do you dwelve into the depths of
your pocket to experience unparalleled sound quality from a pair of headphones? Well, if you have Rs 45 lakhs lying around, you may consider owning the Sennheiser HE1, the successor to the
legendary Orpheus headphones
. The HE1 is an aural miracle. It combines a unique amplifier concept with meticulously selected materials and superior craftsmanship.
“No other sound reproduction system in the world is able to deceive our senses like the HE 1. It creates the absolutely perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound,” said Daniel Sennheiser, describing the audio experience,” Daniel Sennheiser, Sennheiser CEO said about the audio experience.
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The new HE1 uses a completely new amplifier concept that combines the superior impulse processing of a tube amplifier with the low distortion of a transistor amplifier to perfection. The experience begins even before you start listening. Once the switch is flicked on, the controls at the front extend slowly from the amplifier housing, while the vacuum tubes with their quartz glass bulbs rise from the base and start to glow. Lastly, a glass cover is automatically raised for you to remove the headphones and put it over your head.
At its heart, the amplifier has eight vacuum tubes to process the incoming signal. Vacuum tubes has the advantage of superior impulse processing but also have high sensitivity to air-borne noise. To eliminate this, the HE 1 amp was crafted from granular, homogeneous Carrara marble. It is also freely suspended.
The decoupling of the tubes in combination with the damping properties of the marble has the effect of reducing structure-borne noise to an absolute minimum. tubes themselves also have a high-quality patent-pending enclosure consisting of quartz-glass bulbs that perfectly shield them from their surroundings.
The headphone has a frequency response of 8 hertz to more than 100 kilohertz ensuring that in an audible range, the sound is virtually free of distortion.
“To craft a successor to the legendary Orpheus as a reference product for the industry itself, Sennheiser worked tirelessly on innovative technical solutions, consistently putting previously used acoustics approaches to the test and exploiting every conceivable possibility when it came to selecting the optimum materials. For almost a decade, a core team of developers, engineers and designers dedicated themselves to producing a successor, and they have now created a headphone system that is beyond comparison. We are very proud of this exceptional product for the benchmark for the Indian market. The HE 1 stands for the innovative capabilities of our company and the joint commitment of our workforce to the pursuit of perfect sound,” Dr Andreas Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser said in a statement.
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The tube amplifier of the new HE 1 comes with a tube amplifier stage that is directly integrated into the cups of the headphones. The result is a 200 per cent rise in efficiency in power as compared to other audiophile equipment. In electrostatic headphones, most of the amplifier power is lost in the cable between the headphones and the tube amplifier. Only around one third of the power generated is used to produce sound waves, Sennheiser’s approach was therefore to amplify the alternating voltage to high voltages not at the beginning of the cable but at the point where it is required
directly at the gold-vaporised ceramic electrodes in the headphones themselves.
The headphone is available through a concierge service by phone
(+ 49 69 89 91 47 95) or by filling out a