Many baulk at the idea of spending $100 on earphones. How can something so small cost so much? We tend not to remind them they’re holding an iPhone worth several times the price. There are headphones that cost way, way more than any iPhone, though.
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Some more than a car. A few even cost more than a reasonable-size house deposit. Perhaps it’s lunacy, or the best way to spend your cash: on something you love. X Plane Mirage 2000. We’ve dug deep to find 10 of the very most expensive pairs of headphones in the world, from those with a decade or more of engineering crammed-in, to pairs that have simply been covered with diamonds for the Kanye Wests of the world. Prev Page 1 of 11 Next Prev Page 1 of 11 Next Sennheiser Orpheus. Price: $53,400/£43,500/AU$70,845 Best for: Having the fanciest knobs (seriously) The big daddy of all high-end headphones is the Sennheiser Orpheus.
Sennheiser started making these headphones in 1991, a no-holds-barred project to see exactly how good headphones could sound. They were electrostatic headphones, so needed their own special amplifier, and only 300 pairs were made. They were also ridiculously expensive at $16,000, or $28,400 accounting for inflation. Regcure Pro Crack 3 2 16 Episode. Collector’s item much?
After 25 years a lot of those pairs were probably falling to bits, so Sennheiser decided to come up with the Orpheus HE1060 in 2015. That’s our made-up account of their birth anyway. They cost €50,000 as of January 2017.
Given the price, the headphones look surprisingly normal. They’re huge and have fully open backs, but nothing like the space age vibe of the Sennheiser HD800S. What might make them of particular interest to the super-rich and sociopath oligarchs is the included marble amp, whose knobs and valves are motorised. They slowly extend out of the marble slab as the amp is turned on, making it look like something from a 70s spy movie.
Softube Plugins Crack Macbook. We’ve tried the both generations of the Orpheus, and Sennheiser does seem to have improved perfection with slightly tauter bass in the newer version. Both sets sound incredible though.
Prev Page 2 of 11 Next Prev Page 2 of 11 Next HiFiMAN Shangri-La. Price: $50,000/ around £40,000/AU$66,000 Best for: Having the biggest valves Most Hi-fi brands have been around for decades, but HiFiMAN only began in 2005. However, HiFiMAN boss Fang Bian says the Shangri-La headphones were in the works for long before HiFIMAN even existed. It’s been a 16-year project apparently.