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CES is normally all about the new, the shiny, the things to come. Heck, chances are good that some of the products on display will never even make it to the market. So, for the contrarian in me, it’s refreshing to see that Sennheiser is bucking the trend by dusting off one of its most classic, legendary products and displaying it on the show floor. There’s no word on whether or not we’ll get to touch them (probably not), but the company’s positively legen(wait for it)dary Orpheus model will at least be visible in the company’s booth.

Originally released in 1991 for a staggering $12,900 (not a typo), the Orpheus was actually a headphone/amplifier/DAC combo, consisting of a gorgeous electrostatic headphone (also not a typo), paired with an HEV90 vacuum tube amplifier.

The HE90 headphone design itself included a microscopically thin, platinum-coated diaphragm and electrodes made of special glass — which proved helpful in establishing a superior time response and reducing acoustical losses in the audio frequency range. The ear cushion, meanwhile, was instrumental in defining the overall sound balance and was optimized for both sound quality and comfort.

When it was introduced in 1991, the Orpheus was unsurpassed in its masterful design and uncompromising sonic purity. The essence of this perfection is still reflected in every product that Sennheiser manufactures to this day.

 

http://www.technologytell.com/hometech/91693/ces-2013-sennheiser-will-display-legendary-orpheus-headphones/

 

 

Not sure I understand the motives of all the recent Sennheiser publicity around the Orpheus - Basking in the light of past glories, or marketing of what is to come?

 

Both Headfi and InnerFidelity are mentioned in the press release


Edited by complin - 1/8/13 at 4:26am
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The Pinnacle of Audio Reproduction: Sennheiser to Display Legendary Orpheus Headphones at CES 2013

 

Orpheus_ver2.jpgLas Vegas, 3 January 2013 – In celebration of its relentless 'Pursuit of Perfect Sound,' Sennheiser [Booth 20500] will display its legendary Orpheus headphones at its booth during CES 2013. Also known as the HE90, the Orpheus debuted in 1991 and was immediately recognized in audiophile circles as the best sounding, most innovative headphone system ever made. Indeed, it is still considered by many to represent the very pinnacle of audio reproduction.
 
With a limited production run of just 300, the Orpheus originally carried a retail pricetag of US $12,900, making it the most expensive headphone ever made when it was introduced at the Berlin International Radio Exhibition over two decades ago. Now a unique collector's item for the audio community's most absolute purists, the Orpheus can sometimes be found on today's auction sites for nearly triple that amount.
 
Orpheus_1sm.jpgThe Orpheus originally consisted of an HE90/HEV90 electrostatic headphone and amplifier system, and was intended to reproduce uncolored and undistorted sound with high accuracy and clarity. The HEV90 vacuum tube amplifier - a striking visual feast of audio componentry - utilized an all valve analog signal path and an onboard dedicated digital to analog converter (DAC).
 
The HE90 headphone design itself included a microscopically thin, platinum-coated diaphragm and electrodes made of special glass — which proved helpful in establishing a superior time response and reducing acoustical losses in the audio frequency range. The ear cushion, meanwhile, was instrumental in defining the overall sound balance and was optimized for both sound quality and comfort.

When it was introduced in 1991, the Orpheus was unsurpassed in its masterful design and uncompromising sonic purity. The essence of this perfection is still reflected in every product that Sennheiser manufactures to this day.
 
 
Orpheus Accolades:
"The Orpheus is the most musical sounding headphone I have ever heard. It is so involving - so realistic sounding - so pathos-filled, but most of all - it is transparent."
-  David Solomon (DavidMahler) on Head-Fi.org

 
"Its Art Deco design is simply striking. With its polished aluminum surfaces, six visible tubes covered with shiny tube shields, black accents, and wood trim, it would look equally at home in a listening room of almost any period or in a Flash Gordon movie—it looks expensive."
- InnerFidelity

 
" If looks could kill, the Orpheus would be deadly."
 - Stereophile

 
Specifications
HE90

Frequency response: 7-100,000 Hz (-10 dB); 14-85,000 Hz (- 6 dB); 25-75,000 Hz (- 3 dB)
Frequency range: diffuse field equalized
Transducer principle: electrostatic
Ear coupling: circumaural
Contact pressure: 4.6 N
THD at SPL of 110 dB (94 dB) < 0.1 % (< 0.01 %)
Nominal sensitivity: (V = 100 V) ≥ 98 dB/1 kHz
Polarisation voltage: 500 V
Weight (without cable): 365 g
Connector: 5-pin HV plug
Connection cable: 3 m, 6-core; OFC copper cable with gold-plated contacts
Dimensions: 19 x 10 x 21.5 cm

HEV-90 Amplifier
Frequency response: 10 - 20,000 Hz (- 0.25 dB)
THD (1 kHz) < 0.01 %
Unweighted S/N ratio ≥ 80 dB
Sensitivity/impedance: 10 kΩ
Talk-over muting: (1 kHz) ≥ 80 dB
Output voltage :400 Veff
Line inputs:
- (switchable) optical, digital (Toslink)
- co-axial, digital (RCA phono)(automatic recognition of incoming sampling frequency)
- co-axial, analogue(RCA phono)
Outputs for 2 HE 90 headphones
Weight approximately: 13 kg
Dimensions: 53 x 34 x 15.5 cm
 
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
 
You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting www.sennheiser.com.


 

Media Contacts:

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

Global Press Contact
Mareike Oer
Press and Public Relations
Consumer  Products
Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
Tel:  +49 5130 600 719
mareike.oer@sennheiser.com

 

post #3 of 9

can you still buy one new?  If not, then this is a tease. :)


Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 1/8/13 at 12:45pm
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Nope!

 

But it has be rumoured for some time that Sennheiser were working on some new Stats, and might have been relased at CES, but seems unlikely now at least this year frown.gif

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I really hope they release a new line of electrostatic headphones. 

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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

can you still buy one new?  If not, then this is a tease. :)

 

They can tease me all they want.  But if they go too far, they're asking to get ****ed.  wink.gif

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Can I watch?

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Well had a conversation with John Falcone of Sennheiser USA last night and he says there will be no new electrostatics announced as this CES. 

 

All he would tell me is keep watching for future surprises!

 

 

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I really hope they release a new line of electrostatic headphones. 

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