Sennheiser Orpheus HE90 headphones ears-on
This yr at CES — as all the time — there’s been waves and waves of latest know-how. Not the whole lot of curiosity is all the time white scorching, although. We’re speaking concerning the above pair of headphones — the Orpheus HE90 from Sennheiser. These within the know can be considerably acquainted with these headphones, as they made their preliminary debut in 1991. Yeah, 1991. The restricted run of 300 pairs has secured these unique cans a particular place in audio folklore. The electrostatic headphones mixed with a companion all-valve amp are what many contemplate to be a reference level in hello-fi. As a small instance, most shopper headphones supply a frequency response someplace within the area of 60 – 20,000 Hz. The Orpheus supply from 7 – one hundred,000 — we’re guessing even some bats might wrestle to listen to frequencies that prime. In fact, audio cannot really be measured in pure numbers and specs. There’s some intelligent customized know-how, resembling the twin-electrodes the HE90 have between the diaphragm that’s the cornerstone of the push-pull precept, that go an extended solution to serving to these cans use to supply their sound.
And what about that sound? Nicely, we have been fortunate sufficient to get some high quality time with them, and what can we are saying. The very first thing that hits you is the readability. Shiny, plucky, mild audio dances its method from the massive and cozy ear-cups. In truth, this stuff are so snug that you possibly can put on them for lengthy, lengthy durations of time and we might wager you stay snug, with none ear fatigue. The construct is fantastic, and the leather-based cushions on the cups modifications to a material materials on the half that rests in your pores and skin. The dimensions of the ear-cups can also be a significant factor within the general luxurious of the Orpheus, and the ovular design means your ears sit snuggly inside, whereas they dish out the scrumptious audio. We might usually inform you about worth and availability at this level, however within the case of the HE 90s, it’s kind of of a misnomer. These have been priced within the double-hundreds of dollars at launch, and with solely 300 pairs produced, that worth could have elevated considerably over time. If you’ll find some although, even when it is at a commerce present, we advocate you’re taking the chance to have a pay attention.%Gallery-175618%
Billy Steele contributed to this report.