Sennheiser Or­pheus

Sound + Image - - First Decade -

The Sennheiser Or­pheus was re­leased as a lim­ited edi­tion of 300, per­haps be­cause at the time no-one could be­lieve the US$16,000 pric­ing, even given its own stun­ning valve am­pli­fi­ca­tion. But it be­came a land­mark prod­uct that was still wow­ing crowds at events right up to the re­lease of its suc­ces­sor, the HE 1 (of­ten but er­ro­neously also called the Or­pheus), which some lucky vis­i­tors to the re­cent Aus­tralian Hi-Fi & AV Show got to au­di­tion. Al­though both the Or­pheus and its suc­ces­sor have en­cour­aged oth­ers to pro­duce sim­i­larly strato­spher­i­cally-priced head­phone sys­tems, we ap­plaud Sennheiser for reach­ing high and de­liv­er­ing the pin­na­cle in its prod­uct cat­e­gory. Our Ul­ti­mate 30 was al­ways go­ing to in­clude the mag­nif­i­cent Or­pheus head­phones.

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