Sennheiser is commemorating “Their Mortal Remains” – Pink Floyd’s retrospective at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – with a special pair of its Momentum HD 1 wireless headphones. They have been customized with a new design honouring the band’s aesthetic – in particular, 1973’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” LP.
The leather covering of the headphones’ stainless steel headband has rainbow coloured stitching mirroring the visual spectrum on the album’s iconic cover art. The ear cups have a new pearlescent rainbow sheen and are engraved with the Pink Floyd “prism” symbol alongside a special “Their Mortal Remains” exhibition name plate.
The Momentum Wireless headphones are fairly tricked out, even by Sennheiser flagship standards. There’s NFC connectivity for touch-based pairing, Bluetooth for audio transmission, NoiseGard technology to attenuate ambient noise, and aptX® codec support for high-quality wireless audio. Moreover, there’s a built-in VoiceMax microphone that makes it possible to carry out conversations, even in noisy environments.
The Pink Floyd-ed Momentum HD 1 Wireless headphones can be pre-ordered from Sennheiser’s web page. They will ship by the end of June 2017. The cost is a modest $500 + sales tax. That’s exactly how much the vanilla Momentum Wireless HD1 headphones happen to cost, so in the end, you are mostly paying for premium German audio, rather than the fancy paint job. Good sport!
Additionally, Sennheiser is the exhibition’s official audio partner. The company’s proprietary AMBEO 3D audio technology will be put to use to deliver an immersive 3D mix of songs, such as Comfortably Numb Live from Live 8. This is the last time David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright played onstage with former member Roger Waters. The moment has been re-created with Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D technology, supposedly “placing the listener directly into the sound.” Pink Floyd’s music and progress in studio technology always went hand in hand, so this is a great opportunity to both honour the band’s spirit and flex some pro audio muscles by presenting its timeless music in an innovative medium. Cheers to that, but gosh, are those headphones ‘xpensive or what???