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Sennheiser HD800 headphones launch

The latest and greatest headphone technology available, at a price

  • The headphones have specially designed Japanese alcantara ear-cups for maximum comfort and a single pivot point allows the headphones to adjust themselves to a wearer's head.

  • Music ranging from The Police to Australian artist Gurrumul to ukelele prodigy Jake Shimabukuro was available, with several listening stations.

  • The Sennheiser HD800 headphones are an open design, with a frequency range of 14-44100Hz within a -3dB variation.

  • In the Utzon Room attendees were invited to test the new class-leading headphones with a variety of musical styles.

  • Perfection comes at a price — headphones have an RRP of $2399.95 and are available from Syntec International.

  • An impedence of 300 Ohms means they must be run from a dedicated amplifier, while a total harmonic distortion level of <0.02% means there will be no audible distortion.

  • Sennheiser HD800.

  • Sennheiser's newest headphones, the range-topping HD800, were released last night in an event at the Sydney Opera House.

  • Most stations were equipped with Bryston BCD-1 Super Audio CD players and Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear headphone amplifiers.

  • The headphones are assembled at Sennheiser's headquarters in Germany.

  • The 56mm transducer is the largest of its type.

  • One station used a USB version of the Lehmann Audio amplifier and an Apple Macbook Pro, running iTunes and playing Apple Lossless versions of the available audio CDs.

  • This Australian launch is the first in the world for these headphones.

  • Sennheiser's newest headphones have a completely new transducer design. This 'ring' transducer is able to control minute vibrations in a far superior manner to conventional transducer designs, allowing for incredibly pure and distortion-free audio.

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