- Mar 21, 2017
SENNHEISER - A German manufacturer, established in 1945. Sennheiser first headphone was the first open-air headphones HD-414, it was introduced in Japan in the early 1970.
1991 Sennheiser decided to released a Statement product. A product system that no other company can match and compete with, it was called Sennheiser HE90 at a price of $12,000.
Christmas 1993 Sennheiser decided to release a more affordable Orpheus. And they did. it was Called Sennheiser HE60. It was a limited edition model
- diaphragm consists of an ultra-thin sheet of polymer vaporized in gold
- The HE60 was sold with its amplifier, the HEV70.
- Resembles the HD580 series
- Electrostatic transducer
■ Price 220,000 yen. Todays price $2129.37
■ Model electret static type open air type
■ Impedance 300Ω
■ Reproduction frequency band 12-65,000Hz (-10dB) Amplifier 10-20,000Hz (-1dB)
■ Code 3m OFC
■ Weight 210g Amp unknown
■ Released December 1993
Sennheiser released 3 Condenser type headphone systems
1. Unipolar-2000 (1979)
2. Orpheus HE90/HEV90 (1991)
3. HE60/HEV70 (1993)
The Sennheiser HE-60 aka Baby Orpheus is Sennheiser second at its time electrostatic headphone. The other Sennheiser electrostatic headphone is called the HE-90. The HE-60 was supposed to be the affordable top tier Sennheiser headphone until the HD800 was released. The latest and current Sennheiser electrostatic headphone is called the HE-1.
Sennheiser HE-60 Design: Sennheiser HE-60 is an identical HD-580/600/650 body housing. If you own any one of Sennheiser headphones you be right at home with the Baby Orpheus. The major difference will be is that the HE-60 is an electrostatic headphone and thus require an electrostatic headphone amplifier.
The weakest link for the HE-60 is surprisingly the amplifier that is supposed to be pair with!
Once properly amplified with a 3rd party amplifier, The Baby Orpheus can quickly grow up to be an adult Orpheus in no time.
Sennheiser HE-60 Sound: Mids king? Maybe? Slightly on the bright side. Slightly thin and lack impact. This is not a warm and coloration headphone almost the opposite. Slightly bass light. No harshness, treble is controlled, grain-free, and the Sound stage is excellent.
Overall, an extremely tuneup version of the HD600. A very balanced and neutral beautiful headphone.
The heart of this system is a revolutionary diaphragm made of a foil polymer material which is then vapor coated with gold one molecule thick on either side. This material and gold coating process reduces the mass associated with typical electrostatic diaphragms, which in turn decreases signal response time for greatly increased inner musical detail.
Supporting this completely open-back headphone driver system is a pair of highly insulating polymer-fiber counter-electrodes, also gold coated on the outermost sides for voltage polarization. The HE60 has been given opulent ear cushions and headband made of leather and velvet ensuring hours of listening comfort.
(Sennheiser official report on the HE-60)
Amplification Principle: High-Voltage Class-A Mos-Fet
Frequency Response: 10 - 20,000 Hz
Voltage Output: 400 Volts
Weight: 26.46 oz.