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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'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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