Bryan ClarkFormer Managing Editor, TNW
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In the world of super-premium headphones, Sennheiser’s Orpheus HE90 is in a league of its own.
It was designed 25 years ago, only 300 pairs were made, and they’d set you back $16 thousand. As the hipsters might say, “you’ve probably never heard of them.”
If you’re an audiophile that just couldn’t bear the thought of not having your own pair of HE90s, then you’re in luck. After 10 years in the lab, Sennheiser has released the heir apparent to the beloved HE90, the Orpheus.
They cost $50,000.
Sennheiser’s latest Orpheus isn’t all about luxury; there are some serious performance upgrades as well, such as a Class A MOS-FET amplifier integrated right into the ear cups, a total of eight digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with a sampling rate of 384kHz as opposed to the paltry 44.1 kHz of a CD. The audio range, in case you were wondering, is 8Hz to “more than” 100 kHz
A mere mortal can only hear frequencies that fall in the 20 Hz to 20 kHz range, but any true audiophile can tell you that it certainly makes a difference on vintage Coltrane vinyl. Probably.
If you go swimming in cash ala Scrooge McDuck, then these are definitely worth the money. If not, if you start investing now, factoring in compound interest, carrying the one… eh, you probably still can’t afford them.
After all, according to our own Nate Swanner, they’re really just $50,000 earmuffs that play music anyway, right?
➤ Sennheiser’s new Orpheus headphones cost $50,000 [Engadget]
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