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Sennheiser headphones use same metal as NASA's Mars Rover

Published Mar 7, 2022


Sennheiser latest headphones are built from the same metal used for NASA's Mars Rover's drilling head.

The upcoming IE 600 in-ear headphones were constructed using a metal called ZR01 amorphous zirconium through a "patented 3D printing process".

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In a press release online, the company said: "Through a patented 3D printing process, the housings of the IE 600 have been crafted from ZR01 amorphous zirconium, a metal with a glass-like atomic structure that gives it triple the hardness and bend resistance of high-performance steel.

"One of the only other places ZR01 amorphous zirconium is used — besides ultra-high-end products like the IE 600 — is in the aerospace industry, such as in the drilling head of the NASA Mars Rover, where ultimate toughness in extreme conditions is required.

"Through multiple elaborate treatment processes, a beautiful surface finish is achieved that is extraordinarily resistant against corrosion and scratches."

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The IE 600 will reportedly act as a midway point between the more affordable IE 300 and the premium IE 900.

Meanwhile, the headphones will also come with acoustic back volume and precision-moulded resonator chambers.

The company also said its True Response driver will give the headphones a "tonally neutral, intimate and emotional" sound.

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They added: "This ensures a true-to-life voicing that is especially expressive for vocal performances. The acoustic system has also been optimised to produce a steep bass slope resulting in a powerful yet fast and accurate low-end response."

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