Sennheiser made the first legendary Orpheus headphones in 1991, with one goal in mind: to be the ultimate benchmark for acoustic quality. Twenty-five years later, a successor has emerged, sharing the same name but with technology that has taken the team a decade to perfect. "It is able to deceive our senses in a completely unique way, creating the perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound," explained Sennheiser CEO Daniel Sennheiser.
But it's not just the technicality that shines bright because the materials used were also meticulously picked. For instance, the marble for the amplifier housing comes from Carrara in Italy and is the same type of marble that Michelangelo used to create his sculptures and the headphones, finished in genuine leather, are hand-crafted in Germany.
When inactive, the components lay still like a statue but once switched on, everything comes to life; the control elements slowly extend from the marble housing, the vacuum tubes rise from the base and start to glow, and a glass cover is raised, allowing the headphones to be removed.
While there's no release date yet Sennheiser said they would start production in 2016 and each pair costs Dhs200,000. It's an experience, but one well worth the hefty price tag.