Sennheiser today announced the launch of its first Sennheiser HE 1 Experience Centre in Singapore. Located at the heart of Orchard Road at 313@Somerset, the experiential showcase will allow customers to personally witness the audio brilliance of the world’s most expensive headphone, the Sennheiser HE1.
“As a leader in the audio technology space, we strive to help consumers in their pursuit of perfect sound,” said Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG. “Redefining the limits of audiophile sound, we have developed the Sennheiser HE1 to provide listeners with the ultimate sound experience, and the new Experience Centre will allow our consumers a hands-on experience of our most impressive headphones yet.”
Situated within ConnectIT at 313@Somerset, the Experience Centre displays the Sennheiser HE1 within a simulated living room setting that will allow consumers a full experience of the coveted headphones. Ensuring utmost care and precision in walking customers through the headphones, trained Sennheiser representatives will be present at the centre to take customers through a 30-minute live demonstration of the Sennheiser HE1 by booking only. For a hands-on experience of the headphones, listeners are to make an appointment through ConnectIT where timeslots are subject to availability.
Sennheiser HE 1 – Redefining the limits of audio sound
A successor of the legendary Orpheus, the Sennheiser HE1 looks to reshape audio excellence by representing a unique combination of meticulous engineering skills and technological brilliance. Its striking design marries form to function with its amplifier sitting on a housing crafted from glass, and a solid block of Carrara marble. This luxurious natural stone—the type made famous by Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculptures—lends beauty but also prevents structure-borne noise. To create a visually stunning design, control dials are painstakingly crafted to the highest quality. Each dial is milled from a single piece of brass before being plated with chrome.
The Sennheiser HE 1 is also the first electrostatic headphone with a Cool Class A MOS-FET high voltage amplifier integrated into the ear cups. Eliminating the capacitive reactance of the cable, delivering an ultra-high impulse fidelity 200% more efficient than any other solution currently available. 2.4-micrometer platinum-vaporised diaphragms are employed as their size was shown by Sennheiser’s research to deliver optimal sound reproduction. Outstanding electrical and acoustical performance is ensured through gold-vaporised ceramic transducers, while 99.9 % silver-plated OFC cables are used for optimal conductivity. To allow listeners to immerse in the result of all of this are Sennheiser HE 1’s ear cups, precision-machined from solid aluminium, featuring handmade ear pads of finest leather and a soft, allergen-free velour/microfibre construction.
The advantages of tube amplifiers and transistor amplifiers— with Sennheiser HE 1 you have them all. Thanks to a patent pending circuit design. Its vacuum tubes connected to the spring-loaded, damped marble housing to prevent structure-borne noise and surrounded by high quality quartz bulbs that protect against air-borne noise this state-of-the-art amplifier delivers ultra-high impulse fidelity at an ultra-low distortion level. For digital to analogue conversion, the amplifier can receive digital signals via optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs or USB input, it also accepts high-resolution PCM and DSD data. Music data is converted to analogue signals using the 8 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 Sennheiser HE1 is retails at € 55,000 before tax and is currently available through ConnectIT at 313@Somerset, #B2-08 / 09 /10/11.