At the edge of what’s pos­si­ble

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Sennheiser’s en­gi­neers are hap­pi­est when they’re mak­ing some­thing that should be im­pos­si­ble. Take the €50,000 HE 1 elec­tro­static head­phones – the fol­low-up to 1991’s Or­pheus – which can delve as low as 8Hz and reach to more than 100khz. “We’re at the edge of what’s pos­si­ble,” says Sennheiser’s Port­fo­lio Man­ager Au­dio­phile Axel Grell. “And that’s not only about mea­sure­ment and engi­neer­ing – it’s also about the emo­tion.” Grell con­tin­ues, “The old Or­pheus was very elec­tro­static. Very crisp. But here, we’ve added some­thing ex­tra at the low-end – this is an elec­tro­static head­phone with balls!” Or Sennheiser’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with singer­song­writer Imo­gen Heap, who uses a mo­tion­sens­ing glove as part of her per­for­mance. The com­pany’s en­thu­si­asm for spark­ing emo­tion through in­no­va­tion is tire­less – ex­cel­lent news, then, for artists and for lis­ten­ers…

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