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Sennheiser Orpheus IE800 Reference In Ear Headphones

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Sennheiser IE 800 earphones are Sennheiser's most innovative, high-end in-ear headphones to date, brimming with groundbreaking technology to ensure music lovers can get as close as possible to enjoying perfect sound even when they’re on the move. Until now, ear-canal headphones have had a reputation for limited audio quality when compared with much larger high-end headphones. Given the popularity and demand for high end home headphones like the Sennheiser HD650, Sennheiser HD700 and Sennheiser HD800, these high end earphones are a welcome addition to the range.

The IE 800 sets new standards in performance. “The sound of the IE 800 can easily compete with that of our high-end portfolio," said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. “These dynamic in-ear phones offer fascinatingly brilliant trebles, precise bass response and a detailed, lifelike sound image with a frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.”

The IE 800 not only boasts innovative technology but also features a modern design and high-quality materials such as scratch-resistant ceramic housing. The high-end earphones were developed and designed at Sennheiser's headquarters in Germany and will be produced here too.

Outstanding in-ear sound system

The interior of the IE 800 conceals the centrepiece of Sennheiser’s recent innovation - specially developed Extra Wide Band (XWB) driver. With a diameter of just 7 mm, it is the smallest wide-band sound transducer currently available in dynamic headphones, delivering distortion-free sound even at high sound pressure levels. "Until now, high-quality in-ear headphones have used so-called balanced-armature multi-drivers,” explained Senior Acoustic Engineer Axel Grell.

“Reproducing the entire audio spectrum requires several narrow-band drivers to be operated in parallel. However, this results in very slight jumps and delays in music reproduction." By contrast, the miniature-sized XWB driver developed by Sennheiser is able to perfectly reproduce the entire audible frequency spectrum and beyond. The advantage: music is played back with crystal clarity and with absolute time precision.

Additional features include a vented magnet system which allows the oscillating motion of the diaphragm to produce an air flow in the magnet system housing that causes the diaphragm to wobble slightly. By positioning two precisely defined vent holes in the housing directly under the magnets, it causes the air to flow in a specific direction. This minimises the wobbling motion of the diaphragm and reduces total harmonic distortion to less than 0.06 percent.

Innovative dual-chamber absorber

By using Sennheiser’s patented dual-chamber absorber they have, for the first time, been able to overcome a sound quality affecting problem known as the ‘masking effect’. “The human ear is unable to perceive low-volume frequency components of a sound if there are much louder sounds occurring in a lower frequency range at the same time," explained Axel Grell.

"This means, for example, that very loud low-frequency sounds will ‘mask’ very quiet sounds in the medium frequency range. This is particularly apparent in in-ear headphones. The sealing of the ear canal by the earphones normally causes resonances that result in a peak in the 7kHz to 8kHz range. This has the effect of masking the actual higher-frequency components. Precisely this problem has been overcome in the IE 800 by the use of an absorber.” By absorbing the energy of the resonance, it prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components – even the finest nuances – in the music material to become audible.

Finest wearing comfort

Made of scratch-resistant ceramic and silicon ear pads, the IE 800 have been designed with comfort in mind. To guarantee a perfect fit, Sennheiser has developed new ergonomically designed ear adapters with a selection of oval (SM/ML) and round (S/M/L) buds. A protective mesh on the ear cushions effectively shelters the drivers against dirt contamination.

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