Back in 1991 Sennheiser created what they called “The best headphones in the world”. A bold statement. They called them Orpheus. A fitting name, to say the least. Now, today, in 2016, they’ve done it again. Sennheiser has reshaped excellence with the introduction of the brand new Sennheiser HE1. The German brand combined sound and timeless beauty. The Sennheiser HE1 is equipped with unique features and state-of-the-art technology that transforms music from something you listen to, into something you live in. Let’s find out more.
Have you ever seen such beautiful headphones? Watch the Sennheiser HE1 gradually come to life with a touch, allowing a momentary pause to let the tubes of its amplifier reach the optimum temperature. Then put them on and travel into pure sound. To places you’ve never been. Places hidden in your music. On vinyl. On CDs. In high-res data files. Sennheiser HE 1 takes you there. With a audio range from 8 Hz to more than 100 kHz, and the lowest distortion ever measured in a sound reproduction system: 0.01% at 1 kHz, 100 dB SPL.
Design and materials
The Sennheiser HE 1 is the first electrostatic headphone with a Cool Class A MOS-FET high voltage amplifier integrated into the ear cups. Eliminating the capacitive reactance of the cable, delivering an ultra-high impulse fidelity 200% more efficient than any other solution currently available. Outstanding electrical and acoustical performance is ensured through gold-vaporized ceramic transducers, while 99.9 % silver-plated OFC cables are used for optimal conductivity.
The state-of-the-art tube amplifier delivers ultra-high impulse fidelity at an ultra-low distortion level. For digital to analogue conversion, the amplifier can receive digital signals via optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs or USB input. it also accepts high-resolution PCM and DSD data. Music data is converted to analogue signals using the 8 internal DACs of the ESS SABRE ES9018. Four channels in parallel are used for each stereo side to enhance accuracy and decrease distortion and noise level.
This is music turned into an object.
Visit the Orpheus webpage by Sennheiser.