have a chance to listen at CES next year so that we can bring you a personalized opinion with better detail.
They won’t be available until next year, so if you are willing to spend this kind of money, sadly you will have to wait. The price tag should fall just below the $55,000 mark (€ 50,000).
Update: Available here on Sennheiser’s website.