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Who Needs a Car, When You Can Have These?

For around $55,000 you could have an Audi S5, a Porsche Cayman, ... or the Sennheiser Orpheus HE1060 headphones. It's hard to imagine how a pair of headphones could be worth $55,000 - but according to some of the reviews that have come out, they are - or at least they are the best headphones on the planet.

It's not precisely accurate to call the Orpheus headphones, because it's actually a headphone system with an integrated tube amplifier, and the whole thing is fixed to a block of marble. The extravagant presentation certainly makes it clear that these are not simply headphones, but rather a piece of audio technology history. Check out the video below, what happens when you turn the system on:

Calling the Orpheus headphones is like calling a Bugatti Veyron a car... technically accurate, and yet utterly inadequate. So $55k may seem absurd to some, but if I had the means, I'd make it happen. I doubt I'll ever have the cash to own a pair, but I will do my damnedest to audition them at some point - and I'll be sure to write about it here!

Image: Sennheiser via Gizmodo

Video: Pocket-lint

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