Sennheiser has always been known as a high quality headphone manufacturer, often offering unparalleled sound quality at affordable prices, but their latest endeavor promises a sonic experience that is literally unheard of. After nearly a decade of research, the Orpheus Electrostatic Headphone System gives users access to the latest advances in auditory technology, housed in a lavish Italian marble body (offered in a range of colors). The Orpheus puts into practice a new concept of amplification, combining elements of both the transistor and tube amplifier systems into one system.
From gold-vaporized ceramic electrons to platinum-vaporized diaphragms, no expense was spared in the pursuit of perfection.
To ensure they reached the milestone the company was aiming for, the audio specialists at Sennheiser had to choose over 6,000 different components and conduct rigorous testing to verify that they each met this impossibly high standard. From gold-vaporized ceramic electrons to platinum-vaporized diaphragms, no expense was spared in the pursuit of perfection. The structure of the Orpheus includes both the complicated hardware that offers one such a stunning level of sound quality and a pair of specialty headphones designed from the ground up to match the needs of this system. These over-the ear headphones radiate quality, with as much thought put into their elegance as into their sound. The marble holding the delicate engineering of the system offers barely a glimpse of what’s under the hood, with just four knobs on the front for adjusting levels. When not in use, the headphones stores in a sleek glass covered case, while the amplifier tubes raise and lower like a V8 engine. I wouldn’t be surprised if this resemblance is intentional, as the Orpheus system exerts such an authority of power that once you try it, it’d be hard to go back to a V4 (i.e. a pair of ear buds).