Sennheiser has launched the Sennheiser HE 1, an advanced high-end set of headphones, in the Middle East market.
The electrostatic headphone system has an audio range of 8Hz to more than 100kHz, and the lowest distortion ever measured in a sound reproduction system i.e., 0.01% at 1kHz, 100dB SPL.
It is also the first electrostatic headphone with a Cool Class A MOS-FET high-voltage amplifier integrated into the ear cups.
Additionally, 2.4-micrometer platinum-vaporised diaphragms are employed as their size was shown by Sennheiser’s research to deliver optimal sound reproduction.
The ear cups of the Sennheiser HE 1 is made from solid aluminum, featuring handmade leather ear pads that are of soft and allergen-free velour/microfibre construction.
It also employs tube amplifiers and transistor amplifiers wherein the vacuum tubes are connected to the spring-loaded, damped marble housing to prevent structure-borne noise. These are surrounded by high-quality quartz bulbs that protect against air-borne noise.
In terms of digital to analogue conversion, the amplifier is capable of receiving digital signals via optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs or USB input, and also accepts high-resolution PCM and DSD data. Music data is converted to analogue signals using the eight internal DACs of the ESS SABRE ES9018. Four channels in parallel are used for each stereo side to enhance accuracy and decrease distortion and noise level.
The headphones are priced at AED 194,607 (€50,000) and are targeted towards the high-end audiophile market in the Middle East.