New Sennheiser Headsets Promise Audiophile Quality At An Audiophile Price

Brad Chacos

It’s an audiotastic kind of day at CES; if the Scosche headsets we mentioned earlier don’t quite tickle your fancy, Sennheiser’s also let loose some information about a pair of new, high-performance headsets coming in March. Like most Sennheiser headsets, the new ones look like they’ll definitely satisfy audiophiles – but that high-end audio comes with a high-end price tag.

First up is the Sennheiser HD 700 (pictured above), a pair of open-ended headphones that have a slight angle to create what Sennheiser calls an “impressively natural listening experience.” The sets are powered by a 40 mm Duofol transducer with “neodymium magnet systems” that “guarantee detailed, lifelike audio reproduction from 10 to 42,000 Hz.” To ensure your shaking, rattling and rolling tunes don’t result in actual physical vibrations in the transducer, the component is cradled by a stainless steel gauze engineered to a specific shape designed to reduce harmonic distortion. And if that’s not audiophile enough for your tastes, a precision-designed ventilated magnet system further reduces distortion by keeping diaphragm wobbling to a minimum. Even the headband gets in on the action; “Dips in the bass level are effectively suppressed by the patent-pending multilayer design of the headband,” the press release boasts.

Sound expensive? They are, to the tune of $1,000. If you’re the kind of audiophile who isn’t scared by a sky-high price tag, you’ll be able to pick up a pair of Sennheiser HD 700s in March.

Then again, if you’re a wandering beat master with a bit less cash in your pocket, Sennheiser also unveiled an aluminum version of the DJ-friendly Amperior. Unlike the HD 700, the Amperior sports a closed cup design – the better to block out the crowd with – and a cable with controls for iOS devices attached. It still sports those nifty neodymium magnets, though. Senneheiser hasn’t released pricing info for the aluminum Amperior, but for comparison, the standard set will cost you a cool $350.

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