In the 1990s, Sennheiser asked the world's top audio engineers to create the best headphones ever made, and the result was 300 pairs of Sennheiser Orpheus sets. They cost $10,000, and it was widely agreed that they lived up to Sennheiser's mandate.
A decade later, a second edition of the Sennheiser Orpheus is here. Apparently, they are the product of a full ten years' worth of steady work, and the price tag reflects this. At $55,000, they would be more at home in a museum than around a teenager's neck. The inner mechanics of the new Sennheiser Orpheus are made of gold, silver, copper, brass and Carrara marble -- the stone that Michelangelo sculpted with. They have an unheard-of 0.01 distortion percentage, and Sennheiser's Senior Acoustic Engineer says that when he used them, he heard new details in music he'd been listening to for years.