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Sennheiser HE90: The Holy Grail of Headphones

The Sennheiser HE90 Headphones. This is what half my yearly salary sounds like.

Sennheiser HE90

The legendary HE90s. Image courtesy of Wikiphonia.

CES 2013—We love CES because, much like our showroom, it’s a veritable playground for electronics that push the limit of quality and elegance, the results of a manufacturer sparing no expense in crafting the ultimate representation of its brand.

Case in point: the Sennheiser Orpheus HE90 headphones. Released in 1991, the HE90 were the result of Sennheiser challenging its engineers to create the greatest headphones ever, bar none. Every aspect was to be addressed: comfort, construction, and audio quality; a variety of exotic materials and esoteric methods, like the included vacuum-tube amp, were used to achieve that goal. The HE90 quickly became the stuff of legend, and many audiophiles still consider them the apex of headphone quality, offering a sound experience that only an uber-premium, analog set of headphones can. Reproducing an alleged frequency response of 7 to 100,000 Hz, the HE90 will put out sounds normally reserved for ultrasound machines, the Ghost of Michael Clarke Duncan, and blind crimefighter/Man Without Fear, Daredevil (whose movie starred the great Clarke Duncan).

We didn’t get to listen to the HE90’s, but click through the source link to read Engadget’s take on these legendary cans. The HE90 debuted at $16,000 (1991 money) and are, of course, no longer available for retail sale, so you won’t be able to find them at our store. However, if you’d like to use that money to buy a few thousand pair of Sennheiser earbuds, check out our selection here.

Source: Engadget

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