Luxury Sennheiser headphones carry the price tag of a luxury car (seriously!)
Audio equipment manufacturer Sennheiser has unveiled the successor to the company’s renowned Orpheus high-end headphones. The updated model of the Orpheus brand offers an “unprecedented audio experience,” Sennheiser explained. The electrostatic headphone system combines innovative technology and “carefully selected, luxurious materials and the highest quality craftsmanship. The high-end headphones will be handcrafted in Germany and come with a price tag befitting of some of the more popular German luxury cars (without the accompanying emissions scandals): €50,000 (about $54,800).
“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,” Sennheiser CEO Daniel Sennheiser said in a statement.
Sennheiser said the new model surpasses “every other headphone system in the world” by offering superior reproduction precision, “exceptional” spatiality, and a frequency response that extends “far beyond the range of human hearing ability. “It is able to deceive our senses in a completely unique way, creating the perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound,” explained Sennheiser.
To develop the technology that made the updated Orpheus model possible, the Sennheiser team spent a decade continuously working “against the limits of what is technically possible,” the company explained. The new headphones use an amplifier concept that combines the advantages of tube amplifier with those of a transistor amplifier.
And the selection of materials used to build the headphones helps to explain that bottom-line number. From genuine leather on the ear cups, to gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes, to platinum-vaporized diaphragms, to marble from Italy for the amplifier housing—each of the materials for the more than 6,000 components was "meticulously chosen."
“Due to its technical superiority, the Orpheus has no need for an exaggerated design,” Oliver Berger, Head of Global Design Management at Sennheiser, said in the statement. “Its beauty lies in its reduction to what is essential.”