First Look: Abyss Headphones AB-1266

If King Kong had ever ridden with the Hells Angels, I think this he would have chilled out to nicely aged casks of bourbon and a set of Abyss Headphones‘ AB-1266. And if your first reaction to this rather bizarre mental image is “what the …?” then I think we’re pretty much on the same page. The first time I ever saw a pair was at RMAF this past year, and I must say, I made good use of that time — and I’m really glad I did.

Here’s the short-form: your $5,495 will get you an incredible sounding system with the absolute best in terms of bass performance on a headphone. Best ever. Full stop and … end scene.

Fine — lemme add this. There’s a ton of great, world-class headphones out there. Some “do” detail like laser scanners — nothing is missed! Fewer “do” sound staging worth a damn — it’s really not a strength of the genre. And fewer still “do” bass like a full range loudspeaker — there’s a hit-your-gut compression that simply gets lost in the translation to head-speakers.

And then … well, then there’s the Abyss.

I’ll have a lot more to say once I get some more time on them and run them through a variety of headphone amplifiers, but I will say this — I’ve never heard anything like this in a headphone. It’s stunning.

Again: more soon, but in the meantime, here’s my faux unboxing vid.