I Listened to Sennheiser's Absurd $55,000 Orpheus Headphones

I’m one of the first people in the world to listen to Sennheiser’s new $55,000 Orpheus headphone system. The new hardware’s 20 years in the making. Real, real serious shit. I’m trying hard to concentrate on the music–trying to give this crazy thing the severe attention I think it deserves. But I keep laughing my ass… »11/11/15 2:15pm11/11/15 2:15pm


Sennheiser's Built Probably the World's Best Headphones—But They Cost $55,000

In the ‘90s, Sennheiser asked it engineers to make the best headphones ever and the result was 300 sets of the legendary Orpheus, each pair of which sold for $16,000. Now, Sennheiser has created an ever better-sounding successor to those luxurious cans—but they’ll set you back $55,000. »11/03/15 5:00am11/03/15 5:00am

Sennheiser's Dope Momentum Headphones Are Now Wireless, Noise Canceling

I've fallen in love with the Momentum headphones Sennheiser launched a few years ago. They're my gotos: The cans that sit on my desk everyday. Usually, I don't care that somebody made existing headphones wireless or that they managed to make them noise canceling. Bluetooth? Yawn. Noise canceling? Whatevs. But I'm… »1/06/15 12:00pm1/06/15 12:00pm

The Souped Up Acoustics Behind a Giant David Bowie Retrospective

When art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy's idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilization. They couldn't have imagined a fine art museum spending $2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average… »9/22/14 2:44pm9/22/14 2:44pm

A Secret Opera Erupts Inside California's Biggest Train Depot

Headphones are part of daily life at train stations, an urban necessity used by commuters to drown out the flurry of action around them. But the other night at Union Station in Los Angeles, as I watched a woman crawl across the top of an information booth while a man's voice from another room whispered in my ear, the… »10/21/13 3:20pm10/21/13 3:20pm