Would You Pay $55,000 For Headphones?

Short answer – hell no.


But Sennheiser knows there are people who look at $55k not as “a really nice car” money but “a spontaneous weekend in Paris” money, and for them, there’s “the best headphones ever made” – the Orpheus.

These cans are not your typical hang-on-a-hook head speakers, but a pair of electrostatic headphones that come with their own specialized amp made of fine marble with tubes that rise out of the base when you turn it on. It would look pretty great on my desk from Ikea next to the pizza boxes that hold up my monitors.

It comes with some cool crap that audiophile dorks care about, including silver-plated oxygen-free copper cables and an ESS Sabre ES9018 chip that uses eight internal DACs with a resolution of 32 bits and a sampling rate of up to 384kHz.

Honestly, I can’t imagine that there’s anything that could make a pair of cans worth that price, but then again, I’ve never listened through them. It could be magical….

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  • I’d still find a way to break them within a week

  • I’ve owned a pair of these for a week now and they’re well worth the price. You little heavy metal plebes wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

    *listens to Pandora*

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