These Headphones Cost $71,500. No, That’s Not a Typo

A quarter of a century ago, Sennheiser introduced a model of headphones called Orpheus which came with an eye-watering retail price of $16,000 USD, the equivalent of $38,000 CAD in today’s money. Now, though, they’ve upped their game for those 1 percents who insist on the best of the best.

The new Orpheus has just been introduced. The price? Only €50,000 or $71,500 CAD. What the hell do you get for that kind of money?

  • Headphones made from 6,000 components.
  • A combination of vacuum tube and transistor technology.
  • A handcrafted casing made from glass and Carrera marble.
  • Knobs made from a single piece of brass.
  • A frequency range of 8 Hz to 100,000 Hz with a distortion level that’s pretty much too low to measure.


Lovely headphones, yes. But in order to get the most out of them, you need a source capable of giving you nearly perfect sound. Watch some Wall Street idiot buy these things and then use them for listening to MP3s.

Full technical details at Gizmag.

Alan Cross

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