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These Headphones Are Designed To Get You High

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Nervana headphones, which are rumored to go on sale in March 2016, ostensibly add a whole new sensation to the music-listening experience. They send a low-power electrical signal into your ears to stimulate your Vagus nerve, which is involved in the release of dopamine. A dopamine "high" is apt to prompt feelings of happiness and euphoria. Though the purported effects of the headphones have yet to be scientifically tested, there have been positive testimonials from people who have tested the technology. These are just one example of new kinds of headphones about to hit the market. Another pair, the Sennheiser Orpheus headphones, will run you $50,000, and come inside a glass case mounted on a solid block of marble. Apparently, the sound quality that they deliver is incredible, if priced ridiculously high.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Sennheiser Orpheus headphones cost $50,000. 00:08

  2. The marble case beneath the Sennheiser Orpheus's tube amplifier dampens ambient sounds. 00:30

  3. Sennheiser Orpheus headphones have digital amplifiers built into the ear cups. 01:18

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