There are only a few things that are as calming as music. What makes this experience even more divine is the sound system and the quality.
We are fortunate enough to be born at a time when the market in technology is overflowing with new gadgets that are pushing the limits even further. Though at times, these advances come at a high cost.
But sometimes, it is not as much about the quality, as it is about luxury ranging from gold plating and platinum encasing to diamond fittings and exquisite craftsmanship.
In this article, we will uncover the most expensive headphones and try to understand as to what gives them that price tag.
1. Grado PS1000e ($1899)
It is referred to as the finest headphones Grado has ever made. And it is true and remarkable, considering that they play a central role in this field and have many awards for their products.
Their attention to detail and their hard work has paid off. The use of tone-wood clad along with metal alloy has come together exceedingly well to reduce ringing. But the use of Mahogany wood with their crafting has made it an expensive and luxurious pair of headphones.
2. Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 ($1999)
Audio Technica is quite famous for its audio devices in the mid-range value. These headphones are no exception to that.
With the open-backed ATH-ADX5000, Audio Technica has maintained its high standards of amazing sound quality and a sleek and modern look. The model comes in a small briefcase with a plush lining that protects the headphones from any external damage while inside.
While the packaging itself spells luxury, the headphones are a class apart. It is very light with extremely soft ear cushions that allow for long periods of blissful music. It is one of the best open-backed headphones.
3. HiFiMan HE1000 V2 ($2999)
These have beautiful earpieces. They are planar magnetic headphones with a 0.001mm thin driver which is very remarkable.
A comfortable headband and soft ear pieces mean that the listener feels no discomfort during long sessions. All in all, they fit the bill of a comfortable, state of the art headphones and hence have a place in this list.
4. Audeze LCD-4z ($3999)
Audeze iSine10 in-ear headphones were the headphones that brought Audeze to the spotlight.
After that, when the Audeze LCD-3 headphones were released, they solidified Audeze’s claims as a premier high-end headphones making company. So when the Audeze LCD-4z was released in 2016, hopes were pretty high.
And they definitely didn’t disappoint. With a price tag of 4000$, making them one of the most expensive headphones till date, Audeze LCD-4z came with major developments including a first-of-the-kind nano-scale diaphragm with Double Fluxor™ Magnet Arrays that nearly double the driving power.
It has a clear and crisp sound which is the result of their enormous research and development since 2009. It has power efficient headphones with a 15ohm impedance that makes it portable enough to be connected to even cell phones.
All these specifications and glitz make it one of the most expensive headphones in the world.
5. Abyss AB 1266 Phi ($5500)
Abyss is not well known for its headphones, but with Abyss AB 1266 Phi, it has become famous steadily, not just because of being one of the most expensive headphones, but the fine work that they have put in and brought out for the world to see.
It is a statement with classy metal finishes and trendy ear cups that look futuristic while still bringing the best sound experience for their customer. Abyss has found the sweet spot where elegance and beauty meet functionality and quality.
6. Ultrasone ED5 LTD Edition ($5999)
In our list, till now we have come across some pretty awesome headphones that look and sound divine, but Ultrasone’s new headphones, while being one of the most expensive headphones, have redefined luxury.
Whoever listens to music with them can only talk about the mind-blowing quality of the sound and the amount of comfort that it has. The body is constructed of a very solid aluminum material that encompasses the earpieces to the frame of the headband. The finish and the fine work magnify its beauty.
7. V-Moda Crossfade M-100 with 3D printed shields ($40,000)
As the name suggests, these headphones’ USP is the customizable 3D printed shields that look astounding. Some materials that can be used for the shields are sterling silver, solid gold, and even platinum. All these qualities make it one of the most expensive headphones till date.
8. Sennheiser HE 1 ($55,000)
Sennheiser is one of the torchbearers in the field of headphones and speakers, and they have come up with the Sennheiser HE-1 that has literally swept the carpet from under everyone related to the field.
It is a work of art, described by some as being so beautiful with fluid edges and sound that Sennheiser is expected to produce. The headphones come with a beautiful amplifier that is made up of glass and Carrara marble.
It comes with 8 valves that come out of the amplifier and look astounding. The headphones themselves are made of sculpted aluminum, leather and microfiber cloth. It costs a fortune, but it is genuinely a status symbol.
9. Onkyo H900M 20-Carat Diamonds($85000)
Yes, you read that right. It actually costs 85000 dollars. These are limited edition headphones that are a variation of the original Onkyo H900M headphones.
The only tiny little detail that they have added is that there are diamonds encrusted into the headphones to give it a majestic look. These are made only when ordered and are a collectors’ item. They come in white leather boxes with silk interiors.
The headphones themselves look stunning and are made of stainless steel and ostrich-like leather. The right earpiece is marked with a ring of red rubies.
Onkyo does not fail to make a statement with these only-for-elite headphones that look like the crown of a king.
10. Focal Utopia by Tournaire($120,000)
Unveiled at CES 2017, the Focal Utopia is considered by almost everyone as the most expensive headphones ever. Handcrafted by the Master Jewelers, they have 18-carat gold with 6-carat diamonds that are etched in the Tournaire workshops.
There is an additional accessory- a stand, that can be bought for $12000.
List of top 10 most expensive headphones in India
1. Sennheiser HD800 S (Rs. 1.3 Lakh approx.)
These headphones are specially made in Germany from only the best quality components to ensure durability and amazing sound quality that Sennheiser is famous for.
Sennheiser has said that they have used the technology that was developed in the aerospace sector to reduce the weight of the headphones while keeping the strength of the components intact, or even greater.
It is one of the most expensive headphones that are currently available for sale in India and these headphones are one of the best in this category.
2. Audio Technica ATH-ADX5000 (Rs. 1.5 Lakh approx.)
These headphones are open backed for lesser weight and a considerably better look. What makes it one of the most expensive headphones in India is that it comes with a detachable 3.0m cable with Audio Designed Detachable Coaxial connectors at the headphones.
The other side has a 6.3mm gold-plated stereo plug that can be used to connect to other devices. Another point of uniqueness is that the serial number of each pair of headphones is etched with a laser.
The best part though is that it comes with a specially designed hard carrying case so that you don’t have to worry about it breaking when you’re not using them.
3. Audeze LCD i4 (Rs. 2 Lakh approx.)
These headphones have a specialized vacuum made of an ultra-thin film for the driver design. They are very light and give an experience of music like no other.
These in-ear headphones are quickly gaining popularity because of their trendy looks and lightweight and Audeze’s LCD i4 is no exception.
4. Ultrasone Edition 15 (Rs. 2.2 Lakh approx.)
Ultrasone is quite famous for its brand of headphones and the quality of sound that they boast about. The sound quality of the Ultrasone Edition 15 is no different.
It offers a wide range of frequency for the listener while keeping out the outside noises and disturbances. It has a technology called the Gold Titanium Compound driver(GTC) technology. The membrane consists of a gold foil to assist in better quality. The dome outside is also made up of titanium for the same reason- better sound quality.
Whenever there is wood involved in any of the electronic devices, it becomes a luxurious commodity. The earpieces in these headphones are made up from the wood of American Cherry Trees.
5. Stax SR 009 (Rs. 2.6 Lakh)
These headphones look sleek, shiny and have very superior quality. The body is made of aluminum and there is a high purity copper wire to improve upon the audio quality.
Both the ear cups and the headband have comfortable cushioning to reduce the pain even in long usages. The earpieces are made of genuine lamb leather and the rest of the structure of the headphones is covered with genuine leather.
6. Abyss AB 1266 Phi CC (Rs. 3.54 Lakh)
Abyss has slowly gained a reputation as a market leader in quality sound systems. So naturally, when they came up with the 1266 Phi and announced that it will be a high-end model of headphones, everyone has wanted to get their hands on it.
The headphones have an oven cured the ceramic coating and the earpieces are made of high-quality soft lambskin. It is very luxurious looking and with the quality of sound that Abyss has provided, it justifies the price tag that it has and more!
7. Ultrasone Jubilee Edition 25 (Rs. 7.05 Lakh)
These headphones are one of the most expensive headphones to be ever available for sale in India. It has 40mm Mylar/Titanium-plated drivers and an impressive frequency range of 5-46kHz.
It comes with a 925 Sterling silver Decorative Inlay with Ethiopian Long-Haired Sheep Leather and High Gloss Makassar Ebony ear cups. What makes these so expensive is also the fact that they are handcrafted in Bavaria, Germany by skilled workers to maintain the standards of sound that Ultrasone has connected itself with.
8. HIFIMan Susvara (Rs. 12.84 Lakh)
These are custom made headphones that are specially built and delivered based on the customization options of the customer. The
The best part about these headphones is that it comes with an amplifier as well. They claim that it gives an output of around 20 W whereas with an amplifier it is about 50W. The rarity, quality and the output make it one of the most expensive headphones.
9. HIFIMan Shangri-La Sr Electrostatic Over-Ear Headphones (Rs. 21 Lakh approx.)
These headphones look exactly like the name Shangri-La suggests-Mystic.
There are so many fine details that have been taken care of in this product to make it worth the elite status that its price tag has brought with it-be it the frame that has been made of specialized metallic alloy, specially chosen to ensure sonic stability and to minimize distortion or the awe-inspiring frequency range of 7Hz to 120kHz.
It has a custom designed an amplifier with 300B vacuum tubes. All this with countless more details makes it one of the best headphones available for sale in India.
10. Sennheiser HE 90 (Rs. 35 Lakh approx.)
They are one of the most expensive headphones. But what makes them so Expensive?
These headphones guarantee a sound quality that is consistent with Sennheiser and more. Not just that, the Sennheiser HE 90 is made up by combining more than 6000 components.