Sennheiser HE 1, $59,000 for architecturally perfect headphones sound
The Sennheiser HE 1 is the first electrostatic headphone with a Cool Class A MOS FET high voltage amplifier integrated into the ear cups. Eliminating the capacitive reactance of the cable, delivering an ultra high impulse fidelity more efficient than any other solution currently available. To allow you to immerse in the result of all of this are Sennheiser HE 1's ear cups, precision machined from solid aluminum, featuring handmade ear pads of finest leather and a soft, allergen free velour microfibre construction.
Watch Sennheiser HE 1 gradually come to life with a touch allowing a momentary pause to let the tubes of its amplifier reach the optimum temperature. Then put them on and travel into pure sound. To places you’ve never been. Places hidden in your music. On vinyl. On CDs. Sennheiser HE 1 takes you there. With an audio range from 8 Hz to more than 100 kHz, and the lowest distortion ever measured in a sound reproduction system: 0.01% at 1 kHz, 100 dB SPL.
Sennheiser HE 1’s striking design marries form to function. Its amplifier sits on a housing crafted from glass, and a solid block of Carrara marble. This luxurious natural stone the type made famous by Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculptures lends beauty but also prevents structure borne noise. To create a visually stunning design, control dials are painstakingly crafted to the highest quality. Each dial is milled from a single piece of brass before being plated with chrome. This is music turned into an object
Its vacuum tubes connected to the spring loaded, damped marble housing to prevent structure borne noise and surrounded by high quality quartz bulbs that protect against air borne noise this state of the art amplifier delivers ultra high impulse fidelity at an ultra low distortion level. Sennheiser is a synonym for quality headphones but H1 1 for $59,000 is something on completely another level. ■