Nov 04, 2015
Sennheiser Made The Best Headphones In History That You Can’t Afford

We all want to own headphones with the best sound quality imaginable, and now you can… for only $55,000.

In 1990, German company Sennheiser set out to make the best headphones in the world. The result was an audiophile’s dream–the legendary Orpheus HE90, which cost $16,000 a pair. Only 300 pairs currently exist today, and they typically fetch over $30,000 on eBay. 25 years later, Sennheiser has created a successor, and the new Orpheus is the most expensive pair of headphones in the world.

In development for over a decade, the new, hand-crafted headphones have been built using over 6,000 components, including gold-vaporized ceramic electrodes, platinum-vaporized diaphragms, and Italian Carrara marble. The headphones are electrostatic, meaning they work by a static electric charge on a thin film that sits between two metal plates. Audio signal voltages cause the film, which weighs less than the air around it, to move back and forth, producing sound. As a result of the film’s light weight, it doesn’t produce its own sounds, leading to incredible clarity.

“It is able to deceive our senses in a completely unique way, creating the perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound,” Daniel Sennheiser, Sennheiser CEO, said in a press release.

No, these are not exactly headphones to take outside to test your new iPhone 6.

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