Sennheiser HE 1
Please tell me you’ve made a mistake by adding a couple of zeroes in the price.
Hey! We’ll have you know that we read each and every word before going to print! And to clear your doubt, no it’s not a typo. The HE 1 is the successor of Orpheus that Sennheiser released back in 1991. Yes, it is really priced at 45 lakh rupees!
OMG! I literally have no words.
That’s a first. But you’re paying for the finest of everything. To be more specific, it’s the choice of luxurious materials coupled with sound engineering and quality craftsmanship that makes this headphone so special. For instance, its amplifier is housed in a glass and a solid block of Carrara marble. That’s right — marble. Apparently, it’s the same one that Michelangelo used, but from HE 1’s perspective, it also prevents structure-borne noise. The control dials are also crafted from a single piece of brass before the chrome plating treatment.
It must be something to experience this.
Indeed, it is and is nothing short of awe. The showmanship starts even before you start listening on the HE 1. The system has all the components retracted and a gentle push to the power button brings the HE 1 to life. The control buttons slowly extend from the marble housing, the vacuum tubes enclosed in quartz glass bulbs rise from the base and start to glow and finally, a glass cover is raised, allowing the user to take out the headphones.
The electrostatic headphones have built-in high-voltage amplifiers and use gold-vaporised ceramic transducers for improved acoustic performance and feature 99.9 per cent silver-plated copper cables so that there is no loss in audio quality. Moreover, eight internal ESS DACs help to convert to analogue signals.
This may seem futile to ask, but just from a general knowledge perspective, how can one purchase it?
As if it would be available just about anywhere.
It is made to order and Sennheiser gives few customisation options for the buyer to choose from, like the colour of the marble, dials, etc.
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Quite a sight to see these tubes come to life