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As I had predicted recently in another topic the outrageous price of the new Orpheus will greater inflate the price of the headphone marker as well as speakers market.HifiMan was a fast reaction and afew days ago I received a newsletter informing his new future release a cost-no-objet phones named Shangri-La.Not that Iam interested, but what should be the Price? As the HE1000 price is $3000 the Shangri-la may cost $5K I suspect. Much more price-value than the Orpheus.
How about some teardown pics, Sennheiser?
In case you haven't read the details of this system, the tubes and the controls are recessed into the chassis when the system is turned off and extend from the chassis, driven by motors, as the system is turned on. Since both the tubes and the controls are in the signal path, there have to be moving connections in the signal path somewhere, even if they are connected to some kind of mechanical support structure rather than directly to tube sockets and/or control solder pins. Ribbon cables, such are are used in, say, printers,would seem to be the logical way to accomplish this. Not having seen the insides, I'm only speculating as to the implementation. This is complexity for appearance's sake rather than of any engineering reason is my point. I'm not against Senn building an expensive system, but I have never had a very high regard for conspicuous consumption that serves no real purpose.There is a depiction of this on this page. The marketing 'angle' is kind of comical if you ask me (they refer to the amp/storage unit as the "Monument".) If you want good, rationally priced headphones, get them now, because the middle ground is receding and only cheap crap and grossly overpriced 'bling' (the Orpheus being the prime example) seem to be moving forward.
Edit: Like, they can make the diaphragms thinner, but there's a limit to thinness with current materials where you can accelerate a given volume of air fast enough to be convincing, and tonally correct.
Just received a HifiMan newletter informing a sale:HE500 $349 Factory RefurbishedHE400 $149 Factory RefurbishedHE300 $99 Factory RefurbishedHE400i $299 Open Box ReturnHE560 $899 New & other models
If they can come up with real breakthroughs instead of just making the $10000 or $20000 headphone smoother, more extended, clearer etc. -- so when you put it on and listen you hear a distinctly better soundstage and image (without artificial DSPs), because most or all of the things that ring or resonate have been eliminated - or whatever works, then that might justify the higher price tiers.Edit: Like, they can make the diaphragms thinner, but there's a limit to thinness with current materials where you can accelerate a given volume of air fast enough to be convincing, and tonally correct.
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