When it comes to headphones, Sennheiser is one of the most popular and trusted brands in the world. After rocking the world with its iconic Orpheus HE90 headphones back in 1991 that cost $16,000 (Rs 10,30,000 approx), the German tech company is back with a new headphone system that will blow your mind– literally! Sennheiser is bringing its limited edition HE 1 headphones to India and it costs a whopping Rs 45,00,000 (that’s right, it costs more than several BMW car models in India).
So what’s so special about Sennheiser HE 1 headphones?
Cost is not the only interesting feature that these headphones boast. According to the company, HE headphones have been crafted from glass and the luxurious Carrara marble (the one that Michelangelo used in his famous renaissance sculptures), giving it a classy appeal. Another highlight that these headphones feature an audio range that extends from 8 Hz to 100KHz.
But what make these headphones so special (and pricey) is the technology that has been used to design them.
Sennheiser HE 1 headphones use a tube amplifier, that comes with eight vacuum tubes to process the incoming signal. Since the vacuum tubes are sensitive to noise, the company has designed the amplifier housing from the granular and inhomogeneous Carrara marble. The vacuum tubes are surrounded by high-quality quartz bulbs that not only protect against airborne noise but also help the amplifier to deliver high-quality noise at ultra-low distortion levels.
“Outstanding electrical and acoustical performance is ensured through gold-vaporised ceramic transducers, while 99.9 percent silver-plated OFC cables are used for optimal conductivity,” the company wrote on its website.
Given the given the hefty price tag and the technology that has been used to design them, you better be careful while using them!