As convenient as true wireless headphones are, the more discerning listener will still tend to gravitate to cabled alternatives. They just offer higher fidelity, with the sheer amount of data analog signals are able to handle compared to wireless digital protocols. If you’re the type to choose wired earphones for exactly that reason, then you’ll probably be interested in the new Sennheiser IE 900.
The latest flagship earphones from the German audio outfit, the on-the-go listening rig boasts a “new benchmark in portable audio,” delivering a sound that, Sennheiser claims, will defy the perceived limitations of compact wired earbuds. Seriously, they claim it stays truer to the original recording than any previous product they’ve made in the category, allowing listeners to enjoy tracks on-the-go more faithfully to the original recording than ever before.
The Sennheiser IE 900 is equipped with a 7mm transducer, a downstream acoustic vortex, and a resonator chamber system called X3R, which uses three Helmholtz resonators that are milled right into the solid aluminum housing of each earpiece. According to the outfit, this design eliminates the phase issues and distortion in multi-driver systems, while the tiny resonator channels eliminate resonance peaks, creating a cleaner and purer sound, allowing you to better hear frequencies above 11khz. With this setup, you’re supposed to expect a sparkling treble sound, powerful low range frequencies, and a whole lot of fine detail, making it ideal for consuming high-fidelity recordings.
It incorporates what the outfit calls an acoustic back volume, which is a small chamber within a chamber that manages the slope and amplitude of the base lift. With this addition, it’s able to control the direction and overall volume of air as it moves through the transducer, which eliminates unpleasant resonances and listening fatigue, creating a bass and mid-range experience that’s described as “pleasantly disciplined.” As in, it’s a very transparent sound with clear separation of lows and mids with no distracting peaks or troughs.
The Sennheiser IE 900 uses drivers, by the way, that are individually matched during manufacturing to ensure there’s no variance whatsoever, so you get the exact same hardware on the left earpiece as you get on the right. All that tiny audio technology is then fitted inside a precision-milled anodized aluminum housing, which is highly resistant to wear and corrosion, with everything hand-assembled at the outfit’s headquarters.
To ensure a precise fit, the outfit based the way the earphones wear on personal monitoring systems, those form-fitting earphones musicians use during recording. That’s why, it comes with integrated ear hooks that can be easily adjusted to fit, regardless of your ear size, as well as three different sizes of foam adapters and three sizes of silicone adapters that can adapt to the natural shape of your ear for a tailored-like fit. It also gets three para-amid different cables, namely an unbalanced 3.5mm cable, a balanced 2.5mm, and a balanced 4.4mm, so it’s compatible with both standard and high-end audio sources.
The Sennheiser IE 900 comes out in June, priced at $1,299.95.