After I had the chance listening to the Sennheiser HE1 headphone system, which is basically build up by the new Sennheiser Orpheus headphone coming with a 10 pin connection leading to a sophisticated amplifier based on 8 tubes, I decided to go for it.
Needless to say it is an overwhelming sound. But what is so special? I always used the same excellent test CD, Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers, Wild Horses. My different testing models were a Sennheiser HD 850 S headphone with a HDVD 800 headphone pre, my own Sennheiser Orpheus HE 60 with the Stax SRM 007tII preamp modified by some vintage Tungsram tubes.
The HD 850S sounds clear, precise but also a bit on the bright side. The HE1 brings more wide and soft soundstage into the picture.
Curious as I have been I never stopped continuing my way and finally have arrived at the real Top High End solution in headphone design. The HE1 provides a wonderful sound, relaxing and arriving somewhere else.
It is a journey you are clearly jumping over the border of listening to an open field of harmonized loudspeakers in a well equipped environment, giving you an alternative for enjoying one ´s favorite CDs and SACDs as I do it.