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Legendary Headphones: Sennheiser Orpheus

 
Legendary Headphones: Sennheiser Orpheus

In the 71 years that Sennheiser has been putting out exceptional high fidelity equipment, none can compare to the Orpheus HE90 elecrostatic headphone system released in the 1990s. That is, until now. A new Orpheus headset was unveiled last year and it comes with some magnificent upgrades. Turning it on is an actual visual experience, with buttons and tubes slowly emerging from the Carrara marble integrated amplifier. Audio, of course, matches the swanky design. The Orpheus earphone diaphragm is just 2.4 microns thick – lighter than the air around it – which means t produces almost no resonance on its own, and with this level of tonal clarity, you’ll hear parts of your favourite song you never knew existed. In fact, it’s able to produce sounds you literally can’t hear, at a frequency that goes all the way to 6Hz, well past the human hearing range. The marble casing isn’t just for show either, helping to suspend the amp’s eight vacuum tubes so as to eliminate any airbone noise.

Text by Charmain Leong

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio Magazine April 2016