Saturday, April 2, 2011

Most Expensive Headphones In The World - Sennheiser Orpheus

Sennheiser, a leading manufacturer of studio and stage microphones, created a limited number of what have been called the best headphones in the world - "The Orpheus". That’s right, only 300 of these headphones exist—possibly because they’re handmade. The set includes a high-end vacuum tube amplifier with an all-valve signal path and equally high-end electrostatic headphones with gold connectors.
The most expensive headphones in the world originally retailed for around $15,000 and can still be found for less than $30,000. Of course, if you plan on hooking them up to your iPod, you’ll need to leave the amp at home.
The Orpheus is primarily famous for being (still) the most expensive production headphones to date. When launched in the 90's, it represented a strong statement by Sennheiser as a premier headphone manufacturer. 

Electro-Voice RE320 Microphone $299 street price

The RE320 is an updated version of the well known RE20 that's still used in many studios and broadcasting facilities.
"The RE320 is a professional quality dynamic microphone designed specifically for recording and sound reinforcement applications requiring extremely low noise and the highest level of predictable tonal and transient response. Ideal for capturing voice and a wide variety of electric and acoustic instrument sources, the RE320 delivers unparalleled detail, dynamic content and natural tonal performance. RE320's unique "Dual Personality" switch creates two ideal microphones in one body. One switch position delivers voice, electric and acoustic instruments with a lively, yet natural tonal response, while the other switch position delivers an "insta-kick" curve designed specifically for kick drums. "

Here's a quote from an article by Pro Audio Review comparing the RE320 and RE20:
"Assuming you like the RE20, you can’t go wrong with the RE320 at $299 street. Its additional bottom end seems useful on both kick and VOs; its top end is just as smooth and broadcast-worthy as the RE20; its Variable D proximity effect control is tuned just right; and the RE320 can handle all the abuse of rock ’n’ roll. Throw in its eminently useful mid-scoop filter (that is equally at home on kick and voice) and it seems the RE320 is a black beauty of a RE20, with lots more versatility and nary a negative."

Recabinet 3

"Recabinet 3 makes it fast and easy to find inspiring new sounds, avoiding the hassle of complex mixer routing and folder navigation associated with impulse response libraries. It also ships with ready-to-rock factory presets, with more on the way from major artists and producers. "
Download a demo and get more info at

IGS Audio S-Type Mix Bus Compressor

"The S-Type is a typical VCA compressor well known as the core of the legendary British sound. The heart of the compressor is the THAT chip instead of the now unavailable DBX. The analogue path is balanced with ultra-fast A class op-amps. This is the source of completely transparent sound. A minimal level of noise allows the device to be used in recording classical music, including long range recording. The main new feature of the S-Type is the Sidechain regulation. This allows the user to select the lowest frequencies which will not be compressed and more precisely control the bass and dynamics of the mix. Overall the S-Type is a very creative device."