Sennheiser named as CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering
Award Honoree for its IE 800 High-End Headphones
New York, November 12, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its IE 800 high-end headphones. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products, across several different product categories.
The IE 800 high-end headphones, which feature a scratch-resistant ceramic housing and sleek design, are manufactured in Germany to meet the most discriminating demands of audiophile listeners. The dynamic, audiophile-grade, ear-canal-phones offer brilliant trebles, precise bass response and a detailed, lifelike sound image with a frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.
Outstanding ear-canal sound system
The interior of the IE 800 conceals many innovations, the centerpiece of which is Sennheiser’s specially developed Extra Wide Band (XWB) driver. With a diameter of just 7 mm, it is the smallest wide-band sound transducer currently available in dynamic headphones. Its functional principle guarantees distortion-free sound. The miniature XWB driver developed by Sennheiser is able to perfectly reproduce the entire audible frequency spectrum and beyond. The advantage: music is played back with crystal-clear clarity and with absolute time precision.
The IE 800 also features a vented magnet system. The idea is actually quite simple and was used for the first time on Sennheiser’s HD 700 high-end headphones. “The oscillating motion of the diaphragm produces an air flow in the magnet system housing that causes the diaphragm to wobble slightly,” explained Axel Grell, Product Manager High-End at Sennheiser. “By positioning two precisely defined vent holes in the housing directly under the magnets, we can cause the air to flow in a specific direction. This minimizes the wobbling motion of the diaphragm and reduces total harmonic distortion to less than 0.06 percent. »
Finest wearing comfort
The optimum sound properties of the IE 800 are further enhanced by excellent wearing comfort. The housing is made of, skin-friendly ceramic, while the ear sleeves are made of silicone. This rules out any risk of allergies or skin irritation. To guarantee a perfect fit, Sennheiser has developed new ear adapters with an oval shape based on extensive international studies in ergonomics. The IE 800 includes a selection of oval (S/M) and round (S/M/L) ear adapters for a custom-like fit. The ear cushions feature a layer of mesh to protect the drivers against dirt contamination.
The IE 800 will be available in the U.S. later this fall at a price of $999.95. More information is available at www.sennheiserusa.com.
About the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The Best of Innovations honor is awarded to the products with the highest judges’ scores and will be featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2013 International CES.
The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used; aesthetic and design qualities; the product’s intended use/function and user value; unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive; how the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace.
Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.