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For Sale:
Sennheiser ORPHEUS UPDATED

Will Ship To: Anywhere

The listing has been revised and I am happy to say the ES2 will be in good hands and getting the rebuild to make it what it always should have been.  The Orpheus Combo remains.  I have revised the price and added new pictures.  The phones could use a new headband and earpads to make them totally brand new, but I prefer the earpads in their current state because they will never flake.  New pads/bands are available on ebay.

 

For sale:

 

  • Sennheiser HE90 (Original Production) SERIAL #: 0138
  • Sennheiser HEV90 (Includes Key and Original Pamphlets) SERIAL #: 0071

Detail:

  • Headphones and Amp in 100% Working Condition.  No unreasonable cosmetic defects.  
  • HEV90 comes with NOS Telefunken ECC88 tubes + an extra matched QUAD Set

 

Will Ship Anywhere (but this entirely depends on the actual circumstances)

 

Research this forum to find historical postings about this particular pair of headphones - if they are still available.  They have a wonderful history, and sound fantastic.  

 

Any deal must be confirmed via voice and/or video-conference.

Must be knowledgeable about headphones.

 

Neil


Edited by neilvg - 9/13/12 at 11:17pm
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post #2 of 27

no kidding!

post #3 of 27

Wow...I don't...what the...wow...

post #4 of 27

Neil, would you split these up and sell the pieces individually, and if so how much for each?

how does the es2 differ from the es1?

how come the serial #s on the amp & phones don't match up?


Edited by daveDerek - 8/11/12 at 10:45am
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Originally Posted by daveDerek View Post

Neil, would you split these up and sell the pieces individually, and if so how much for each?

how does the es2 differ form the es1?

how come the serial #s on the amp & phones don't match up?

 

Thanks for the good questions.  I am writing my responses as an update to the original post.  

post #6 of 27

Please also show the pictures of your virtual dynamics power cable and interconnects?

Are they as big or stiff as the Judge?  What are their performances in your experience.

Do you separately sell those too? and how much ?

post #7 of 27
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Please also show the pictures of your virtual dynamics power cable and interconnects?

Are they as big or stiff as the Judge?  What are their performances in your experience.

Do you separately sell those too? and how much ?

 

I will post some pictures.  In fact, I am willing to part with all of my Virtual Dynamics cabling.

 

I have Masters 2.0, Revelations 1.0 and 2.0, and a few others in XLR, RCA, IEC, and even 25' foot bi-wired speaker terminal spades (a pair).  

 

They are not as stiff or generally as crazy as the Judge.  I do have a power cable that is a prototype of the Genesis.  It is bulky with supports - but it is relatively flexible considering its 'girth'.

 

Neil


Edited by neilvg - 8/11/12 at 2:02am
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For sale:

  • Sennheiser HE90 (Original Production) SERIAL #: 0138
  • Sennheiser HEV90 (Includes Key and Original Pamphlets) SERIAL #: 0071
  • Singlepower ES/2 (ORIGINAL and 1 of only 2 - Custom Milled with Matching Wood) SERIAL #: 1
  • Various Tubes and Adaptors: Singlepower Adaptors - 2C51->Octal Adaptors (For 6SN7's); + others.
  • High End Cables (Interconnects and Power) Virtual Dynamics Master Series Power Cord and RCA Interconnect

 


Detail:

  • Headphones and Amp in 100% Working Condition.  No unreasonable cosmetic defects.  Check out all the pictures, including some detailing the inside of the ES/2.
  • HEV90 comes with NOS Telefunken ECC88 tubes + an extra matched QUAD Set
  • The ES/2 is the same amp which lead to the creation of the by now infamous http://www.head-fi.org/t/333677/where-is-singlepower-where-is-mikhail.  This machine is also in good working order.  Cosmetically flawless.  It has been looked over by more than a few engineers over the years and couple that with the fact that I have been using the ES/2 for about 1 year (2 hours a day avg) with no problems to speak of.  It sounds incredible.

 


Pricing:

  • Sennheiser Orpheus Combo: $22,000.00 USD
  • Singlepower ES2: $4,000.00 USD (Originally paid > $13,000.00)

 

I am open to offers for a package deal.

 


Q&A (Updated as necessary):

 

 

Q: How does the es2 differ from the es1?

A: The ES2 was designed to be a super ES1.  How that differs from an ES1 is dependent upon the specific ES1.  The ES2 is a fully loaded ES1 with every conceivable upgrade Mikhail offered, along with certain redesigns to the audio circuit that were made specifically for the Orpheus.  Mikhail tuned the amp based upon my descriptions of what I felt were the possible shortcomings of the HE90/HEV90 combo, and what I wanted better represented (ie. bass response, more control, greater detail in representation of the headspace to counteract the otherwise slightly diffuse nature of its sonic reproduction).  I can provide a full Singlepower Spec Sheet PDF outlining all the included components (send me a PM).  

 

Additionally, this amp aesthetically represents, to me, far and away, the most flawless and beautiful execution in exterior design Singlepower ever created - at least in terms of electrostatic amps.  I believe it is the only amp to feature wood carefully selected to match the HE90.  Look at the engraving on the wood.  Very carefully done, beautiful in person.  

 

 

what is the voltage bias of the amp? can you compare & contrast the pairings of the phones with each amp?

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I couldn't tell you the actual biasing of the ES2 since I haven't tested it.  It is geared towards the biasing necessary to properly drive the HE90's (say, versus the Stax).  I found this impression post while scanning around a bit:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/333677/where-is-singlepower-where-is-mikhail/135#post_4345965

 

I have some additional pictures of the ES2 internals I can upload, there are a few included in this post -- I'll add the rest.

 

Neil

post #10 of 27

There is no way for you to sell only the headphone? Let me know if this option is available... thanks!
 

post #11 of 27
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Now WHY would I do that?

 

Neil

post #12 of 27

Because chances are someone would be using them with an amp like the LL or BHSE with the proper bias at this point. :D

 

Granted the question was why would YOU want to do that...and in that case...I don't know. ;)

 

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Now WHY would I do that?

 

Neil

post #13 of 27

So i have to ask since no one else has. Why are you selling it? Did you find something you like more? speakers maybe? Just out of curiosity

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While this is not an actual discussion-based thread, I'll run the risk of violating a few forum rules and answer the questions above.  

 

Morbid Toaster: Are you suggesting the HEV90 has the incorrect bias to drive the HE90?  I doubt you are saying this.  The ES/2 is basically coming along for the ride in this sale. 

 

As to the question of why I am selling this system - allow me to humor you with some personal information:


I made a switch from being a Hedge Fund Manager to a Recording Engineer after 2008.  It probably doesn't take a genius to figure out what could have caused such a dramatic shift, so I'll leave the life changing epiphanies out.  I did production work out of Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, and ran the 'D' room for a few years.  This is the same famed room where the Grateful Dead's American Beauty and Workingman's Dead were recorded, along with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and Sextent albums; and needless to say, numerous others.  I became inspired and had the chance to move to Emeryville where I had some leads with Pixar.  This naturally lead to me procuring a small studio space in March of 2011.  It was when I was trying to find wiring for that small studio space that I was introduced to the owner of what was then called Bayview Studios.  In an attempt to purchase wire cheap from a studio that was shutting down, I went to visit the owner Steve.  On the day I was visiting the studio they were wrapping up the interview segments for the documentary 'Through the Universe' which aired on PBS later in the year.  I wondered what this place was nobody had ever heard of - the studio itself was incredible, with a great tracking room, and 2 control rooms - one looking down onto the tracking room from the second floor - Abbey Road Style.  

 

Long story short, Steve offered me the studio and I took it over in November of 2011.  Bayview studios (the prior name of the studio before I took it over) had recorded everything from Tupac to the Doobie Brothers.  A mid 80's to mid 90's sort of slice in musical history.  The spot is now called Airship Laboratories, and we focus on traditional recording techniques mixed with modern day digital video production (we don't really have a web presence yet since I have yet to update the placeholder site with our new design).  I'm blessed to not only have a large tracking room with high ceilings, two isolation rooms for instruments and vocals, but also a 2 channel listening room for speakers.  The best part is the acoustical treatment - the largest cost in properly building modern studios - which I essentially inherited.  

 

Penultimately - a commentary on the state of recording studios in general at this time period:  They are dying.  The availability of cheaper consumer based products allows musicians to have access to tools they would have previously paid premium studio time for.  Couple that with the growing untenability of modern day real estate pricing in contrast to the actual income which these studios actually bring in, and you have a business where, like many others, only the very elite and well placed houses really are profitable and make it.  While I am not necessarily doing this to get rich and famous (well, maybe famous ;)), I do need to make ends meet and the equipment costs alone trump a toy like the Orpheus.  Seriously.  A competitive console setup properly and maintained will set you back over $100k alone.  

 

Ultimately - I had a guitar commissioned for me back in 2008.  It has turned into an epic project.  In order to rationalize this expenditure along with the costs of the studio, I felt that I needed to sell off something valuable, but that I didn't really need anymore.  I remember the day clearly - probably because it was 4 days ago.  I came home from a party, sat in my rocking chair late at night, and put on my HE90's while I queued up whatever it was I was into at the time.  As I felt the familiar warmth, like hot water flowing through and around my ears and brain, and as the music brought me deeper into alpha, and the ebb and flow of my rocking chair steadied and slowed - I suddenly realized it at once.  I couldn't even hear the music anymore, I was just inside my head, but it was a vacant hall.  The space suddenly filled with my own large and self-reflective thought - the answer was literally around my head.  I felt closure, and felt that it was right.  I felt a familiar fondness as I listened to the rest of that evenings playlist for what I knew would likely be one of the last times.  I've enjoyed these headphones for 7 years.  I posted version 1.0 of this FS Ad at 5:30am that morning.  I've felt fine about it ever since. 


Yes, apparently headphones can have this effect on people.

 

Neil


Edited by neilvg - 8/24/12 at 1:21pm
post #15 of 27

Not what I was saying. I was saying that HE90 owners (or potential owners in this case) now have a lot more options for something with the proper bias at a lot less money so they aren't too keen on buying the amp.

 

Honestly if I had the money for both I'd go for it simply because they're a set. I'd put the Orpheus under a dust cover and put it on a shelf. ;)

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